Friday, February 12, 2010

Gathering the Palms

The palms requested
gathered from their homes
coming back to church
for another yearly reminder
the palms of the prior year
the ashes that we burn
remembering the way of his passion
not just the coming into the city, triumphant
but the way of the cross as well


February 12, 2010
requested palms from last Palm Sunday
to be brought to church on February 14, 2010
burning the palms, making the ashes
for Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2010;
did the same thing, February 25, 2009



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The Green against the Gray

The winter afternoon bright and sunny
the green against the gray
the eastern hemlock luminous
on the asphalt shining
drawing me to bend
and lift the branch to my eye

Not knowing what to do next
transferring the sprig to the snow pile
the green warming
a cocoon forming
soon to be encased
in a cave of ice


February 12, 2010


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What He Could Have Done

The words of the devil,
taunting the Christ-child
alone in the desert
daring him to act

What he could have done
far more than he suggested
able easily to make
the stones into bread

Christ instead faithful
fasting in the desert
preparing himself, humbly
for his ministry

Tempted in all ways
by the devil there in the desert
rejecting it all
holding onto scripture

To be true to his calling
his reason for coming
rejecting the devil
taking on his servanthood


February 12, 2010
Luke 4:1-13
Readings from, “In the Name of Jesus”, by Henri Nouwen
Worship service after Our Family’s Table
Mediation by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
on Luke 4:1-11,
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 10, 2010
&
Luke 3:21-23
&
Luke 4:14:30
http://www.upperroom.org/bookstore/description.asp?item_id=645177&whichBarItem=excerpt&category=&sub_category=
Upper Room Disciplines for 2010
for January 25, 2010 to January 31, 2010,
“A Standing Invitation”,
by Ray Waddle
Luke 4:12-30 for January 30, 2010
&
Isaiah 61:1



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Disturbing His Nap


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Moist, but not necessarily chewy

Asking for details
the chocolate already consumed
before allowing
more candy to be enjoyed

Two brownies was her answer
asking if they were chewy
Moist was her response

Moist, but not necessarily chewy
to her older sister’s consternation
enjoying a laugh on the way home
after the school’s Valentine’s Day
something for the memory books


February 12, 2010
Shanequa and Shyanne
Pembroke Hill School
Suncook, NH

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Dancing Light

Hot summer eve
watching by the lawn, the field
dancing light in the grasses
the fireflies showing their finery
climbing higher to be seen

As I come near
rising into the humid air
dancing on the breezes
in the not yet still air

Catching one in my cupped hands
staring into the light
warm on my fingertips
feeling them alight

Pushing off of my open hands
joining the others in flight
dancing at the top of the grasses
a symphony of movement and light


February 12, 2010



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Bits of Clay

The swan boats motionless
the pond turning to a mud flat
the flowers, tulips shimmering
in yellows, oranges, and reds

The grasses by the shore sways
the lawn right to the waters
angles and shapes
catching my eye, drawing me in

There in the mud shining
bits of the history
ancient pieces of plates
and pipe, nestled in the dirt

Bits of clay, of pottery
long since discarded
the day to day jettisoned
finding their way to be bottom
an archeologist’s dream


February 12, 2010
Boston Common,
being drained for cleaning
at least 20 years ago



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The Warmth Striking the Ground

Looking out into the backyard,
over the shoulder of one of our cats,
The stranger year without snow
the warmth striking the ground
No snow covering,
the sunlight penetrating
a lot more motion
of the leaves, the squirrels
the brown and green combining
already poised, waiting,
waiting for the spring to come

February 12, 2010


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Standing Against the Devil

On the plain of the desert
after coming from the waters
baptized for a purpose
beginning his work

Standing against the devil
hungry and alone
steeled by the word of God
the love he knew so well

Each of us, in the pages
in the words of God revealed
able to stand against temptation
in all its earthly forms

Like Christ, our savior,
able to turn from the world
relying on the word of God
in all our daily struggles, choices
on this mortal coil


February 12, 2010
Luke 4:1-13
Readings from, “In the Name of Jesus”, by Henri Nouwen
Worship service after Our Family’s Table
Mediation by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
on Luke 4:1-11,
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 10, 2010
&
Luke 3:21-23
&
Luke 4:14:30
http://www.upperroom.org/bookstore/description.asp?item_id=645177&whichBarItem=excerpt&category=&sub_category=
Upper Room Disciplines for 2010
for January 25, 2010 to January 31, 2010,
“A Standing Invitation”,
by Ray Waddle
Luke 4:12-30 for January 30, 2010
&
Isaiah 61:1
&
Mark 14:32-39
Matthew 26:36-42
Luke 22:39-46
&
the quote from Thomas More,
http://www.luminarium.org/renlit/tmore.htm,
from “A Man for All Season”,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Man_for_All_Seasons,
talking of why he puts his faith in the law and in God,
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/amanforallseasons/quotes.html#explanation4




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Email 2/12/10 from the National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Dear Friends:

NRCAT is a co-sponsor of the Ecumenical Advocacy Days which will take place March 19-22 at the Double Tree Hotel in Crystal City, VA, near Reagan National Airport. It is a significant gathering of Christians who come to DC to strategize and lobby on a variety of issues. You can learn more and register at: http://www.advocacydays.org/.

On that Saturday NRCAT will sponsor an important workshop and we hope you will be able to join us:

Ending Torture - At Home and Abroad
Saturday, March 20, 2010
2:50 - 4:20 pm
Double Tree Hotel, Crystal City, VA

Workshop Description:

Come learn about three areas of work to end torture at home and abroad:
1) Ending U.S.-sponsored torture of post-9/11 detainees;
2) Ending torture in U.S. prisons; and
3) Advocating for U.S. policies and practices that help end torture by other governments.

