Saturday, December 05, 2015

All the Believers – v2

All the believers
should be gathered together
we should be singing together
praises to our King
to the coming of Christ

Joyful, ever, singing
ever aware of the Spirit
feeling God’s presence
Christ with us
forever, always

We are guided by the Spirit
believing God’s promise
to be with us
walking with God
all of our days

On this night more than others
celebrating, in memory
of the coming of Christ
our King descending
taking on human flesh

Singing joyfully, together,
for the coming of our Savior
coming as a baby, as a child
descending to the earth
to heal our sinfulness

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edited December 5, 2015
All the Believers – v2

December 24, 2010
All the Believers
Luke 2:6-7
Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
Luke 1:26-35, 38
Luke 2:1-7
Luke 2:8-20
Matthew 2:1-11
Advent Candle Liturgy, by Dean McIntyre
Christmas Pageant (6:30pm service)
Meditation by Reverend Huntley Halvorson (11:00pm service)
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
December 24, 2010
Christmas Eve services,
6:30pm and 11:00pm
&
Matthew 2:1-5
Hebrews 12:28-13.3
Advent Candle Liturgy, by Dean McIntyre (with Matthew 1:18-25)
Worship Theme: “You never know where you will encounter God.”
Unison Prayer
and sermon, “Meeting Angels”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
December 19, 2010
Fourth Sunday of Advent
&
Isaiah 35:1-10
James 5:7-8       
Call to Worship
church sign: “Uncontainable Joy”
Worship Theme: “Joy”
and sermon, “Uncontrollable”
by Pastor Ruth L. Foss
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
December 12, 2010
Third Sunday of Advent
&
2 Corinthians 4:1-10 (NRSV)
Isaiah 11:1-9 (TEV)
Luke 2:22-32 (TEV)
Luke 2:14 (bulletin cover)
Luke 2:8-14
Luke 19:41 (worship theme)
Responsive Prayer
(“Call to Worship #3”,
Year B, Second Sunday of Advent,
December 7, 2008, Order of service written by
the Rev. Nancy Townley, Abingdon author.)
Advent Candle Liturgy, by Dean McIntyre (with Psalm 72:1-7)
Children’s Message based on Matthew 1:21-23
Worship Theme: “If only you knew the way to peace”
and sermon, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
December 5, 2010
Second Sunday of Advent
&
Romans 13:11-14
Isaiah 2:1-5
Worship Theme: “Hope”
and sermon, “The Reason for the Season”
by Pastor Ruth L. Foss
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
November 28, 2010
First Sunday of Advent

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a week to come – v3

We are approaching the end
of this age, these days
a week yet to come
prophesied, ordained

There is a time promised by God
the words spelled out
the years aligning
a week yet to come

There will be a final moment
seven years of sorrow
a week yet to come
before Christ’s return

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edited December 5, 2015
a week to come – v3

edited October 8, 2015
a week to come – v2
July 6, 2014
a week to come
Daniel 9:16-27
and Men’s Bible Study
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
July 6, 2014
&
Daniel 9:1-15
end times
-          consequences for disobedience to God
-          righteousness of God
-          responsibility of God to punish
-          free will
-          America, abortion, death of human life
Jeremiah 25:11-12
Jeremiah 25
Psalm 139:16
Psalm 139:13-16
Jeremiah 29:11
Luke 12:7
Psalm 39:4
Job 14:5
and Men’s Bible Study
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
June 29, 2014
&
Daniel 8
-          four kingdoms
-          - Egypt
-          - Syrian/Babylonian
-          - Asia Minor
-          - Macedonia/Greece
-          small horn
-          -- Antiochus IV Epiphanes
-          -- compare to Hitler and hate of Jews
and Men’s Bible Study
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
June 22, 2014
&
Daniel 7
animals in the prophecy:
-          Lion – Babylonian empire
-          Bear – Medes and Persians
-          Leopard – Greek
-          fourth – Roman empire and end times
see – List of the Largest Empires, by land area and population
and Men’s Bible Study
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
June 8, 2014

