Perfect love

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1. Father,
Drive out all our fears,
Draw every heart to you,
And fill us with your perfect love
So we will be made new.

2. Father,
Heal our faithlessness,
Forgiving every sin,
And clothe us all in perfect love
For you, our heavenly King.

3. Father,
Bind our souls together
Till we live as one,
Then we will dwell in perfect love,
Becoming like your Son.

References

1. Perfect love drives out fear (1 John 4:18; NIV).

We know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him (Colossians 3:10; NLT).

2. The Lord says, “Then I will heal you of your faithlessness; my love will know no bounds (Hosea 14:4; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony (Colossians 3:14; NLT).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength (Mark 12:29; NLT).

3. I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love (Colossians 2:2; NLT).

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

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

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

The hopes of the helpless

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Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows
(John 16:33; NLT).

Lord,

1. You know the hopes
Of the helpless,

2. The dreams
Of the damaged,

3. The faith
Of the friendless,

4. And the prayers
Of the poor:

5. Hear our cries
And comfort us, we beg you;

6. Mend our bodies,
And our anxious minds;

7. Fill our hearts with care
For one another –

8. Then we will share your love,
Which heals and binds.

References

1-5. Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them (Psalm 10:17; NLT).

6. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

7. I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other (John 13:34; NLT).

If we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us (1 John 4:12; NIV).

8. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony (Colossians 3:14; NLT).

Jealous God

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I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God
who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods
(Exodus 20:5; NLT).

1. Jealous God,
You love us,
And you’re waiting to receive
Us all, when we turn back to you –

Please help us to believe.

2. Gracious God,
You love us,
And you’re ready to forgive
Us all, when we are sorry –
Help us change the way we live.

3. Holy God,
You love us,
And you’re willing to restore
Us all to health, when we have faith –
Please free us from your law.

4. Mighty God,
You love us,
And you’re eager to redeem
Us all, when we amend our lives –
Your power is supreme.

5. Father God,
You love us,
And you’re longing to embrace
Us all, when we return to you –
Then we will see your face.

References

1. You must worship no other gods, for the Lord, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods (Exodus 34:14; NLT).

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

The Lord must wait for you to come to him (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

Let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord (Lamentations (3:40; NLT).

2. You are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful (Nehemiah 9:17; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

Surrender your pride and power. Change your hearts before the Lord (Jeremiah 4:4; NLT).

3. He is a holy God (Joshua 24:19; NIV).

If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean (Matthew 8:2; NLT).

[He] heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31; NLT).

Sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power (1 Corinthians 15:56; NLT).

Now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit (Romans 7:6; NLT).

4. He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6; NIV).

He is eager to relent and not punish (Joel 2:13; NLT).

He redeems me from death (Psalm 103:4; NLT).

You, O Lord, are supreme over all the earth (Psalm 79:9; NLT).

5. You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

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

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).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

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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Weakness


Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there.
(Matthew 4:1; NLT).

1. Son of Man,
You recollect our weakness:
Our tiredness, our frailty,
Our tears.

2. Son of Man,
You recognise our weakness:
Our stubbornness, our lack of faith,
Our fears.

3. Son of Man,
You understand our weakness:
Our selfishness, our ignorance,
Our sin.

4. Son of Man,
You fully grasp our weakness:
For you shared all the tests
We face within.

References

1. He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

2. He rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen (Mark 16:14; NIV).

3. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

You, Lord, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NIV).

4. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).

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

You are my soul

I am the vine; you are the branches.
Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit.
(John 15:5; NLT).

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

1. You are my soul,
Lord God,
We are one breath.

2. One flesh, one mind,
One heart, Lord,
To the core.

3. One birth, one path,
One truth, one life,
One death.

4. One faith, one hope,
One love –
For evermore.

References

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

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

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

2. They will be my people, and I will be their God. And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever (Jeremiah 32:38-9; NLT).

3. I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; NLT).

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

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

My way of life

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever (Psalm 16:11; NLT).

1. May faith, Lord,
Be my way of life,
And constant thanks
My aim.

2. May hope, Lord,
Be my way of life,
And joyousness
The same.

3. May love, Lord,
Be my way of life,
And serving you
My task.

4. May prayer, Lord,
Be my way of life,
And oneness
All I ask.

References

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

My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me (Acts 20:24; NIV).

2. 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).

3. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength [and] love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:30-31; NLT).

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

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

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

Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. 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 3:8-9; NLT).

The one thing I ask of the Lord – the thing I seek most – is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfection and meditating in his Temple (Psalm 27:4; NLT).