Friday, January 08, 2016

bittersweet – v3

Bittersweet the smell, the smoke,
the palms burning
our joys, our shouts of joy,
of, “Hosanna!”,
becoming flames, ashes;
our faithfulness tested
consumed in an instant

Jesus the Christ
the Messiah here with us
yet pawns in the drama
the bittersweet smell
Emmanuel, God,
descended to Hell
to redeem us from sin.

edited January 8, 2016
bittersweet – v3

(merging edits to version 2 and original)
edited February 18, 2015
bittersweet – v2
Isaiah 58:5-10
Burning of the Palm service
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
February 17, 2015 and February 18, 2015
March 5, 2014
burning last year’s palms
hymn, “Sunday’s Palms Are Wednesday’s Ashes” TFWS #2138
Worship Theme – “Ash Wednesday
Unison Prayer
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 (CEB)
Joel 2:12-17a (CEB)
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Imposition of Ashes
Communion liturgy – “The Great Thanksgiving for Early Lent”
Lenten poem:”Changer: A Lenten Poem”
by Adrienne Sparrow Trevathan
my earlier poem, “within the sweetness of the smoke”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
March 5, 2014
Ash Wednesday

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