Cherish

The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden
to tend and watch over it
(Genesis 2:15; NLT).

Lord,

1. Help us to cherish
Forest, sea, and spring.

2. Help us to nurture
Every living thing.

3. Help us to care for others,
And the earth.

4. Help us to love your Son,
And grasp his worth.


References

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

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

3. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

4. This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him (Luke 9:35; NLT).

There is only one thing worth being concerned about (Luke 10:42; NLT).

I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord (Philippians 3:8; NIV).

Perfection

You are to be perfect,
even as your Father in heaven is perfect
(Matthew 5:48; NLT).

Father,

1. I am far
From your perfection,
With little time still left
To grow like you.

2. Please look on me
With mercy and compassion.
Forgive my sins,
And heal my body, too.

3. Mend my wayward heart,
And mind, and spirit;
Give me time to learn
From your dear Son.

4. Then help me, Lord, to serve
Your sacred kingdom,
For though I’m late, Lord God,
I have begun.


References

1. You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

Remember how short my life is (Psalm 89:47; NLT).

2. You, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy (Psalm 86:15; NLT).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

3. I will heal your wayward hearts (Jeremiah 3:22; NLT).

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me (Matthew 11:29; NIV).

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

When those hired at five o’clock were paid, each received a full day’s wage (Matthew 20:10; NLT).

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

Gifts

Give thanks for everything to God the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
(Ephesians 5:20; NLT).

1. Thank you for your gift of faith,
Which helps me, Lord, to pray.

2. Thank you for your gift of hope,
Which lifts my heart each day.

3. Thank you for your gift of love,
Which makes my soul rejoice.

4. Thank you for your gift of truth:
Your still, small, inner voice.

5. Thank you for your gift of time,
Whatever trials may come.

6. Thank you for eternal life,
Your gift, through Christ, your Son.


References

1. It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; NIV).

You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it (Matthew 21:22; NLT).

2. Christ Jesus […] gives us hope (1 Timothy 1:1; NLT).

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! (Psalm 42:5; NLT).

3. Each day the Lord pours out his unfailing love upon me (Psalm 42:8; NLT).

My heart rejoices in the Lord (1 Samuel 2:1; NLT).

4. Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me“ (John 14:6; NLT).

After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; NKJV).

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

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

6. 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).

The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23; NLT).

Suffering and loss

Pray for all people. Ask God to help them;
intercede on their behalf
(1 Timothy 2:1; NLT).

1. Lord,
I pray for all of us
Who suffer:

2. Those yearning for a home,
A job,
A child;

3. Those thirsting for freedom
From fear, abuse,
Or exploitation;

4. Those longing for better health
For others,
Or themselves;

5. And those who ache
For the presence
Of the dead.

6. Please strengthen us
To face each loss;
Console us when we mourn.

7. Help us to find
New hope in you,
And to rebuild our lives

8. By following your much-loved Son,
Who gave up all he had
For us.

Through his dear name,
Amen.

References

1. Pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf (1 Timothy 2:1; NLT).

2. Forget not your servant but give her a son (1 Samuel 1:11; NIV).

3. The oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; NLT).

4. He will heal us (Hosea 6:1; NLT).

5. You have taken away my companions and my loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

6. Even when I walk in the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

7. “I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11; NLT).

Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me!” (Matthew 4:19; NLT).

8. 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).

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us (1 John 3:16; NLT).

One body


There will be one flock with one shepherd (John 10:16; NLT).

1. You give us all one body, Lord,
One mind, one heart, one soul.

2. You give us all one Saviour, Lord:
Your Son, who makes us whole.

3. You give us all one love, Lord God,
And answer every plea.

4. You give us all one Spirit, Lord:
Your Truth, which sets us free.


References

1. We have all been baptised into one body (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

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

I will give them one heart and one purpose (Jeremiah 32:39; NLT).

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

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

The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer (Psalm 6:9; NLT).

4. We all share the same Spirit 1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

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

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

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

The Kingdom of God


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

1. If we walk in God’s light,
And dance in his fire,
We will praise him forever
And sing with his choir.

2. If we trust in his strength,
And share his Son’s blood,
We will dwell in his kingdom
And know his great love.

3. If we hold to his truth,
And follow his Son,
We will always rejoice
Till our exile is done.

4. If we serve as his slaves,
And welcome his rod,
We will live to the full
In the Kingdom of God.


References

1. If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7; NIV).

2. The Lord is my strength and my shield. I trust him with all my heart (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

3. You must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News (Colossians 1:23; NLT).

4. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else (Mark 10:42-4; NLT).

Exile

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The Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you
(Deuteronomy 31:6; NIV).

1. Father,
You’re in exile
With those living far from home,
For Christ, your Son, dwells in us all,
No matter where we roam.

2. Father,
You’re in hospital
With every patient there,
For Christ, your Son, dwells in us all,
To comfort, heal, and care.

3. Father,
You’re in prison
With each lonely detainee,
For Christ, your Son, dwells in us all,
To set our spirits free.

4. Father,
You’re in everyone;
You never cease to give;
For Christ, your Son, dwells in us all,
So we may fully live.

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride on the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me (Psalm 139:7-10; NLT).


References

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

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

2. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NIV).

He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7; NIV).

3. The Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love (Genesis 39:21; NLT).

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners (Luke 4:18; NIV).

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

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need (Luke 12:31; NLT).

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT).