Monday, October 20, 2014

a lesson I have not learned – v2

I truth this may have been written for me
something I need to remember
or perhaps read for the first time
maybe I could print it backward
put it on my forehead
so I would see it every time
I look in the mirror, I see myself,
maybe I should tattoo it
write it on the back of my hand
someplace I wouldn’t miss it
keeping it close by me, to teach me,
a truth to remember, to see,
a lesson I have not learned
but one whose truth I affirm
so many years of heartache
holding onto harms, hurts,
a lesson I have not learned
“The first to apologize is the bravest.
The first to forgive is the strongest.
The first to forget is the happiest.”
the author is unknown, unwritten;
but so much truth in this simple phrase
so many years of heartache
holding onto harms


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edited October 20, 2014
a lesson I have not learned – v2

October 17, 2014
a lesson I have not learned
“The first to apologize is the bravest.
The first to forgive is the strongest.
The first to forget is the happiest.”

author unknown
seen 10/17/2014
post 10/14/2014
on Rachel’s Challenge
and see
The first to forget is the happiest –

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Into Your Grace – v3

When You opened the door
when You offered connection
when I opened the door
walking into Your embrace
I am safe in Your arms
falling into Your grace

Love washed over me
life giving water
when I opened Your Word
falling into the living waters
This changed from my history
knowing I am restored

Wanting ever to be guided
to cleave to Your Spirit
calm within my storms
I am called to share Your message
Your love, Your presence
to and for the whole world

So much bubbling up
a wellspring of words
from the gifts of the Spirit
I choose to submit to You ever
sharing this urgent message
so others may know Your love


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edited October 20, 2014
Into Your Grace – v3

edited September 1, 2014
Into Your Grace – v2
February 11, 2011
Into Your Grace
new status of
Isaac Kiiza Tibasiima
“And You opened the door for me”
February 10, 2011
&
starting Disciple 1 bible study
September 2, 2004
the first time I had read the bible
as an adult, or really at all…

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so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus – v7

slowing out tentative steps
our stumbling in the world
putting ourselves, our minds
back in that place and time
by the Sea of Galilee

hearing, as the first disciple,
James, Peter, and John
when Jesus said come, to follow,
leaving our nets, our lives
there on the shoreline

seeking to walk with them
to walk in the footsteps of Jesus
his life, his ministry a call to us
like them, those before us,
for we are all Christ’s chosen people


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edited October 20, 2014
“so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus – v7

(editing version 3)
edited October 20, 2014
“so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus – v8
(editing version 4)
edited October 17, 2014
“so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus – v6”
(editing version 4)
edited March 19, 2014
“so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus – v5”
edited February 20, 2013
“so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus – v4”
edited February 20, 2013
“so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus – v3”
edited February 20, 2013
“so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus – v2”
February 20, 2013
“so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus”
companion video for
third book in a series of books -
“The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus”
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
&        
“Final Words from the Cross”
&
24 Hours That Changed the World
&           
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH               
February 17, 2013
Lent

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,930+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus – v8

we must slow out uncertain steps
our stumbling in the world
putting ourselves, our minds
back in that place and time
by the Sea of Galilee
in Bethany, in Jerusalem

hearing, as the first disciples,
when Jesus said come, follow,
follow me, I will make you fishers of men
leaving our nets, our lives
there at the shoreline, in the towns,
leaving our lives behind

seeing Jesus cure the sick
when Christ drove out the demons
watching the miracles
even as the Master fed the five thousand
on the hillside, this miracle
the food more than enough

seeking to walk with them
with the disciples, the saints before us
to walk in the footsteps of Jesus
His life, His ministry for us to continue
for we are Christ’s chosen people
His hands and feet in this time


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edited October 20, 2014
“so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus – v8
(editing version 4)
edited October 20, 2014
“so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus – v7

