Sunday, February 25, 2018

you will join me in paradise



Christ’s answer to my prayer
as we were both dying
such an assurance
hope in that moment,
“Today you will
join me in paradise.”

what an ending
to my life’s journey
me, this thief,
this armed robber
seeing Paradise,
the face of God

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February 25, 2018
you will join me in paradise

Luke 23:42
Then he (Dismas, the Good Thief) said,
“Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom.” (The Message)
Luke 23:43
He (Jesus) said,
“Don’t worry, I will. Today you will join me in paradise.” (The Message)
February 25, 2018
Today - 3
February 24, 2018
The offer of Paradise
February 24, 2018
Remember Me, Lord
edited February 24, 2018
Christ promised Paradise – v2
February 24, 2018
the Good Thief walking with Jesus
edited February 24, 2018
was he a witness – v2
February 24, 2018
was he a witness
1 Peter 3:19-20
edited February 24, 2018
Forgive Me, Lord – v2
February 24, 2018
Forgive Me, Lord
February 22, 2018
Christ promised paradise
February 25, 2018
2nd Sunday of Lent
Seven Last Words of Christ
Psalm 22:23-31
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Romans 4:13-25
Luke 23:39-43
“Today You Will be With Me In Paradise”
church sign: “The Offer of Paradise”
sermon , “Forgive Me, Lord, Remember Me”
text

video

by Raymond A. Foss
Children’s Message

by Chrissy McCarthy
Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
&
February 19, 2018
the palms burning
edited February 19, 2018
spending time with God – v3
edited February 19, 2018
spending time with God – v2
February 19, 2018
spending time with God
February 19, 2018
giving up something
February 19, 2018
deeply personal
February 19, 2018
something to give up
February 19, 2018
A time of preparation - 2
February 19, 2018
staring at our mortality
edited February 19, 2018
only so much time – v2
February 19, 2018
only so much time
February 19, 2018
Days of Rest, of Sabbath
Six (6) Sundays within the time of Lent
Ash Wednesday Service
&
February 19, 2018
Knowingly, recklessly, unwittingly
February 19, 2018
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
February 19, 2018
only through God’s mercy
February 19, 2018
Dead to Rights
February 19, 2018
omission, commission
February 19, 2018
a speaking indictment
February 19, 2018
wittingly unwittingly
February 19, 2018
we are guilty
edited February 19, 2018
an unwitting accomplice – v2
February 19, 2018
an unwitting accomplice
February 18, 2018
at Your mercy
February 18, 2018
pleading guilty
February 18, 2018
Christ died with love on His lips
February 18, 2018
Christ died to forgive our sin
edited February 18, 2018
when we fail to do good – v2
February 18, 2018
when we fail to do good
February 18, 2018
wipe away our sin
February 18, 2018
Lord, in Your Mercy
February 18, 2018
while they ripped off His clothes
February 18, 2018
as little children
February 18, 2018
1st Sunday of Lent
Seven Last Words of Christ
Psalm 25:1-10
Luke 23:23, 33-34
sermon, “Father Forgive Them”
by Sally Drew
Children’s Message

