Remembering

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1. I remember the stories –
The shepherds, the star;
The stable, the manger,
The kings, from afar.

2. I remember the temple,
The questions, the joy;
My parents; their wrath –
I was only a boy.

3. I remember the wedding
At Cana, the wine
Transformed from fresh water –
My first ever sign.

4. I remember my baptism,
Miracles, feasts;
The preaching, the healing;
The scribes and the priests.

5. I remember the mountain,
The voice, and the light –
My transfiguration:
God clothed me in white.

6. I remember the colt,
The procession, the crowd;
The palms and the cloaks –
People shouting so loud!

7. I remember the supper,
The bread, and the wine;
The friendship, the sharing
With those who were mine.

8. I remember the garden,
The darkness, the fear;
The kiss of betrayal
When Judas drew near.

9. I remember the scourging –
I knew all was lost;
The robe, and the thorns,
And the weight of the cross.

10. Now all that is left
Is the blood, and the pain;
The thirst, and the dying,
As I call your name.

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References

1. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them (Luke 2:6-7; NIV).

2. Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious leaders, listening to them and asking questions (Luke 2:46; NLT).

3. This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory (John 2:11; NLT).

4. One day when the crowds were being baptised, Jesus himself was baptised. As he was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy (Luke 3:22; NLT).

The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.” But the leaders were indignant (Matthew 21:15; NLT).

5. Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them (Mark 9:2-3; NIV).

6. The next day, the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13; NIV).

7. He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:19-20; NIV).

8. He went on a little further and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! 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).

He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

9. Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip. The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him. “Hail! King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped him across the face (John 19:1-3; NLT).

Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the Place of the Skull…

10. …There they nailed him to the cross (John 19:17; NLT).

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

Need

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Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously,
and he will give you everything you need
(Matthew 6:33; NLT).

1. God gives us
Everything we have –

2. Not all we want,
But all we need.

3. He satisfies us,
Day by day,

4. With sun, and rain;
With crops, and seed.

5. He sends his Son
To light our path.

6. He gives us birth, and life,
And breath.

7. He hears, and answers,
When we pray,

8. And welcomes home our souls,
In death.

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References

1. Everything we have has come from you (1 Chronicles 29:14; NLT).

2. He will give you everything you need (Matthew 6:33; NLT).

3. He satisfies every need (Acts 17:25; NLT).

4. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:45; NIV).

They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry (Isaiah 55:10; NLT).

5. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him (John 3:17; NLT).

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

6. You clothed me with skin and flesh, and you knit my bones and sinews together (Job 10:11; NLT).

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13; NLT).

He himself gives everyone life and breath (Acts 17:25; NIV).

7. The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help (Psalm 34:17; NLT).

I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain (Psalm 3:4; NIV).

8. The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

You will not leave my soul among the dead (Psalm 16:10; NLT).

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NLT).

Gifts

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Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love
(1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

1. Lord,
You give us all the gift of faith:
A little seed –
But we must do our best
To help it grow, through prayer, thanks, and rejoicing,
So it becomes a tree
Where others rest

2. Lord,
You give us all the gift of hope:
A touch of yeast –
But we must make it spread,
And help it grow, through prayer, thanks, and rejoicing,
So many more can eat
Your living bread.

3. Lord,
You give us all the gift of love:
A tiny spark –
But we must fan its flame,
And help it grow, through prayer, thanks, and rejoicing,
So others burn
To praise your holy name.

Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame
(Song of Songs 8:6; NLT).


References

1. The promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it (Romans 4:16; NLT).

Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches” (Luke 13:18-19; NLT).

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15; NIV).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

2. This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Saviour and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope (1 Timothy 1:1; NLT).

He also asked, “What else is the Kingdom of God like? It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough” (Luke 13:20-21; NLT).

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

3. 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).

Fan into flame the gift of God, [for] the Spirit of God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:6-7; NIV).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

Let them all praise the name of the Lord (Psalm 148:13; NLT).

All the nations you made will come and bow before you, Lord; they will praise your holy name (Psalm 86:9; NLT).

God’s Living Bread

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Then their eyes were opened, and they knew him
(Luke 24:31; NKJV).

1. I hold God’s Living Bread
In my cupped hands,
For in this Host
I bear Christ’s life and death.

2. I keep God’s Living Bread
In my cupped hands,
For in this Host
I know his touch, his breath.

3. I guard God’s Living Bread
In my cupped hands,
For in this Host
I see Christ’s light and love.

4. I take God’s Living Bread
From my cupped hands,
And share the feast
Awaiting me, above.

O most sacred Heart of Jesus, thou art concealed in the Holy Eucharist, and thou beatest for us still
(J.H. Newman).


References

1. I am the living bread (John 6:51; NLT).

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

2. Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” (Mark 1:41; NLT).

He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22; NLT).

3. I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life (John 8:12; NLT).

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).

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

Many Gentiles will come from all over the world – from east and west – and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 8:11; NLT).

Safe place

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You have not handed me over to my enemies
but have set me in a safe place

(Psalm 31:8; NLT).

1. Breathe in Christ’s peace.

2. Bask in his light.

3. Drink in his truth.

4. Rest in his might.

5. Dance in his flames.

6. Wash in his blood.

7. Feast on his bread.

8. Live in his love.

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).


References

1. The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you (John 14:27; NKJV).

2. God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

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

3. The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

4. The Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed (Deuteronomy 10:17; NLT).

The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command (Hebrews 1:3; NLT).

5. God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 

I have come to set the world on fire (Luke 12:49; NLT).

6. “Go,” [Jesus] told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam.” So the man went and washed, and came home seeing (John 9:7; NIV).

The blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins ( Hebrews 9:14; NLT).

7. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! (Luke 12:24; NIV).

I am the living bread (John 6:51; NLT).

8. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

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

Our nourishment

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life”
(John 14:6; NLT).

1. Lord,
You are our guiding star,
Our shepherd’s staff,
Our way.

2. Lord,
You are our nourishment,
Our bread, our truth
Each day.

3. Lord,
You are our sacrifice,
Our great High Priest,
Our life.

4. Lord,
You are our Mighty God,
Our Saviour,
And our light.


References

1. The star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem (Matthew 2:9; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

2. Cry out for this nourishment (1 Peter 2:2; NLT).

I am the living bread (John 6:51; NLT).

3. He offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins (Hebrews 7:27; NLT).

We have a Great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God (Hebrews 4:14; NLT).

4. He will be called […] Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6; NIV).

The Father sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world (1 John 4:14; NLT).

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

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).