Our closest friend

Lord,

Your Spirit
Is our closest friend –

Here, in light and darkness,
To life’s end;

In joy and sorrow, 
Suffering and pain,  

Till we return to you,   
In heaven again. 

 

References 

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever (John 14:16; NIV). 

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). 

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that the God’s Spirit of dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; RSV).

Even though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; RSV). 

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

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

You are the Word

God-Over-All, 
You are the Word;
You make and rule 
Both heaven and earth.

Jesus-In-All, 
You are the Word;
You come to share 
Our human birth.

Spirit-Through-All,
You are the Word;
You give us life:
The Father’s breath. 

Oneness-Of-All, 
You are the Word;
We reunite with you
In death. 

 

References

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

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1; NIV).

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

Don’t you realise that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

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

  

A sinner’s prayer

 

Lord,
I am a sinner,
Not fit to touch your hem,
Yet you have come 
To heal my soul, 
Instead of to condemn. 

Lord,
I am a sinner,
Not fit to loose your shoe,
Yet you have come 
To make me whole, 
So I can be like you. 

Lord,
I am a sinner,
Not fit to kiss your feet,
Yet you have come
To rescue me,
And make my joy complete.

 

References

God have mercy on me, a sinner (Luke 18:13; NIV).

Suddenly, a woman […] touched them hem of his garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch his garment, I shall be made well (Matthew 9:20-21; NKJV).

One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose (Luke 3:16; NKJV).

From the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet (Luke 7:45; NLT).

Change

Change germinates in darkness
When we start to seek your light.

Peace springs up with forgiveness
Once we glimpse your sacrifice.

Strength slowly grows through sorrow  
While we grasp your mortal fear;

And when our love matures, at last,
Your harvest-time is near. 

 

References

The kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest-time has come (Mark 4:26-9; NLT).

The pain caused you to repent and change your ways (2 Corinthians 7:9; NLT).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

He [Jesus] prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

The fruit of the Spirit is love (Galatians 5:22; NIV).

Grow to maturity (2 Corinthians 13:11; NLT).

At harvest-time I will tell the reapers, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, but then gather the wheat into my barn (Matthew 13:30; NET). 

Through Jesus

We praise our God
Through you, his Son, our Saviour,

And humbly ask forgiveness
Through your name.

All healing is requested
Through your title; 

All signs and wonders worked, Lord,
Through the same. 

So may we spread the Gospel 
Through your power;

In all we say, may we 
Become like you,

Whilst always giving thanks
Through you to heaven, 

And serving God
Through everything we do.   

 

References 

Let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name (Hebrews 13:15; NLT).

Everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name (Acts 10:43; NET).

Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus (Acts 4:30; NIV).

Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name (Romans 1:5; NLT).

Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17; RSV).

Less of me

 

1. Lord God,
May there be less of me,

2. With all my sins 
And weaknesses,

3. And more of thee
Within me every day,

4. Until we live as one
In our shared love.  

5. Then death will hold 
No fears for me –

6. I’ll leave this body
Far behind,

7. And fully reunite
With thee,

8. In heart, and soul,
And mind.

 

References

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

5. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? (1 Corinthians 15:55; NLT).

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

8. 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).

You offer us creation

 

You offer us creation,
And you offer us your earth;

You offer us your advent,
And you offer us your birth.

You offer us forgiveness,
And you offer us your love;

You offer us your body,
And you offer us your blood. 

You offer us salvation,
And eternal life with you —

But we can spurn them all, Lord,  
For you offer freedom, too! 

 

References

The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it (Genesis 2:14; NLT). 

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel [God with us] (Isaiah 7:15; NIV). 

I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins (Matthew 9:6; NLT).

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life (John 6:54; NIV).

God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9; NIV).

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