Hallowed Connections (Elfchen Series #128)



Heavenly Father

Quenching our thirst

Thoughts filled with gratitude


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Every blessing

Receiving God’s Word

With songs of praise


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Christ filling

Love’s grateful hearts

With His lasting hope


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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Joy of Worship

From Psalm 84:3-4:  “Even the sparrow finds a home and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.  Happy are those who live in Your house, ever singing Your praise.”

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Dwelling in God’s house

Joy of worship sings

Grace always flowing

From eternal springs


Lord ever present

Blessing living things

Promises now filled

Trust in Lord shall ring


Sparrows and swallows

Building each new nest

Creation’s new home

God never at rest


Signs of Father’s love

Worshipping with praise

Spirit of hope breathes

Strength in Him shall raise


Walking with Jesus

Peace never departs

Favor and honor

Love fills every heart


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With lyrics inspired from Psalm 32:8 (words of David) and Matthew 8:26 (words  of Jesus), the Gospel-rich hymn of “His Eye is on the Sparrow” shares a stirring and encouraging message.  Civilla D Martin wrote these lyrics in 1905 with the composition from Charles H. Gabriel.

United as One

From Proverbs 27:17:  “Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits of another.”

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As believers, called to One

Worshipping our highest Priest

In faith, united as one

Jesus leads Salvation’s feast


Iron sharpens iron, grace tapers

Guiding every trusting step

Righteousness, heart’s bold shaper

Christ waits at Heaven’s doorstep


Trinity’s unity molds

Breathing with eternal peace

Mercy reaches out and holds

Redemption signs life’s new lease


Spirit fills patience today

Bearing each other through love

Together, joining to pray

Single voice reigns from above


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From Ephesians 4:3-4:  “Making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace:  there is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling.”

Back on Course

From Luke 15:31-32:  “Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.  But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.'”

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Marking calendar

Making this His day

Back on course with God

Kneeling now to pray


Forsaking darkness

Finding blessed light

Immersed in God’s Word

Hearing truth so bright


Growing in God’s grace

Worshipping with Him

Each precious moment

Walking in rhythm


Returning back home

Living in His peace

Promised Christ’s coming

Bringing life’s new lease

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From 2 Peter 3:17-18:  “You therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, beware that you are not carried away with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability.  But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.  Amen.”

Rick Warren Quote

First Lutheran Church in Circle, Montana (my church home for 22 years). (Courtesy of Pinterest)

Only participation in the full life of a local church builds spiritual muscle.

From 1 Corinthians 3:9:  “ For we are God’s coworkers, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.”

Billy Sunday Quote

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Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.

From John 4:23-24:  “But the hour is coming and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him.  God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Billy Sunday (1862-1935) was an American baseball player during the early years of professional baseball.  Fortunately for believers and nonbelievers, Sunday later became one of the most influential evangelists in America during the first two decades of the 20th century.

Networking with God (Elfchen Series #80)

Plugged In


Voice abounds

Truly humbling ourselves

Taking time to listen


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Father’s House


Gospel’s constellation

Connecting with God

Scripture, prayer, and song


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Faith Fortified


Shared daily

One on one

Proclaiming Lord’s Good News


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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Call to Worship

From Psalm 100:1-2:  “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come into His presence with singing.”

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Call to worship

From near and far

House of the Lord

Sabbath’s bright star


Call to worship

Doors open wide

All are welcome

Spirit shall guide


Call to worship

Hearing God’s Word

With reverence

His love transferred


Call to worship

Praising through song

Lifting voices

Together strong


Call to worship

Praying as one

Communal time

Blessing God’s Son


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The inspiration for this poem grew from a morning devotional which featured the hymn, “All Are Welcome.”  If you wish to hear more hymns, look for MaryRuth72’s channel on YouTube.

God Calling (Elfchen Series #75)

Never Lost 


Uncharted waters

Embrace change ahead

Steadfast in trusting God


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Never Misses


Life’s misdeeds

Missing God’s target

Grace finds its mark


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Never Closed 


Gather today

Community of believers

House of the Lord


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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Hungry Feast

From John 6:35:  “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

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Gathering in community

Preparing for His Hungry Feast

Coming to Heavenly Father

Worshipping Christ, our Holy Priest


Traveling life’s difficult road

Hungering for peace in our hearts

Tasting fellowship with Jesus

Targeting us with grace-filled darts


Fulfilling hope from Father’s love

Joining at His holy table

Seeking lasting, peaceful comfort

Witnessing Bethlehem’s stable


Rejecting evil’s dark presence

Praising and worshipping our Lord

Filling our hunger from His feast

Riding Gospel’s train . . . all aboard!


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From Matthew 5:6:  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

The hymn “We Come to the Hungry Feast” inspired the writing of this poem.  Some churches also use this tune as a communion hymn.