Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28-9; NKJV).
You are our wayside shrine,
Our sanctuary, Our bread, our wine;
Our rest, our strength,
Our life, our breath,
Jesus told her,
“I am the resurrection and the life.
Anyone who believes in me will live,
Even after dying” (John 11:25; NKJV).
1. I remember the stories –
The shepherds, the star;
The stable, the manger,
The kings, from afar.
2. I remember the temple,
The questions, the joy;
My parents; their wrath –
I was only a boy.
3. I remember the wedding
At Cana, the wine
Transformed from fresh water –
My first ever sign.
4. I remember my baptism,
The preaching, the healing;
The scribes and the priests.
5. I remember the mountain,
The voice, and the light –
God clothed me in white.
6. I remember the colt,
The procession, the crowd;
The palms and the cloaks –
People shouting so loud!
7. I remember the supper,
The bread, and the wine;
The friendship, the sharing
With those who were mine.
8. I remember the garden,
The darkness, the fear;
The kiss of betrayal
When Judas drew near.
9. I remember the scourging –
I knew all was lost;
The robe, and the thorns,
And the weight of the cross.
10. Now all that is left
Is the blood, and the pain;
The thirst, and the dying,
As I call your name.
1. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them (Luke 2:6-7; NIV).
2. Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious leaders, listening to them and asking questions (Luke 2:46; NLT).
3. This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory (John 2:11; NLT).
4. One day when the crowds were being baptised, Jesus himself was baptised. As he was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy (Luke 3:22; NLT).
The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.” But the leaders were indignant (Matthew 21:15; NLT).
5. Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them (Mark 9:2-3; NIV).
6. The next day, the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13; NIV).
7. He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:19-20; NIV).
8. He went on a little further and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine” (Matthew 26:39; NLT).
He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).
9. Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip. The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him. “Hail! King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped him across the face (John 19:1-3; NLT).
Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the Place of the Skull…
10. …There they nailed him to the cross (John 19:17; NLT).
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).
1. Thank you
For your incarnation –
2. Thank you, Lord,
For your atonement,
Through your death
3. Thank you
For your resurrection –
Of the dead.
4. Thank you, Lord,
For your salvation,
1. 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).
2. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood (Romans 3:25; NIV).
3. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus (Acts 4:33; NLT).
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25; NLT).
Grace to you […] from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead (Revelation 1:4-5; RSV).
4. He [Jesus] became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him (Hebrews 5:9; NLT).
He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And he said to them, “This is my blood” (Mark 14:23-4; NLT).
He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body” (Luke 22:19; NIV).
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I offer so the world may live, is my flesh (John 6:51; NLT).
This set of little prayers came to me whilst I was asleep. As I woke up, I could still hear the words being spoken aloud in my mind. Grabbing my ipad, I started writing them down immediately, as I knew from experience that they would disappear within seconds. Each prayer can be used at a specific moment, or said repeatedly in difficult situations.
1. When I wake to face each day: Lord, I’m yours; you are my way.
2. When I hear your gentle voice: Lord, I’m yours; you are my choice.
3. When I am about to eat: Lord, I’m yours; this is a feast.
4. When I pray to you at night: Lord, I’m yours; you are my light.
5. When I want to judge, and win: Lord, I’m yours; forgive my sin.
6. When I suffer fear and pain: Lord, I’m yours; I praise your name.
7. When I think I’m going to drown: Lord, I’m yours; don’t let me down.
8. When I kneel before your cross: Lord, I‘m yours, but I am dross.
9. When I see you, risen, scarred: Lord, I’m yours, though life is hard.
10. When I share your bread and wine: Lord, I’m yours, and you are mine.
1. I am the way (John 14:6; NLT).
2. I am yours (Psalm 119:94; NLT).
3. You prepare a feast for me (Psalm 23:5; NLT).
4. I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).
5. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).
6. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; NIV).
7. Lord, save us! We’re going to drown (Matthew 8:25; NLT).
8. O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner (Luke 18:13; NLT).
9. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).
10. My beloved is mine and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NIV).
David built an altar there to the Lord (2 Samuel 24:25; NLT).
1. Here, within this candle-flame,
Who comes from heaven to reign.
2. Here, within this sacred bread,
The first fruits of the dead.
3. Here, within this cup of wine,
Who is truth divine.
4. Here, within this mystery,
In perfect unity.
1. The Holy One will be a flame (Isaiah 10:17; NLT).
He will reign forever and ever (Revelation 11:15; NLT).
2. He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body” (Luke 22:19; NIV).
Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep (Corinthians 15:20; NIV).
3. He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And he said to them, “This is my blood” (Mark 14:23-4; NLT).
The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).
4.The wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God (1 Corinthians 2:7; NLT).
The Lord our God is one (Mark 12:29; NIV).