Sparks fly up

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1. Sparks fly up throughout the night;
In the morning: blinding light.

2. At mid-day, the sun descends;
Three o’clock: your torment ends.

3. Then, as night falls, you are laid
In a tomb our hands have made.

4. When the Sabbath day is done,
Women haste to mourn God’s Son,

5. But death can’t keep you in its thrall,
For you are Christ, who saves us all.


References

1. Peter followed him [Jesus] at a distance and went right into the high priest’s courtyard. There he sat with the guards, warming himself by the fire (Mark 14:54; NLT).

Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said, “Look, here is the man!” (John 19:5; NLT).

As the crowds gathered before Pilate’s house that morning, he asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you – Barabbas, or Jesus?” (Matthew 27:17; NLT).

2. By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. The light from the sun was gone (Luke 23:44-5; NLT).

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

3. [Joseph] took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock (Luke 23:53; NLT).

Because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover and since the time was close at hand, they laid Jesus there (John 19:42; NLT).

4. Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared (Luke 24:1; NLT).

5. God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip (Acts 2:24; NLT).

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15; NLT).

Saving souls

1. Thank you, Father,
For your light:
The joys you share,
The grace you send.

2. Thank you, Father,
For your peace:
The ways you care,
The minds you mend.

3. Thank you, Father,
For your love:
The hearts you reach,
The Son you gave.

4. Thank you, Father,
For your truth:
The words you teach,
The souls you save.

References

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

I will go to the altar of God, to God, the source of all my joy (Psalm 43:4; NLT).

My grace is all you need (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

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

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

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

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3; NIV).

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).

4. The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

You have the words that give eternal life (John 6:68; NLT).

Humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls (James 1:21; NLT).

Healing

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death and crowns me with love
and tender mercies (Psalm 103:2-4; NLT).

1. Thank you, Father,
For your love:
The wounds you wash,
The way you care.

2. Thank you, Father,
For your peace:
The minds you mend,
The joy you share.

3. Thank you, Father,
For your truth:
The hearts you heal,
The Son you gave.

4. Thank you, Father,
For your fire:
The bonds you break,
The souls you save.

References

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

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

Wash me clean from my guilt (Psalm 51:2; NLT).

He […] binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3; NIV).

He cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

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

When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind (Mark 5:15; NIV).

God [is] the source of all my joy (Psalm 43:4; NLT).

3. The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

He heals the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3; NIV).

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).

4. God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

I will break the yoke off their necks, and will tear off their bonds (Jeremiah 30:8; NIV).

Lord, you are the God who saves me (Psalm 88:1; NIV).

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).

Awestruck

1. Lord,
You overwhelm me
With your power.

2. I am afraid.
Silenced.
Awestruck.

3. I want to run away,
But cannot move,
And there is nowhere to hide.

4. I am nothing.
You are all:
Lord, save me!

5. Yet despite my fear,
I love you so much,
And know that you love me.

6. Therefore,
I dare
To worship you.

 

References

1. The Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth (Psalm 47:2; NIV).

2. It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31; NIV).

3. “Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” (Jeremiah 23:24; NIV).

4. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10; NIV).

The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us!” (Matthew 8:25; NIV).

6. Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise (Psalm 52:15; NIV).

We don’t need many words

1. We don’t need many words, just:

Save us, Father.
Forgive our sins
As we forgive each foe.

Call everyone;
Inspire us all to seek you.
Renew us, Lord,
And guide us as we grow.

 

2. We don’t need many words, just:

Thank you, Father.
Help us to love our neighbour
As ourselves.

Bless everyone,
And help us all to find you,
So we may live in you, Lord,
Where peace dwells.

References

1. When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words (Matthew 6:7; NIV).

Forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us (Matthew 6:12; NLT).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

2. Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NIV).

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

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

Angel of the hour

Angels came and took care of Jesus (Matthew 4:11; NLT).

1. Angel of the hour, I thank you
For the smile you offer me,
Prompting me to recognise
That God is here in all I see.

2. Angel of the day, I thank you
For your greeting in the street,
Causing me to recollect
That God is here in all I meet.

3. Angel of the month, I thank you
For your guidance when I stray,
Urging me to trust that God
Is with me on this narrow way.

4. Angel of the year, I thank you,
For you save me when I fall,
And you rescue me from danger:
God is in you most of all.

5. Angels, I am truly thankful –
You are sent by God’s own hand,
Helping me through this long exile,
Till I reach his Promised Land.

References

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

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

3. He guides me along right paths (Psalm 23:3; NLT).

4. He rescues me (Psalm 35:9; NLT).

5. He sends his angels like the winds, his servants like flames of fire (Hebrews 1:7; NLT).

He will order his angels to protect you wherever you go (Psalm 91:11-12; NLT).

He chose the Promised Land as our inheritance (Psalm 47:4; NLT).

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realising it! (Hebrews 13:2; NLT).

I cannot understand

You cannot understand the activity of God,
who does all things (Ecclesiastes 11:5 NLT).

1. I know, Lord God,
That you love other people,
But I cannot understand
Why you love me.

2. I recognise, Lord God,
That you forgive them,
But I cannot fathom
Why you pardon me.

3. I grasp, Lord God,
That you cure their diseases,
But I cannot comprehend
Why you heal me.

4. I trust, Lord God,
That you grant them redemption,
But I cannot puzzle out
Why you save me.

References

1. He […] crowns me with love (Psalm 103:4; NLT).

2. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

3. [He] heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

4. He redeems me from death (Psalm 103:4; NLT).

The sacred arts

Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples (Luke 11:1; NLT).

1. Teach us, Lord, to pray like you,
Who walked on Jordan’s banks,
So we can practice constantly
The sacred art of thanks.

2. Guide us all to pray like you,
Who saved all those who strayed,
So we can practice constantly
The sacred art of praise.

3. Show us how to pray like you,
Who raised the lifeless boy,
So we can practice constantly
The sacred art of joy.

4. Help us, Lord, to pray like you,
Who gave your flesh and blood,
So we can practice constantly
The sacred art of love.

References

1. Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people
(John 6:11; NLT).

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

2. Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth” (Matthew 11:25; NIV).

O God, we […] constantly praise your name (Psalm 44:8; NLT).

3. Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT).

Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

4. Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37-39; NLT).

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

The mystery of God

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 4:6; NLT).

1. One strength, one heart,
One soul, one mind;
One Father, who makes
Humankind.

2. One way, one truth,
One life for all;
One Son, who saves us
When we fall.

3. One peace, one faith,
One hope, one love;
One Spirit, sent
From heaven above.

4. One Lord, one God,
One Trinity;
One flesh, one blood,
One mystery.

References

1. 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).
He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

2. Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15; NLT).

3. Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).
I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised (Luke 24:49; NLT).

4. There is only one God (Romans 3:30; NLT).
Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you (John 6:53; NLT).
The wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God (1 Corinthians 2:7; NLT).