by Julia Hills Stites
Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
&
1st Sunday in Lent
February 22, 2015
edited February 18, 2018
metanoia – 2 – v2
February 18, 2018
metanoia - 2
(written 2/14/18)
Ash Wednesday
Isaiah 58:1-12
The Upper Room Disciplines for 2018
Lenten Metanoia
February 12, 2018 to February 18, 2018
Tommie Watkins, Jr.
devotion for February 14, 2018
read February 12, 2018
&
February 17, 2018
Burning of the Palms
Burning of the Palms
written February 14, 2018
edited February 15, 2018
seeking a change – v2
February 15, 2018
seeking a change
February 14, 2018
Ash Wednesday service
Joel 2:12-17
Matthew 6:1-6; 16-21
Opening Words
Greeting  and Lenten Prayer and prayer for Pastor Ruth
Hymn, “In the Garden”
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Lenten Poem
Ash Wednesday Message
video:
by Sally Drew
Distribution of Ashes and closing hymn,
“It Is Well with My Soul”, and
Closing Prayer
by Sally Drew
Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Ash Wednesday
February 14, 2018
&
Burning of the Palm service
opening prayer
Isaiah 58:5-10
burning of the palms
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Burning of the Palms Service
February 13, 2018
&
April 22, 2017
are we still in the tomb
April 22, 2017
we are commissioned - 2
April 22, 2017
the door is open
April 22, 2017
rise from your death bed
April 22, 2017
we like Christ are risen
April 22, 2017
we have hope - 2
April 21, 2017
there is life - 2
April 21, 2017
there is power
April 21, 2017
there is life in Jesus
April 21, 2017
there is no forgiveness of sins
April 21, 2017
there is no victory
April 21, 2017
there is no faith
April 21, 2017
Without resurrection morning
April 21, 2017
we stand at the empty tomb
April 21, 2017
How could all of this have happened?
April 20, 2017
called from our tombs
April 20, 2017
will you come out
April 19, 2017
Jesus calls our name
April 19, 2017
the beginning of new life - 2
edited April 19, 2017
That is the Good News
April 19, 2017
That is the Message
April 19, 2017
Lazarus, Come Out – v2
April 19, 2017
Lazarus, Come Out
April 19, 2017
our past left in the tomb
April 19, 2017
remove our death clothes
April 18, 2017
Show them the risen Christ
April 18, 2017
we live
April 18, 2017
when Jesus calls us by name
April 18, 2017
we can see
April 18, 2017
I have seen the Lord
April 18, 2017
why are you crying
April 17, 2017
he saw and believed
April 17, 2017
We’re alive
April 17, 2017
Leave your death clothes behind
April 17, 2017
wrapped in death clothes
April 17, 2017
Mary Trembled
&
April 17, 2017
we may enter in
edited April 17, 2017
the tomb was opened – v2
April 17, 2017
the tomb was opened
based in part by Facebook post
“The stone rolled away, leaving an open grave, was not a means
for Jesus to get out , but a means for us, like Mary and Peter, to enter in –
into a long line of witnesses to the resurrection power of God's amazing grace.”
by Pastor Lori Eldredge
Easter Monday
&
April 16, 2017
Hear the Good News
April 16, 2017
come out
April 16, 2017
called from our graves
April 16, 2017
Stetson Memorial UMC
Resurrection Sunday!
Psalm 113
John 20:1-18 NLT
Acts 10:34-48 MSG
Isaiah 25:6-9 NLT
and Sermon, “Leave Your Death Clothes Behind!!…”
text:
video:
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Children’s Message
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Easter/ Resurrection Sunday
April 16, 2017
&
April 22, 2017
the temple lambs were slaughtered
edited April 22, 2017
become my sin – v2
April 22, 2017
become my sin
edited April 22, 2017
why did we have to come here
April 22, 2017
what did Jesus just say
April 22, 2017
with Christ’s blood on the lintels
April 22, 2017
within death
April 22, 2017
what happened here we remember
April 22, 2017
his blood on the lintels
April 22, 2017
preparing them for this night
April 22, 2017
Jesus was still teaching
April 22, 2017
we share a meal with Christ
April 17, 2017
God washed my feet
April 15, 2017
a night to remember
April 13, 2017
Stetson Memorial UMC
Maundy Thursday
Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14
Luke 22:1-20
John 13:1-9
Psalm 116:1-6, 12-19
Romans 6:23
intro to Seder elements
invitation to the foot washing
sermon, “Passed Over…”
text:
video:
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Maundy Thursday
April 13, 2017
&
April 17, 2017
based on the choices of Christ
edited April 17, 2017
I am to love those who hate me
edited  April 17, 2017
we are to love as Christ loves
April 17, 2017
love as Christ loves
April 17, 2017
love those who hate you
April 17, 2017
love that leaves a mark
April 17, 2017
love that hurts
April 17, 2017
that kind of love
April 17, 2017
help me to love
April 13, 2017
costly love
April 13, 2017
the sign of our discipleship
John 13:1-17, John 13:31b-35
The Upper Room Disciplines for 2017
“Not What We Expected”
April 10, 2017 t0 April 16, 2017
Holy Week
by Emily Anderson
devotion for April 13, 2017
Maundy Thursday
read April 13, 2017
&
April 9, 2017
our palms laid before him
April 9, 2017
The message of the palms
April 9, 2017
in words, in symbols
April 9, 2017
Stetson Memorial UMC
Palm Sunday
Sermon Series:
 “God Shaped Hole. . . ”
Inspired by Marcia McPhee’s
 Looking For Love. . .
Psalm 8:1-9
Genesis 38:6
John 12:13
sermon, “Palms?”
text:

