Wednesday, May 27, 2015

behind their eyes – v2

a presence within them
behind their eyes
in some people
a few I could name

something not right
a spirit within them
not of peace
not of light

smiling eyes, faces,
but darkness inside
in some people
a few on my journey

light not in them
not truly, really,
something tragic
a cancer growing
eating at them

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edited May 27, 2015
behind their eyes – v2

new October 8, 2014
behind their eyes
Edited October 8, 2014
-          “The Elders Gathered – v3
-          Feeling the peace of that moment – v3
-          Entering with Them – v3
-          Stillness in the Chapel – v3
-          A Kiss of Their Presence – v2
-          A Sense of a Presence – v2
-          A Heavy Presence – v2
-          The Weight of Their Presence – v2
Edited October 13, 2013
“The Rough Hewn Cross – v5”
(editing version 4)
Edited September 2, 2013
“Standing in Their Presence – v3”
(editing original)
Edited July 16, 2013
-          “The Rough Hewn Cross – v4”
(editing original again)
-          “The Rough Hewn Cross – v3”
(editing version 2)
Edited November 29, 2012
-          “The Rough Hewn Cross – v2”
-           “The Elders Gathered – v2”
-           “Standing in Their Presence – v2”
-           “Feeling the Peace of that Moment – v2”
-           “Entering with Them – v2”
-           “Stillness in the Chapel – v2”
&
New poems November 29, 2012
-          “A Heavy Presence”
-           “A Kiss of Their Presence”
-          “The Weight of Their Presence”
-           “A Sense of Presence”
about certain places seeming to have
an aura of a physical manifestation
of the spirit world
&
earlier poems, June 9, 2010:
-          Feeling the peace of that moment
-          The Rough Hewn Cross
-          Standing in Their Presence
-          The Elders Gathered
-          Entering with Them
-          Stillness in the Chapel
about time in the outdoor chapel
at First Congregational Church of Pembroke
301 Pembroke Street
Pembroke, NH
June 7, 2010, about 7:45pm
&
Edited November 28, 2012
“Smell of Snow – v2”
Friday, December 03, 2004 8:27
“Smell of Snow”
and other poems
Edited September 20, 2012
“Snow in the Air – v2”
December 30, 2006 12:08
“Snow in the Air”

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held in your love – v2

I am held in Your love
whatever I face
the trials, tribulations
the storms that come my way.
I am held in Your love
            wherever I go
            the darkness, the desert
            the wilderness places.
I am held in Your love
            whoever is against me
            the enemy, his minions
            those who seek to harm me.
I am held in Your love
            in this world, this place
and in the next one;
Sure of salvation,
because of Your grace
because of Your love.

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edited May 26, 2015
held in your love – v2

July 24, 2014
held in your love
Romans 8:31-37
“God’s Love in Christ Jesus” (NCV)
Romans 8:26-39
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
for July 22, 2014
read July 22, 2014
&
Romans 8:26-34
Romans 8:26-39
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
for July 22, 2014
read July 22, 2014
&
July 21, 2014 to July 27, 2014
“Love Prevails”
by Peter Velander
Editorial Director, Upper Room Daily Devotional
member, Trinity Lutheran Church,
Bellevue, TN
&
overview page
Genesis 29:15-28
“Jacob is Tricked” (NCV)
Psalm 105:1-11, 45a
“God’s Love for Israel”
Romans 8:26-39
including Romans 8:31-39
“God’s Love in Christ Jesus
Matthew:13:31-33, 44-52
the parable of the mustard seed,
the parable about yeast
“Stories of Mustard Seed and Yeast” (NCV)
Stories of a Treasure and a Pearl” (NCV)
“A Story of a Fishing Net” (NCV)

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Bear fruit as Christ’s disciples – v3


Bear fruit as Christ’s disciples,
sharing God’s Word;
His message for salvation for us
for all people on the earth.

Bear fruit as Christ’s disciples,
we are called to abide in Him;
From the waters of the Savior.
there is hope to feed the world.

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edited May 25, 2015

Bear fruit as Christ’s disciples – v3

(merging edits to version 1 and version 2)
edited April 6, 2014
Bear fruit as Christ’s disciples – v2
May 7, 2012
Bear fruit as Christ’s disciples
John 15:8
John 15:5-8
John 15:1-8; Year B
The Vine and the Branches
Upper Room Disciplines for 2012
April 30, 2012 to May 6, 2012
“A Growing Season”
by David Medlin
scripture and meditation for May 6, 2012
read May 7, 2012
&
John 15:1-4
John 15:1-8; Year B
The Vine and the Branches
Upper Room Disciplines for 2012
April 30, 2012 to May 6, 2012
“A Growing Season”
by David Medlin
scripture and meditation for May 5, 2012
read May 5, 2012

