Thursday, October 16, 2014

With Hope, With Love – v4

Maybe the time now, today,
to stand for the hopes of the people
that change would truly come
to balance the scales of justice
that more of our people, our neighbors
would share the same dreams
that the divide of the haves and have nots
would fall from the scene

With hope, with love
peaceful protest rising
claiming a chance to dream,
to see a future for our children
opportunity for the many
not wealth in but a few hands
sowing seeds of protest
in this troubled land

Acting as the Christ did
truly loving our neighbor
understanding all too well
the powerful want to hold onto power
yet not giving in to their greed
to their injustice, tolerance
marking this time to speak
to stand with our neighbors

Doing what is right,
in this time, in this place
lovingly, shining the light
carrying the cross of Christ
hope into the darkness, this troubled world
healing the breach caused by man
going as servant, throughout this land
doing all that we can

edited October 16, 2014
“With Hope, With Love – v4”

Blog Action Day 2014
edited January 20, 2014
“With Hope, With Love – v3”
(editing original again)
(Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2014)
Edited August 10, 2013
“With Hope, With Love – v2”
October 20, 2011
With Hope, With Love”
written about the Occupy Wall Street movement,
after reading earlier poem,
“With Love, Not with Hate”
before posting it to
October 20, 2011
Worship Theme: “Intentional Faith Development”
Acts 2:42-47 (The Message Bible)
2 Timothy 3:14-17 (Common English Bible)
Psalm 103:1-5 (Common English Bible) (Call to Worship)
Unison Prayer:
“Loving God, we thank you for this day. Thank you for
your Word that guides and sustains us. As we hear
your Word may we rejoice in your loving-kindness and goodness;
may we draw ever closer to you.
We pray for eyes to see you in the world,
ears to hear your whisper on the wind, and a heart that is
moldable in your hands. All this we pray in the
name above all names, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”
and sermon,
“Equipped for the Journey”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
October 16, 2011
Nineteenth Sunday of Pentecost
Third of Six part sermon series on
“Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations”
and the book by the same name, by Robert Schnase,, bishop of the Missouri Area of the United Methodist Church
Faith In Action, March 5, 2010
Word from Winkler, “The sacred work of reconciliation”,
By Jim Winkler, General Secretary, General Board of Church & Society,
United Methodist Church
With Love, Not with Hate

Righting injustices
standing up when opportunity calls
doing what is right
with love, not hate
this we honor, on this day
the man, the dream, the cause

Acting as the Christ did as he,
Healing the sick on the sabbath;
marching in the face of injunctions
understanding the wrath of power
doing the right thing
no matter the cost to them

Doing the right,
lovingly, shining the light
hope into the darkness
healing the breach caused by man
going a servant, bearing the cross
doing all that he could

January 19, 2010
Alive Now Daily Reflections
for January 18, 2010 to January 24, 2010
by Nancy Fergusons (You can visit her website at
for January 18, 2010, on Martin Luther King, Jr.
edited January 19, 2015
Changing the Wind – v3
(merging edits to original and version 2)
Edited July 22, 2013
“changing the wind – v2”
December 7, 2007
“changing the wind”
Based on the comments of Jim Wallis on
Speaking of Faith, November 29, 2007
He was talking about whether to change politicians
or change the wind, to change the public opinion
which guides politics. He used the example
of President Johnson’s statement to the
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that it would
take 5 years for a voting rights bill but
it actually took 5 months to pass the Voting Rights Act,
after the March in Selma.

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