Panelists will include:

Linda Gustitus, NRCAT's President;

Lance Tapley, investigative journalist, who has covered an ongoing campaign to pass legislation limiting the use of solitary confinement in Maine;

Steve Rickard, Executive Director of the Open Society Policy Center, who has many years of experience working for an end to torture around the world.

The session will include concrete suggestions for how people of faith can work to end torture in 2010, and Q/A with the panelists.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact John Humphries.

Sincerely,

Linda Gustitus, President
Rev. Richard Killmer, Executive Director
National Religious Campaign Against Torture

In the Words of Scripture

At the tip of his lips
ready to use them
the smooth stones of the wadi
carried in his mind
Ready to send them flying
to slay the giant
to stop the devil in his tracks

In the words of the scripture
the power to parry
to turn aside the arguments
to stay true to the king
Stones in his arsenal
more precious than armor
able to stand in the desert
against the temptations of sin


February 12, 2010
Luke 4:1-13
Readings from, “In the Name of Jesus”, by Henri Nouwen
Worship service after Our Family’s Table
Mediation by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
on Luke 4:1-11,
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 10, 2010
&
Luke 3:21-23
&
1 Samuel 17:1-58
&
Luke 4:14:30
http://www.upperroom.org/bookstore/description.asp?item_id=645177&whichBarItem=excerpt&category=&sub_category=
Upper Room Disciplines for 2010
for January 25, 2010 to January 31, 2010,
“A Standing Invitation”,
by Ray Waddle
Luke 4:12-30 for January 30, 2010
&
Isaiah 61:1



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We Can Walk on Water

Like Peter, you and I
we can walk on water
trusting in Christ
our eyes ever on him
ignoring the winds all around
reaching ever for him
going where he calls us
longing to walk
in the footsteps of Christ
in the way of the disciples;
needing to climb over the gunnels
to live by our faith
to stand on solid water


February 12, 2010
Matthew 14:22-33
Matthew 16:13-19
Isaiah 40:28-31 (Call to Worship)
Ephesians 3:14-20
Worship Theme: “This is not a spectator sport!”
& sermon by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
10/25/09


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On the side of their house

On the side of their house
around the bulkhead
between their yard
and their neighbor’s driveway
not much there in general

But there, as they had been long before
the sweet nectar of the lilies
Lilies of the valley
which went in her bouquet
when she became his wife
there still long after
coming to my eyes, my nose
in delight for my senses

Picking them,
up out of the earth
the small rocks and moss
below the gutters of the house
Coming in their backdoor
through the porch
and around the dogs, jumping
handing her my little bouquet
her face smiling, aglow

Back outside, into the sun
running with siblings and cousins
spending part of the day
at my grandparents
Maybe when I was six or seven


February 12, 2010
Mid to later in the 1960’s
15 Bates Street, Westfield, MA




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What makes the mind remember

Images flowing, deep within my memory
coming forth in words together
as if I am there again
in moments of time
fragments of my journey
clear to this moment
coming back to life

What makes the mind remember
sometimes a word, a conversation
others a smell, the texture of a thing
bringing that moment back to life
The people, places, the seconds of our lives
caught in the gossamer of time
stored in our memory


February 12, 2010


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Their Skeletons Discarded

Round the giant spruce trees,
at the back of the yard
amber casings
shining in the morning sun
their skeletons discarded

Their soundings, piercing
up high in the canopy
the cicadas’ voices
sing a song of summer
the heat prodding them on

Already frozen, statuesque
the empty shells still clinging
blending in with the color
of the amber pitch
almost hiding

Above the splash of the mud,
the dust of the needle litter
the pupae bursted, the shells pointing
to their home high in the trees


February 12, 2010
probably about 1972
57 Squawfield Road,
Westfield, MA


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Out behind our yard

Out behind our yard
in the far right corner
just to the right beyond
the boundary, the fences
a disturbed spot in the dirt
a glint of something shiny
finding a bit of broken glass
to add to my collection

But more there in that spot
out behind our yard, the fences
a tiny perfect skeleton
a squirrel that had met its maker
In an almost fetal position
the tail still wrapped in tight
the roots of the pines,
the grass around it
returning the bone to the earth


February 12, 2010
probably about 1972
57 Squawfield Road,
Westfield, MA


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A Sketch, a Photograph

A sketch, a photograph
an image caught in my memory
brought forth from my mind
just as real, to me
as when I lived this moment
so, so long ago

A wonder of our nature
the ability to remember
in colors, senses, and the touch
our memories so rich
in our vivid imagination


February 12, 2010


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Kneeling in the Center

Moving from the stern
into the center of the canoe
Lowering my center of gravity
heaving against the wind
Out in the middle
no cover of the shore
Fighting to steer
to guide my path
My body a sail against me
pushing me out to deeper waters
Letting go a bit
to find the calm
the lee of the other shore
Working with the wind
the water in the shadow
The calm by the edge of the lake
Leading me safely home


February 12, 2010


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Sitting on the Hillside

Maybe not like Jesus
going to the mountains to pray
simply sitting on the hillside
enjoying the time of day

Going up to the high places
touching the face of God
simple pleasures of creation
feeling your presence all around

The sun bright and warming
the winds cool to my skin
taking off the outer jacket
to let the heat come in

Out on the hillside
the camera at my feet
letting my mind take it all in
the beauty from my seat

Holding onto the rock below me
my feet holding my perch
up on the hillside
God within my reach


February 12, 2010


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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Not Just on Level Ground

The journey of our lives
just as for the Christ
not just on level ground
trials in deserts,
on the stormy seas
climbing up the mountains
going through the shadow of death

Leaning on the scripture, the law
the rock on which we stand
against the winds of life
the storms we must withstand
that we may remain strong

Like Christ, we are tempted
to do what is easy, what is wrong
the devil in little things,
often when we are alone
looking for an opportune time

