From death to birth

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At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11; NLT).

1. May your light shine, Lord God,
In every mind,
Then Christ will guide the steps
Of humankind.

2. May your truth reign, Lord God,
In every heart,
Then Christ will be our lantern
In the dark.

3. May your love dwell, Lord God,
In every soul,
Then Christ will be the grace
That makes us whole.

4. May your peace rule, Lord God,
Throughout the earth,
Then Christ will lead us all
From death to birth.


References

1. God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT).

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

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

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).

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

You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 8:9; NLT).

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

Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins (Ephesians 2:1; NLT).

He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and a new life through the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5; NLT).

At the heart of our faith

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People look at the outside appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart
(1 Samuel 16:7; NIV).

1. At the heart of our faith, Lord:
Your way to the cross.

2. At the heart of our sorrow:
Your truth, and its cost.

3. At the heart of our worship:
Your body and blood.

4. At the heart of our mourning:
Your death, and your love.

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5. At the heart of our hope, Lord:
Your rising again.

6. At the heart of our gladness:
Your kingdom, and reign.

7. At the heart of our purpose:
Your gospel and grace.

8. At the heart of our yearning:
Your kiss, and embrace.

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References

1. He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross (Philippians 2:8; NLT).

2. Pilate turned to the leading priests and to the crowd and said, “I find nothing wrong with this man!” Then they became insistent. “But he is causing riots by his teaching wherever he goes” (Luke 23:4-5; NLT).

3. 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).

4. We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us (1 John 3:16; NLT).

5. He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world (Revelation 1:5; NLT).

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

7. My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God (Acts 20:24; NLT).

We are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus (Acts 15:11; NLT).

8. While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NIV).

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Sparks fly up

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1. Sparks fly up throughout the night;
In the morning: blinding light.

2. At mid-day, the sun descends;
Three o’clock: your torment ends.

3. Then, as night falls, you are laid
In a tomb our hands have made.

4. When the Sabbath day is done,
Women haste to mourn God’s Son,

5. But death can’t keep you in its thrall,
For you are Christ, who saves us all.

References

1. Peter followed him [Jesus] at a distance and went right into the high priest’s courtyard. There he sat with the guards, warming himself by the fire (Mark 14:54; NLT).

Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said, “Look, here is the man!” (John 19:5; NLT).

As the crowds gathered before Pilate’s house that morning, he asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you – Barabbas, or Jesus?” (Matthew 27:17; NLT).

2. By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. The light from the sun was gone (Luke 23:44-5; NLT).

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

3. [Joseph] took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock (Luke 23:53; NLT).

Because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover and since the time was close at hand, they laid Jesus there (John 19:42; NLT).

4. Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared (Luke 24:1; NLT).

5. God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip (Acts 2:24; NLT).

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15; NLT).

I love you

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1. I love you, Lord;
I love you.
How could I not love you?

2. You made me;
You sustain me,
And you give salvation, too.

3. You heal me,
And forgive me,
Redeeming me from death.

4. You crown me
With your mercy,
And you give me life and breath.

References

1. I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

2. You made me (Psalm 119:73; NLT).
I will […] give them my salvation (Psalm 91:16; NLT).

3,4. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:3-4; NLT).

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

With Christ

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

1. With Christ,
There is both freedom
And belonging.

2. With Christ,
There is both union
And longing.

3. With Christ,
There is both being helped
And serving.

4. With Christ,
There is both dying
And enduring.

References

1. When we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin (Romans 6:7; NLT).

You belong to Christ (1 Corinthians 3:23; NLT).

2. You also are complete through your union with Christ (Colossians 2:10; NLT).

You know what I long for; Lord; you hear my every sigh […] For I am waiting for you, O Lord  (Psalm 38:9,15; NLT).

3. He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT). 

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).

4. If we live, it’s to honour the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honour the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NLT).

If we endure hardship, we will reign with him (2 Timothy 2:12; 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).


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When I wake

I know that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

1. When I wake, Lord,
You are with me.
When I pray
We join as one.

2. When I walk
You go with me
In rain, or storm,
Or summer sun.

3. When I serve,
We work together.
When I’m sick,
You share my pain.

4. When I sleep,
You rest beside me
Till we rise
To start again.

5. Lord, in danger,
You are with me,
Guarding me
With staff and rod;

6. And, in death,
You’ll still be here,
To guide my spirit
Back to God.

References

1. When I wake up, you are still with me (Psalm 139:18; NLT).

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

2. I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

3. The Lord worked with them (Mark 16:20; NIV).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

4. Then Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28-30; NLT).

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe (Psalm 4:8; NLT).

5. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you (Isaiah 43:2; NLT).

You are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

6. Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT, alternative translation).

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


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