The harvesters have gathered crops
to fill the factories, barns and shops
with food for everyone of us
and we should pray with thankfulness.
All safely gathered in once more
to eat, enjoy, or safely store.
Christ said one day he will return
and all his followers gather in
– those who already passed through death,
and those still living here on earth.
All safely gathered in with him
for his new earth that’s free from sin.
And when the books of what we’ve done
are opened, then we all each one
will know we’ve failed, but in his book
of those with sins forgiven he’ll look –
That Book names all who did receive
his gift of life, on him believe.
And what a gathering there will be
of all who love the Saviour, he
with them, a busy, happy life
with harmony, no pain or strife.
All safely gathered there begin
that blest eternity with him.
Tune: 88 88 88 eg ‘Solid Rock’ by W Bradbury
Perseverance hand in hand
through the ups and downs unplanned,
disappointments, joys, all shared,
always knowing we have cared
for each other, understood
when we don’t do what we should.
Note the passage of the years –
‘paper’, ‘crystal’ … each one shares
benefits of loyal vows –
each year quickly comes and goes …
‘silver’, ‘ruby’, on to gold –
look back, view the years unfold.
See the One whose presence held
in our differences, to weld
foolish, wilful souls to one
purpose, ’til the journey’s done,
strengthened so we’d complement.
help each other trust, repent.
Tune: 77 77 77
Wandering far for lusher grass,
sheep cannot give thought
to the bogs and pits they pass
where they could get caught.
Need a Shepherd to control,
where they drift and roam,
and we too can vaguely stroll
where temptations come.
With compassion, Jesus saw
the harassed crowd in need.
Shepherd wise with truth to help
safely lead and feed.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36,37
Perfect safety at the side
of our God, if you’ll abide
in that blessed place, no pride –
space for all from fears to hide.
Safe because his ‘eyes’ see all,
safe because he hears my call,
an impregnably strong wall
keeps sheep safe from lion’s maul.
Buffeted but not destroyed,
in our Maker’s work employed,
guided, follies to avoid,
such encouragement enjoyed.
As you struggle in this place,
know his constant firm embrace,
drink supplies – sufficient grace
’till reach danger-free ‘home-base’.
Tune: 77 77
Christ’s Spirit now convicts to turn
from mutiny against the King
– the King Creator most men spurn
though we should bow the knee to him.
O come, O come and find the one true King
Who’ll wrap you in his care, forgive your sin.
He made the universe, and he
the Supernatural Source whose might
the photons, order that we see
created – all was perfect, right.
O come, O come …
Until the mutiny began
and some protection he withdrew,
now calls to every woman, man
to turn, repent, ask help anew.
O come, O come …
And one day he will come again
and put away the pain and death,
and root out sin, remove all shame
to people then his perfect earth.
O come, O come …
Tune: 88 88 10 10 iambic eg Veni Emmanuel (O come, O come, Emmanuel)
BC: My life Before I met with Jesus Christ,
Before Conversion to his praise and ways –
ephemeral, elusive happiness,
for emptiness, frustrations filled those days.
And then I heard his words and understood,
I saw his beauty, heard appealing grace.
Amazed, I knew he would accept, forgive
– ran to regenerating warm embrace.
AD: Now After Death of who I was – my old
self died with him, I have a Helper near;
so After this Deliverance I walk
with him. To all, as King he’ll soon appear.
Blighted partying and violence,
frustration breeding selfishness,
think anarchy brings happiness,
but joy flows out of godliness.
Satan blinds, brings misery,
Satan lies, brings poverty,
you don’t believe you were created
for the joy in him located.
Created in God’s image, so
we can find kindly things to do,
selflessness is satisfying
and God’s friendship stimulating.
Turn repentantly to him,
pardoned, life renewed begin,
anger quenched and glad to bring
help to others suffering.