On our journey, even when the way is straight
needing to remain true to our path
turning away from the world
to God instead, our guide
Living yoke to our brother the Christ
heeding the spirit’s voice inside


February 11, 2010
hiking in New England, up through the tree line
and the quote from Thomas More,
http://www.luminarium.org/renlit/tmore.htm,
from “A Man for All Season”,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Man_for_All_Seasons,
talking of why he puts his faith in the law and in God,
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/amanforallseasons/quotes.html#explanation4
Mark 14:32-39
Matthew 26:36-42
Luke 22:39-46
&
Luke 4:1-13
Readings from, “In the Name of Jesus”, by Henri Nouwen
Worship service after Our Family’s Table
Mediation by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
on Luke 4:1-11,
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 10, 2010
&
Luke 3:21-23
&
Luke 4:14:30
http://www.upperroom.org/bookstore/description.asp?item_id=645177&whichBarItem=excerpt&category=&sub_category=
Upper Room Disciplines for 2010
for January 25, 2010 to January 31, 2010,
“A Standing Invitation”,
by Ray Waddle
Luke 4:12-30 for January 30, 2010
&
Isaiah 61:1




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Turned from the wind

In some sense, all of us
when we are in the winds
exposed, alone with our thought
naked on the summit
huddled against the wind
like the juniper, the mosses,
the trees remaining
anchored in the rock, the soil
the ground against the wind


February 11, 2010
hiking in New England, up through the tree line
and the quote from Thomas More,
http://www.luminarium.org/renlit/tmore.htm,
from “A Man for All Season”,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Man_for_All_Seasons,
talking of why he puts his faith in the law and in God,
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/amanforallseasons/quotes.html#explanation4


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The Shape of the Glass

The shape of the glass changing
fluid, living art,
cooling slowly
kept red hot

Glowing as he spun the pipe
moving in gentle time
loving the form into life
one color added at a time

Into the furnace, the fire,
the orb went, dancing in the flames
out again to be turned and shaped
loving brought to life



February 11, 2010
about Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks, somewhere I spent hours, over many summers in the 1990’s watching bowls, pitchers, pictures, and more, come to life.



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The Snap of the Branches Underfoot

The snap of the branches underfoot
watching where I walk
the path refracting the light
the mica reflecting the sun beams
the granite crumbling
the rocks hewn by the winds
grabbing a hold of the birch
to steady my steps on the ground
oak leaves and white pine needles
giving to balsam and cedar
scrub more as I climb higher
junipers, granite outcroppings
lichen and moss in their lee
huddled against the wind
when I reach the summit again



February 11, 2010


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The Smell of the balsam and cedar

The smell of the balsam and cedar
as I climb into the clouds
the thick gray around me
wet from the sky, the ground
knowing the sun is breaking
calling me to climb on
in the deep woods of August
where else would I rather be
out in creation
enjoying a gift from God
the scents on the breezes
brushing my face with the branches
up to the tree line


February 11, 2010


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More than we experience

The temptations of Christ
in the desert alone
more than we experience in life
so hungry, alone

He was confronted
by the devil for forty days
offered temptations
in every single way

No food to strengthen him
the word of God alone
the bulwark, the rock
to stave off the devil’s call

Remaining faithful
in all the trials of man
staying true to God
his calling from above

Going out into the world
to begin his ministry of love
tested by the devil
steeled by rejection of his hometown


February 11, 2010
Luke 4:1-13
Readings from, “In the Name of Jesus”, by Henri Nouwen
Worship service after Our Family’s Table
Mediation by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
on Luke 4:1-11,
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 10, 2010
&
Luke 3:21-23
&
Luke 4:14:30
http://www.upperroom.org/bookstore/description.asp?item_id=645177&whichBarItem=excerpt&category=&sub_category=
Upper Room Disciplines for 2010
for January 25, 2010 to January 31, 2010,
“A Standing Invitation”,
by Ray Waddle
Luke 4:12-30 for January 30, 2010
&
Isaiah 61:1




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Rejected in His Hometown

The prophet unwanted
the change, the news to amazing
Jesus rejected in his hometown
the people could not believe

Surviving the devil
steeled by the desert
he walking right through the mob
to begin his ministry


February 11, 2010
Luke 4:14-30
&
Luke 4:1-13
Readings from, “In the Name of Jesus”, by Henri Nouwen
Worship service after Our Family’s Table
Mediation by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
on Luke 4:1-11,
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 10, 2010
&
Luke 3:21-23
&
Luke 4:14:30
http://www.upperroom.org/bookstore/description.asp?item_id=645177&whichBarItem=excerpt&category=&sub_category=
Upper Room Disciplines for 2010
for January 25, 2010 to January 31, 2010,
“A Standing Invitation”,
by Ray Waddle
Luke 4:12-30 for January 30, 2010
&
Isaiah 61:1




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Exhausted from the desert

In the reading, the story of his ministry
how he came to return
to the home of his youth

Going to the waters, baptized by his cousin
the spirit/dove descending
bodily onto him

Sent by the spirit, straight into the desert
a test, temptation, the devil
conforming him with sin

Fighting with scripture, the word of God
the offerings of Satan
staying true to his call

Traveling home, to Nazareth
telling them of his mission
being sent out on a rail

Exhausted from desert
rejected in his hometown
sent out into the world
to spread his message of love


February 11, 2010
Luke 4:1-13
Readings from, “In the Name of Jesus”, by Henri Nouwen
Worship service after Our Family’s Table
Mediation by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
on Luke 4:1-11,
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 10, 2010
&
Luke 3:21-23
&
Luke 4:14:30
http://www.upperroom.org/bookstore/description.asp?item_id=645177&whichBarItem=excerpt&category=&sub_category=
Upper Room Disciplines for 2010
for January 25, 2010 to January 31, 2010,
“A Standing Invitation”,
by Ray Waddle
Luke 4:12-30 for January 30, 2010
&
Isaiah 61:1




