You know us

1. All our thoughts are prayers,
But we forget you share each one:
Good, bad, and uncaring, Lord,
Including those we shun.

2. All our words are prayers,
But we forget you hear them, too:
Angry, mean, dishonest, Lord,
Forbearing, kind, or true.

3. All our deeds are prayers,
But we forget you see what’s done:
Cheating, stealing, hurting, Lord,
We’re nothing like your Son.

4. All our lives are prayers, Lord,
And you know us through and through,
So it’s pointless to imagine
We can hide our sins from you.

References

1. Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking (Mark 2:8; NLT).

2. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord (Psalm 139:4; NLT).

3. The Lord sees clearly what a man does (Proverbs 5:21; NLT).

4. You, Lord, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NIV).

My body

1. My body, Lord,
Goes out into the world:
One with you,
And all I apprehend.

2. My mind, Lord,
Reaches out into the world:
One with you,
And everyone you send.

3. My heart, Lord,
Celebrates with all the world:
One with you,
And everything you make.

4. My soul, Lord,
Is united with the world:
One with you
And all, for your Son’s sake.

References

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

2. Though we are many […] we are one body (1 Corinthians 10:17; NLT).

3. With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts (Psalm 21:13; NLT).

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands (Psalm 19:1-2; NIV).

Rejoice forever in my creation! (Isaiah 65:18; NLT).

4. You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

We ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake (2 Corinthians 4:5; NLT).

United

1. United, Father, with your mind,
I freely leave my self behind.

2. United, Father, with your heart,
I gladly let my self depart.

3. United, Father, with your soul,
I lose my self to be made whole.

4. United: Father, Spirit, Son –
I need no self, for all are one.

References

1. If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

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

3. 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).

4. You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

We praise your name

1. Father,
May we praise your name –
To love you
Is our highest aim.

2. Jesus,
May we bear our cross –
Ready to accept
Each loss.

3. Spirit,
May we welcome you –
By serving God
In all we do.

4. Mary,
May we know your Son –
Of woman born,
God’s Holy One.

References

1. The Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name (Luke 1:49; NIV).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

2. 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 gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

3. You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

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

4. When the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law (Galatians 4:4; NLT).

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).

All one

1. How I wish my friends were here
Before you, much-loved Son;
My family, neighbours, enemies –
For then we would be one.

2. I wish all prisoners were here,
No matter what they’ve done;
All refugees and homeless, Lord –
For then we would be one.

3. I wish the suffering were here,
The poor, the old, the young;
And those, Lord, who have lost their faith –
For then we would be one.

4. But now I see that all are here
The dead, and those to come,
And we, who are in exile –
For your Spirit makes us one.

References

1. This is my beloved Son (Luke 9:35; NKJV).

Though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body (1 Corinthians 10:17; NLT).

2. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favour has come (Luke 4:18-19; NLT).

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

3. Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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

4. Christ died and rose again for this very purpose – to be Lord both of the living and of the dead (Romans 14:9; NLT).

I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile (Ezekiel 11:16; NLT).

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

Children, women, men

Those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.
(Matthew 20:16; NLT).

1. Father God, you love us all:
Children, women, men;
No matter what we say or do:
Children, women, men.

2. You wait for us to seek you out:
Children, women, men;
And long for us to love you, too:
Children, women, men.

3. You want us all to learn and grow:
Children, women, men;
For you made us with great delight:
Children, women, men.

4. You sent your Son to die for us:
Children, women, men;
And all are precious in your sight:
Children, women, men.

5. To you, our Father, we are one:
Children, women, men;
The weak are strong, the strong are weak:
Children, women, men.

6. With you, there’s neither slave nor free:
Children, women, men;
And no such thing as Jew or Greek:
Children, women, men.

7. For you, Lord God, are one with us:
Children, women, men;
And we are always one with you:
Children, women, men.

8. So may we live in unity:
Children, women, men;
And love all as our equals, too:
Children, women, men.

References

1. Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these (Matthew 19:14; NIV).

I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty
(2 Corinthians 6:18; NLT).

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

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

3. He made us, and we are his (Psalm 100:3; NLT).

Praise the Lord your God, who delights in you (1 Kings 10:9; NLT).

4. 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).

He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight (Psalm 72:13; RSV).

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

When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).

6. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NKJV).

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

8. How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
(Psalm 133:1; NIV).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 22:39; NLT).

Learning from life

My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.
Yet not as I will, but as you will (Matthew 26:39; NIV).

1. Lord,
You know unerringly
Just what we need to learn,

2. So everything
We face in life with prayer
Can help us turn

3. Towards you, Father,
And your Son,
Your Holy Spirit, too,

4. For you
Are our great Comforter:
The God who helps us through.

References

1. Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me (Psalm 139:1; NLT).

2. All things work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28; NKJV).

3. Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts (Joel 2:12, NLT).

4. I will send you the Advocate [or Comforter] (John 15:26; NLT).

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; 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).