Summer

 “And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
I would not change it.” As You Like It -ActII, Scene I -Shakespeare


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

A Something in a Summer’s Day

A something in a summer’s Day
As slow her flambeaux burn away
Which solemnizes me.

A something in a summer’s noon —

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Jacobsen

A depth — an Azure — a perfume —

Transcending ecstasy.

And still within a summer’s night

Hot Summer Night Dennis Largo Schulz
Hot Summer Night
Dennis Largo Schulz

A something so transporting bright
I clap my hands to see —

Then veil my too inspecting face
Lets such a subtle — shimmering grace
Flutter too far for me —

The wizard fingers never rest —

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Wall–Scalp Level Artist

The purple brook within the breast
Still chafes its narrow bed —

Still rears the East her amber Flag —dawn_sky

Guides still the sun along the Crag
His Caravan of Red —

So looking on — the night — the morn

Conclude the wonder gay —

Sanctuary The Rock

And I meet, coming thro’ the dews

Another summer’s Day!



 

Spring

Monet
Monet

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Harshness vanished. 

A sudden softness

has replaced the meadows’ wintry grey.

Little rivulets of water changed
their singing accents. rivulet

Tendernesses, hesitantly, reach toward the earth
from space, and country lanes are showing
these unexpected subtle risings
that find expression in the empty trees.

Nancy Berry
Nancy Berry

 

 

 

 

 



 

Christ is Risen!

CASTING CROWNS
Who Am I
Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt?
Who am I, that the bright and morning star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wondering heart?

Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve doneGaryLessord-TheCrucifixion
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are

faded-flower-1350107464_bI am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow

A wave tossed in the oceanwave
A vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I’m calling
Lord You catch me when I’m falling
And You told me who I am
I am Yours, I am Yours

Who am I, that the eyes that see our singirl's sadness
Would look on me with love

And watch me rise again?helping-hand-1

Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me?

Not because of who I am
But because what of You’ve done

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Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I’m calling
Lord You catch me when I’m falling
And You told me who I am
I am Yours

Not because of who I am
glorified-christ-300x291But because of what You’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the windvapor
Still You hear me when I’m calling
Lord You catch me when I’m falling
You told me who I am
I am Yours, I am Yours, I am Yours

Whom shall I fear?
Whom shall I fear?
‘Cause I am Yours, I am Yours

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Songwriter: John Mark Hall

 

 

 



 

March

Winter Trees

~William Carlos Wiliams

1883-1963

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All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!

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A liquid moon

moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.

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snowbuds



Merry Christmas!

The Holy Nativity Stephan Whetley
The Holy Nativity
Stephan Whetley

 

from spiraling ecstatically this

proud nowhere of earth’s most prodigious night

Nativity ~ Bradley
Nativity ~ Bradley


blossoms a newborn babe: around him, eyes
–gifted with every keener appetite
than mere unmiracle can quite appease–
humbly in their imagined bodies kneel
(over time space doom dream while floats the whole

perhapsless mystery of paradise)

Mary ~ Sullivan
Mary ~ Sullivan
mind without soul may blast some universe
to might have been, and stop ten thousand stars
but not one heartbeat of this child; nor shall
even prevail a million questionings against the silence of his mother’s smile- whose only secret all creation sings.
e.e.cummings   
Holy Night
Holy Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

That Time Of Year…

That time of year thou mayst in me behold (Sonnet 73)
William Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.

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In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.

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In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the deathbed whereon it must expire,
Consumed with that which it was nourished by.

This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,

To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

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The Moffats

Dedicated to my Family

Art Moffat Second Presbyterian Johnstown
Art Moffat -Second Presbyterian -Johnstown, PA

 

 

 

 

 

                                     


Biographies:

Art

Art Moffat Pastor
Art Moffat Pastor
  • Powerful– mind and body, kind, merciful
  • Sibling of Bo
  • Lover of Jesus Christ, Carol, his kids,  mountains ,woods
  • Who feels intense, joyful,energized and thoughtful
  • Who needs to pastor, evangelize, sing praise
  • Who gives a cup of living water
  • Who fears apathy, inertia, myopia
  • Who would like to see AWAKENING,  healing, Africa
  • Pastor of  Second Presbyterian, Johnstown
  • Moffat

Carol

  • Wife, Mom, friend,student

    Carol Moffat Book Reviewer
    Carol Moffat
    Book Reviewer
  • Sibling of Linda and Mary
  • Lover of Christ, Art, The Kids, Birds Singing
  • Who feels hopeful, wondering, watchful and blessed
  • Who needs to listen carefully, study hard, laugh often
  • Who gives hugs
  • Who fears harm to any child, subtly, no birds singing
  • Who would like to see Mercy and Grace and growth
  • Resident of the hills of Pennsylvania
  • Moffat

 

Wolfe

Wordsmith
Wordsmith
  •  Family man, wordsmith, honest, strong
  • Sibling of Ian and Erin
  • Lover of Jesus, Lee , Ry, reading
  • Who feels curious, absorbed, creative
  • Who needs books, expression, justice
  • Who gives friendship, loyalty, attention
  • Who fears closed libraries, slow mail all blandness
  • Who would like to see kindness prevail
  • Resident of The Body of Christ
  • Moffat

Leanne

Genuine Friend
Genuine Spirit
  • Wife, Mom, Singer, Quick, Beautiful Laugh
  • Sibling of Daniel, Eugene, Donald, Jake, Maggie & Noelle
  • Lover of Jesus, Wolfe, Ry, her large family
  • Who feels inspired, intentional, motivated
  • Who needs a challenge, a project, always a new horizon
  • Who gives true friendship, generously to other’s needs, acceptance
  • Who fears all cruelty, boredom, stagnation
  • Who would like to see Niagara Falls frozen, the beach, progress
  • Resident of The Body of Christ
  • Moffat

Ian

Ian Moffat, Johnstown, PA Lover of wisdom
Ian Moffat
Lover of wisdom
  • Artistic, intuitive, learner, articulate
  • Sibling of Wolfe and Erin
  • Lover of Lil, laughter, THE WAY,  philosophy
  • Who feels  inventive, emphatic  and drawn to sunshine
  • Who needs to learn ,  to create
  • Who gives sunshine, understanding, insight
  • Who fears spiders, chaos, ignorance
  • Who would like to see Scotland
  • Resident of God’s Beautiful World
  • Moffat

Erin Elizabeth

Erin with orphans
Erin Elizabeth Moffat with orphans
  • Bright eyed, inquisitive, invested, energetic
  • Sibling of Wolfe and Ian
  • Lover of TRUTH, orphans, ballet,
  • Who feels watchful, analyzing, undaunted
  • Who needs knowledge, meaning , freedom
  • Who gives mercy and concern
  • Who fears mindlessness, social injustice, slavery
  • Who would like to see  Renaissance, The Nutcracker every year, the shore
  • Resident of God’s Remarkable World
  • Moffat