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Not taking the bait

Though he was tempted
hungry, alone in the desert
Jesus stood strong
calling on the word of God

Not taking the bait
the offerings of the devil
faithful to his path
in spite of his hunger

Reading from the scripture
reproving the devil
putting him on his heels
until a more opportune time


February 11, 2010
Mark 14:32-39
Matthew 26:36-42
Luke 22:39-46
&
Luke 4:1-13
Readings from, “In the Name of Jesus”, by Henri Nouwen
Worship service after Our Family’s Table
Mediation by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
on Luke 4:1-11,
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 10, 2010
&
Luke 3:21-23
&
Luke 4:14:30
http://www.upperroom.org/bookstore/description.asp?item_id=645177&whichBarItem=excerpt&category=&sub_category=
Upper Room Disciplines for 2010
for January 25, 2010 to January 31, 2010,
“A Standing Invitation”,
by Ray Waddle
Luke 4:12-30 for January 30, 2010
&
Isaiah 61:1




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More than we could stand

Trying to imagine
even with the spirit
living in the desert
for forty days without food

In that state, hunger
facing the devil
for forty days alone

Only the scripture
the spirit with him
protected by the hand of God

Able to withstand
his offerings
humble, but with the power
of the holy word of God


February 11, 2010
Luke 4:1-13
Readings from, “In the Name of Jesus”, by Henri Nouwen
Worship service after Our Family’s Table
Mediation by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
on Luke 4:1-11,
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 10, 2010
&
Luke 3:21-23
&
Luke 4:14:30
http://www.upperroom.org/bookstore/description.asp?item_id=645177&whichBarItem=excerpt&category=&sub_category=
Upper Room Disciplines for 2010
for January 25, 2010 to January 31, 2010,
“A Standing Invitation”,
by Ray Waddle
Luke 4:12-30 for January 30, 2010
&
Isaiah 61:1




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Where We Could Not

A lesson for all people
the way he responded in the desert
faithful to his call
from God above

Christ tempted as we are
in the wilderness, desert
the devil seeking all
when they are hungry
suffering thirst

Offering us pleasures
all we can imagine
but unlike us
Christ denied them all

Remaining faithful
alone in the desert
the rock of scripture
like a suit of armor
protecting him
from the devil’s worst


February 11, 2010
Luke 4:1-13
Readings from, “In the Name of Jesus”, by Henri Nouwen
Worship service after Our Family’s Table
Mediation by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
on Luke 4:1-11,
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 10, 2010
&
Luke 3:21-23
&
Luke 4:14:30
http://www.upperroom.org/bookstore/description.asp?item_id=645177&whichBarItem=excerpt&category=&sub_category=
Upper Room Disciplines for 2010
for January 25, 2010 to January 31, 2010,
“A Standing Invitation”,
by Ray Waddle
Luke 4:12-30 for January 30, 2010
&
Isaiah 61:1




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In His Hunger

When he was hungry
alone in the desert
the tester, the tempter,
trying to change his path

Christ encountering
the devil in his hunger
remaining faithful
to the Lord, his servanthood

Honoring the law,
the teachings of scripture
a lesson in righteousness
for all of us to learn

Even in his hunger
alone in the desert
Christ remaining faithful
for that we give our thanks

Praise to our savior
who remembered his mission
come to the earth
to set us free from our sin


February 11, 2010
Luke 4:1-13
Readings from, “In the Name of Jesus”, by Henri Nouwen
Worship service after Our Family’s Table
Mediation by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
on Luke 4:1-11,
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 10, 2010
&
Luke 3:21-23
&
Luke 4:14:30
http://www.upperroom.org/bookstore/description.asp?item_id=645177&whichBarItem=excerpt&category=&sub_category=
Upper Room Disciplines for 2010
for January 25, 2010 to January 31, 2010,
“A Standing Invitation”,
by Ray Waddle
Luke 4:12-30 for January 30, 2010
&
Isaiah 61:1




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Returning in the Garden

Like in the desert
Christ alone
this time the disciples
had fallen asleep

The devil tempting
once again offering
a way for Christ
to avoid his calling

Christ again
showing his faithfulness,
his servanthood;
accepting the father’s will
taking the cup to his lips


February 11, 2010
Mark 14:32-39
Matthew 26:36-42
Luke 22:39-46
&
Luke 4:1-13
Readings from, “In the Name of Jesus”, by Henri Nouwen
Worship service after Our Family’s Table
Mediation by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
on Luke 4:1-11,
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 10, 2010
&
Luke 3:21-23
&
Luke 4:14:30
http://www.upperroom.org/bookstore/description.asp?item_id=645177&whichBarItem=excerpt&category=&sub_category=
Upper Room Disciplines for 2010
for January 25, 2010 to January 31, 2010,
“A Standing Invitation”,
by Ray Waddle
Luke 4:12-30 for January 30, 2010
&
Isaiah 61:1



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Kicked Out of Nazareth

Called by the Spirit
descending on his life a dove
rising from the waters
baptized by John

Tempted by the devil
starving in the desert
all the earthy pleasures
offered to him

Going home
reading the scripture
the definition of his call
too much for them to bear

Kicked out of Nazareth
out into the countryside
needing another place
to call his earthly home


February 11, 2010
Luke 4:1-13
Readings from, “In the Name of Jesus”, by Henri Nouwen
Worship service after Our Family’s Table
Mediation by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
on Luke 4:1-11,
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 10, 2010
&
Luke 3:21-23
&
Luke 4:14:30
http://www.upperroom.org/bookstore/description.asp?item_id=645177&whichBarItem=excerpt&category=&sub_category=
Upper Room Disciplines for 2010
for January 25, 2010 to January 31, 2010,
“A Standing Invitation”,
by Ray Waddle
Luke 4:12-30 for January 30, 2010
&
Isaiah 61:1




