Sunday, January 25, 2015

Words that Heal, that Challenge, that Guide – v2

The words rolled off the page, off her tongue
oh so familiar joyous words, our hope,
words of the scriptures, ancient and alive
for us in the congregation, words of assurance,
of God’s love, of God’s call,
of the challenge to be disciples
to be parts of the body, to live out our faith
in the community of believers
Each a part of the Creator’s plan
the hands, the feet, the parts of the body
ever bound in community
better together than apart

edited January 25, 2015
Words that Heal, that Challenge, that Guide – v2

April 21, 2008
Words that Heal, that Challenge, that Guide
Acts 12:12-20 and sermon,
“Ever Bound in Community
by Caroline Wiggin,
Wesley United Methodist Church,
Concord, NH

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Ingathering – v3

They ran/walked purposely, eagerly
from the chancel into the sanctuary,
out between the pews, by the rows
of smiling adults, the children of our church
going out to bring an offering of food
for the homeless, the shelters,
this season of harvest, of Thanksgiving

Laughing, heavy laden with their bounty
of their ingathering, sharing the load
A boy and girl held the handles of a bag
marching down to the altar to present
our gifts, out of Your bounty,
their treasure to our God

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edited January 25, 2015
Ingathering – v3

(merging edits to version 1 and version 2)
edited November 26, 2014
Ingathering – v2
Thanksgiving Day
November 20, 2006 5:32
Ingathering

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sermon, "Rest and Refuge", by Pastor Ruth Foss, Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church, January 25, 2015

January 25, 2015
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Worship Theme: God is our resting place
Psalm 62:1-2, 5-12 NIV

“Rest and Refuge. . . ”

Prayer for God’s word to come from my mouth and that His word would be heard through me or in spite of me. . .  

Read Scripture. . . Psalm 62:1-2, 5-12 NIV

Truly He is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Fortress, I will never be shaken. . .

Have you ever had something happen in your life that it just shakes you to the core? I mean something that may even have you think about your belief in God. Sometimes life just throws you a curve ball that kind of makes you rethink all that you believe. In those times you may just need to find a place to rest and regroup. . . so to speak. You need a place of refuge where you know that you are safe while you figure things out.  

Over the past few days I have been in that place. . . I have been walking through the valley of the shadow of death. But there is one thing that keeps running through my mind. There has been one thing that keeps cropping up every time I sit and contemplate on the things that have happened over the past few days. Come and rest a while in my presence. When you are at your weakest, I am strong. . . I will strengthen you for each and every moment that you walk through this season of the soul. . .

Truly He is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Fortress, I will never be shaken. . .

Last week. . .  I read from Psalm 139. . . I read about how David was pondering, meditating, about God and His goodness and there was no sadness or disappointment within his meditating. . .  and how he realized the amazing fact that God was always with him. . . that God knew everything about him right down to how he was formed in his mother’s womb. David had found a place of rest and refuge in God. . . and we too are invited to have that same relationship with God.

Truly He is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Fortress, I will never be shaken. . .

This week God has brought us to another one of David’s payers found in the Psalms. . . the 62nd Psalm to be exact. David is being pursued by Saul’s men and his life is in danger. So in this time of need David turns to a place of safety and refuge. It is not a cave or a hiding place amongst the rocks. David turns not to a place but a person. David turns to God. How many times in our lives that when we need a stronghold we turn to what is temporal and not to what is eternal? How many times do we try to find a sanctuary that is not made of human hands but one made by God Himself. . . ?

Truly He is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Fortress, I will not be shaken. . .

In this Psalm, David gives three good reasons why he feels that God is that resting place. . . that place of refuge. God is strong, God is loving and God rewards those who are faithful to Him. . .