video:
by Chrissy McCarthy
Children’s Message
by Chrissy McCarthy
Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Palm Sunday
April 9, 2017
&
April 4, 2017
From Bethany to Jerusalem
April 4, 2017
Lazarus come out
April 2, 2017
Rise from your grave
edited April 2, 2017
wake up church – v2
April 2, 2017
wake up church
edited April 2, 2017
We are raised from the dead – v2
April 2, 2017
we are raised from the dead
April 2, 2017
Christ sets us free
April 2, 2017
Our Liberator
April 1, 2017
freed from the grave
April 1, 2017
Come back to life
April 1, 2017
Freed by Christ - 2
April 1, 2017
Love in the form of Christ Jesus
April 1, 2017
may the bones come together
April 2, 2017
Stetson Memorial UMC
5th Sunday of Lent
Sermon Series:
 “God Shaped Hole. . . ”
Inspired by Marcia McPhee’s
 Looking For Love. . .
“Liberator”
Psalm 130
Psalm 130:1-8
Ezekiel 37:1-14
John 11:1-45
sermon, “within these dry bones”
text:
video:
pages 1- 6
pages 6-7
by Raymond A. Foss
altar call by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
5th Sunday of Lent
April 2, 2017
&
edited  April 2, 2017
may you find eternal life – v2
April 2, 2017
may you find eternal life
merged April 1, 2017
we go forth
April 1, 2017
strengthened by the Holy Spirit
April 1, 2017
redeemed by Christ’s mercy
April 1, 2017
created by God’s love
John 11:1-15, 38-45
The Upper Room Disciplines for 2017
“Seeing with the Eyes of God”
March 27, 2017 to April 2, 2017
by Deirdre Good
devotion for April 2, 2017
read April 1, 2017
&
edited  April 1, 2017
a prisoner of hope – v2
April 1, 2017
a prisoner of hope
quote of Bishop Desmond Tutu
April 1, 2017
there is no life
April 1, 2017
the breath of life
Ezekiel 37:1-14
The Upper Room Disciplines for 2017
“Seeing with the Eyes of God”
March 27, 2017 to April 2, 2017
by Deirdre Good
devotion for April 1, 2017
read April 1, 2017
&
April 1, 2017
a living, breathing nation
edited/renamed March 31, 2017
We are not dead; We are alive
March 31, 2017
He is not dead; He is alive
March 31, 2017
prophesy to the bones
edited March 31, 2017
within these dry bones – v2
March 31, 2017
within these dry bones
March 31, 2017
get up my people
Ezekiel 37:1-14
The Upper Room Disciplines for 2017
“Seeing with the Eyes of God”
March 27, 2017 to April 2, 2017
by Deirdre Good
devotion for March 31, 2017
read March 31, 2017
&
John 11:1-45
The Upper Room Disciplines for 2017
“Seeing with the Eyes of God”
March 27, 2017 to April 2, 2017
by Deirdre Good
devotion for March 30, 2017
read March 30, 2017
&
April 1, 2017
Jesus gathers us in - 2
April 1, 2017
a different kind of Savior
April 1, 2017
Jesus, our Shepherd
April 1, 2017
the Lord looks on the inside
April 1, 2017
a rain to fall upon our parched soul
March 31, 2017
The voice of the world
March 30, 2017
we listen to the wrong voices
March 30, 2017