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With Faith

In the absence, without faith
no act to step out
to leave our comfort
to follow, to go,
when we are called
none of this comprehensible

With faith, alone
able to see a vision
to dream dreams
to believe in a future
a calling to go, to do
to be what we were meant to be


February 11, 2010



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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Urgency of the Words

When they come to my mind
needing to come out
to be written down and shared
his glory, his grace, his love

Words with urgency
so many who have not yet heard
the love of God revealed
in the pages of the word

So many times, coming to a verse
a thought, a voice speaking to me
to share the love of Christ
the Spirit, the Father as well

All of them, the three together
the same one God
different voices, roles to share
the triune deity

The care of the loving father
the example of the son
the spirit guiding us each day
all of them wanting us to hear

The urgency of the words
to turn from the way of the world
to come as a servant
needing the grace of the Lord


February 10, 2010



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Hiking above the Tree Line

The granite exposed below me
the vista as far as the eye could see
the lake a mirror
glistening in the sun

My hiking, the climbing
through the tree line
rewarded with the beauty
of the scene from the top

Sitting, my eyes closed
drinking in the sun
a prayer to my creator
thanking him for this moment
aware of this means of grace
poured out on me


February 10, 2010


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In the Shadow of this Life

The shadow of death
stalking each of us
our sin, a judgment
since the fall of man
something deep within
the dark side of our free will

Able to choose, to a point
to turn toward the light
but our nature, deep within
a shadow of death in this life

Only the Christ,
the unblemished lamb
our rock and our redeemer
changing the path of our life
paying the debt we owe
going to Calvary
in the place of man
an offering to take sin away

No longer in the shadow
the sentence of death
paid by the priest once and for all
sacrificing himself
for you and for me
his grace setting us free



February 10, 2010
Psalm 23



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Turning to the Lord

Turning to the Lord
when I have fear, doubt
turning from my sinful ways
only in him, in his infinite grace
am I able to stand before God

None of my doings, not my works
only my faith in him
accepting the gift of his sacrifice
his taking on the sins of the world

Turning to the Lord
thanking him for his grace
all I can do, following his call
his hands, his feet, his voice
in this time and place
doing my master’s work for him



February 10, 2010


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Relying on God

Relying on God
all of my days
trusting he is by my side

Only in him,
in his grace am I saved
repenting of my sinful ways

The Christ dying for us
going to the cross
taking on the sins of the world

The Spirit with me
when I turn to him
living inside of me

Only in relying on the trinity
father, son, and spirit
am I justified at the end of my days


February 10, 2010


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Not in Myself

Not in myself
relying on God
for my salvation,
his grace alone
my future assured
not by my works at all

In God only, the love of Christ
in coming to earth to save us
growing as a man
his feet of clay
going to the cross for me

Only in God
not in myself
for I am captive of my sin
all I am and all I hope to be
is in being yoked to him



February 10, 2010


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Savior (3)

The first thing that comes to mind
when I think of the cross
our savior dying, in pain
the abandonment of the disciples
the ones that he loved
all of us just the same

So many of us
leave our faith
walk away from the Lord
only to come back later in life
to be renewed, restored

Only then, do we begin to understand
we cannot make it alone
we need our savior
our brother right by our side
to make it through each day

Coming back to our father
the faith of our youth
returning like the Prodigal Son
the Lord there, when we turn to him
for he had never turned from us
right there by our side



February 10, 2010


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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

A Passion for the Message

A passion for the message
the words I need to share
a gift of the creator
given to me with care

Bursting into my consciousness
as I make my way
needing to be written down
to find the light of day

The words a passion
given from the Lord
a ministry of love
the words I have been given
hope for all of us here below



February 9, 2010



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A Place for the Words

Praying, as the words come
flowing out of me
a place for the words
for all the world to see
a market for my message
the glory of our creator
the grace of our savior
that his love may be revealed


February 9, 2010



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Pouring Out of Me

The words, like an avalanche
the rocks flying in the air
a torrent of water
pouring out of me

Not knowing where
from whence they come
needing to write, to share
to let them out


February 9, 2010



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Words Like Water

Words like water
welling up inside of me
bursting forth, a fountain
living water to share

A message of hope
of grace, for you and for me
all of us worthy
all of us given
love from the creator
life, eternity


February 9, 2010



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Smells of the Wood

Out on the mountain
rich in summer
the greens so deep
almost hurting my eyes

Trying to focus,
also in the shadows
the cedar and balsam
drawing me in

Climbing the mountain
going onward
above the glades and slopes
we skied in the winter

Rivulets flowing
dipping my hand to taste
sensing the peat
the rich earth giving me
something to drink

The birch around me
the evergreen forest
giving way toward the summit
lichen and rock


February 9, 2010
1970's Sugarloaf, ME

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Lichen on the Rocks

Up above the treeline
the moles, the scrub, the forest
lichen on the rocks
adding color to the gray

The cedar and balsam
bent to the wind’s force
a vista to view
up above the trees

Bathed in sunlight
bleached by the windstorms
the peaks exposed
to nature’s grace and wrath

The rocks, the moss, the lichen
holding on for dear life
waiting for us to linger
their beauty on display

February 9, 2010


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The Wind off the Ocean

The wind off the ocean
after the hurricane
Like pumice in the air
eating my skin

Turning away,
from the sting of the missiles
the fine particles
pushed by the wind


2/9/2010
The Wind off the Ocean
Gay Head Beach,
Aquinnah,
Martha’s Vineyard, MA
1996, after Hurricane Eduardo

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Calloused

The boards of the cabins
against the wind off the ocean
sanded and buffeted
boards bent to the touch
The seams and veins
the grain exposed to nature
calloused skin
on the windward side


