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).

 


 

Healing

Think of it – the Lord is ready to heal me!
(Isaiah 38:20; NLT). 

Yahweh, the Almighty,
Heal my wayward mind.
May all my thoughts reflect your love,
Then, Lord, I will be kind.

Adonai, my Master,
Heal my wilful heart.
May all I do reveal your love,
Then, Lord, sin will depart.

Ruach, Holy Spirit,
Heal my fragile soul.
May all my words express your love,
Then, Lord, I will be whole.

Eloheynu, You are One,
Heal me; make me new.
May all my life display your love,
Then, Lord, I’ll be like you.

🖤

God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

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

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).


We come from you

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

Put on your new nature, created to be like God –
truly righteous and holy.
(Ephesians 4:24; NLT). 

We come from you;
To you, Lord, we return,
And though we are dust,
We strive to grow like you.

Your Spirit, within,
Shows us your Son’s example,
Helping with all we feel, think,
Say, and do.

We are your home;
Your resting-place; your temple.
Filled with your Holy Ghost,
We serve your Son,

Finding you, Lord,
In all you have created,
And living with you in love,
For we are one.

🖤

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

The person who is joined to the Lord
is one spirit with him.
(1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT).

 


You’re here

God is with us
(Isaiah 7:14; NLT).

Father God,
You’re here, in sorrow:
Heal us through your holy name.

Son of Man,
You’re here, in sickness:
Share our anguish, and our pain.

Holy Ghost,
You’re here, in darkness:
Guide us with your staff and rod.

Three-In-One,
You’re here, within us:
Light our path to you, Lord God.

💜

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


Healing (for R.B.)

The Lord is King forever and ever!
(Psalm 10:16; NLT). 

1. The Lord is King of heaven and earth,
Yet stoops to offer us his love.

2. His Son is here, in everyone,
Ready to teach us what is good.

3. His Holy Spirit waits in all
To heal in flesh, mind, heart, and soul.

4. He longs for us to turn to him;
His one desire: to make us whole.

🧡

His hands make whole
(Job 5;18; NHEB).


References

1. O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth (2 Chronicles 20:6; NLT).

He stoops to look down on heaven and on earth (Psalm 113:6; NLT). 

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

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

Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2; NLT).

3. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19; NLT). 

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

Think of it – the Lord is ready to heal me! (Isaiah 38:20; NLT). 

4. The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18; NIV).


 

We are only dust

We are only dust
(Psalm 103:14; NLT). 

Lord,

We are only dust,
But you are all:
From every star
To every grain of sand.

All you create is part of you,
Our Father;
All you beget
Remains within your hand.

All that exists
Is one with your Holy Spirit;
One with your only Son,
So we adore:

Heaven and earth, the firmament,
All creatures,
And every speck of dust,
For evermore.

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

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things (1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT).


May I love

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🌹

There is […] one God and Father,
who is over all and in all and living through all

(Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

1. May I love each child, Lord God,
Because they are your cradle.

2. May I love each neighbour, Lord,
Because they are your home.

3. May I love each stranger, Lord,
Because they are your temple.

4. May I love each enemy,
Because they are your throne.

5. May I love you, Father God,
Because you make and keep me.

6. May I love you, Jesus Christ,
Because you cleanse my sin.

7. May I love you, Holy Ghost,
Because you never leave me;

8. And may I even love my self –
Because you dwell within.

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love
(Galatians 5:6; NIV).

🌹


References

1. Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me (Matthew 18:5; NLT).

Jesus, […] though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:5-7; ESV).

2. Love your neighbour (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).

3. Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

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

4. Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

He loves all his people (Deuteronomy 33:3; NLT).

5. You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength,
and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Your hands shaped me and made me (Job 10:8; NIV).

The Lord keeps me alive! (Psalm 54:4; NLT).

6. Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you (John 21:17; NLT).

I will cleanse them of their sins (Jeremiah 33:8; NLT).

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

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor] who will never leave you (John 14:16; NLT).

8. Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).

All who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

Love

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✝️

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

1. God, our Father,
You are love,
Living in all you make.

2. Christ, our Saviour,
You are love,
Suffering for our sake.

3. Holy Spirit,
You are love,
Waiting in every soul.

4. Lord,
You are unfailing love,
Longing to make us whole.

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

✝️


References

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

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

I am the Lord, who made all things (Isaiah 44:24; NLT).

2. We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Saviour (Philippians 3:20; NLT).

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10; NIV).

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

Though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor (2 Corinthians 8:9; NIV).

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

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

4. The Lord our God is one Lord (Deuteronomy 6:4; RSV).

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

The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18; NIV).

Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

You love me

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1. You love me,
And I love you:
Love is all I need to do.

2. I love you,
And you love me:
Love is all I need to be.

3. We’re united, Lord,
As one:
Father, Holy Spirit, Son.

4. We’re united
Through and through:
You in me, and I in you.


References

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

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

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

Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19; NLT).

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