1.     God is strong. . . David. . . and we. . . calls Gs a matter of fat, God is the rock upon which salvation is found. It doesn’t depend on us or our circumstances. . . it is fact.  He will always deliver us from our enemies, you see. . . our salvation is God Himself. . . His earthly king has betrayed him. . . his friends have deserted him and turned against him but God has remained the same. He is the “Rock of Ages”. . . our firm foundation that will stand through any storm of life. David calls God his fortress in verses two and six. We can have faith that God will surround us and keep us safe from anything that is not His will. God has purpose in all that we go through. . .  When we walk through those challenging times on our journey of faith we can stand firm on the rock of our Salvation and know that if He brought us to it He will bring us through it. . .

Truly He is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Fortress, I will never be shaken. . .

2.     God is loving...In Psalm 86:6, David exclaims that God’s love is merciful and that God answers those who cry out for mercy. God showed David. . . and He shows us. . . time and time again how loving and merciful God is. He didn’t have to wonder because God showed His love and mercy to him many times. . . we too have that same hope and trust that David did. How many times have we cried out for mercy from “dark of Daniels Den” and our God has delivered us and set us high upon a rock? How many times have we endured the pain of life and God provided a place to rest and be healed by His love and grace? David and we can know that because of love and purpose we can find rest and refuge in Him and Him alone. . .

Truly He is our Rock and our Salvation; He is our Fortress, we will never be shaken. . .

3.           God rewards His people. . . Ok. . . rewards are pretty nice but it is not something we should focus on. The Rewards that David is talking about aren’t the rewards of this world. . . things like riches, power and position. Our God’s rewards are so much more than that. The rewards of the world will pass but the rewards of our God are eternal. . .  So what are the rewards of obedience to God?
a.     For the people of Israel the rewards were freedom from slavery, protection from their enemies, and rest and hope for their nation. How many times have we been surrounded by our “enemies and have been delivered by God? How many times have we too called out from captivity and have been saved through God’s mercy and grace and power?
b.     For us. . . for you and me. . . the rewards are heavenly rewards. The reward for us is eternal life. . . a life that ensures us a place in Heaven. . . a life that ensures us a place in the Kingdom of God, both now as we walk this world and for eternity. That hope. . . that Kingdom alone is the reward. . . the prize. . . we receive. This Kingdom is a place where God is our refuge, God is our strength, God is our help in time of need. It is in God that we truly find rest for our weary souls. We too can experience the God of David and have the same joy as we are obedient to the God of history.

Truly He is our Rock and our Salvation; He is our Fortress, we will never be shaken. . .

Life throws us curve balls from time to time. We aren’t promised a life without pain and suffering. We are not promised a life that will be “smooth sailing” until we reach the shores of our heavenly home.  We are not promised that we will not fall or stumble as we live out our faith.

But perhaps as we are traveling on this journey we can look back on the things that have been and have hope for the things to come as we look through the eyes of grace and love. Perhaps we can give courage and hope to those who may need a light for the journey. Maybe. . . just maybe. . . as we trust in the One who “knit us together in our mother’s womb”. . . the One who knows everything about us. . . we too can find that resting place. . . we too can find that Rock on which to stand . . . we too can say as David did. . .

Truly He is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Fortress, I will never be shaken. . .
Just sayin. . . .

Amen!

Psalm 62:1-2
Psalm 62:5-12
Psalm 86:6
Psalm 36:5-6 (Offertory hymn – “Your Love O Lord”)
Psalm 121
Isaiah 40
sermon “Rest and Refuge. . .”

by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Children’s Message
Mystery box
-          2 Pez dispensers and tube of lip gloss
-           
by Ted Pettengill
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
January 25, 2015
&
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Psalm 34:8
sermon “Dream As David Did . . . ”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message
Mystery box
-           a dream catcher (Erica)
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
January 18, 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 35,430+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

a phoenix out of the ashes of self – v2

Too much of our lives
in the ways of the world
thinking only of self
of succeeding in their eyes
in measuring up to our neighbors
not to the Christ

We are called to die
to die and rise again
a phoenix out of the ashes of self
rising into God’s light
into the arms of our loving God
into the body of Christ

