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).

All one

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1. Lord,
You’re the Father of Jesus,
The Christ:
And also our Father within.

2. Mary,
Christ’s Mother, the Lady of Grace:
You’re our Mother;
Your children: our kin.

3. Immanuel,
Brother, born here on the earth:
You share in our frail flesh
And blood.

4. Comforter,
Spirit in all humankind:
You make us all one
In your love.

References

1. All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3; NLT).

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

2. God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings favoured woman!” […] You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:28,31-2; NLT).

When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:26-7; NLT).

3. She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’ (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother (Mark 3:35; NIV).

It was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters (Hebrews 2:17; NLT).

4. The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and remind you of all things I said to you (John 14:26; YLT).

“In the last days,” God says, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all people” (Acts 2:17; NLT).

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you (Romans 8:11; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; 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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The Word of God

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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).

1. Jesus is the Word of God,
His much-loved, only Son,
Who comes to live with us on earth
And make all people one.

2. Jesus is the bread of God,
Who comes to feed each soul,
To heal in body, heart and mind
So we can be made whole.

3. Jesus is the Lamb of God,
Who comes to pay the price
For all our sins and weaknesses:
A perfect sacrifice.

4. Jesus is the Love of God,
His unveiled, human face,
Who comes to live within us all,
For Jesus is God’s grace.

References

1. He wore a robe dipped in blood and his title was the Word of God (Revelation 19:13; NLT).

This is my dearly loved Son (Mark 9:7; NLT).

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

2. The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world (John 6:33; NLT).

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

3. John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!” (John 1:29; NLT).

By the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:14; NLT).

4. Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39; NLT).

God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6; NLT).

Then the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom (Mark 15:38; NKJV).

When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39; NLT).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time – to show us his grace through Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 1:9; NLT).

You are our soul


The Spirit of God lives in you 
(1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

1. You are our soul,
So we are one
With all the world,
And heaven above.

2. You are our soul,
So we are one
With all your people,
Through Christ’s love.

3. You are our soul,
So we are one
With you, Lord,
In your Spirit’s grace.

4. You are our soul,
So we are one:
Please help us all
To seek your face.

References

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

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

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

2. Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

We are one body (1 Corinthians 10:17; NLT).

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

3. You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

I will pour on the House of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace (Zechariah 12:10; NKJV).

4. Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

Saving souls

1. Thank you, Father,
For your light:
The joys you share,
The grace you send.

2. Thank you, Father,
For your peace:
The ways you care,
The minds you mend.

3. Thank you, Father,
For your love:
The hearts you reach,
The Son you gave.

4. Thank you, Father,
For your truth:
The words you teach,
The souls you save.

References

1. God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT).

I will go to the altar of God, to God, the source of all my joy (Psalm 43:4; NLT).

My grace is all you need (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

2. The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

3. God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3; NIV).

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).

4. The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

You have the words that give eternal life (John 6:68; NLT).

Humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls (James 1:21; NLT).