Our nourishment

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life”
(John 14:6; NLT).

1. Lord,
You are our guiding star,
Our shepherd’s staff,
Our way.

2. Lord,
You are our nourishment,
Our bread, our truth
Each day.

3. Lord,
You are our sacrifice,
Our great High Priest,
Our life.

4. Lord,
You are our Mighty God,
Our Saviour,
And our light.


References

1. The star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem (Matthew 2:9; 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).

2. Cry out for this nourishment (1 Peter 2:2; NLT).

I am the living bread (John 6:51; NLT).

3. He offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins (Hebrews 7:27; NLT).

We have a Great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God (Hebrews 4:14; NLT).

4. He will be called […] Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6; NIV).

The Father sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world (1 John 4:14; NLT).

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NIV).

Sacrifice

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit (Psalm 51:17; NIV).

1. Lord,
May my prayers,
Though meagre, dry, and bleak,
Rise, like the dust
To which I will return.

2. Lord,
May my thanks,
However poor and weak,
Rise, like the distant stars
Where I will burn.

3. Lord,
May my joy,
So frail, and swiftly crushed,
Rise, like sweet incense
To your paradise.

4. Lord,
May my trials,
Through which I learn to trust,
Rise, like the pleasing smoke
Of sacrifice.

You will be like a pleasing sacrifice to me (Ezekiel 20:41; NLT).


References

1. Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

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

2. Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

It is the Lord who created the stars (Amos 5:8; NLT).

The sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat (Psalm 19:6; NLT).

3. Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

All around the world they offer sweet incense […] in honour of my name (Malachi 1:11: NLT).

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

You will offer special gifts as a pleasing aroma to the Lord (Numbers 15:3; NLT).

No glory


1. We have no glory
Of our own:
Our only glory
Is the light of Christ.

2. We have no merit
Of our own:
Our only merit
Is his sacrifice.

3. We have no treasure
Of our own:
Our only treasure
Is his way of love.

4. We have no virtue
Of our own:
Our only virtue
Is his flesh and blood.


References

1. God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6; NLT).

2. When you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty’ (Luke 17:10; NLT).

3. True godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it (1 Timothy 6:6-7; NLT).

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

Habit

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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).

1. Let prayer become my habit, Lord,
Communing with you day and night,
For then I’ll grow more like your Son,
Who came to earth to make us one.

2. Let thanks become my habit, Lord,
Expressed in every circumstance,
For then I’ll grow more like your Christ,
Who came to be our sacrifice.

3. Let joy become my habit, Lord,
Ceaseless, heartfelt, unconfined,
For then I’ll grow more like your King,
Who came to make our spirits sing.

4. Let love become my habit, Lord,
Deep, reflexive, faithful, true,
For then I’ll grow more like your Lamb,
Who cares for all since time began.


References

1. Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

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

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

2. Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin (Romans 3:25; NLT).

3. Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing praises to your name (Romans 15:9; NLT).

4. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love (1 John 4:8; NIV).

John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29; NLT).

Christ cares for the church (Ephesians 5:29; NLT).

We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen (1 John 1:1; NLT).

Fathomless ocean

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Oh, the depths of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are his judgements and how fathomless his ways!
(Romans 11:33; NLT).

1. Fathomless ocean
Of darkness and light:
God’s timeless upwelling
Of justice and might.

2. Limitless blessings
Of mercy and peace:
His Spirit is calling us all
To the feast.

3. Boundless resources
Of wisdom and grace:
The Lord’s faithful promise –
We will see his face.

4. Measureless giving
Of body and blood:
Christ’s infinite sacrifice,
Poured out with love.

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References

1. Darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2; KJV).

I will praise your mighty deeds, O Sovereign Lord. I will tell everyone that you alone are just (Psalm 71:16; NLT).

2. The Lord our God is merciful (Daniel 9:9; NLT).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world (Isaiah 25:6; NLT).

3. He [Jesus] was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him (Luke 2:40; NIV).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

4. This is my body, which is given for you (Luke 22:19; NLT).

My blood […] is poured out as a sacrifice for you (Luke 22:20; NLT).

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May I live for you

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1. Father,
May I live for you,
Glad to make
Each sacrifice.

2. Jesus,
May I live like you,
Ready, Lord,
To pay the price.

3. Spirit,
May I live with you,
Quick to spread
Your loving care.

4. Godhead,
May I live in you,
Day and night, Lord,
Everywhere.


References

1. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord (Romans 14:8; NIV).

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

2. We live like Jesus here is this world (1 John 4:17; NLT).

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters (1 John 3:16; NLT).

3. Be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18; NLT).

He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you (Colossians 1:8; NLT).

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

If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave you are there (Psalm 139:8; NLT).

To you all are alive

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To him all are alive (Luke 20:38; NIV).

1. To you all are alive, Lord God,
Before our birth,
In life, in death.

2. You know us all before you form us
In the womb,
And give us breath.

3. You live within us here on earth;
You share each grief
And sacrifice.

4. You walk with us in death’s dark vale,
And bring us all
To paradise.

5. At every stage you love us, Lord,
And never fail
To help us through,

6. For you are always one with us,
And we are always
One with you.


References

1. Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NLT).

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

He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth (Isaiah 42:5; NLT).

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

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

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

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

Today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43; NIV).

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

He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

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

May we eat your bread


1. Father,
May we eat your bread
Until we share
The mind of Christ;

2. Father,
May we drink your wine;
Our hearts
Your willing sacrifice;

3. Father,
May we dwell in you,
Until our souls
Reflect Christ’s worth:

4. Then, we will
Be one with you,
And spend our lives
In heaven on earth.


References

1. We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

2. 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).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

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

Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord (Philippians 3:8; NLT).

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

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven (Philippians 1:27; NLT).

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

The Word of God

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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).

1. Jesus is the Word of God,
His much-loved, only Son,
Who comes to live with us on earth
And make all people one.

2. Jesus is the bread of God,
Who comes to feed each soul,
To heal in body, heart and mind
So we can be made whole.

3. Jesus is the Lamb of God,
Who comes to pay the price
For all our sins and weaknesses:
A perfect sacrifice.

4. Jesus is the Love of God,
His unveiled, human face,
Who comes to live within us all,
For Jesus is God’s grace.

References

1. He wore a robe dipped in blood and his title was the Word of God (Revelation 19:13; NLT).

This is my dearly loved Son (Mark 9:7; NLT).

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

2. The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world (John 6:33; 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).

3. John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!” (John 1:29; NLT).

By the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:14; NLT).

4. Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39; NLT).

God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6; NLT).

Then the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom (Mark 15:38; NKJV).

When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39; NLT).

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

God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time – to show us his grace through Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 1:9; NLT).

Hidden with Christ in God


You died, and your life now is hidden with Christ in God.

(Colossians 3:3; NIV).

1. May I be hidden, Lord,
With you,
So I’m a witness
At your birth.

2. May I be hidden, Lord,
With you,
So I can share
Your life on earth.

3. May I be hidden, Lord,
With you,
So I can mourn
Your sacrifice.

4. May I be hidden, Lord,
With you,
For evermore
In paradise.

References

1. She gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling-cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (Luke 2:6-7; RSV).

2. Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me (Luke 9:23; NIV).

3. A large crowd trailed behind, including many grief-stricken women (Luke 23:27; NLT).

4. Today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43; NLT).