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 28,840+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Woven Together – v4

Each one of us, a precious thread
unique in all the world,
made by our Creator;
but made to be woven together
into a beautiful fabric
within a community of faith

A living priesthood of believers
disciples sharing the Good News
of the risen Christ, being a warm
loving fabric, the church alive
warming the needy,
touching those crying out

Being the very image of God
woven together for Your glory
every strand of thread
each branch of the vine
to live and grow within
a loving community

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edited May 25, 2015
Woven Together – v4

(editing original again)
edited May 19, 2015
Woven Together – v3
(editing original again)
edited May 13, 2015
Woven Together – v2
February 28, 2008
Woven Together

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, 2015. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 37,740+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Prayer of Thanksgiving – Pentecost Sunday, Memorial Day, Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church, May 24, 2015


Loving Spirit –

You manifested yourself in fire and in the dove. You continue to guide our feet.

We called Your presence with us as we entered into worship. We feel You present with us as we seek to follow, as we seek to serve more fully, as we come to know the Lord.

As on the Day of Pentecost, fall down upon us Spirit, move us in this time and place to truly be God’s people.

Spirit, we thank you for the gifts you pour upon us, for the talents and our commissions. We give back but a small portion of all God has given to us.

Even more than these gifts on the altar, we pray thanksgiving this morning, asking You to use us for God’s glory, to make the way straighter for our neighbor, to shine more brightly, speaking in tongues, in actions, in all the ways You give each one of us to go and do Your work.

And we pray all of this in the name of our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came in the flesh and who will return one day in Glory.

Amen.

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May 24, 2015
Prayer of Thanksgiving:

Pentecost Sunday
the birthday of the Church
Memorial Day
Acts 2:1-11
and sermon, “Remember and Be Filled…!”
video:

text:

by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Children’s Message
-          mystery box –
-          Theodore doll, unicorn, and cosmic brownie
video:
text:

by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
May 24, 2015

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, 2015. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 37,740+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Seek Me and Live – v2

God calling to us
His voice from heaven;
Calling to our aching hearts
when we have gone astray

like the shepherd calling
lost sheep wandering
away from the flock
in that dark wilderness

wanting us to turn
to let go of the world
temptations, false treasure
seek Me and live

He calls to our hearts
to come back to Him;
His arms open wide
seeking our embrace

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edited May 24, 2015
Seek Me and Live – v2

October 13, 2010
Seek Me and Live
Amos 5:4
Amos 5-9
Obadiah 1:1-9
Heartlight’s Straight Through Bible Study
for September 30, 2010,
read October 13, 2010

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, 2015. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 37,740+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

a dark place – v4

Paul’s task somewhat easier
small, simple evils, sins on a small-scale
the truth for many of us

Paul said he never looked back
keeping his eyes on Jesus
but his past was a dark place
he had done evil
murdering the believers

We too must focus
our eyes upon Jesus
going forward with Him

Like Paul we must follow
we must never look back
because our dark places
are dark enough
we all cost Jesus so much

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edited May 24, 2015
a dark place – v4

