Messages

Promised long ago in Eden,
One to quash the devil’s scheme,
One to save the sons of Adam
– from rebellion to redeem.

Promised then to Israel’s nation,
to await, prepare in faith,
telling out to other peoples
– ‘Saviour comes for all the earth’.

Prophets warned them when they wandered
from their God’s good, holy ways
– always some were faithful, constant
waiting for redemption’s days.

In the East some expectation
of a coming King – some gaze,
noticing the special star that
over Israel shone, ablaze.

Tune: 87 87 trochaic

Decluttering

“No room in the inn” –
no room in the clutter,
the litter and glitter,
the whirling of life, for Him;

with battering, jetting
and fluttering, flitting
no free space to find
in minutes or mind –

the time to de-clutter
and quit all the tatters
of things that don’t matter,
… to find something better?

Make room in the schedule
for His role and rule
and peace – welcome goal:
Come to me, I’ll hear,
Come near and come in, my King.

Joy 365 days and ever

Joy to the world – not just a day
of happiness each year,
not just a short-lived time of play,
an answer to all fear,
an answer to all fear,
an answer to all fear.

Angels announced and shepherds heard,
and went to Bethlehem.
They found the child, and spread the word –
amazement followed them,
amazement followed them,
amazement followed them.

Joy to the world, don’t be deceived
to spurn the gift of joy.
And all who have this gift received
know it’s no childish toy,
know it’s no childish toy,
know it’s no childish toy.

this is based on the song ‘Joy to the world’ by Isaac Watts, tune by Handel

The Star in the manger

The Star of the story
was not in the sky,
– though veiled now his glory,
this Babe born to die
had come from the place where
his honour was great –
though welcomed by some here,
King Herod would hate.

The Babe in the manger
like others would grow,
but teach of great danger,
and truth he would show.
Sent here by the Father
to rescue, redeem,
and never another
like him – He’s supreme.

The Star of our history
who owns everything,
one day his great glory
with him he will bring
and show why he came here
as babe long ago,
our nature, our flesh share
that Him we might know.
Tune: 11 11 11 11 eg Away in a Manger

“ A child … will be called …”

The child will be Wonderful,
miraculous, Counsellor:
true, kind and wisdom-ful,
a powerful Comforter.

The child will be God, the Son,
the governing Prince of Peace;
eternal, from heaven he’d come –
his kingdom will spread, increase.

A Father’s protective care,
good Shepherd who will redeem,
our follies and sins he’ll bear,
and Light in the darkness beam.

After Death

Like Jesus rose, he’s promised us
we’ll live like him, with him,
with bodies new immortal
and free from pain and sin,
if now we seek his favour,
accept th’eternal Saviour.

The death of separation
from God we will not know,
for by his substitution
we are redeemed, and so
we can receive his promise clear,
by faith await his presence dear.

Tune: 76 76 77

A Song of Love

Arise, uplift my song to God
from whom I have my being,
from whom I draw the stream of life
– my heart from darkness freeing.

Cast off those thoughts that seek to fell
and pull into depression –
helped by that power by which Christ rose
– God’s power of resurrection.

He covenanted to preserve:
to others Christ displaying
through all his nurturing me in love,
by which I’m blessed, obeying.

By grace, I’ll persevere through health
and sickness, honour, scorning.
Although the world and flesh will pull,
he prompts with help and warning.

This was inspired by, and partly based on an old Welsh hymn I read

Tune: 87 87 iambic eg Dominc Regit ‘une of ‘The King of love my Shepherd is’
or Constance 87 87 87 87 iambic tune of ‘I’ve found a Friend, O such a Friend’’

The Awesome Message

To Nazareth the angel came
to tell of Mary’s son who’d reign
for ever – Mary, puzzled, heard
the astonishing, amazing word –

Soon, to a child she would give birth
– the Son of God come down to earth,
and name him Jesus, Saviour-King:
God’s blessing to the world he’d bring.

‘How can this be?’ she asked – she still
was not yet married – in God’s will
his Spirit would in power great
the child miraculously create.

Humbly accepting; Joseph too
was told of what the Lord would do,
they trusted through the waiting days,
and Mary sang God’s grace and praise.

 

The Book to love not hate

They loved, lived by the Bible, so
their life was on the line –
they trusted in the Bible, so
they knew they would be fine.

Why is the Bible hated so,
that Book of hope and love?
– which offers all a life unmarred
by sickness or the grave.

God made all good, mankind has messed
perfect creation spoiled.
Jesus came once to call, he’ll come
soon, changing what’s defiled.

Tune: CM eg ‘Amazing Grace’

Purpose

You youth who feel life meaningless –
told chance rules all, no grace to bless,
and crumbling morals brings distress
– such lies can easily depress.

You know that money, or its lack
does not bring satisfaction back.
You know there is a higher power
with skill that has designed a flower.

You know that kindness warms, is real,
when shown to you, or when you feel
such pleasure in self-sacrifice
and joy in trying to be nice.

So read of Jesus, what he did
and all the amazing things he said.
Yes, God designed the flower – we can
now know Him for he came as man.

Tune: LM eg Church Triumphant (tune of ‘I know that my Redeemer lives’)