The mystery of God

There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father,
who is over all and in all and living through all.
(Ephesians 4:6; NLT).

1. One strength, one heart,
One soul, one mind;
One Father, who makes
Humankind.

2. One way, one truth,
One life for all;
One Son, who saves us
When we fall.

3. One peace, one faith,
One hope, one love;
One Spirit, sent
From heaven above.

4. One Lord, one God,
One Trinity;
One flesh, one blood,
One mystery.

References

1. You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).
He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

2. Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15; NLT).

3. Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).
I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised (Luke 24:49; NLT).

4. There is only one God (Romans 3:30; NLT).
Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you (John 6:53; NLT).
The wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God (1 Corinthians 2:7; NLT).

Grace

1. Thank you, Lord, for all you make,
Father, Spirit, Son;
And giving us each breath we take,
Almighty Three-In-One.

2. Thank you, Lord, for all our bread,
Father, Spirit, Son;
And teaching us what Jesus said,
Immortal Three-In-One.

3.Thank you, Lord, for all your care,
Father, Spirit, Son;
And helping us when we despair,
Eternal Three-In-One.

4.Thank you, Lord, for all your love,
Father, Spirit, Son;
And yielding up your precious blood,
To make all people One.

References

1. He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

2. People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4; NLT).

3. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

4. You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

When we leave your side

1. Father, when we leave your side
And come to live on earth,
We enter time, and space, and mass,
Through pain and blood, in birth.

2. Here, we must face change and growth
Through suffering and loss;
Here, we strive to follow Christ,
By taking up our cross.

3. Here, we long to find again
The bliss we knew above;
Here, we struggle to forgive,
And slowly learn to love.

4. Help us, Lord, in our short lives,
To serve in all we do;
For then, in death, eternally,
Our souls will rest in you.

References

1. Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble (Job 14:1; NIV).

2. If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

3. I long for you, O God (Psalm 42:1; NLT).

4. My soul rests in God alone (Psalm 62:1; HNV).

When we’re engulfed by fear

Lord,
When we’re engulfed by fear,
Remind us you are always near.

Lord,
When we are put to shame,
Remind us of your holy Name.

Lord,
When we are full of care,
Remind us of the thorns you wear.

Lord,
When we are hurt and bruised,
Remind us how you were abused.

Lord,
When we are racked with pain,
Remind us all how you were slain.

Lord,
When we think life’s unfair,
Remind us of the wounds you bear.

Lord,
When death is close at hand,
Remind us of God’s angel band.

Lord,
We share one flesh and blood:
Remind us of our Father’s love.

References

Being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44; NIV).

Herod and his soldiers began mocking and ridiculing Jesus (Luke 23:11; NLT).

The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head (John 19:2; NLT).

They spat on him and took the staff and struck him repeatedly on the head (Matthew 27:30; NET).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side (John 20:27; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

When we bless the cup at the Lord’s Table, aren’t we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren’t we sharing in the body of Christ? And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body (1 Corinthians 10:16-17; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

I am a fragile bowl

Lord,
I am a fragile bowl,
Into which you crush new oil.

Lord,
I am a damaged jar,
Into which you spill fresh wine.

Lord,
I am a broken cup,
Into which you rain down love.

Lord,
I am an empty chalice,
Into which you pour your blood.

References

We ourselves are like fragile clay jars (2 Corinthians 4:7; NLT).

Remember him […] before the pitcher is shattered at the spring (Ecclesiastes 12:6; NIV).

I am sending you grain and new wine and olive oil (Joel 2:19; NLT).

He has showered his kindness on us (Ephesians 1:8; NLT).

People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood (Romans 3:25; NLT).

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Always

Always new-born in the stable;
Always safe on Mary’s knee;
Always playing and rejoicing,
Always, Lord, alive and free.

Always, Christ-child, in the temple,
Talking there with everyone;
Always rising from the river:
This is my beloved Son.

Always shining and transfigured;
Always changing those you meet;
Always saving and forgiving,
Ready to wash others’ feet.

Always calling: Come and follow;
Always teaching: Take your cross;
Always healing and restoring,
Helping those distressed by loss.

Always sharing our temptations;
Always here to calm each storm;
Always angry, always weeping,
Always breaking every norm.

Always pleading in the garden;
Always suffering, in pain;
Always dying, always rising,
Always coming, Lord, to reign.

Always living in our hearts, Lord;
Always pouring out your love;
Always caring, giving, serving —
Lord, you are our flesh and blood.

References

She gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling-cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (Luke 2:6-7; RSV).

They found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions (Luke 2:46; ESV).

There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light (Matthew 17:2; NIV).

Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me” (Mark 1:17; NLT).

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil (Luke 4:1-2; NIV).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

This is my body given for you (Luke 22:19; NIV).

This is my blood (Matthew 27:28; NIV).

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Fragile bones

Lord,
We’re nothing –
Fragile bones,
Into which you breathe
Your life.

Lord,
We’re nothing –
Foolish minds,
Into which you speak
Your truth.

Lord,
We’re nothing –
Selfish hearts,
Into which you spill
Your blood.

Lord,
We’re nothing –
Empty souls,
Into which you pour
Your love.

References

We ourselves are like fragile clay jars (2 Corinthians 4:7; NLT).

O God, you know how foolish I am (Psalm 69:5; NLT).

Turn my heart toward your statutes, not toward selfish gain (Psalms 119:36; HNV).

He awakes, and his soul is still empty (Isaiah 29:8; NKJV).