the voice that knows our path
March 30, 2017
Too many voices
March 30, 2017
spend time with the shepherd
March 30, 2017
listen to the voice of God
March 30, 2017
as Your guest
March 26, 2017
Stetson Memorial UMC
4th Sunday of Lent
Sermon Series:
 “God Shaped Hole. . . ”
Inspired by Marcia McPhee’s
 Looking For Love. . .
Psalm 23
Psalm 23:1-6
John 10:1-21 NIV
1 Samuel 16:1-13
sermon, “Ba Ba Black Sheep”
text:
video:
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Children’s Message
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
4th Sunday of Lent
March 26, 2017
&
March 30, 2017
tearing way the excess
March 30, 2017
filling that hole
March 30, 2017
give me this water
March 30, 2017
pour your love
March 30, 2017
His blood cleanseth
March 30, 2017
unquenchable thirst
March 30, 2017
a God-shaped hole
March 20, 2017
You Will Thirst No More
March 19, 2017
in the waters of grace
March 19, 2017
we are refreshed now
March 19, 2017
we are released of our sin
March 19, 2017
we are washed clean now
March 19, 2017
Share the Water
March 19, 2017
Christ is that well
March 19, 2017
Stetson Memorial UMC
3rd Sunday of Lent
Sermon Series:
 “God Shaped Hole. . . ”
Inspired by Marcia McPhee’s
 Looking For Love. . .
Psalm 95:1-7
John 4:1-15
Romans 5:1-5
Exodus 17:1-6
sermon, “You Will Thirst No More… ”
(with Sermon Notes)
text:
video:
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
3rd Sunday of Lent
March 19, 2017
&
March 19, 2017
Jesus is that Savior
March 19, 2017
we all need the Savior
March 19, 2017
Until the Savior set us free
March 18, 2017
my help comes from the Lord
March 18, 2017
without Jesus we are dead
March 18, 2017
we need a Savior
March 18, 2017
sin rules us
March 18, 2017
seek God
March 18, 2017
searching  for something
March 16, 2017
the resistance of evil
March 16, 2017
to fill the void
March 16, 2017
a pilgrimage to the cross
March 15, 2017
we shall not perish
March 15, 2017
God saved the world
March 15, 2017
Faith is Life
March 15, 2017
I need a Mother
March 15, 2017
I need a Father
March 15, 2017
I need a Guide
March 15, 2017
I need a Helper
March 15, 2017
I need a Savior
March 15, 2017
I need Somebody
March 12, 2017
2nd Sunday of Lent
Sermon Series:
 “God Shaped Hole…”
Inspired by Marcia McPhee’s
 Looking For Love…
Psalm 121
John 3:16-17
sermon, “Help, I Need Somebody… ”
text:
video:
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
2nd Sunday of Lent
March 12, 2017
&
March 5, 2017
we shine in the brilliance of God
March 5, 2017
resist evil
March 5, 2017
a resistor
March 5, 2017
a false hope
March 5, 2017
resist sin
March 5, 2017
a real reward
March 5, 2017
Don’t test me
March 5, 2017
1st Sunday of Lent
Sermon Series:
“God Shaped Hole…”
“Looking for the Resistor”
Inspired by Marcia McPhee’s
Looking For Love…
Matthew 4:1-11
Psalm 32
sermon, “Resist-or”
text:
video:

