May we all repent

Each of you must repent and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

Father,
May we all repent,
And turn to you, our Lord;
Then be baptised
In Jesus’ name,
As he forgives our sin.

Father,
May we all receive
Your gift: the Holy Ghost;
Take up our cross,
And follow Christ,
And try to grow like him.

Father,
May we all give up
Our hateful, selfish ways;
Put others first,
Accept your will,
And serve you all our days.

🖤

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).

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).

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


Beginning

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
(Genesis 1:1; KJV).

1. Father: the beginning;
Heaven and earth
Created out of love. 

2. Holy Ghost: descending
Over sunless waters,
Like a dove.

3. Jesus Christ: forgiving;
Light in darkness
Ceaselessly outpoured.

4. Here I am: returning
To paradise, with you,
My living Lord.

🖤

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

 


References

1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1; KJV). 

2. As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove (Mark 1:10; NLT).

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2; KJV).

3. Through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins (Acts 13:38; NLT).  

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:4-5; NLT). 

4. Then the Lord called Samuel, and he answered, “Here I am” (1 Samuel 3:4; CSB). 

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

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NIV).

The Lord lives! (2 Samuel 22:47; NLT).

 


 

More like you

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). 

Christ Jesus,
Make me more like you
In thought, and word, and deed;
A little more like you each day,
By helping those in need.

Lord Jesus,
Make me more like you
In patience, joy, and peace;
A little more like you each day,
Forgiving without cease.

Christ Jesus,
Make me more like you
In kindness, truth, and prayer;
A little more like you each day,
Ready to give, and share.

Lord Jesus,
Make me more like you
In mind, and heart, and soul;
A little more like you each day,
Until, at last, I’m whole.

✝️

We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT). 

His hands make whole (Job 5:18; NKJV).

 


Maker of land

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).

Maker of land, and sea,
And sky:
We have done wrong;
May we lament.

Author of darkness, cloud,
And fire:
Lord, we have sinned;
May we repent.

Sender of drought, disease,
And flood:
Teach us to care,
And change, as well,

For you give us birth, and life
And death:
But we turn your Eden
Into our hell.

✝️

The end of the world is coming soon (1 Peter 4:7; NLT).

 


No longer (for K.B.)

The eternal God is your refuge,
and his everlasting arms are under you.
(Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

1. Abba,
When I can no longer cling to you
With all my might,
Take me in your loving arms, Lord,
Carry me,
And hold me tight.

2. Abba,
When I can no longer hear your voice
Or see your face,
Pardon all my sins and faults, Lord,
Pity me,
And end my race.

3. Abba,
When I can no longer serve you,
And my exile here is done,
Leave my body far behind, Lord,
Marry me,
And make us one.

🖤

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

 


References

1. Cling tightly to the Lord your God (Joshua 23:8; NLT).

Praise the Lord; praise God our saviour! For each day he carries us in his arms (Psalm 68:19; NLT). 

2. They will hear my voice (John 10:16; NKJV). 

They will see his face (Revelation 22:4; NLT).

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

Have pity on me, according to the abundance of thy kindness (Nehemiah 13:22; YLT).

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

“I have had enough, Lord,” he said.  “Take my life” (1 Kings 19:4; NLT).

I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace (Acts 20:24; NIV). 

3. Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only (Luke 4:8; NIV).

You will soon return from exile (Lamentations 4:22; NLT).

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

God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride (Isaiah 62:5; NLT).

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

 


 

I’m nothing

I am nothing but dust.
(Genesis 18:27; NIV). 

He cares for those who trust in him.
(Nahum 1:7; NIV).

1. I’m nothing,
Yet I know you care,
Because, Lord God,
You help me.

2. I’m nothing,
Yet I know you care,
Because, Lord,
You inspire me.

3. I’m nothing,
Yet I know you care,
Because, Lord God,
You heal me.

4. I’m nothing,
Yet I know you care,
Because, Lord,
You forgive me.

🖤

What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honour (Psalm 8:4-5; NLT).

 


References 

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

2. There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one (1 Corinthians 12:4-6; RSV).

3-4. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

 


 

Fault upon fault

I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
(Psalm 51:3; NIV).

Fault upon fault,
And shame upon shame:

Lord,
Please forgive me;
Release me from blame.

Lapse upon lapse,
And debt upon debt:

Lord,
Please forgive me;
You know my regret.

Sin upon sin,
And stain upon stain:

Lord,
Please forgive me,
And cleanse me again.

Love upon love,
And gift upon gift:

Lord,
May your mercy
Be ceaseless and swift.

💙

Let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great.
(1 Chronicles 21:13; NLT).


Why am I here?

I desire to do your will, my God.
(Psalm 40:8; NIV).

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By turning from sin,
And trusting my Son;
Praying, alone, every day.

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By taking your cross,
And following Christ;
Uniting with us, as one.

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By seeking my face,
And learning to love;
Forgiving both friend and foe.

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By bearing what comes,
And growing in faith;
Accepting both good and ill.

💜

The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
blessed be the name of the Lord.
(Job 1:21; NKJV).


If I was never fearful

Watch yourselves,
or you also may be tempted
(Galatians 6:1; NLT).

If I was never fearful, Lord,
I might begin to think
That I don’t need you;

And if I never sinned at all,
I might forget
That you, alone, remit;

And if I never suffered, Lord,
I might presume
That I can do without you,

So trials are blessings in disguise:
They make me cling to you, Lord,
And submit.

🤎

Submit to God,
and you will have peace

(Job 22:21; NLT).


My hands are soiled

From within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you
(Mark 7:20-23; NLT).

My hands are soiled.
My tongue has lied.
My feet have followed
Foolish ways.

My heart is cold;
My judgments, harsh.
My thoughts betray you
All my days.

My faith is weak.
My hope has gone.
My love for you, and all,
Falls short.

Lord, rescue me!
Forgive my sins,
And lead me on
The way you taught. 

Follow the way of love
(1 Corinthians 14:1; NIV).