Bread alone

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Love the Lord your God, walk in all his ways, obey his commands,
hold firmly to him, and serve him with all your heart and soul
(Joshua 22:5; NLT).

1. We cannot live by bread alone,
Despite what many think,
But only by the sacred word
Of God.

2. We cannot pray to him
Unless we try to speak the truth,
For he wants us to take the path
Christ trod.

3. We cannot follow his dear Son
Through willpower alone,
For we can only serve him
Out of love.

4. We cannot take a single thing
When we must leave this life,
But trust, alone,
His body and his blood.


References

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

2. Lord, you are searching for honesty (Jeremiah 5:3; NLT).

3. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead I do what I hate (Romans 7:15; NLT).

4. We brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it (1 Timothy 6:7; NLT).

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them (John 6:56; NIV).

Everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life (John 6:40; NIV).

May we eat your bread


1. Father,
May we eat your bread
Until we share
The mind of Christ;

2. Father,
May we drink your wine;
Our hearts
Your willing sacrifice;

3. Father,
May we dwell in you,
Until our souls
Reflect Christ’s worth:

4. Then, we will
Be one with you,
And spend our lives
In heaven on earth.


References

1. We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

2. This is my blood which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

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).

3. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord (Philippians 3:8; NLT).

4. Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven (Philippians 1:27; NLT).

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

The Word of God

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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).

1. Jesus is the Word of God,
His much-loved, only Son,
Who comes to live with us on earth
And make all people one.

2. Jesus is the bread of God,
Who comes to feed each soul,
To heal in body, heart and mind
So we can be made whole.

3. Jesus is the Lamb of God,
Who comes to pay the price
For all our sins and weaknesses:
A perfect sacrifice.

4. Jesus is the Love of God,
His unveiled, human face,
Who comes to live within us all,
For Jesus is God’s grace.

References

1. He wore a robe dipped in blood and his title was the Word of God (Revelation 19:13; NLT).

This is my dearly loved Son (Mark 9:7; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

2. The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world (John 6:33; NLT).

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

3. John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!” (John 1:29; NLT).

By the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:14; NLT).

4. Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39; NLT).

God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6; NLT).

Then the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom (Mark 15:38; NKJV).

When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39; NLT).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time – to show us his grace through Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 1:9; NLT).

It’s not just that you make us

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Lord,

1. It’s not just that you make us:
You’re creation.

2. It’s not just that you’re timeless:
You are time.

3. It’s not just that you’re living:
You are life, Lord.

4. It’s not just that you light our way:
You shine.

5. It’s not just that you feed us:
You are bread, Lord.

6. It’s not just that you give us drink:
You’re wine.

7. It’s not just that you care for us:
You’re love, Lord.

8. It’s not just that I’m yours, Lord:
You are mine.

References

1. The Word gave life to everything that was created (John 1:1; NLT).

2. For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours (Psalm 90:4; NLT).

3. I am the way the truth and the life (John 14:6; NIV).

4. God is more glorious than the moon; he shines brighter than the stars (Job 25:5; NLT).

5. I am the living bread the came down from heaven (John 6:51; NLT).

6. He took a cup of wine […] and he said to them, “This is my blood” (Mark 14:23-4; NLT).

7. God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

8. I am yours (Psalm 119:94; NLT).

Lord, you are mine! (Psalm 119:57; NLT).

Incarnation

1. Thank you
For your incarnation –
Body, blood,
And birth.

2. Thank you, Lord,
For your atonement,
Through your death
On earth.

3. Thank you
For your resurrection –
First-born
Of the dead.

4. Thank you, Lord,
For your salvation,
Living wine,
And bread.

References

1. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being (Philippians 2:6-7; NLT).

2. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood (Romans 3:25; NIV).

3. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus (Acts 4:33; NLT).

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25; NLT).

Grace to you […] from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead (Revelation 1:4-5; RSV).

4. He [Jesus] became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him (Hebrews 5:9; NLT).

He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And he said to them, “This is my blood” (Mark 14:23-4; NLT).

He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body” (Luke 22:19; NIV).

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I offer so the world may live, is my flesh (John 6:51; NLT).


Photo acknowledgement: Geralt

Little prayers


This set of little prayers came to me whilst I was asleep. As I woke up, I could still hear the words being spoken aloud in my mind. Grabbing my ipad, I started writing them down immediately, as I knew from experience that they would disappear within seconds. Each prayer can be used at a specific moment, or said repeatedly in difficult situations.

1. When I wake to face each day:
Lord, I’m yours; you are my way.

2. When I hear your gentle voice:
Lord, I’m yours; you are my choice.

3. When I am about to eat:
Lord, I’m yours; this is a feast.

4. When I pray to you at night:
Lord, I’m yours; you are my light.

5. When I want to judge, and win:
Lord, I’m yours; forgive my sin.

6. When I suffer fear and pain:
Lord, I’m yours; I praise your name.

7. When I think I’m going to drown:
Lord, I’m yours; don’t let me down.

8. When I kneel before your cross:
Lord, I‘m yours, but I am dross.

9. When I see you, risen, scarred:
Lord, I’m yours, though life is hard.

10. When I share your bread and wine:
Lord, I’m yours, and you are mine.

References

1. I am the way (John 14:6; NLT).

2. I am yours (Psalm 119:94; NLT).

3. You prepare a feast for me (Psalm 23:5; NLT).

4. I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

5. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

6. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; NIV).

7. Lord, save us! We’re going to drown (Matthew 8:25; NLT).

8. O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner (Luke 18:13; NLT).

9. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

10. My beloved is mine and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NIV).

Mystery

1. Thank you for the mystery
At the heart, Lord,
Of our faith –

2. That you sent Christ,
Your only Son,
So we can see your face

3. In bread and wine –
Communion,
Eternally with him,

4. Through whom we share
Your Spirit, Lord,
Who comes to dwell within.

References

1. This is the great mystery of our faith: Christ was revealed in a human body (1 Timothy 3:16; NLT).

2. 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).

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9; NLT).

3. He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body” (Luke 22:19; NIV).

He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And he said to them, “This is my blood” (Mark 14:23-4; NLT).

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, it it not the communion of the body of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16; NKJV).

4. We have all been baptised into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).