Live in love (for 2022)

1. When we live in love,
We live in God,
And when we live in God,
He lives in us.

2. When he lives in us,
We live in prayer,
And when we live in prayer,
We learn his will.

3. When we learn his will,
We drink his cup,
And when we drink his cup,
We follow Christ.

4. When we follow Christ,
We die to sin,
And when we die to sin,
We live like him.

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References 

1. All who live in love live in God and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

2. Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2; NLT). 

3. My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done (Matthew 26:42; NIV).

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).

4. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness (1 Peter 2:24; NIV).

As we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world (1 John 4:17; NLT).

 


 

Ready

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.
(Luke 23:46; NIV).

God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

Lord,
When I lay dying here,
Waiting to leave this shore,
May I delight in your glorious love,
Ready to gaze in awe.

Lord,
When I lay dying here,
Nearing my soul’s release,
May I exalt in your limitless love,
Ready to share your peace.

Lord,
When I lay dying here,
Longing to see your light,
May I rejoice in your consummate love,
Ready to reunite.

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

 


This fragile place

Ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1:20; NLT). 

Lord,
You made this fragile place,
So those who search for you each day
Can always find you,
Always praise,
For they will see
Your face.

Lord,
You gave your only Son,
So those who put their trust in him
Will never perish,
Never die,
But dwell with you,
As one.

Lord,
You send your Spirit, too,
So those who take him to their heart,
Although they suffer,
Though they sin,
Will live in love,
With you.

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

 


I see you

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).

I see you praying
All alone:
Begging God
To spare your life.

I see you dying
All alone:
The perfect, spotless
Sacrifice.

I see you lying
All alone:
Your triumph over sin
Complete.

I see you rising
All alone:
I run to you,
And kiss your feet.

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They ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshipped him.
(Matthew 28:9; NLT).

She kept kissing his feet.
(Luke 7:38; NLT).

 


Your light streams out

“Don’t they know?” asks the Lord. “Are all these evildoers ignorant? They live by robbing my people, and they never pray to me”
(Psalm 14:4; GNT).

Lord,
Your light streams out
To show the way,
Yet we would rather slip and fall,
Than pray.

Your truth streams out
To help with every task,
Yet we would rather fail, alone,
Than ask.

Lord,
Your peace streams out
To end all strife,
Yet we would rather hate,
And waste this life.

Your love streams out
To heal each barren soul,
Yet we would rather kill
Than be made whole.

Lord,
Your fire streams out
To cleanse all blame,
Yet we would rather die
Than face our shame.

Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him
(Ephesians 4:18; NLT).

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To seek is to find

Keep on seeking,
and you will find
(Matthew 7:7; NLT).

To seek is to find;
To loose is to bind.

To lend is to store;
To fall is to soar.

To doubt is to know;
To fail is to grow.

To leave is to stay;
To wait is to pray.

To have is to give;
To die is to live.

Those who die in the Lord will live;
their bodies will rise again!
(Isaiah 26:19; NLT).


You came to earth

I have come that they may have life,
and have it to the full
(John 10:10; NLT).

You came to earth
To teach us how to live,
And love,
And die.

Your Spirit dwells
Within us, Lord,
And helps us
As we try

To speak the truth with love,
Like you,
And do God’s will
Each day,

By taking up our cross
With joy,
And following
Your way.

Then he said to the crowd, “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).


You gave your only Son

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NIV).

Lord,

You gave your only Son
To live and die for all,

And then you raised him
From the dead,

For we still hear
His call.

Lord,

You sent your only Son
To claim us as his own,

And now he waits
Within us all,

To make our hearts
His home.

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).


Christ’s passion

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There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends
(John 15:13; NLT).

1. Welcomed by the crowds,
Who later jeered.

2. Kissed; betrayed;
Arrested, Lord, at night.

3. Deserted by your friends;
Alone; bereft.

4. Spat on, mocked, and whipped;
Accusers lied.

5. Judged unjustly;
Sentenced, and condemned.

6. Burdened by your cross,
As women grieved.

7. Crucified by guards,
Whom you forgave:

8. In agony, and anguish, Lord,
You died.

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References

1. 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).

The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. “Look at you now!” they yelled at him. “You said you were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days. Well then, if you are the Son of God, save yourself and come down from the cross!” (Matthew 27:40; NLT).

2. The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss” (Matthew 26:48; NLT).

Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him (Matthew 26:50; NLT).

3. Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away (Mark 14:50; NLT).

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

Then they knelt before him in mockery and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!” (Matthew 27:29; NLT).

He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip (Mark 15:15; NLT).

Many false witnesses spoke against him, but they contradicted each other (Mark 14:56; NLT).

5. The leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus. Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!” (Mark 15:12-13; NLT).

He […] turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified (Mark 15:15; NLT).

6. Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (John 19:17; NLT).

A large crowd trailed behind, including many grief-stricken women (Luke 23:27; NLT).

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

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NLT).

8. My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me. My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth (Psalm 22:14-15; NLT).

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

Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last (Mark 15:37; NLT).

Jesus died and rose again

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1. Jesus died,
And rose again.
He shares in all our fear
And pain.

2. Jesus died,
But now he lives.
He saves us, heals us,
And forgives.

3. Jesus died,
Yet loves us all,
Though he is great,
And we, so small.

4. Jesus died
For everyone:
Our way, our truth, our life:
God’s Son.

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References

1. Christ died and rose again (Romans 14:9; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens (Psalm 68:19; NIV).

2. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God (Romans 6:10; NLT).

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

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).

3. All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us (Revelation 1:5; NLT).

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less (John 3:30; NLT).

4. Jesus died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them (2 Corinthians 5:15; NLT).

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

This is my dearly-loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him! (Matthew 17:5; NLT).