Our Reminder

This day is not the answer
To our struggle
But it is the day to meet
The One who is
To bring ourselves to church
Is no solution
But in that place we find
That we are His
It is easy to forget
And try and make our way
It is easy to believe
It’s up to us
This day is set apart
As our reminder
Looking in is not as good
As looking up
So gather 
With the other sinners
Sing boldly
With the saints
Let the voice of worry
Grow more dimly faint
God is real
And God is near 
There is nothing 
Now to fear
Heaven’s grace and love
Your life will sure sustain

Our Reminder

Fires of Fear

Our eyes sting 
From the smoke
Billowing 
From the fires of fear
Stoked by the fuels
Of intention
And injustice
We cannot escape
The acrid vapor
It follows 
As we move
CoverIng our faces
Turning our backs
Helps
Only for a moment
The smog of foreboding
Hangs still
All around

We need a fresh wind
Fight fire with fire
The rush of the Spirit
And the clean burning flames
Of Pentecost
Will let us breathe
Freely
Joyfully
Peacefully
Together
Come Holy Spirit
Use your Church
To clear the air

Fires of Fear

Let Nothing Be Wasted

The moments of my day often slip by
Too many times I live unaware
The beauty of this life is lost to me too much
Simply ’cause I pass and wander without care
Lord let nothing now be wasted
Let no encounter be denied
Lift my eyes to see another
Let me fail this day to hide
Give me eyes to see the hurting
Let me be surprised by grace
Take my heart and make it tender
Take away protective space
Far too often life has slipped by
Far too often I am lost
Stuck within myself I fail to see
And my soul has paid the cost
Let nothing now be wasted
My heart is yearning to be free
Pull me from my place of hiding
Every moment let me see

Let Nothing Be Wasted

Fear and Trembling

The holy fear
And humble trembling
Arise again
Within
For you have called me
From the darkness
From the depths
Of guilt and sin

Called me out 
Into the waters
Of my neighbors’ shattered lives
Called me out
To bring the light and love
That caused my own soul
To revive

Who am I
That you should choose me?
Who am I 
To be your voice?
I tremble at the calling
And I’m humbled by your choice

I pray now for the courage
To fully give myself to you 
I pray 
With fear and trembling
Make me bold
And strong
And true

Fear and Trembling

Still

(on the occasion of our anniversary)

I still remember
The place we were
When this good life began
I can still smell
The curl of your hair
Feel the first touch of your hand
I still see
As if today
You walking the aisle in your dress
And I still recall
The shake of my voice
As my vow I true professed 
I still can’t wait
For the touch of your lip
And the warmth of your embrace
I still give thanks
To our God above
That together this life we face
I still love you
And deeper yet
After all these many years
And I’d still do it 
All again
All the joy and hope and tears

Still

Fear Not The Day

Let no fear overtake you
Nor the trembling jar your heart
For the God of grace and goodness
Goes before you from the start
Sing out loud a song of praise
And rejoice in what is true
Greater than the foe you face
Is the Christ who lives in you
Dance with unabashed joy
Charge ahead and take the day
Any mountain can be conquered
Every burden moved away
The strength you need is not your own
The power comes from up above
So rise up O faithful people
Know the hope of God’s great love

Fear Not The Day

New of Old

Fresh emerging
Blossoms coming
Glimpse the future
On its way 
Feel the branches
Long existing
Dreams within them
Stretch and sway
Much of life
Now left behind 
Yet there’s more
They long to show
Old and new
Outside my window 
Braided closely
With my soul

New of Old