===========
edited January 16, 2016
Calloused – v4
(editing version 3)
edited November 1, 2015
Calloused – v3
(editing original)
edited October 26, 2015
Calloused – v2
2/9/2010
Calloused
on Nantucket, MA
and on Martha’s Vineyard, MA


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Bleached Gray

The cottages barren
stripped of pretense
no pain, no stain
protecting them from the sun
the wind, the waves
the salt air bleaching
the rough hewn boards
bleached to gray

Out in the elements
the waves and the wind storms
out in the bay
away from the shore
the dune, the sand changing
wiped clean of the my presence
the footfalls evaporating
in the shifting sands


2/9/2010
on Nantucket, MA
and on Martha’s Vineyard, MA


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The Cold Stones

The cold stones
warmed by the sun
the lichen and moss
calling me to touch
the masks of death
the weeping willows,
the words of the faithful
written into the stones

Entering the grounds
hallowed by the centuries
the lives of so many
cataloged, laid down
the markers of the people
long dead and buried
but calling to us
to walk righteously


2/9/2010
gravestones in Portsmouth, NH
and on Martha’s Vineyard, MA


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The Face of Death

The mask, the image
the face of death before me
etched into the stone
preserved for a time
the name of the faithful
buried beneath them
row after row
of the dead below ground


2/9/2010
gravestones in Portsmouth, NH
and on Martha’s Vineyard, MA


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Made Righteous

Even in my life
the anchor of my sin
holding me to the earth

Only by the grace
the love of God
able to walk in faith

Made righteous
courageous, because of the Lord
his sacrifice, made clean

The stain of my sin
washing from my soul
pure as the driven snow

Walking with my savior
all of my days
the spirit guiding me home


February 9, 2010


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Staring at My Sin

Under the law,
the rules laid down
so much of our lives
staring at my sin
where I have failed
to follow each letter
each verse of the Law

Only by the grace
the love of God
the sacrifice of the son
walking with the spirit
indwelling in me
able to see
the face of God


February 9, 2010


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Only His Grace

Not by my work
under the law
only by his grace
able to walk
into the presence of God
at the end of my days

Only in Christ
I am redeemed
my stain washed away
able to walk
into the presence of God
only by his grace


February 9, 2010


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Under Grace

Living, free from my sin
under grace,
the loving sacrifice of God
walking with Christ
the spirit within me
no longer fearing the grave
heaven instead awaits

His sacrifice, taking on my sin
an offering, holy and pure
balancing the scales
may stain washed clean
in his arms I rest
secure and safe
knowing heaven awaits


February 9, 2010
Under Grace

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Under the Law

Under the law
an indictment
a punishment secure
knowing I cannot
avoid the price I bear

Only by his grace
may I see the face of God
otherwise sure
a warmer place
awaits me
at the end of my days


February 9, 2010


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Shining with His Glory

His face, countenance radiant
shining with his glory
bathed in the light of God
shining upon his face

Entering into the presence
the afterglow remaining
Moses shining
luminous,
with the glory of God


February 9, 2010
Exodus 34:29-35


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Email 2/8/10 from the National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Dear NRCAT Supporter:

Last month brought the disheartening news that 58 percent of U.S. voters say that waterboarding should have been used in interrogating the Nigerian terror suspect after the attempted airline bombing on Christmas Day. And newly elected Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) asserted during his campaign that waterboarding is not torture and advocated its use.

We need to continue to work to change the hearts and minds of the American people on torture - and as a religious organization, our focus is on people of faith.

NRCAT's campaign to have 300 congregations in at least 30 states make a commitment to show the video "Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever" this spring is now more important ever. Based on feedback from our outreach to congregations, we have extended the timeframe for this project until May 30, 2010.

A major goal of this campaign is to use this video resource as a way to reach new congregations that have not yet participated in our work.

Register now to show the film in your congregation.

Use these helpful tips to reach out to another congregation in your town, region, or faith group and encourage them to show the video.

You can view the 20-minute video online or order the DVD for $5 from NRCAT's online store.

This updated video features prominent leaders from several faith traditions and former military interrogator Matthew Alexander. Accompanied by detailed discussion guides for six different faith groups (Catholic, evangelical Christian, Jewish, mainline Protestant, Muslim, and Unitarian Universalist), this resource is ideally suited for religious education classes or gatherings of interfaith groups that want to explore this issue together.

Register now or read more information about this campaign.

Thank you for helping NRCAT build the moral consensus that torture is always wrong.

Sincerely,

Linda Gustitus, President
Rev. Richard L. Killmer, Executive Director

Letting Loose the Words

Flowing, a wellspring rising
letting loose the torrent
the fountain of your love
Spirit speak through me
convey the nature of God
in the words you give me
to share with the world


February 9, 2010
after posting this poem to FaithWriters
---
Awakening the Muse

Asleep within me, the muse of my heart
You, Spirit, waiting for me
Looking inside, the words still there
finding voice, freedom, when I still myself to thee
Speak to me, spirit eternal
give me your words to convey
find me willing, in the quiet of my soul
teach me to share your message to the world

February 21, 2009
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Monday, February 08, 2010

All of Our Authority

All of our authority
no matter our might
lost if we torture
that which is not right

We must believe
in the order of law
the rights of the others
a moral code

Our rights as citizens
our role in the world
a beacon of hope
to a troubled world


February 8, 2010


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Torture is always wrong

No matter the costs
the price we may pay
torture is always wrong
this is where we must stand

Our nation
this land that we love
meant to be a beacon of hope
a refuge for those in need

Where can we stand
when the whirlwind comes
when this law is gone,
wiped out from our creed

Where can we hide
when the storm clouds come
when chaos, rage,
knocks at our door

Only if we hold true
if something remains inviolate
that this country abhors this violence
torture is never our choice


