When we’re engulfed by fear

Lord,
When we’re engulfed by fear,
Remind us you are always near.

Lord,
When we are put to shame,
Remind us of your holy Name.

Lord,
When we are full of care,
Remind us of the thorns you wear.

Lord,
When we are hurt and bruised,
Remind us how you were abused.

Lord,
When we are racked with pain,
Remind us all how you were slain.

Lord,
When we think life’s unfair,
Remind us of the wounds you bear.

Lord,
When death is close at hand,
Remind us of God’s angel band.

Lord,
We share one flesh and blood:
Remind us of our Father’s love.

References

Being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44; NIV).

Herod and his soldiers began mocking and ridiculing Jesus (Luke 23:11; NLT).

The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head (John 19:2; NLT).

They spat on him and took the staff and struck him repeatedly on the head (Matthew 27:30; NET).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side (John 20:27; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

When we bless the cup at the Lord’s Table, aren’t we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren’t we sharing in the body of Christ? And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body (1 Corinthians 10:16-17; NLT).

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).

Love

Let love be your highest goal (1 Corinthians 14:1; NLT).

God our Father,
You are Love –
Boundless, blazing, raw.

To be like you
Must be our goal,
For love fulfils your law.

Christ, our Saviour,
You are Love –
Patient, gentle, kind.

To grow like you
Must be our goal,
So others seek and find.

Holy Spirit,
You are Love –
Faithful, honest, strong.

To live in you
Must be our goal,
Then we will all be one.

References

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

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

Love is the fulfilment of the law (Romans 13:10; NIV).

In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form (Colossians 2:9; NIV).

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

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).

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).

We have all been baptised into one body and one Spirit (Ephesians 4:4; NLT).

Full circle

Father,
You send us from heaven.

Christ,
You lead with staff and rod.

Holy Ghost,
You comfort us,

And bring us safely
Back to God.

References

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

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

He will give you another Advocate [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor], who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth (John 14:16-17; NLT).

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

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It is good

It is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord (Lamentations 3:26; NLT).

It is good to rest beside you, Lord,
In stillness;

Good to sit with you
In private prayer;

Good to stand before you, Lord,
In silence;

Good to walk in darkness –
You are there.

It is good to hold your hand, Lord,
When we suffer;

Good to be with you
Both day and night;

Good, Lord, to become
Your sacred temple –

One with you, absorbed into
Your light.

 

References

I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NIV).

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NLT).

Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NLT).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

I will take you by the hand and guard you (Isaiah 42:6; NLT).

She never left the temple but stayed there day and night, worshipping God with fasting and prayer (Luke 2:37; NLT).

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

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

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

You are the earth

The Father and I are one (John 10:30; NLT).

You are the solid earth we stand on;
You are the blazing sun above.
You are the sea that rolls forever;
You are the wellspring of all love.

You are the friend we can rely on;
You are the one who shares our dread.
You are the teacher, and the shepherd;
You are the consecrated bread.

You are the source of living water;
You are the gardener, and the vine.
You are the the way, the truth, the life;
You are the eucharistic wine.

You are the Christ, the true Messiah;
You are the sacrificial Lamb.
You are the Son of Man, our Saviour;
You are our God, the great I AM.

References

God created everything through him (John 1:3; NLT).

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

You are my friends (John 15:15; NLT).

Being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44; NIV).

You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am (John 13:13; NLT).

I am the good shepherd (John 10:14; NLT).

I am the living bread that came down from heaven (John 6:51; NLT).

Rivers of living water will flow from his heart (John 7:38; NLT).

I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener (John 15:1; NLT).

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

He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood” (Matthew 26:27-8; NLT).

Jesus told her, “I AM the Messiah! (John 4:26; NLT).

Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us (1 Corinthians 5:7; NLT).

Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20; NLT).

The Father sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world (1John 4:4; NLT).

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9; NLT).

“I AM he, Jesus said (John 18:8; NLT).

God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14; NLT).

I’m ready

I’m ready to give up my health,
Because your strength
Is all I need.

I’m ready to give up my mind,
Because your peace
Will see me through.

I’m ready to give up my heart,
Because your love
Is all I want.

I’m ready to give up my life,
Because my soul
Is one with you.

References

My health may fail and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever (Psalm 73:26; NLT).

His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

Your unfailing love is better than life itself (Psalm 63:3; NLT).

If you try to hang on to your life you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it (Matthew 6:25; NLT).

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

Forgive my sins

I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word
(Isaiah 66:2; NLT).

Lord,
Forgive my sins today;
Help me to start afresh.

Lord,
Forgive my faults today;
Help me to serve anew.

Lord,
Forgive my flaws today;
Help me to speak the truth.

Lord,
Please help and strengthen me,
So I may be like you.

References

Help us, God our Saviour, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake (Psalm 79:9; NIV).

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

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

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