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edited January 25, 2015
a phoenix out of the ashes of self – v2

June 24, 2012
a phoenix out of the ashes of self
Mark 4:26-32 (Common English Bible)
2 Samuel 1:17-27 (NRSV Bible)
2 Corinthians 5:14-17 (NRSV Bible)
Worship Theme: “Life Out of Death”
Call to Worship (Psalm 46:1-3, 11 Common English Bible)
Unison Prayer
Special, Suncook UMC Sacred Dancers
Anthem, “The Animals Praise the Lord”, Junior Choir
Prayer of Dedication (GBOD 2012)
video of Fawkes the Phoenix from
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
and sermon, “A Phoenix Out of the Ashes”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
June 17, 2012
Third Sunday of Kingdomtide
&
Mark 3:31-35 (The Message Bible)
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
1 Samuel 16:14-23 (NRSV Bible)
David Plays the Lyre for Saul
Worship Theme: “Family”
Call to Worship (Abington Worship 2012)
Unison Prayer (Abington Worship 2012)
Prayer of Dedication (GBOD 2012, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1)
Offertory, Hymn, “They will know we are Christians” (UMH #402)
Hymn, “We are Called” (TFWS #2172)(Micah 6:8)
and sermon, “You Need Two Families”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
June 10, 2012
Second Sunday of Kingdomtide

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my hope comes from God

my hope comes from God
not from any person
not from any thing of earth
God is my strong foundation
my rock, my fortress
I am sure within the arms
of our loving God

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January 25, 2015
my hope comes from God

Psalm 62:1-2
Psalm 62:5-12
Psalm 86:6
Psalm 36:5-6 (Offertory hymn – “Your Love O Lord”)
Psalm 121
Isaiah 40
sermon “Rest and Refuge. . .”

by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Children’s Message
Mystery box
-          2 Pez dispensers and tube of lip gloss
-           
by Ted Pettengill
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
January 25, 2015
&
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Psalm 34:8
sermon “Dream As David Did . . . ”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message
Mystery box
-           a dream catcher (Erica)
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
January 18, 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 35,430+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

I will never be shaken

our security in God
our rock, our refuge
I will never be shaken
within the fortress of God
I am at peace
God is my mighty fortress
I am safe, at rest
within the Creator’s arms

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January 25, 2015
I will never be shaken

Psalm 62:1-2
Psalm 62:5-12
Psalm 86:6
Psalm 36:5-6 (Offertory hymn – “Your Love O Lord”)
Psalm 121
Isaiah 40
sermon “Rest and Refuge. . .”

by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Children’s Message
Mystery box
-          2 Pez dispensers and tube of lip gloss
-           
by Ted Pettengill
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
January 25, 2015
&
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Psalm 34:8
sermon “Dream As David Did . . . ”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message
Mystery box
-           a dream catcher (Erica)
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
January 18, 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 35,430+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

He is my fortress - 2

God is my refuge
He is my fortress
my place of strength
when the storms come
God is my refuge
He is my fortress
safe in God’s loving arms
when the storms come

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January 25, 2015
He is my fortress - 2

Psalm 62:1-2
Psalm 62:5-12
Psalm 86:6
Psalm 36:5-6 (Offertory hymn – “Your Love O Lord”)
Psalm 121
Isaiah 40
sermon “Rest and Refuge. . .”

by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Children’s Message
Mystery box
-          2 Pez dispensers and tube of lip gloss
-           
by Ted Pettengill
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
January 25, 2015
&
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Psalm 34:8
sermon “Dream As David Did . . . ”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message
Mystery box
-           a dream catcher (Erica)
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
January 18, 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 35,430+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Your songs

Your songs,
Your promise
the Psalms of Your people
raising praise to heaven
our trust in the Lord
Your songs,
our worship
in the ancient
hymns captured
the words of song
written down
to long, long ago

