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).

Hidden with Christ in God


You died, and your life now is hidden with Christ in God.

(Colossians 3:3; NIV).

1. May I be hidden, Lord,
With you,
So I’m a witness
At your birth.

2. May I be hidden, Lord,
With you,
So I can share
Your life on earth.

3. May I be hidden, Lord,
With you,
So I can mourn
Your sacrifice.

4. May I be hidden, Lord,
With you,
For evermore
In paradise.

References

1. 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).

2. Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me (Luke 9:23; NIV).

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

4. Today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43; NLT).

Joy

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A little child will lead them all (Isaiah 11:6; NLT).

Lord God,

1. You sent a little boy
To flood us with your Spirit’s joy,

2. To sacrifice his flesh and blood
For us, and fill our hearts with love.

3. For he, Lord, is your only Son,
The Christ, who came to make us one

4. With him, with you, and all the earth –
Lord, thank you for our Saviour’s birth.

References

1. The baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; NLT).

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

2. 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).

We have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ (Romans 5:9; 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).

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

4. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him (Philippians 3:9; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other (Romans 12:4-5; NLT).

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

The Saviour – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born in Bethlehem, the city of David! (Luke 2:11; NLT).

You are the stars

1. You are the stars in the sky, Lord;
You are the heavens and earth;

2. You are the lands, seas, and creatures;
You are our advent and birth.

3. You are the strength in our bodies;
You are our blood and our breath;

4. You are the love in our hearts, Lord,
You are our life and our death.

5. You are the One who forgives, Lord;
You are the One who makes whole;

6. You are the One who has mercy;
You are our God, and our soul.

References

1. There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all
(Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

2. I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7; WEB).

3. The Lord God is my strength (Isaiah 12:2; NLT).

There is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them (Job 32:8; NLT).

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

In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

The Lord gives both death and life (1 Samuel 2:6; NLT).

5. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

I am the Lord, who heals you (Exodus 15:27; NIV).

6. The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! (Exodus 34:6; NLT).

My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

We all share the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

Our Promised Land


He has known your walking through this great wilderness (Deuteronomy 2:7; HNV).

1. There’s nothing else
We need to do in death:
Our work is done.

2. There’s nowhere else
We need to go:
Our race on earth is run.

3. There’s no one else
We need to see but God,
Who takes our hand,

4. And gently draws us
Back into his soul:
Our Promised Land.

References

1. When Jesus had tasted [the sour wine], he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit (John 19:30; NLT).

2. Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us (Hebrews 12:1; NLT).

3. Into your hands I commit my spirit (Psalm 31:5; NIV).

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

He chose the Promised Land for our inheritance (Psalm 47:4; NLT).

Pilgrimage (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
(Psalm 84:5; NIV).

1. May I live, Lord,
In your strength,
Throughout my pilgrimage
On earth.

2. May I wander
In your mind,
Discovering
Your Son’s great worth.

3. May I search, Lord,
In your heart,
Until I find
Your Spirit’s grace.

4. May I shelter
In your soul,
So I can gaze
On your dear face.

References

1. The Lord is my strength (Exodus 15:2; NLT).

2. This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him (Mark 9:7; NLT).

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

4. Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1; NLT).

I gaze on you in the sanctuary to see your strength and your glory (Psalm 63:2; CSB).

I will see you face to face and be satisfied (Psalm 17:15; NLT).