(editing version 3)
edited October 17, 2014
“so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus – v6”
(editing version 4)
edited March 19, 2014
“so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus – v5”
edited February 20, 2013
“so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus – v4”
edited February 20, 2013
“so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus – v3”
edited February 20, 2013
“so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus – v2”
February 20, 2013
“so that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus”
companion video for
third book in a series of books -
“The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus”
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
&        
“Final Words from the Cross”
&
24 Hours That Changed the World
&           
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH               
February 17, 2013
Lent

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,930+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

the narrow gate – 2 – v2

what the world offers
everything imaginable
no rules, no limits
nothing out of bounds
the wide highway
an easy path
no gate to enter
no hope at last

the narrow gate
not the wide highway
the choice we make
in each step we take
the way of the world
easy, no rules,
the narrow way
through the Christ


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merged October 20, 2014
the narrow gate – 2 – v2

October 20, 2014
the wide highway
October 20, 2014
the narrow gate - 2
October 20, 2014
the narrow path
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 4 of Series: “I Am the Gate”
John 10:1-9 CEB
Matthew 7:13-14 CEB
children’s message
– mystery box – soccer shin guards, soccer cleats, water shoes, and a basketball
-          Pastor Ruth talked about the protective gear God provides,
-          the armor of God –
-          Ephesians 6:10-17
sermon –“The Straight and Narrow”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 19, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 3 of Series: “I Am the Light of the World”
John 8:22 (CEB)
John 12:35-36 (CEB)
Matthew 5:14-16 (CEB)
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
song, “Here I Am To Worship”, by Chris Tomlin
children’s time – mystery box – mirror
sermon, “Light For Our Eyes”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 12, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 2 of Series: “I Am the Bread of Life”
John 6:35
John 6:26-51
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
Exodus 16:15
children’s time – mystery box – a throat drop and a candy mint
sermon, “Bread of Heaven”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
World Communion Sunday
October 5, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 1 of Series: “I Am”
Revelation 22:13 CEB
Matthew 16:13-16 CEB
Exodus 3:12-15 CEB
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
Children’s message – mystery box
-          green maple leaf and a colored maple leaf
-          the green color is not the true color
-          we are fed and nurtured in the spring and summer with the word;
-          we shine our true colors in autumn
sermon, “The Name Game”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
September 28, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,920+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

the wide highway

what the world offers
everything imaginable
no rules, no limits
nothing out of bounds
the wide highway
an easy path
no gate to enter
no hope at last


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October 20, 2014
the wide highway

October 20, 2014
the narrow gate - 2
October 20, 2014
the narrow path
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 4 of Series: “I Am the Gate”
John 10:1-9 CEB
Matthew 7:13-14 CEB
children’s message
– mystery box – soccer shin guards, soccer cleats, water shoes, and a basketball
-          Pastor Ruth talked about the protective gear God provides,
-          the armor of God –
-          Ephesians 6:10-17
sermon –“The Straight and Narrow”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 19, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 3 of Series: “I Am the Light of the World”
John 8:22 (CEB)
John 12:35-36 (CEB)
Matthew 5:14-16 (CEB)
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
song, “Here I Am To Worship”, by Chris Tomlin
children’s time – mystery box – mirror
sermon, “Light For Our Eyes”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 12, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 2 of Series: “I Am the Bread of Life”
John 6:35
John 6:26-51
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
Exodus 16:15
children’s time – mystery box – a throat drop and a candy mint
sermon, “Bread of Heaven”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
World Communion Sunday
October 5, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 1 of Series: “I Am”
Revelation 22:13 CEB
Matthew 16:13-16 CEB
Exodus 3:12-15 CEB
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
Children’s message – mystery box
-          green maple leaf and a colored maple leaf
-          the green color is not the true color
-          we are fed and nurtured in the spring and summer with the word;
-          we shine our true colors in autumn
sermon, “The Name Game”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
September 28, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,920+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.