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grapes from the earth’s vine – v2

a harvest of the flesh, of the devil
grapes from the earth’s vine
those who rejected our Savior
living in the world
following its path

a harvest, the weeds, the tares
grapes for the winepress
for God’s judgment
crushed by the forces
of their earthly choices

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edited December 5, 2015
grapes from the earth’s vine – v2

December 1, 2015
grapes from the earth’s vine
Revelations 14:18
Bible study
Revelations 14
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
November 29, 2015

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Friday, December 04, 2015

hearing God’s voice – v2

We hear God’s voice
speaking a word of warning
but not heeding the message
not protecting himself
the dark clouds coming
to consume his flesh

We hear God’s voice
speaking a warning
when he turned to the message
changing his path, his way,
saving the prophet’s life
because he was protected by God

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edited December 4, 2015
hearing God’s voice – v2

November 4, 2014
hearing God’s voice
Jeremiah’s Corner
Jeremiah 29:11
led by Ellen Alward Dickinson
1 Kings 19:11-13
1 Kings 19:9-12
1 Kings 19:9-22
Matthew 5:14-16
song – “This Little Light of Mine”
presentation: “The Still Small Voice”
by the Reverend Henry S. Nickerson
pastor of Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church (1978 to 1981)
retired in 2008
Music by
John Birmingham
opening prayer by
Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
November 3, 2014

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Something Special about the Guest – v18

There was something worth remembering
in the action of this stranger
something special about the guest;
Seeking Christ where He was
then going to the Master

Boldly going, entering in
an uninvited guest
approaching the Master;
Seeking healing, wholeness
care from the Lord

In our lives, in our ministry
continuing Christ’s labors
out into the world;
Our gifts are being given
used for God’s purpose

Seeing the uniqueness
the needs of each stranger
opening our hearts to them;
Being open as He was
wherever we find them

Sharing the love of God
to all whom we meet
in the church, on the street;
Being the light in the world
Christ’s hands and His feet

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edited December 4, 2015
Something Special about the Guest – v18
(editing version 9)
edited August 4, 2015
Something Special about the Guest – v17
(editing version 13)
edited April 7, 2015
Something Special about the Guest – v16
(editing original again)
edited February 14, 2015
Something Special about the Guest – v15
(merging edits with original and version 14)
edited October 23, 2014
Something Special about the Guest – v14
(editing version 10)
edited March 4, 2014
Something Special about the Guest – v13
(editing original again)
edited January 25, 2014
Something Special about the Guest – v12
(editing original again)
Edited November 11, 2013
Something Special about the Guest – v11
(editing version 8)
(not posted until 1/25/2014)
Edited October 26, 2013
Something Special about the Guest – v10
(editing version 8)
Edited October 10, 2013
Something Special about the Guest – v9
(editing original again)
Edited September 25, 2013
Something Special about the Guest – v8
Edited September 23, 2013
“Something Special About the Guest – v7”
(editing version 5)
Edited September 23, 2013
“Something Special About the Guest – v6”
(editing original again)
Edited September 22, 2013
“Something Special About the Guest – v5”
Edited December 18, 2012
“Something Special About the Guest – v4”
Edited December 4, 2012
“Something Special About the Guest – v3”
Edited December 1, 2012
“Something Special About the Guest – v2”
May 2, 2010
“Something Special About the Guest”
Luke 12:1-6, 12-14
Isaiah 55:1-3 (Call to Worship)
Ephesians 3:14-21
Worship Theme: “Everyone is Invited”
and sermon, “How Good Do You Have to Be?”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
Suncook United Methodist Church
May 2, 2010
Fourth Sunday after Easter
Fifth Sunday in Easter

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Dying in the Waters – v3

Dying in the waters
into the waters we fall,
Dying to ourselves, the world
to our past, our sin
rising, the Spirit, the dove may it fall.

Ascending from the death
rising from the grave
to walk with our Savior;
Only by grace, through God’s mercy,
do we spread His message of love.

A new life in this age,
a servant in this world,
carrying Christ’s message
to the ends of the earth
as we are called to do.

Living as changed creations
with new life in our Lord
traveling the streets of this life
until we walk in the age to come
on the streets paved with gold.