by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message

by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
1st Sunday of Lent
March 5, 2017
&
March 5, 2017
Days of Journey
March 5, 2017
the piece we are missing
March 5, 2017
failing miserably
March 4, 2017
the God-shaped love
March 4, 2017
a journey to repentance
edited March 4, 2017
cover me with clay – v2
March 3, 2017
cover me with clay
edited March 3, 2017
the journey to the cross - 2
March 3, 2017
the journey of the cross
March 3, 2017
cover me with the dust of the earth
March 3, 2017
cloak my life
March 3, 2017
smudged with ashes - 2
edited March 2, 2017
searching, seeking
March 2, 2017
searching
March 1, 2017
Ash Wednesday service
Sermon Series:
“God Shaped Hole…”
“Where Is the Love”
Inspired by Marcia McPhee’s
Looking For Love…
Joel 2:12-17
Matthew 6:1-6; 16-21
Opening Words
Greeting
Lenten Prayer
Hymn, “In the Garden”
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Lenten Poem
sermon, “Where Is The Love?”
text:
video:
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Communion
Distribution of Ashes
and closing hymn,
“It Is Well with My Soul”
Closing Prayer
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Ash Wednesday
March 1, 2017
&
February 25, 2017
burning up our praise
February 25, 2017
igniting our prayers, our worship
February 28, 2017
Burning of the Palm service
Isaiah 58:5-10
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
February 28, 2017
&
edited February 27, 2016
The Smell of the Burning Palms – v6
(merging edits to version 3 and version 5)
edited February 19, 2015
The Smell of the Burning Palms – v5
(merging edits to original and version 3)
edited February 12, 2016
we will get up – v2
February 12, 2016
we will get up
February 12, 2016
We will stand up
February 12, 2016
And we will rise up
February 12, 2016
Deliver us
February 12, 2016
Restore us - 2
February 12, 2016
Create in us
February 12, 2016
Purge us
February 12, 2016
Teach us
February 12, 2016
Wash us
February 12, 2016
our sick souls
February 12, 2016
we lay down prostrate before you
February 12, 2016
we kneel before you - 2
February 12, 2016
we bow before you - 2
February 12, 2016
we need your grace
February 12, 2016
our hidden transgression
February 12, 2016
on this Ash Wednesday
February 12, 2016
meditation on God’s Holy Word
February 12, 2016
self-denial
February 12, 2016
prayer and fasting
February 12, 2016
a holy Lent - 3
February 12, 2016
prepared for Holy Baptism
February 12, 2016
During this season - 2
February 12, 2016
We’re guilty
edited February 11, 2016
Rip your heart wide open – v2
February 11, 2016
running back to God – 3
February 11, 2016
running back to God – 2
February 11, 2016
a season of change
February 11, 2016
spiritual preparation
February 11, 2016
Repent, change direction
February 11, 2016
this whole Lent thing
February 11, 2016
don't add too much
February 11, 2016
pray in secret
February 11, 2016
adding and subtracting
February 11, 2016
a time of self-reflection
February 11, 2016
Is there a mark on the inside
February 11, 2016
do not tear your clothes
February 11, 2016
Rip your heart wide open
February 11, 2016
even now
Ash Wednesday service
Joel 2:12-17a
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
centering song, “Surely the Presence”
Opening Words
Greeting
Lenten Prayer
Hymn, “In the Garden”
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Invitation to Communion
Prayer after Communion
Invitation to receive ashes
Distribution of Ashes
Lenten poem: ”Journeying to Jerusalem”
sermon, “The Math of Lent 2.0”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
and closing hymn,
“It Is Well with My Soul”
Closing Prayer
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Ash Wednesday
February 10, 2016
&
February 10, 2016
the palms ablaze
Ash Wednesday
February 10, 2016
into ashes
Ash Wednesday
edited February 10, 2016
Palms for the Ashes – v5
(merging edits to version 3 and version 4)
Ash Wednesday
edited February 10, 2016
I hear the crackle – v2
Ash Wednesday
February 10, 2016
I hear the crackle
Ash Wednesday
February 10, 2016
fuel for the fire
Ash Wednesday
edited February 10, 2016
