Wednesday, October 15, 2014

For Extending God’s Hand – v5

for offering love
we stand in judgment
for extending Christ’s hand
Guilty, the verdict,
joining their hands as one

in the circle of faith
Offering blessing
the arms of the Creator
not shunning, disgrace

being Christ in this world
In this time, this place
for this guilty act
blessing and comfort, grace

Grace like water
love in the circle
rather than shunning
the community gathered
so it should be

edited October 15, 2014
For Extending God’s Hand – v5

(editing original version again)
Edited September 29, 2013
For Extending God’s Hand – v4
(editing original version again)
Edited September 13, 2013
For Extending God’s Hand – v3
(editing original version again)
Edited August 29, 2013
For Extending God’s Hand – v2
June 22, 2011
For Extending God’s Hand
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
Matthew 10:40-42
2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16
Psalm 13
Worship Theme: “All Are Welcome”
and sermon: “Ambassadors for God”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Suncook United Methodist Church
June 26, 2011
Second Sunday in Pentecost
note of Cynthia Good
on Keith Olbermann Special Comment
Passage of gay marriage bill in New York last night
posting on my Facebook page
“my 'heart' sinks with your continued association with the United Methodist church. God's Word clearly says that the Lord’s command is no females are allowed to be leaders. 1 Cor. 14:33-38; 1 Tim 2:12-3:12. Violating God's Word is not a recommended path to follow.”
verdict and judgment in Love on Trial,
the case against the Reverend Amy DeLong,
John 8:1-11
June 23, 2011
Able to Breath – unedited
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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