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edited December 4, 2015
Dying in the Waters – v3

(editing original)
edited December 3, 2015
Dying in the Waters – v2
January 30, 2010
Dying in the Waters
Romans 6:3-14
John 10:10
and
Upper Room Daily Devotional
for January 27, 2010,
“New Life Now”,
by Derek Sum Wei Siang

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The air was different

The air was different
as we left the hospital
very different in fact
than an hour before
It had been raining
the temperature 38 degrees
as we drove up the interstate
when we checked in
It was still raining
the temperature 38 degrees
as we stepped out of the hospital
walking toward the car
but soon it would be snowing
and the air held a presence
of the many inches of snow
that were soon to come


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December 4, 2015
The air was different
about 12/3/15 about 9:00am and
about 10:00am
at Houlton Regional Hospital
in Houlton, ME
&
edited November 27, 2015
Snow in the Air – v5
(merging edits to original and version 4)
edited November 22, 2015
Snow in the air – v4
(editing original)
Edited August 3, 2013
“Snow in the Air – v3
(editing original)
Edited September 20, 2012
“Snow in the Air – v2”
December 30, 2006 12:08
“Snow in the Air”
&
Edited November 28, 2012
“Smell of Snow – v2”
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2012/11/smell-of-snow-v2.html
Friday, December 03, 2004 8:27
“Smell of Snow”

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Entering with Them – v7

They were walking beside me
offering me a bulletin,
a welcome as I entered in;
I entered with them
the saints resting here
those who have yet to stay
in heaven above.

They were walking beside me
offering me a place
as if at a wedding
seating behind the groom
in the bride’s church;
There was something special about
in this hallowed space.

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edited January 15, 2016
Entering with Them – v8
(merging edits to original, version 7, version 6, version 5,
version 4, version 3, and version 2)
edited December 4, 2015
Entering with Them – v7
(Editing original)
edited August 19, 2015
Entering with Them – v6
(editing version 2)
edited May 9, 2015
Entering with Them – v5
(editing original again)
Edited October 8, 2014
-          Entering with Them – v4
-          The Elders Gathered – v3
-          Feeling the peace of that moment – v3
-          Entering with Them – v3
-          Stillness in the Chapel – v3
-          A Kiss of Their Presence – v2
-          A Sense of a Presence – v2
-          A Heavy Presence – v2
-          The Weight of Their Presence – v2

edited May 27, 2015
behind their eyes – v2
new October 8, 2014
behind their eyes
edited June 11, 2015
The Rough Hewn Cross – v6
(editing version 5)
Edited October 13, 2013
“The Rough Hewn Cross – v5”
(editing version 4)
Edited September 2, 2013
“Standing in Their Presence – v3”
(editing original)
Edited July 16, 2013
-          “The Rough Hewn Cross – v4”
(editing original again)
-          “The Rough Hewn Cross – v3”
(editing version 2)
Edited November 29, 2012
-          “The Rough Hewn Cross – v2”
-           “The Elders Gathered – v2”
-           “Standing in Their Presence – v2”
-           “Feeling the Peace of that Moment – v2”
-           “Entering with Them – v2”
-           “Stillness in the Chapel – v2”
&
New poems November 29, 2012
-          “A Heavy Presence”
-           “A Kiss of Their Presence”
-          “The Weight of Their Presence”
-           “A Sense of Presence”
about certain places seeming to have
an aura of a physical manifestation
of the spirit world
&
earlier poems, June 9, 2010:
-          Feeling the peace of that moment
-          The Rough Hewn Cross
-          Standing in Their Presence
-          The Elders Gathered
-          Entering with Them
-          Stillness in the Chapel
about time in the outdoor chapel
at First Congregational Church of Pembroke
301 Pembroke Street
Pembroke, NH
June 7, 2010, about 7:45pm
&
Edited November 28, 2012
“Smell of Snow – v2”
Friday, December 03, 2004 8:27
“Smell of Snow”
and other poems
Edited September 20, 2012
“Snow in the Air – v2”
December 30, 2006 12:08
“Snow in the Air”


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