how quickly they burn – 2 – v3
(editing version 2)
Ash Wednesday
edited February 10, 2016
How quickly they burn – v3
(editing version 2)
Ash Wednesday
February 10, 2016
licking the flesh
Ash Wednesday
edited February 9, 2016
Our joy burned in anger – v2
February 9, 2016
Our joy burned in anger
Isaiah 58:5-10
Burning of the Palm service
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
February 9, 2016 and February 10, 2016
&
edited February 5, 2016
Palms for the Ashes – v4
(editing version 3)
February 5, 2016
Palms for the Fire
edited April 2, 2015
Palms for the Ashes – v3
(merging edits to version 2 and version 1)
edited February 19, 2015
Palms for the Ashes – v2
Ash Wednesday service
Joel 2:12-17a
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Prayer of Confession
Imposition of Ashes
Communion
Lenten poem:”Changer: A Lenten Poem”
by Adrienne Sparrow Trevathan
sermon, “The Math of Lent”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
and closing hymn,
“It Is Well with My Soul”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Ash Wednesday
February 18, 2015
&
edited January 8, 2016
bittersweet – v3
(merging edits to version 2 and original)
edited February 18, 2015
bittersweet – v2
edited March 5, 2015
how quickly they burn – 2 – v2
February 17, 2015
how quickly they burn - 2
Isaiah 58:5-10
Burning of the Palm service
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
February 17, 2015 and February 18, 2015
&
edited March 21, 2015
the sweetness of Sorrow – v3
(editing version 2)
edited March 9, 2015
the sweetness of Sorrow – v2
March 6, 2015
the sweetness of Sorrow
edited May 6, 2015
breathing in Sorrow – v5
(editing version 3)
edited March 6, 2015
breathing in Sorrow – v4
(merging edits to version 3 and version 2)
edited February 18, 2015
breathing in Sorrow – v3
(editing version 1)
edited March 24, 2014
breathing in Sorrow – v2
edited, new poem March 7, 2014
breathing in Sorrow
edited February 18, 2015
the ashes drawn within – v3
(editing version 2)
edited March 6, 2014
the ashes drawn within – v2
March 6, 2014
the ashes drawn within
Ash Wednesday worship service at
Mountain Heights Healthcare Facility
Patten, ME
March 6, 2014
&
edited August 5, 2015
The flesh of that bread – v4
(editing version 2)
edited April 19, 2014
The flesh of that bread – v3
(editing original version again)
edited March 12, 2014
The flesh of that bread – v2
March 5, 2014
The flesh of that bread
edited February 18, 2015
the dust of the ashes – v3
(editing version 1 again)
edited March 10, 2014
the dust the ashes – v2
March 5, 2014
the dust the ashes
edited February 18, 2015
the palms consumed – v2
March 6, 2014
the palms consumed
edited February 18, 2015
the sorrow of the ashes – v3
(editing version 1)
edited March 15, 2014
the sorrow of the ashes – v2
March 6, 2014
the sorrow of the ashes
edited February 18, 2015
my lungs filled with the smoke – v2
March 6, 2014
my lungs filled with the smoke
edited February 18, 2015
burning our celebration – v3
(editing original)
edited March 10, 2014
burning our celebration – v2
March 6, 2014
burning our celebration
edited February 18, 2015
burning our hope – v3
(editing version 1)
edited April 12, 2014
burning our hope – v2
March 5, 2014
burning our hope
edited February 18, 2015
cloaked in the smoke – v2
March 5, 2014
cloaked in the smoke
edited February 18, 2015
ashes of that fire – v2
March 5, 2014
ashes of that fire
edited February 18, 2015
How quickly they burn – v2
March 5, 2014
How quickly they burn
edited/new name February 18, 2015
the mirror of the ashes
edited February 18, 2015
the truth of the ashes – v2
March 5, 2014
the truth of the ashes
edited February 18, 2015
the anger of the fire – v5
(editing original again)
edited March 30, 2014
the anger of the fire – v4
edited March 24, 2014
the anger of the fire – v3
edited March 15, 2014
the anger of the fire – v2
March 5, 2014
the anger of the fire
March 5, 2014
bittersweet
edited July 15, 2015
within the sweetness of the smoke – v9
(editing version 5)
edited July 1, 2015
within the sweetness of the smoke – v8
(editing version 5)
edited March 20, 2014
