Trek

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Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love –
and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

1. Life is a trek
Back to heaven.

2. Faith is a journey
To God.

3. Hope is a walk
With his Spirit.

4. Love is the path
That Christ trod.


References

1. The dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

2. We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7; NKJV).

The Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith (Romans 1:17; NLT).

3. You will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13; NLT).

4. Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children, and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).

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

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

Free gifts


Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires
(Psalm 37:4; NLT).

1. God’s love
Is within, for the taking,
His light
Is as free as the air.

2. His peace
Heals each heart that is aching,
His truth
Is both upright and fair.

3. God’s Son
Is his gift of salvation,
His Spirit
Is gracious and sweet.

4. His mercy
Is for all creation,
His joy
Makes our exile complete.


References

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

You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

The teaching of your word gives light (Psalm 119:130; NLT).

2. The Lord blesses them with peace (Psalm 29:11; NLT).

I am the Lord, who heals you (Exodus 15:27; NIV).

He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with his truth (Psalm 96:13; NLT).

3. 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).

May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing (Psalm 143:10; NLT).

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

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete (John 15:11; NIV).

May I walk with you


1. Father,
May I walk with you,
And talk with you
Today.

2. Mary,
May I pray with you,
And stay with you
Today.

3. Jesus,
May I go with you,
And grow with you
Today.

4. Spirit,
May I blaze with you,
And praise with you
Today.


References

1. The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8; NLT).

God talks with man (Deuteronomy 5:24; DBY).

2. They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus (Acts 1:14; NLT).

3. 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).

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

4. What looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:3-4; NLT).

We […] who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:3; NKJV).

Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth” (Luke 10:21; NIV).

God’s presence

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

1. The Father waits within each mind,
For he is patient, good, and kind.

2. The Son of Man lives in each heart,
And pleads with God on our behalf.

3. His Spirit rests within each soul,
To help us when life takes its toll.

4. So, though we cannot understand,
God’s presence can be known firsthand,

5. For he remains within us all,
Though he is great, and we are small.


References

1. The Lord must wait for you to come to him (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

No one is good – except God alone (Mark 10:18; NIV).

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

He [Christ] entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf (Hebrews 9:24; NLT).

3. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you (Romans 8:11; NLT).

The Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NRSV).

4. How great is God – beyond our understanding (Job 36:26; NIV).

You have shown me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever (Psalm 16:11; NLT).

5. Remain in me, and I will remain in you (John 15:4; NLT).

God is great (Psalm 70:4; NLT).

God sits above the circle of the earth. The people below seem like grasshoppers to him! (Isaiah 40:22; 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).

Three-In-One

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1. Father,
The divinity of God:
You form us,
Then you give us life and breath.

2. Jesus,
The humanity of God:
You came to earth
To set us free from death.

3. Spirit,
The veracity of God:
You come to bring us power
From above.

4. Three-In-One,
The unity of God:
You long for us
To join your dance of love.


References

1. You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13; NIV).

He himself gives everyone life and breath (Acts 17:25; NIV).

2. Though he [Jesus] 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).

He [God] gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57; NLT).

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

Stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven (Luke 24:49; NLT).

4. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; NIV).

The Lord our God, the Lord is one (Deuteronomy 6:4; NIV).

The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18; NIV).

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

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

Good and bad

1. Thank you, Lord,
For good and bad,
For all I’ve learned,
And all I’ve lost.

2. Thank you, Lord,
For all you give,
For all you take,
And life’s great cost.

3. Thank you, Lord,
For all your love,
For your forgiveness,
And your Son.

4. Thank you, Lord,
For sending us
Your Spirit, who
Makes us all one.


References

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

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

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

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

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).

The Ark of the Covenant (with thanks to Fr. L.C.)

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Don’t you realise that all of you together are the temple of God
and that the Spirit of God lives in you?
(1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

1. The Ark held your stone tablets, Lord,
Three thousand years ago:
The sacred ten commandments,
Out of which the law would grow;

2. A golden jar of manna,
Made of dewfall, white as frost,
And Aaron’s rod: these precious things
Were pearls beyond all cost.

3. The Ark dwelt in your Temple, Lord,
The symbol of your might,
To represent your presence
With the people, day and night.

4. But then, in time, the Ark was lost,
So you, Lord, sent your Son,
Born of Mary here on earth:
The Christ, your holy One.

5. Through him, your Spirit lives in us,
Within each mind and heart,
So we can spread your loving care,
For we are now your Ark.


References

1. This Ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant (Hebrews 9:4; NIV).

2. The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it (Matthew 13:45; NRSV).

3. Arise, O Lord God, and enter your resting place, along with the Ark, the symbol of your power (2 Chronicles 6:41; NLT).

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

5. The Spirit of God lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27; NLT).

In human form

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In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form
(Colossians 2:9; NIV).

1. Christ is light in human form:
The light that leads to life.

2. Christ is fire in flesh and blood,
Consuming greed and vice.

3. Christ is truth personified:
As honest as the day.

4. Christ is peace made manifest;
He is our peaceful way.

5. Christ is God incarnate here,
His Spirit, like a dove,

6. Descends from heaven, revealing that
The King of kings is love.


References

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

I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life (John 8:12; NLT).

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

I have come to set the world on fire (Luke 12:49; NLT).

Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables (John 2:15; NLT).

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

Jesus told him, “I am […] the truth” (John 14:6; NLT).

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

The Dayspring from on high has visited us […] to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:78-9; NKJV).

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

5. Christ is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15; NLT).

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being
(Hebrews 1:3; NIV).

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! (John 14:9; NLT).

6. When he had been baptised, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16-17; NKJV).

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