Bear Lasting Fruit – v2

We are called to bear fruit
abiding in the vine
connected to Christ
the source of all life

To bear lasting fruit
not things of this earth
to share God’s message
to plant seeds of love

We are called to bear fruit
worthy of the kingdom
to be Christ on earth
until His return

To bear lasting fruit
fruit that is life giving
filled with the love of God
here from the beginning


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edited October 20, 2014
Bear Lasting Fruit – v2

May 13, 2012
Bear Lasting Fruit
John 15:9-17 (Common English Bible)
Acts 10:44-48a (NRSV)
1 John 5:1-5 (NRSV)
Worship Theme: “That’s What You Call Love”
Call to Worship (Psalm 66:1-2, 4)
Unison Prayer (Worship Sourcebook ©2004)
as we all bowed our heads during the pastoral prayer
pastoral prayer
prayer before offering
Prayer of Dedication  (GBOD 2012, John 17:6-9)
Hymn, “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love” (TFWS #2223)
(John 13:34-35; Ephesians 4:4-6)
and sermon, “I Wanna Know What Love Is”
(with nod to Foreigner, acknowledgement of division
at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference on the issue of
same-sex marriage and ordination of gay clergy,
and the announcement this week that President Obama
believes same-sex couples should be allowed to marry)
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
May 13, 2012
Sixth Sunday of Eastertide
Mother’s Day
&
John 15:1-8 (Common English Bible)
Acts 8:26-40 (NRSV)
1 John 4:7-12 (NRSV)
Worship Theme: “Life in Christ”
Call to Worship
Unison Prayer
Prayer of Dedication  (Acts 8:26-40)
and sermon, “Piety and Production?”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
May 6, 2012
Fifth Sunday of Eastertide

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,920+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

a song within – v3

a song of praise
beating ever
within our hearts
our very lives
a song within
within each action
each word we speak
to the glory of God
a song of life
of life eternal
unending, growing
within our hearts
a song within
ever changing
lifted up, rising,
unto our God
                  

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edited October 20, 2014
a song within – v3

(editing original version again)
edited May 15, 2014
a song within – v2
May 15, 2014
a song within
Hebrews 13:5 (NRSV)
Colossians 3:12-17
Upper Room Daily Devotional
“Paying Attention”
by Irina Ivanova
for May 15, 2014
read May 15, 2014
Upper Room Daily Devotional
for March and April 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,920+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

the voices woven – v6

a coming together
as thread of silver, of gold
their voices woven
reaching crescendo
as waves crashing,
upon a rock, the shore
rising and falling

seconds apart, a staccato,
a growing, a building
a capricious harmony
stronger together
each part important
woven into one
one in the fabric of love.


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edited October 20, 2014
the voices woven – v6

edited February 26, 2014
the voices woven – v5
(editing original again)
edited February 21, 2014
the voices woven – v4
(editing original again)
Edited December 28, 2013
the voices woven – v3
(editing original again)
Edited November 10, 2013
the voices woven – v2
October 27, 2013
the voices woven
Sermon 2 of Fall Series
“Shepherd Us O God”
Psalm 23:1-2 (King James Version)
James 3:18 (Common English Bible)
2 Samuel 22:3 (New Living Translation)
Proverbs 14:30 (New International Version)
Psalm 121:8 (King James Version)
“Shepherd Me O God” by Marty Haugen
2st service of Fall Sermon Series:
Psalm 23
Lord’s Prayer
Offertory – “I Stand In Awe”
children’s message
“listen to the right voices, listen to God’s Word”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
and sermon “Safe and Sound”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
October 27, 2013
&
1st service of Fall Sermon Series:
“Shepherd Us O God”
John 10:11-18 (The Message)
John 10:1-10 (The Message)
John 10:1-18 (The Message)
Psalm 23
Lord’s Prayer
children’s message
follow the bible
by Pastor Ruth Foss
and sermon “The Good Shepherd
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
October 20, 2013

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,920+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.