(editing original again)
Edited September 19, 2013
a dark place – v3
(editing original again)
Edited September 17, 2013
a dark place – v2
September 14, 2013
a dark place
Worship Theme: “Discipleship”
Mark 8:34-38 (The Message)
Philippians 3:12-14 (The Message)
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
pastoral prayer
children’s message
“Jesus says” (not “Simon says”)
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Communion
and sermon “Game Time. . . ”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Sermon 8 of Summer Series
“Cruising Sacred Waters with Jesus”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
September 8, 2013
&
Worship Theme: “Fellowship”
John 15:11-17 (The Message)
1 John 4:7-12 (The Message)
“God is Love”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-11
children’s message
Love them anyway
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Communion
and sermon “The Love Zone. . . ”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Sermon 7 of Summer Series
“Cruising Sacred Waters with Jesus”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
September 1, 2013
&
Worship Theme: “Worship”
Luke 4:5-8 (The Message)
    (extract of Luke 4:1-13)
Matthew 22:34-37 (New Living Translation)
    (extract of 22:34-40)
John 4:19-24 (The Message)
    (extract of John 4:1-42)
children’s message
how to make good decisions
by Pastor Ruth Foss
and sermon “Worship. .  . It Does A Body Good”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Sermon 6 of Summer Series
“Cruising Sacred Waters with Jesus”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
August 25, 2013
&
Worship Theme: “Do We Make Room for God . . .?”
Ephesians 2:11-22 (CEB)
“The reconciliation of God’s people” (CEB)
“One in Christ” (NIV)
2 Samuel 7:1-7 (NLT)
Mark 6:30-44, 53-56 (CEB)
“Jesus feeds five thousand people” (CEB)
 “Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand” (NIV)
children’s message
by Pastor Ruth Foss
and sermon “Make Room for Yahweh”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Sermon 5 of Summer Series
“Cruising Sacred Waters with Jesus”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
August 18, 2013
&
Prayer Vigil at the Park
after worship service
7/28/2013
&
Theme: “Do We Worship Only on Sunday?”
Worship song – “I Sing Praises”
Ephesians 1:3-14 (Gods Word Translation)
Ephesians 1:3-14 (The Message)
Acts 2:38-47 (New Revised Standard Version)
children’s message
sharing our joy
by Pastor Ruth Foss
and sermon “Live Your Worship Out Loud!”
“Shout It From the Mountaintops”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Sermon 4 of Summer Series
“Cruising Sacred Waters with Jesus”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
July 28, 2013
&
Theme: “Can we see the big picture”
“Big Picture Followers”
1 Corinthians 13:9-12 (GOD’S WORD translation)
Mark 6:1-6 (The Message)
“Just a Carpenter”
Mark 6:1-6 (NRSV)
“Jesus Rejected in Nazareth”
children’s message
sometimes our vision is foggy
by Pastor Ruth Foss
and sermon “Seeing More Clearly. . . ”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Sermon 3 of Summer Series
“Cruising Sacred Waters with Jesus”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
July 21, 2013
&
Luke 7:36-47 (The Message)
Mark 5:21-34 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
Matthew 13:44-46
children’s message
We are precious to God
by Pastor Ruth Foss
and sermon “How much does Jesus really matter?”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Sermon 2 of Summer Series
“Cruising Sacred Waters with Jesus”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
July 14, 2013
&
Mark 4:35-41 (The Message)
Luke 4:16-21 (Common English Bible)
Matthew 14:22-33
children’s message
We are not alone
by Pastor Ruth Foss
and sermon “Who Is this Captain”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Sermon 1 of Summer Series
“Cruising Sacred Waters with Jesus”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
July 7, 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, 2015. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 37,740+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

for someone unborn – v2

Dying on the cross
for those who despised Him,
for those who shouted, “Crucify!”,
the Son of the living God
dying on the cross
for someone unborn
all those born after that time

For all of us throughout time
hoping some would share the light,
the Good News of salvation;
hoping we would accept the gift
and pay Christ’s love forward
to others yet unborn
to the end of the age

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edited May 23, 2015
for someone unborn – v2

December 31, 2014
for someone unborn
December 22, 2014 to December 28, 2014
“+I am beloved”
Devozine for November and December 2014
&
Romans 5:7-8 (NRSV)
devotion “A Love Story”
devotion by Perrie Tatum
and
devotion “Reflect”
devotion by Elizabeth Mann
devotion for December 25, 2014
read December 28, 2014
&
Isaiah 43:4a
devotion “The Bible Tells Me So”
devotion by Anna Dembowski
and
devotion “Reflect”
The Song of Solomon 6:3a
The Song of Solomon 7:10
devotion by Faith Ware
devotion for December 24, 2014
read December 28, 2014
&
1 John 4:7a (NRSV)
devotion “Beloved of God”
devotion by Cassidy Cloer
devotion for December 23, 2014
read December 28, 2014
&
Ephesians 3:19 (CEV)
John 3:16
devotion “God’s Love in Christ”
devotion by Matthew Smith
devotion for December 22, 2014
read December 28, 2014
&
Youth Group
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
December 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, 2015. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 37,740+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

the scorch of the fire

living scar tissue
able to touch them;
the scorch of the fire
where we were burned

as in Daniel’s story
within the fiery furnace;
Christ was with us
in our time of trial

but the smell of the smoke
is heavy upon us;
when they touched us
so inappropriately

unlike in Daniel’s story
we carry the smoke upon us;
for most taking many years
even to speak of these moments

the smell of the smoke
in our memory, our nostrils;
guilt, shame, overwhelming
when we were truly innocent

the flames touching, licking,
the flesh of our bodies;
a scar still remaining
from those moments of fire.

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edited May 23, 2015
the scorch of the fire

edited May 22, 2015
the smell of the smoke – 2 – v2
May 21, 2015
the smell of the smoke - 2
May 19, 2015 and May 20, 2015
Focus on the Family
radio broadcasts
Helping Your Husband Overcome Childhood Sexual Abuse (Part 1 of 2)
see transcript:
Helping Your Husband Overcome Childhood Sexual Abuse (Part 2 of 2)
With Guests Cecil Murphey and Gary Roe
The piece that caught my attention was the statements about God placing hands on the side of the boy’s heart while being sexually abused.

Unlike the story of the fiery furnace in Daniel 3:1-30, where Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had no smell of smoke on them, victims of sexual abuse do have the smell of the smoke of that evil upon them, even as God was with them in the fire.

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, 2015. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 37,740+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.