Stardust

1. Lord, you make all things
From nothing,
Then you fashion us
From clay.

2. Lord, you give us
All the world,
And offer us
Your perfect way.

3. Lord, you grant
Your Holy Spirit,
Filling us with love,
And breath.

4. Lord, you send
Your only Son,
So we can share
His life and death.

5. Lord, you dwell
Within our hearts,
To help us learn
What’s really true:

6. Though our bones
Return to stardust,
Every soul
Is one with you.

References

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

We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all formed by your hand (Isaiah 64:8; NLT).

2. God blessed [human beings] and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it” (Genesis 1:28; NLT).

God’s way is perfect (2 Samuel 22:31; NLT).

3. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person (Genesis 2:7; NLT).

He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

4. 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).

Then [Jesus] said to the crowd, “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).

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

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NLT).

6. You were made from dust, and to dust you will return (Genesis 3:19; NLT).

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

Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:35-8; NLT).

Our soul

We have all been baptised into one body by one Spirit,
and we all share the same Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

Lord, our soul is you within us all (1).

You make us, breathe your soul into us, and give us life (2).

You dwell in us, and we in you, though we may never recognise your presence (3).

When we die, our soul returns to you, though in truth it has never been separated from you, for you are indivisible. The whole of you dwells in every one of us, and never leaves us (4).

No matter what we might prefer to think, we are always united with one another and with you, through Christ, your Son (5).

We do not each have a separate soul, unique to ourselves. There is only one soul, which is your Holy Spirit, shared forever by us all: those not yet born, those who are alive, and those who have died (6).

In the light of our neglected, yet primordial, oneness, and given the extremely serious state of international relations, climate change, and our widespread religious, political and personal inhumanity towards one another, here is today’s prayer:

Help us to grasp our oneness, Lord,
With you,

By loving you
In all creation:

Creatures,
People,

Earth, sky,
And ourselves.

We ask this through
Your dear Son’s name.

Amen (7).

References

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

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

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

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

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).

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

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5; NIV).

The Lord is one (Mark 12:29; NIV).

5. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 17:21; NLT).

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

6. God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT).

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

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

Those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed […] into immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:52-3; NLT).

7. You must 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. No other commandment is greater than these (Mark 12:30-31; NLT).

Distraught

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3; NIV).

1. Father God, I’m scared –
Help me to trust you.

2. Jesus, help me,
For my faith falls short.

3. Mary, much-loved Mother –
Please support me.

4. Holy Spirit, help me:
I’m distraught.

References

1. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me (Psalm 55:5; NIV).

Trust in God (John 14;1; NLT).

2. Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief”
(Mark 9:24; NIV).

3. He said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:27; NLT).

These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus (Acts 1:14; NKJV).

4. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer (Psalm 4:1; NIV).

My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long? (Psalm 6:3; NIV).

The kingdom, the power and the glory

Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
(Matthew 6:13; HNV).

1. Yours, the kingdom,
Yours, the earth;
You are God,
Who gives us birth:

2. Evermore
Our Lord, Most High;
You are God,
To whom we cry.

3. Yours, the power,
Chosen Son;
You are God,
Who makes us one:

4. Evermore
Our Spotless Lamb;
You are God,
The great I AM.

5. Yours, the glory,
Holy Ghost;
You are God
Within each Host:

6. Evermore
Our Guide and Friend;
You are God –
We shout: AMEN!

References

1. The Lord is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place (Isaiah 45:18; NLT).

2. The Lord Most High is awesome (Psalm 47:2; NLT).

3. This is my Son, my Chosen One (Luke 9:35; NLT).

4. Christ himself was an Israelite as far as his human nature is concerned. And he is God (Romans 9:5; NLT).
God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14; NLT).
The high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said, “I AM” (Mark 14:61; NLT).

5. 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).
He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body” (Luke 22:19; NIV).
There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

6. He will give you another Advocate [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor], who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17; NLT).
All glory to God forever and ever! Amen (Galatians 1:5; NLT).

Learning from life

My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.
Yet not as I will, but as you will (Matthew 26:39; NIV).

1. Lord,
You know unerringly
Just what we need to learn,

2. So everything
We face in life with prayer
Can help us turn

3. Towards you, Father,
And your Son,
Your Holy Spirit, too,

4. For you
Are our great Comforter:
The God who helps us through.

References

1. Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me (Psalm 139:1; NLT).

2. All things work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28; NKJV).

3. Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts (Joel 2:12, NLT).

4. I will send you the Advocate [or Comforter] (John 15:26; NLT).

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

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

Mary’s song

My lover is mine, and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NLT).

1. Waves of darkness overwhelm me,
Filling me with pure delight.

2. Waves of rapture inundate me:
This, the moment we unite.

3. Waves of wonder overcome me,
Flooding me with deepest awe.

4. Waves of love, Lord, saturate me:
We are one for evermore.

References

1. How my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour! (Luke 1:47; NLT).

2. The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you (Luke 1:35; NLT).

3. Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean (Luke 1:29; NLT).

4. You have found favour with God! (Luke 1:30; NLT).

Without you

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

1. Without you I  am nothing, Father –
Finite flesh and fragile bone.

2. Without you I am nothing, Mary –
Motherless, and all alone.

3. Without you I am nothing, Jesus –
Sinful, weak, condemned to death.

4. Without you I am nothing, Spirit –
You alone give life and breath.

References

1. You lived in this world without God and without hope (Ephesians 2:12; NLT).

We ourselves are like fragile clay jars (2 Corinthians 4:7; NLT).

2. He said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:27; NLT).

3. The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23; NLT).

4. The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life (Job 33:4; NLT).