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January 25, 2015
Your songs

Psalm 62:1-2
Psalm 62:5-12
Psalm 86:6
Psalm 36:5-6 (Offertory hymn – “Your Love O Lord”)
Psalm 121
Isaiah 40
sermon “Rest and Refuge. . .”

by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Children’s Message
Mystery box
-          2 Pez dispensers and tube of lip gloss
-           
by Ted Pettengill
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
January 25, 2015
&
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Psalm 34:8
sermon “Dream As David Did . . . ”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message
Mystery box
-           a dream catcher (Erica)
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
January 18, 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 35,430+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Into the Light – v2

Stopping in his tracks
on the Damascus Road;
Stepping into the light
never the same again

Changed by the word of God
understanding his folly;
The error of his ways
spoken by the living Christ

Transformed on that day
trying to undo his error;
Spreading the love of God
all the rest of his life


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edited January 25, 2015
Into the Light – v2

April 13, 2010
Into the Light
Acts 9:1-6
the conversion of Paul
and
Upper Room Disciplines for 2010
for April 12, 2010 to April 18, 2010,
“Transformed by Grace”,
by Yong Hui V. McDonald
for April 12, 2010, read April 13, 2010
&
Acts 9:10-20
conversion of Paul
and
Upper Room Disciplines for 2010
for April 12, 2010 to April 18, 2010,
“Transformed by Grace”,
by Yong Hui V. McDonald
for April 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 35,430+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

the epiphany of Christ’s presence – v2

the epiphany of Christ’s presence
for John, in utero, for Elizabeth,
filled with the Holy Spirit,
knowing at least eight months
before Christ was born
that the baby Mary carried
was the Savior of the world

the epiphany of Christ’s presence
that the King was with them
the presence of the Lord
the kernel of God so strong
the seed of God within her
beyond our understanding
but such a clear awareness

the epiphany of Christ’s presence
the fullness of grace
filled truly with the Grace of God
knowing at least eight months
before Christ was born
the name of the baby Mary carried
Jesus, Emmanuel, God in the Flesh.

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edited January 25, 2015
the epiphany of Christ’s presence – v2

January 7, 2015
the epiphany of Christ’s presence
Luke 1:39-45
John the Baptist (in utero) and Elizabeth (by the Spirit)
know it is the Christ in Mary’s womb
January 7, 2015
the epiphany of Elizabeth
Luke 1:42-45
Elizabeth knows who Mary carries
Luke 1:39-45
January 7, 2015
the epiphany of justification
Galatians 2:16
Romans 3:9-31
January 7, 2015
the epiphany of grace - 2
Ephesians 2:1-10
Romans 5:3-4
January 7, 2015
the epiphany of the unborn
Psalm 22:29-31
John 20:25-29



