Stardust

1. Lord, you make all things
From nothing,
Then you fashion us
From clay.

2. Lord, you give us
All the world,
And offer us
Your perfect way.

3. Lord, you grant
Your Holy Spirit,
Filling us with love,
And breath.

4. Lord, you send
Your only Son,
So we can share
His life and death.

5. Lord, you dwell
Within our hearts,
To help us learn
What’s really true:

6. Though our bones
Return to stardust,
Every soul
Is one with you.

References

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

We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all formed by your hand (Isaiah 64:8; NLT).

2. God blessed [human beings] and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it” (Genesis 1:28; NLT).

God’s way is perfect (2 Samuel 22:31; NLT).

3. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person (Genesis 2:7; NLT).

He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; 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).

Then [Jesus] said to the crowd, “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).

5. You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NLT).

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

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

Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:35-8; NLT).

Our soul

We have all been baptised into one body by one Spirit,
and we all share the same Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

Lord, our soul is you within us all (1).

You make us, breathe your soul into us, and give us life (2).

You dwell in us, and we in you, though we may never recognise your presence (3).

When we die, our soul returns to you, though in truth it has never been separated from you, for you are indivisible. The whole of you dwells in every one of us, and never leaves us (4).

No matter what we might prefer to think, we are always united with one another and with you, through Christ, your Son (5).

We do not each have a separate soul, unique to ourselves. There is only one soul, which is your Holy Spirit, shared forever by us all: those not yet born, those who are alive, and those who have died (6).

In the light of our neglected, yet primordial, oneness, and given the extremely serious state of international relations, climate change, and our widespread religious, political and personal inhumanity towards one another, here is today’s prayer:

Help us to grasp our oneness, Lord,
With you,

By loving you
In all creation:

Creatures,
People,

Earth, sky,
And ourselves.

We ask this through
Your dear Son’s name.

Amen (7).

References

1. You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

2. There is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them (Job 32:8; NLT).

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

In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).

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

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5; NIV).

The Lord is one (Mark 12:29; NIV).

5. 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).

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

6. God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

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

Those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed […] into immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:52-3; NLT).

7. You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength [and] Love your neighbour as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these (Mark 12:30-31; 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).

Pilgrimage (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
(Psalm 84:5; NIV).

1. May I live, Lord,
In your strength,
Throughout my pilgrimage
On earth.

2. May I wander
In your mind,
Discovering
Your Son’s great worth.

3. May I search, Lord,
In your heart,
Until I find
Your Spirit’s grace.

4. May I shelter
In your soul,
So I can gaze
On your dear face.

References

1. The Lord is my strength (Exodus 15:2; NLT).

2. This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him (Mark 9:7; NLT).

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

4. Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1; NLT).

I gaze on you in the sanctuary to see your strength and your glory (Psalm 63:2; CSB).

I will see you face to face and be satisfied (Psalm 17:15; 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).

God knows that we are mortal

We now have this light shining in our hearts,
but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.
This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves
(2 Corinthians 4:7; NLT).

1. God knows that we are mortal,
For he fashions us from clay.

2. He knows that we are fragile,
So his Spirit helps us pray.

3. He knows our lives are fleeting,
Then our flesh returns to dust.

4. He knows that we are fearful,
So his Son helps us to trust.

References

1. He remembered that they were merely mortal (Psalm 78:39; NLT).

We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all formed by your hand (Isaiah 64:8; NLT).

2. He knows how weak we are (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

3. Our days on earth are as fleeting as a shadow (Job 8:9; NLT).

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

4. When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3; NLT).

Trust in God, and trust also in me [Jesus] (John 14:1-2; NLT).

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).