“within the sweetness of the smoke – v7”
edited March 4, 2014
“within the sweetness of the smoke – v6”
Ash Wednesday and Lent
beginning this week
burning of the palms from last year
hymn - “Sunday’s palms are Wednesday’s Ashes”, TFWS #2138
&
Worship Theme – “Ash Wednesday
Prelude
Unison Prayer
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 (CEB)
Joel 2:12-17a (CEB)
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Imposition of Ashes
Communion
Lenten poem:”Changer: A Lenten Poem”
by Adrienne Sparrow Trevathan
my earlier poem, “within the sweetness of the smoke”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
March 5, 2014
Ash Wednesday
Lent
&
edited March 23, 2015
cover me with dust – v3
Edited March 22, 2013
“cover me with dust – v2”
February 15, 2013
“cover me with dust”
Worship Theme – “Ash Wednesday
Prelude
Unison Prayer
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 (CEB)
Joel 2:12-17a (CEB)
hymn, “Sunday’s Palms Are Wednesday’s Ashes” TFWS #2138
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Imposition of Ashes
Communion liturgy – “The Great Thanksgiving for Early Lent”
Lenten poem: “Changer: A Lenten Poem”
by Adrienne Sparrow Trevathan
my earlier poem, “within the sweetness of the smoke”
on the bulletin back cover
This Lenten Season, we are doing something a little different. We are doing Lenten Dramas from:   http://www.sermonsfromseattle.com/home.htm It is called "The Voice of God". We are hearing conversations between God and some of the characters that took part in Passion Week. It has been a "moving experience" for all. . . 
February 13 2013 Ash Wednesday – James  (portrayed by Diane Mitchell)
February 17, 2013 – Judas  (portrayal by Ray Foss)
February 24, 2013 – Peter  (portrayal by Marshall Burns)
March 3, 2013 – Pilate  (portrayed by Richard Fleury)
March 10, 2013 – Barabbas  (portrayed by Mark Cioffi)
March 17, 2013 - Dysmas (Thief on the cross)  (portrayed by Ray Foss)
March 24, 2013 Palm Sunday
March 28, 2013 Maunday Thursday – The Centurion
March 29, 2013 Good Friday - Mary Mother of Jesus
March 31, 2013 Easter Sunday! - The Gardner     
and Ash Wednesday Drama:
(a conversation with James and God
after the Garden of Gethsemane)
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 13, 2013
Ash Wednesday
Lent
&
Edited November 28, 2013
The brittleness of our hope – v2
(Thanksgiving Day)
February 6, 2013
new poem – “The brittleness of our hope”
The brittleness of our hope
Edited February 6, 2013
“The smell of the smoke – v3”
February 27, 2012
“The smell of the smoke – v2”
Worship Theme – “Ash Wednesday
Prelude
Unison Prayer
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 (CEB)
Joel 2:12-17a (CEB)
Prayer of Confession (Psalm 51:3)
Pastoral Prayer
Word of Assurance (GBOD 2012)
Thanksgiving over the ashes
Distribution of the Ashes
hymn, “Sunday’s Palms Are Wednesday’s Ashes” TFWS #2138
and Ash Wednesday Meditation,
“The Math of Lent”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
Ash Wednesday
February 22, 2012
&
thinking on the earlier poem, “within the sweetness of the smoke”
February 19, 2012
Ash Wednesday and Lent
beginning this week
burning of the palms from last year
hymn - “Sunday’s palms are Wednesday’s Ashes”, TFWS #2138
&
Edited January 1, 2014
“within the sweetness of the smoke – v5”
(editing version 2)
Edited February 14, 2013
“within the sweetness of the smoke – v4”
Edited February 14, 2013
“within the sweetness of the smoke – v3”
Edited February 6, 2013
“within the sweetness of the smoke – v2”
February 19, 2012
“within the sweetness of the smoke”   
&
Worship Theme – “God’s Healing Mercy
Mark 2:1-12 (NRSV)
Isaiah 43:18-25 (NRSV)
2 Corinthians 1:18-22 (NRSV)
Call to Worship (Psalm 41:1-4, 13 (NRSV Bible))
Unison Prayer
Prayer of Dedication ((GBOD Mark 9:2-9)
and sermon, “How Good of God”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
Seventh Sunday of Epiphany
Transfiguration Sunday
February 12, 2012
&
February 21, 2009
Palms for the Ashes
preparing the Ash Wednesday ashes
from Palm Sunday’s palms
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
2/21/2009

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