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January 25, 2015

edited January 25, 2015
the epiphany of Daniel
edited January 25, 2015
the epiphany of adoption – v2
edited January 25, 2015
the epiphany of the rich young ruler – v2
edited January 25, 2015
the epiphany of Saul – v2
edited January 24, 2015
the epiphany of the woman – v2
edited January 24, 2015
the epiphany of Pharaoh – v2
edited January 24, 2015
the epiphany of Legion – v3
(merging edits to original and version 2)
edited January 24, 2015
the epiphany of Martha – v2
edited January 24, 2015
the epiphany of Jesus – v3
(merging edits to version 2 and version 1)
edited January 23, 2015
the epiphany of Noah – v3
(editing version 2)
edited January 17, 2015
A moment of revelation – v2
edited January 17, 2015
the epiphany of Abraham – v3
edited January 16, 2015
the epiphany of Jesus – v2
edited January 16, 2015
the epiphany of the maidens – v3
(merging edits to original and version 2)
edited January 16, 2015
the epiphany was Herod’s – v3
(merging edits to version 1 and version 2)
edited January 16, 2015
the epiphany of John Wesley – v3
(merging edits to version 1 and version 2)
edited January 15, 2015
the epiphany of Matthew – v3
(merging edits to version 1 and version 2)
edited January 15, 2015
the epiphany of John – v2
January 15, 2015
The day of Epiphany
January 14, 2015
A moment of revelation
January 14, 2015
the epiphany of Anna
January 14, 2015
the Epiphany that mattered
edited January 12, 2015
the epiphany of the Sanhedrin – v2
edited January 12, 2015
the epiphany of the ten virgins – v2
(editing the epiphany of the maidens – v2)
edited January 12, 2015
the epiphany of the ten virgins
(editing the epiphany of the maidens)
edited January 12, 2015
the epiphany of Samuel
merging two earlier poems
edited January 12, 2015
the epiphany of Abraham – v2
edited January 12, 2015
the epiphany of Joseph – v2
edited January 11, 2015
the epiphany of Noah – v2
edited January 11, 2015
the epiphany of the ten maidens
edited January 9, 2015
the epiphany of Babel – v2
edited January 9, 2015
the epiphany of the people – v2
edited January 9, 2015
the epiphany of Cain – v2
edited January 9, 2015
the epiphany of David – v2
edited January 9, 2015
the epiphany of the Magi – v3
(merging edits to version 1 and version 2)
edited January 9, 2015
the epiphany of Revelation – v2
January 9, 2015
the epiphany of meaning
edited January 8, 2015
the epiphany of Matthew – v2
edited January  8, 2015
the epiphany of Legion – v2
edited January 8, 2015
the epiphany of Paul
edited January 8, 2015
the epiphany of John Wesley – v2
edited January 8, 2015
the epiphany of the Magi – v2
edited January 8, 2015
the epiphany of Mary – 2 – v2
edited January 8, 2015
the epiphany was Herod’s – v2
edited/merged January 7, 2015
the epiphany of grace, of justification
January 7, 2015
the epiphany of Christ’s presence
Luke 1:39-45
John the Baptist (in utero) and Elizabeth (by the Spirit)
know it is the Christ in Mary’s womb
January 7, 2015
the epiphany of Elizabeth
Luke 1:42-45
Elizabeth knows who Mary carries
Luke 1:39-45
January 7, 2015
the epiphany of justification
Galatians 2:16
Romans 3:9-31
January 7, 2015
the epiphany of grace - 2
Ephesians 2:1-10
Romans 5:3-4
January 7, 2015
the epiphany of the unborn
Psalm 22:29-31
John 20:25-29
January 7, 2015
the epiphany of Babel
Genesis 11:1-9
don’t try to be God
January 7, 2015
the epiphany of the rich young ruler
Luke 18:23
his wealth was his stumbling block
Luke 18:18-30
Mark 10:22
Mark 10:17-31
Matthew 19:22
Matthew 19:16-30
January 7, 2015
the epiphany of Martha
Luke 10:41-42
Mary chose the better part
Luke 10:38-42
January 7, 2015
the epiphany of Miriam
Numbers 12:1-15
given leprosy for disobedience
January 7, 2015
the epiphany of the fishes
John 6:8-13
a young boys lunch fed the 5,000
January 7, 2015
the epiphany of Naaman
2 Kings 5:1-5
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Elijah
1 Kings 19
God was in the still small voice
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of the widow
1 Kings 17:7-24
oil and flour not running out
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Deborah
Numbers 4:1-5:31
God appointing a woman as judge over Israel
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Aaron
Numbers 20:12
Numbers 20:24
Aaron would not go to the Promised Land
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Abraham
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of the snake
Genesis 3:13-15
God’s judgment on the snake in the Garden of Eden
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of the Prodigal Son
Luke 15:20
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and
was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw
his arms around him and kissed him.”
Luke 15:11-32
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of the Rich Fool
Luke 12:20
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be
demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’”
Luke 12:13-21
Parable of the Rich Fool
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of the people
Exodus 32:1-35
the golden calf
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of the maidens
Matthew 25:1-13
only five were saved
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of the one leper
Luke 17:11-19
only one of the ten lepers
