Sunday, September 29, 2013

Welcoming Christ – v6

Not judging the Master
His church open
opening his doors
welcoming Jesus
all of our neighbors
into our presence
communion with us

Open to all
fully inclusive
offering welcome
community, unity
to all of God’s children
all the people on earth

Reconciling, healing
open to blessing
within diversity
calling the others
joy, inclusion
all God’s people gifted
brought back to life

Edited September 29, 2013
Welcoming Christ – v6
(editing version 3)
Edited September 28, 2013
Welcoming Christ – v5
(editing original again)
Edited September 19, 2013
Welcoming Christ – v4
(editing original again)
Edited September 16, 2013
Welcoming Christ – v3
Edited April 23, 2013
“Welcoming Christ – v2”
after Austin Masterson
included the original in a student assignment
Roswell, NM
June 13, 2011
“Welcoming Christ”
Edited September 7, 2013
“Making the secular Holy – v2”
new poem September 7, 2013
“Making the secular Holy”
This poem is about my wife and me when we got married
in a civil service on December 17, 2004 in Concord, NH in White Park
and then before our church family at
Wesley United Methodist Church in Concord, NH
on April 23, 2005.
We celebrate 2 anniversaries because they both mean a great
deal to us, in very different ways.
I grieve for those who are able to marry civilly in so many
states now, such as NH, but are unable to marry in their
United Methodists churches and for the clergy who are put on trial
for choosing to go against the Discipline to marry them.
trials of Rev. Frank Schaefer
and Rev. Thomas Ogletree
and  Rev. Steve Heiss
Edited September 7, 2013
For Offering Love – v2
June 22, 2011
For Offering Love
Love on Trial,
the case against the Reverend Amy DeLong,
which begins on June 20, 2011
John 8:1-11
Samuel Thompson’s
Inclusion Essay
shared at the New England United Methodist Church
Annual Conference
in response to call by Reconciling Ministries Network
for essays describing, “My vision for an inclusive church”,
June 10, 2011
in part inspired by conversations with
the Reverend John Makokha
Riruta UMC
Children of Africa Hope Mission Project in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.
Matthew 25:31-46
The Sheep and the Goats
Matthew 28:18-20
Great Commission

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