Memory Priorites

Remember the Babe born in Bethlehem,
remember his death in Jerusalem,
remember he ordered the wind and waves,
remember he’s God and he hears and saves.

Remember some times when oppressors sought
to hurt and enslave, but some bravely fought,
and though none were perfect, remember please
they offered their living to bring us peace.

And many of them were aware of when
it seemed there was nothing to stop evil men
succeeding in schemeings malicious, but God
prevented, deflected and safety restored.

So whether we live here a little while more,
and when we face death’s gate, or troubles galore,
remember the one perfect Saviour and Lord
– repent and receive and take him at his word.

Lion and Lamb

The Lion King who roars,
establishing his laws,
who shakes complacency and will
his glorious plans fulfil.

The sacrificial Lamb
to bear God’s judgment came
and then let foolish people slay
Him, but He won the day.

So powerful yet so meek,
so strong and never weak,
what might to forge the rescue way,
to bring us grace today.

Tune: SM

Abraham’s willingness, Christ’s Great Sacrifice

How Abram loved his God – in Him his trust,
he knew He was his Shield, Provider just;
and so this strange command he would obey –
and give his only son, knew not what way
the Father’s promise now he would fulfil,
but knew he would so do through Isaac still.

The sacrifice of children is abhorred
in God’s most precious Bible, holy Word.
This was a time unique and pointed on
to what by God the Father would be done:
that day He brought as substitute a ram,
but Christ would be the sacrificial Lamb.

In love astounding, God gave his own Son
into this world to die – salvation won
so no-one else need perish who’ll believe
but have eternal life, this grace receive.
See, Abram loved his God, and God loved him:
God’s love to all the world Christ came to bring.

Tune: 10 10 10 10 10 1 0 eg Finlandia (tune of ‘Be still my soul, the Lord is on Thy side’)

Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from the dead. (from Hebrews 11:17-19; ref to Genesis chapter 22:1-19 esp v5 ‘We will worship and then we will come back to you.’)

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

The Champion against the thief


The Son of Man defeats Satan

Robbing of purpose
robbing of joy,
the thief who deceives us
desires to destroy,
damaging, causing
sadness and grief
all is confusing
– who’ll bring relief?

Needing a Champion
to conquer the foe,
and re-provision
mercy to know
This Man could win us
happiness, peace
new sense of purpose
freedom, release.

Satan was conquered
now held under rein
still he can tempt us
from good and from gain.
Knows what his end is,
that Jesus has power
and we know our Friend is
our strength every hour.

Tune: 54 54 54 54 eg ‘Thine own way’ by George Stebbins (tune of ‘Have Thine own way, Lord’

Life after Death

What is there after death? –
All puzzle as they think,
but from their exiting this earth
their meditations shrink.

Why do so few give thought
to news of him who rose
up from the dead, and clearly taught
– its key he only knows.

Many do not believe
and can’t be bothered to
investigate – and so deceive
themselves, miss message true.

Some maybe do accept
but do not understand
the awesome wonderful concept
that God for you has planned.

As Adam sinned and earned
death coming to each one,
the death of Jesus, who returned
brought Life by what he’d done!

Tune: SM: eg Trentham by Robert Jackson, tune of ‘Breathe on me, breath of God’

Romans 5:12, 15, 18

Jesus approaching his departure

The time was coming soon – he knew
just what he’d have to bear and do
in love to save his people – all
who would for his salvation call.

Before returning to his throne,
for all our sins he would atone,
and then present his sacrifice
God would not need that payment twice.

And in the garden then he knew
the depth of suffering he’d go through:
“If possible …” we hear him pray,
but knew there was no other way.

No other way his Father’s will
and all things needful to fulfil
so we could with our Saviour live
and glory to Christ Jesus give.

John 13:1 Matthew 26:39 Hebrews 12:2b Isaiah 53:10b,11
Tune: LM eg Niagara by Robert Jackson (tune of ‘The Lord is King! lift up your voice

Answers – Clarity

Wisdom’s calling:
answers now
for those troubled, wondering how
to make sense of troubled days,
progress through life’s complex maze.

Wisdom nourishes, gives peace,
love and hope, fulfilment’s feast;
though the way be hard, sustained,
and our hearts and minds re-trained.

Not acceptance thoughtless, blind –
it illuminates the mind,
sharpening our intelligence
so that what we see makes sense.

And Christ’s words are understood,
missing key to all that’s good,
when foundation stone’s in place
path through life and death we trace.

Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares … “How long you simple ones will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge. …whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure without fear of evil.”
Proverbs 1:20, 22, 32

Sure hope of a world free from …

Our world has beauty,
but viruses ravage;
much love and kindness,
but sins hurt and damage.
Our world is sustained,
provisioned, protected,
its Maker is caring,
though scorned and rejected.

He’s wise to warn us,
instructing our ignorance;
he tells of judgement,
but also deliverance,
revealing mercy,
love, pardon – abundance:
his rule acknowledge,
with truthful repentance.

A new beginning
with viruses, hatred
removed – we’re longing
that such be created.
But could we go there
without contributing
ill tempers fouling
that new place polluting?

King Jesus came here
as baby – he only
could live life perfect
– unique in all history,
so he would suffer
as substitute for us,
and we could be cleansed for
that place with no virus.

Learning of Christ

Through ages men devised,
a spectrum of belief –
their fears sought something that supplied
a possible relief.

Preoccupied, and rare
to show compassion, love,
for others’ needs to care
and help, assistance give.

But when of Christ they hear,
and see compassion real,
so many vile things disappear
as like concern they feel.

Wives soon their husbands find
to drunkenness less prone,
fathers responsible and kind
support, their work well done.

And women gain respect,
not treated as mere slaves,
so more fulfilled, and can expect
the honest work they crave.
Tune: LM

Faith, Hope, Love … and the greatest of these is love

Faith – believing all God says
is so good, for all his ways
benefit as they are wise;
full salvation he supplies.

Hope secure thus for the way
that encourages each day,
but the most important thing
is the love he came to bring.

For the people he has made
perfect love he has displayed,
and when they his grace receive,
love into their hearts he’ll weave.

And they must and want to strive –
be more like him as they live:
faith’s reality will show
as forbearance, kindness grow.

Tune: 77 77