stopped to praise God for their healing
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Mary Magdalene
John 20:11-18
knowing it was Jesus on Easter
when he called her by name
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of the woman
John 8:1-11
woman caught in adultery
not stoned at all
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Matthew
Matthew 9:9-13
the calling of Matthew
Luke 18:9-14
the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
January 6, 2015
the epiphany o f Moses
Numbers 20:6-11
God told Moses to speak to the rock to get water;
Moses hit the rock instead. God made a judgment
on Moses that he would not enter the Promised Land.
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Legion
Luke 8:28
awareness of the identity of Christ
Luke 8:26-39
Matthew 8:29
Mark 5:7
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of David
2 Samuel 12:18
Bathsheba’s baby died
2 Samuel 11:1-12:25
Psalm 51:1-19
January 6, 2015
the Epiphany of Daniel
the Book of Daniel
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Thomas
John 20:28
“My Lord and My God!”
John 20:25-29
Thomas needed to touch to believe.
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Pentecost
Acts 2:1-12
the fire of the Holy Spirit
Acts 2:1-21
the Day of Pentecost
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Pharaoh
Exodus 15:4
“Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea.
The best of Pharaoh’s officers are drowned in the Red Sea.”
Exodus 14:26-28
Exodus 14:5-31
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of his brothers
Genesis 45:1-28
Joseph reveals himself to his brothers
Genesis 37:12-36
Joseph sold by his brothers
Genesis 41:1-46:30
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Hagar
Genesis 21:9
Sarah demanded Hagar and Ishmael be banished
Genesis 21:17-18
God promises to make a great nation of Ishmael
Genesis 21:1-21
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Cain
Genesis 4:1-13
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of the rich man
Luke 16:19-31
the Rich Man and Lazarus
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Noah
Genesis 6:9-22
Genesis 7:1-24
Genesis 8:1-22
Flood story
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Adam and Eve
Genesis 3:1-10
the Fall of Man, realizing they were naked
Genesis 3:1-24
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of John Wesley
“I felt my heart strangely warmed.”
John Wesley’s Journal
May 24, 1738,
describing what happened to him at Aldersgate
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of John
Luke 1:41
John (the Baptist) leaped in his mother’s womb
when Mary came to Elizabeth
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of adoption
John 19:26-27
Jesus uniting Mary and John,
his mother and the disciple He loved
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Revelation
the Book of Revelations
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Stephen
Acts 7:55
Acts 7:54-60
the stoning of Stephen
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of the Sanhedrin
January 6, 2015
the epiphany of Samuel - 2
1 Samuel 16:12-13
God chooses Jesse’s youngest, David
1 Samuel 16:1-13
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of Samuel - 1
1 Samuel 3:1-10
God speaks to Samuel
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of Cleopas
Luke 24:30-32
their eyes were opened in the breaking of the bread
Luke 24:13-35
Walk to Emmaus
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of Saul
Acts 9:1-18
the conversion of Saul/Paul
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of Nicodemus
John 19:38-40
Nicodemus helping Joseph of Arimathea with Jesus’ body
John 3:1-21
Nicodemus coming to Jesus in secret at night
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of Sarai
Genesis 18:1-15
Sarai laughing about becoming pregnant,
and God noticing…
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of the thief
Luke 23:29-43
the good thief asking  to be with Christ
and Christ promising he would be with Him in paradise
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of the Centurion
Matthew 27:54
Mark 15:39
January 5, 2015
the Epiphany of Simeon
Luke 2:22-40 NIV
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of Jacob
Genesis 32:30
Jacob realizing he had wrestled with God
Genesis 32:22-31
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of Judas
Matthew 27:1-5
Judas realizing he had shed innocent blood
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of Peter
Jesus looking at him after he denied him, crying bitterly
Luke 22:61-62
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of Andrew
John 1:35-42
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of Jerusalem - 2
Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem
Palm Sunday
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of Pilate
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of Jesus
Luke 2:41-51
Jesus at age 12 in the Temple
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of Joseph
Luke 2:41-51
Jesus at age 12 in the Temple
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of Mary – 2
Luke 2:33-35
prophecy of Simeon
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of Jerusalem - 1
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of the Magi
January 5, 2015
the epiphany of Herod