February 8, 2010


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The Church a Sanctuary

Not merely the name of the room
the church a sanctuary
a safe place for all God’s children
to come, safe, from the storms of life
a place of refuge and strength
of hope and love,
caring for one another
as God commanded
and as Christ showed
living out his ministry
a servant, going to the cross for us
teaching us to love,
each one to the other
all our sisters and brothers
all needing a place of safety
may this our community be
a sanctuary ever
all welcome here



February 8, 2010
John 14:1-3, 12-18, 25-27
Psalm 46 (Call to Worship)
Psalm 23
and sermon, “When Your World Come Crashing Down”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
http://www.suncookumc.org
http://facebook.com/groups/136632035559/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Suncook-United-Methodist-Church/102221356487965
Suncook, NH
February 7, 2010,
based in part on article,
"Trauma and Theology",
by Professor Shelly Rambo,
Boston University School of Theology,
Focus Magazine, Winter 2009
http://www.bu.edu/sth/files/2010/01/STH_FOCUS_Winter09__AllSections1.pdf




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Strengthened in the Meal We Share

In the breaking of the bread
in the drinking of the cup
remembering the faithfulness of God
saving the people from slavery
and remembering the sacrifice
the choice of Christ
to drink the bitter cup of our sin
to go to the cross for you and for me

Strengthened by the meal that we share
in the bread and the cup
steeling us for the trials we face
and to be instruments of his love
faithfully going out into the world
Christ’s hands and his feet
offering his message of love


February 8, 2010
John 14:1-3, 12-18, 25-27
Psalm 46 (Call to Worship)
Psalm 23
and sermon, “When Your World Come Crashing Down”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 7, 2010,
based in part on article,
"Trauma and Theology",
by Professor Shelly Rambo,
Boston University School of Theology,
Focus Magazine, Winter 2009
http://www.bu.edu/sth/files/2010/01/STH_FOCUS_Winter09__AllSections1.pdf
&
Matthew 26:17-30;
Mark 14:12-25;
Luke 22:7-20.
&
Luke 22:39-46
Matthew 26:35-45
Matthew 26:39
“And he went a little further, and fell on his face,
and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible,
let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will,
but as thou wilt”. (KJV)



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Future, after the storms

A hope, our faith
in the future
after the storms
the trials of our lives

Christ, the spirit,
God with us
living within our hearts

Going with us
all of our days
supported along the way

Christ in the people we meet
those who share
who walk with us
strengthening us for our tasks


February 8, 2010
John 14:1-3, 12-18, 25-27
Psalm 46 (Call to Worship)
Psalm 23
and sermon, “When Your World Come Crashing Down”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 7, 2010,
based in part on article,
"Trauma and Theology",
by Professor Shelly Rambo,
Boston University School of Theology,
Focus Magazine, Winter 2009
http://www.bu.edu/sth/files/2010/01/STH_FOCUS_Winter09__AllSections1.pdf



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Though Unable to Walk in Their Shoes

In moments of trauma,
the shaking of our world
our ways shattered or torn
the community of faith
there by their side
our hope in times of strife

The spirit with us
calling us in
to bond with our neighbors
there though unable
to walk in their shoes
offering them hope
and faith in You


February 8, 2010
John 14:1-3, 12-18, 25-27
Psalm 46 (Call to Worship)
Psalm 23
and sermon, “When Your World Come Crashing Down”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 7, 2010,
based in part on article,
"Trauma and Theology",
by Professor Shelly Rambo,
Boston University School of Theology,
Focus Magazine, Winter 2009
http://www.bu.edu/sth/files/2010/01/STH_FOCUS_Winter09__AllSections1.pdf



Copyright by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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A Safe Place

A promise from our savior
preparing a place for us to go
a room in the mansion of God;
something special to anticipate
but here in this world
a prayer for a safe place
especially in times of strife

The church, our community of faith
there like the spirit,
right by our side
going through the struggles,
the trials, the storms of life
whatever comes our way

Leaning on our brothers,
the sisters on our way
the spirit guiding us as well
a life in community
strengthening us
caring for us all of our days


February 8, 2010
John 14:1-3, 12-18, 25-27
Psalm 46 (Call to Worship)
Psalm 23
and sermon, “When Your World Come Crashing Down”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 7, 2010,
based in part on article,
"Trauma and Theology",
by Professor Shelly Rambo,
Boston University School of Theology,
Focus Magazine, Winter 2009
http://www.bu.edu/sth/files/2010/01/STH_FOCUS_Winter09__AllSections1.pdf



Copyright by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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for usage.

The Cup of Our Sin

In the garden, Gethsemane
after the supper, the Passover,
the betrayal,
the breaking of the bread
the sharing of the wine

A different cup waiting
there in the garden
more than sacrifice
waiting for him
the bitter cup of our sin

The Lord praying
his tears like blood
the awesome moment,
“please take this cup from me.”

His humanity, for a moment
rising in panic, to turn from his path;
returning, Christ a servant
putting the cup to his lips

There in the garden
taking on the weight of our sin;
the die cast,
all now leading to Calvary.



