Thank you, Lord


1. Thank you, Lord, for your creation
Of the heavens and the earth.

2. Thank you for your incarnation,
For your advent, and your birth.

3. Thank you, Lord, for your atonement,
Purchased with your final breath.

4. Thank you for your resurrection,
So we, too, can rise from death.

5. Thank you, Lord, for your ascension;
Your salvation makes us whole.

6. Thank you for your Holy Spirit,
Sent to fill each heart and soul.

7. Thank you, Lord, for your communion
With us every night and day.

8. Thank you for your constant presence,
As we walk your narrow way.


References

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

2. The Word became human and made his home among us (John 1:14; NLT).

3. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood (Romans 3:25; NIV).

4. Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25; NLT).

5. The same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself (Ephesians 4:10; NLT).

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

7. Be sure of this: I am with you always (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

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

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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Incarnation

1. Thank you
For your incarnation –
Body, blood,
And birth.

2. Thank you, Lord,
For your atonement,
Through your death
On earth.

3. Thank you
For your resurrection –
First-born
Of the dead.

4. Thank you, Lord,
For your salvation,
Living wine,
And bread.

References

1. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being (Philippians 2:6-7; NLT).

2. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood (Romans 3:25; NIV).

3. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus (Acts 4:33; NLT).

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25; NLT).

Grace to you […] from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead (Revelation 1:4-5; RSV).

4. He [Jesus] became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him (Hebrews 5:9; NLT).

He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And he said to them, “This is my blood” (Mark 14:23-4; NLT).

He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body” (Luke 22:19; NIV).

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I offer so the world may live, is my flesh (John 6:51; NLT).


Photo acknowledgement: Geralt

The Word of God

His title was the Word of God (Revelation 19:13; NLT).

1. Christ is the spoken Word of God,
Through whom all things are made.

2. Christ is the holy Word of God,
Who comes to heal and save.

3. Christ is the living Word of God,
Born of the Virgin’s womb.

4. Christ is the silenced Word of God,
Laid in a borrowed tomb.

5. Christ is the resurrected Word of God,
Eternally.

6. Christ is the universal Word of God,
Who sets us free.

7. Christ is the ever-present Word of God,
Who makes us whole.

8. Christ is the everlasting Word of God,
Within each soul.

References

1. In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1; NLT).

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

2. He healed every kind of disease and illness (Matthew 4:23; NLT).

God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9; NLT).

3. The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; NLT).

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

4. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter (Isaiah 53:7; NLT).

When the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39; NIV).

Joseph took the body and […] placed it in his own new tomb (Matthew 27:59-60; NLT).

5. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25; NIV).

6. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released (Luke 4:18; NLT).

7. Be sure of this: I am with you always (Matthew 28:20; 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).

He wounds, but his hands make whole (Job 5:18; NKJV).

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

You give us birth

 

Father God,
You give us birth,
Our chance to live and grow,
Becoming more like Christ, your Son,
Born here so long ago.

Father God,
You give us life,
Our chance to change and learn,
Becoming more like Christ, your Son,
To whom we gladly turn.

Father God,
You give us death,
Our chance to be made new,
Becoming more like Christ your Son,
Who reigns in heaven with you.

Father God,
You give us joy
In heaven, with your Son,
So we may grasp your deepest truth –
That you, and all, are One.

 

References

He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

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

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

Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24; NLT).

The Lord gives both death and life (1 Samuel 2:6; NLY).

God [..] gives life to the dead (Romans 4:17; NLT).

When our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54; NLT).

The world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever (Revelation 11:15; NLT).

A great reward awaits you in heaven (Matthew 5:12; NLT).

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).

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

Will I rise again?

 

Father,

Will I rise again,
Like Jesus?

Will I live again,
Just like your Son?

Will I walk and talk,
And make new friendships?

Will I work and play
Till day is done?

Touch me with your Spirit, Lord,
And heal me;

Give me life again
Abundantly.

Then I need not wait
Till after death, Lord,

But serve your kingdom here,
Restored, and free.

 

References

Christ died and rose again (Romans 14:9; NLT).

Those who die in the Lord will live; their bodies will rise again! Isaiah 26:19; NLT).

They begged him to touch the man and heal him (Mark 8:22; NLT).

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10; NRSV).

Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only (Luke 4:8; NIV).

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31; NLT).

In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free (Psalm 118:5; NLT).