January 5, 2015
the epiphany was Herod’s
edited/ new January 5, 2015
they bowed down and worshiped him
January 5, 2015
they opened their  treasure
January 5, 2015
there was no epiphany
January 5, 2015
each epiphany moment
January 4, 2015
the treasure of the Magi
January 4, 2015
Epiphany Moments
January 4, 2015
Epiphanies and Revelations
Worship Theme: Epiphany Sunday
Matthew 2:1-12 NIV
Luke 2:22-40 NIV
Epiphany Sunday
by Pastor Ruth Foss
communion
sermon “I Could Have Had A V-8. . . “
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Children’s Message
Mystery box
-          Winnie the Pooh security blanket
-          borrowed from Nolan Howes
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Epiphany Sunday
January 4, 2015
&
Worship Theme: New Year
Ecclesiastes 3:1-12 NIV
Revelation 21:1-6 NIV
Epiphany of the Lord Sunday
sermon “A Year in Review
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Prayer of Thanksgiving
we thank you Lord – v7
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Epiphany of the Lord Sunday
December 28, 2014
&
John 1:1-14
Luke 2:8-20
Matthew 2:1-2, 10-11
4th Sunday of Advent
Advent Sermon Series: The Voices of Advent, “I was there…”
Voices of Advent – “I was there…”
dramas by Ross Olson
sermon/message – “The Shepherd”
as performed by and worship led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Advent wreath lighting
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Christmas Eve Service
December 24, 2014
&
Luke 2:1-7 (KJV)
4th Sunday of Advent
Advent Sermon Series: The Voices of Advent, “I was there…”
Voices of Advent – “I was there…”
dramas by Ross Olson
sermon/message – “The Innkeeper”
(as performed by Doris DeRespino
with Madison Robinson
and Shanequa Foss as the daughters)
children’s message
-          understanding time
by Julie Stites
Prayer of Thanksgiving –
we thank you Lord – v6
worship led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
4th Sunday of Advent
December 21, 2014
&
Matthew 1:18-25
3rd Sunday of Advent
Advent Sermon Series: The Voices of Advent, “I was there…”
Voices of Advent – “I was there…”
dramas by Ross Olson
sermon/message – “Joseph”
 (as performed by Raymond A. Foss who, like Joseph,
is an step-father and adoptive  father)
Prayer of Thanksgiving –
we thank you Lord – v4
worship led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
3rd Sunday of Advent
December 14, 2014
&
2nd Sunday of Advent
Advent Sermon Series: The Voices of Advent, “I was there…”
Luke 1:26-38 (KJV)
Voices of Advent – “I was there…”
dramas by Ross Olson
sermon/message – “Mary”
(as performed by Shyanne Foss,
who, like Mary, is 14 years old)
Prayer of Thanksgiving –
we thank you Lord – v2
worship led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
2nd Sunday of Advent
December 7, 2014
&
1st Sunday of Advent
Advent Sermon Series: The Voices of Advent, “I was there…”
Sacred Dance Introit
Michael W. Smith’s
 “Intro and Prepare Ye the Way”
from his New Hallelujah album
Advent wreath lighting
Prayer of Thanksgiving –
Luke 1:19-20a
Voices of Advent – “I was there…”
dramas by Ross Olson
sermon/message – “Angel Gabriel”
(as performed by Terry Pettengill)
worship led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
1st Sunday of Advent
November 30, 2014

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