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Give me a church

 

Lord, 

Give me a church 
I can, at last, belong to –

A place where people 
Want to grow like you;

Where people love, fall out, 
Make up, say sorry;

Where everyone who fails 
Can start anew. 

None of this ever happened 
With my mother –

She never said sorry
For how she treated me.

So, give me a church 
Where I can find a home, Lord,

Where all can share your love,
Which sets us free.

 

References

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

If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back (Matthew 18:15; NRSV).

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar (Psalm 84:3; NLT).

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

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

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Peace

Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it (Psalm 34:14; NLT).

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Lord God,
May all with power
Maintain peace –

In every home,
School,
Place of work,
And government.

Lord God,
May all who bully
Search for peace –

In every home,
School,
Place of work,
And government.

Lord God,
May all abusers
Turn to peace –

In every home,
School,
Place of work,
And government.

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I wait for you

Wait patiently for the Lord (Psalm 27:14; NIV).

Let all that I am wait quietly before God (Psalm 62:5; NLT).

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I wait for you
In darkness, Lord;
I wait for you
Alone.

I wait for you
In silence, Lord;
You are my rock,
My home.

I wait for you
In brilliant light;
I wait with
Every breath.

I wait for you
In life, Lord;
And I wait for you
In death.

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Home

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).

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

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Lord God,
I am your home
Until I die,
Then you will be my home
For evermore.

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Not far away

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

When Jesus said, “this temple,” he meant his own body (John 2:21; NLT).

Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

We are the temple of the living God. As God said, “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God and they will be my people” (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).
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You are not far away,
But very near, Lord,
For our bodies
Are your temple,
And your home.

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Returning home

“Return home, you wayward children,” says the Lord (Jeremiah 3:14; NLT).

If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored (Job 22:23; NLT).

If you return to me, I will restore you (Jeremiah 15:19; NLT).

Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved (Isaiah 30:15; NLT).

 

Lord,
May we,
Your wayward children,
Return home to you
Repeatedly
Throughout our lives,
So that our souls
May be restored.

 

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Spirit of our Father

If we love one another, God lives in us (1 John 4:12; NIV).

I no longer live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20; NIV).

The Holy Spirit …lives within us (2 Timothy 1:14; NLT).

O Lord, I am your servant (Psalm 116:16; NLT).

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord (Luke 1:38; KJV).

 

Spirit of our Father,
Spirit of your Son,
Blessed Holy Spirit,
Sacred Three in One,

Please make your home
Within me,
And help me
To become

Your servant
And your handmaid,
Until my life
Is done.

 

 

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