February 8, 2010
John 14:1-3, 12-18, 25-27
Psalm 46 (Call to Worship)
Psalm 23
and sermon, “When Your World Come Crashing Down”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
http://www.suncookumc.org
http://facebook.com/groups/136632035559/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Suncook-United-Methodist-Church/102221356487965
Suncook, NH
February 7, 2010,
based in part on article,
"Trauma and Theology",
by Professor Shelly Rambo,
Boston University School of Theology,
Focus Magazine, Winter 2009
http://www.bu.edu/sth/files/2010/01/STH_FOCUS_Winter09__AllSections1.pdf
&
Matthew 26:17-30;
Mark 14:12-25;
Luke 22:7-20.
&
Luke 22:39-46
Matthew 26:35-45
Matthew 26:39
“And he went a little further, and fell on his face,
and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible,
let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will,
but as thou wilt”. (KJV)



All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 21,380+ of my poems at http://www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

The Cup of Sacrifice (2)

At the table
the cup of sacrifice
the bread, the wine
shared with the twelve
remembered, each time,
when we break the bread
and drink of the cup

His promise in the upper room
the Passover converted
forever changed
remembering
the new covenant



February 8, 2010
John 14:1-3, 12-18, 25-27
Psalm 46 (Call to Worship)
Psalm 23
and sermon, “When Your World Come Crashing Down”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
http://www.suncookumc.org
http://facebook.com/groups/136632035559/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Suncook-United-Methodist-Church/102221356487965
Suncook, NH
February 7, 2010,
based in part on article,
"Trauma and Theology",
by Professor Shelly Rambo,
Boston University School of Theology,
Focus Magazine, Winter 2009
http://www.bu.edu/sth/files/2010/01/STH_FOCUS_Winter09__AllSections1.pdf
&
Matthew 26:17-30;
Mark 14:12-25;
Luke 22:7-20.
&
Luke 22:39-46
Matthew 26:35-45
Matthew 26:39
“And he went a little further, and fell on his face,
and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible,
let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will,
but as thou wilt”. (KJV)



All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 21,380+ of my poems at http://www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.


Remembering His Promise

In the Communion
remembering the Passover
the new covenant of Christ
assurance in both
God with us
in the trials of our life

A promise of the spirit
right by our side
indwelling with us
A future at the end
of the days of our lives

Hope in the promises
of our risen Lord
only to accept
the way of the Lord
all of us to be restored


February 8, 2010
John 14:1-3, 12-18, 25-27
Psalm 46 (Call to Worship)
Psalm 23
and sermon, “When Your World Come Crashing Down”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 7, 2010,
based in part on article,
"Trauma and Theology",
by Professor Shelly Rambo,
Boston University School of Theology,
Focus Magazine, Winter 2009
http://www.bu.edu/sth/files/2010/01/STH_FOCUS_Winter09__AllSections1.pdf
&
Matthew 26:17-30;
Mark 14:12-25;
Luke 22:7-20.
&
Luke 22:39-46
Matthew 26:35-45
Matthew 26:39
“And he went a little further, and fell on his face,
and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible,
let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will,
but as thou wilt”. (KJV)




Copyright by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Contact me at Ray Foss
for usage.

Remembering His Faithfulness

The Christ, the son, the lamb
offering his life for us
God drinking from the cup
climbing the cross for us

Remembering his faithfulness
a servant of God
submitting to the father’s will
going to the cross
as had been foretold
suffering our punishment

Eating the bread
drinking of the cup
of the new covenant
the blood of the lamb
cleansing our sin,
pure, unblemished again


February 8, 2010
John 14:1-3, 12-18, 25-27
Psalm 46 (Call to Worship)
Psalm 23
and sermon, “When Your World Come Crashing Down”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 7, 2010,
based in part on article,
"Trauma and Theology",
by Professor Shelly Rambo,
Boston University School of Theology,
Focus Magazine, Winter 2009
http://www.bu.edu/sth/files/2010/01/STH_FOCUS_Winter09__AllSections1.pdf
&
Matthew 26:17-30;
Mark 14:12-25;
Luke 22:7-20.
&
Luke 22:39-46
Matthew 26:35-45
Matthew 26:39
“And he went a little further, and fell on his face,
and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible,
let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will,
but as thou wilt”. (KJV)




Copyright by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Contact me at Ray Foss
for usage.

Remembering that Story

In raising the cup
the unleavened break
remembering the story
of this people
Christ intoning the ancient rite
the ordinance repeating

Changing the words
from the desert
the Passover
a new covenant
to remember

The cup and the bread
the blood of the lamb
God’s loved poured out
for us all

Saving us by grace
our sin upon him
the lamb climbing the cross
redeeming man for all time
the priest sacrificing once


February 8, 2010
John 14:1-3, 12-18, 25-27
Psalm 46 (Call to Worship)
Psalm 23
and sermon, “When Your World Come Crashing Down”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
http://www.suncookumc.org
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 7, 2010,
based in part on article,
"Trauma and Theology",
by Professor Shelly Rambo,
Boston University School of Theology,
Focus Magazine, Winter 2009
http://www.bu.edu/sth/files/2010/01/STH_FOCUS_Winter09__AllSections1.pdf
&
Matthew 26:17-30;
Mark 14:12-25;
Luke 22:7-20.
&
Luke 22:39-46
Matthew 26:35-45
Matthew 26:39
“And he went a little further, and fell on his face,
and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible,
let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will,
but as thou wilt”. (KJV)




Copyright by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Contact me at Ray Foss
for usage.

The Lamb Climbing the Cross

The unblemished lamb
alone in the dark
the Garden of Gethsemane

The perfect sacrifice
taking on our sin
the bitter cup to his lips

Obedient, a servant of God
the lamb climbing the cross
atoning sacrifice for our sin
for our sin, what a cost


February 8, 2010
Matthew 26:39
“And he went a little further, and fell on his face,
and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible,
let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will,
but as thou wilt”. (KJV)




All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 21,380+ of my poems at http://www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Stepping into the Fire

The offering of the lamb
the son of the creator
the son of man
the unblemished lamb
becoming a sacrifice

Choosing to submit
the follow the will
the command of the law
taking on all of our sin
our hands upon his head

Going to the cross
the sin sacrifice
the cup bitter to his taste
the sins of the world
staining the lamb
stepping into the fire
to make us clean


February 8, 2010
Matthew 26:39
“And he went a little further, and fell on his face,
and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible,
let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will,
but as thou wilt”. (KJV)


Copyright by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Contact me at Ray Foss
for usage.