Cherish

The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden
to tend and watch over it
(Genesis 2:15; NLT).

Lord,

1. Help us to cherish
Forest, sea, and spring.

2. Help us to nurture
Every living thing.

3. Help us to care for others,
And the earth.

4. Help us to love your Son,
And grasp his worth.


References

1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

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

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

4. This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him (Luke 9:35; NLT).

There is only one thing worth being concerned about (Luke 10:42; NLT).

I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord (Philippians 3:8; NIV).

The four elements

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1. In days to come, Lord,
Water will prevail,
As waves tear down
The barriers we make.

2. As time goes by,
The air we foul will fail,
Until we fight
For every breath we take.

3. With every year, Lord,
Fire will wreck more lives,
Razing cities;
Turning forests black.

4. And in the end,
This earth will be our grave,
For we exploit her,
Giving nothing back.

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References

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good (Genesis 1:31; NLT).

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15; NIV).

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To you all are alive

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To him all are alive (Luke 20:38; NIV).

1. To you all are alive, Lord God,
Before our birth,
In life, in death.

2. You know us all before you form us
In the womb,
And give us breath.

3. You live within us here on earth;
You share each grief
And sacrifice.

4. You walk with us in death’s dark vale,
And bring us all
To paradise.

5. At every stage you love us, Lord,
And never fail
To help us through,

6. For you are always one with us,
And we are always
One with you.


References

1. Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NLT).

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

He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth (Isaiah 42:5; NLT).

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

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

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

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

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

5. He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

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

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).