Remembering

While men invade, and loot, oppress,
there will be times of war,
but then in war’s confusing mess,
misjudgments, hate occur.

And often wars become log-jammed,
and none can see a way
to bring back justice to the land,
– some turn to God and pray

an overruling providence,
to somehow turn the tide,
and heal the hatred by his grace
that peace once more abide.

As we remember lives so brave,
the sacrifice and pain,
we praise God for the times he’s saved,
and answered prayers again.

We pray for those so hurt by hate,
need help to cope, live on,
and pray he will men’s schemes frustrate,
when evil is begun.

Be filled with the Spirit

e filled with the Spirit
Filled not with stupefying drink,
but with the Spirit of our God
for him to mould us, grow his fruit,
and help us witness to his Word,
prepared to love and serve his church,
empowered in prayer, to worship stirred.
So daily come to Christ, and drink,
confessing and forsaking sin,
cleansed, consecrated, to his will
submitting, set apart for him;
and ask, receive him constantly,
and see him work, the coming King.

Filled not with stupefying drink,
but with the Spirit of our God
for him to mould us, grow his fruit,
and help us witness to his Word,
prepared to love and serve his church,
empowered in prayer, to worship stirred.

So daily come to Christ, and drink,
confessing and forsaking sin,
cleansed, consecrated, to his will
submitting, set apart for him;
and ask, receive him constantly,
and see him work, the coming King.

Tune: 88 88 88 eg a tune of ‘On Christ, the solid Rock’

Knowing that God is Real

God is real – how can we know?
Skies and flowers his prowess show;
Christ, the Son, came here, revealing,
showed his Father’s love appealing,
justice, power,  rule and wisdom,
mercy, love and coming kingdom;

raised from death, and now preparing
for our coming to him, sharing,
sending witnesses throughout
all the world to teach about
who he is, inviting all
for his mercy, love to call.

In his time upon this earth
from his birth and through his death,
showed that we may speak and pray –
God in heaven hears what we say
of our heart needs and desires
– he himself our prayers inspires.

77 77 77 eg Dix (tune of ‘As with gladness men of old did the guiding star behold’)

New church, devoting themselves to …

They (those converted at the Day of Pentecost, when Peter preached) devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42

New life, a fledgling church
in love, together bound.
They’d seen their guilt, rebellion, sin,
then God’s forgiveness found.

Baptized, they joined his church,
adopted, with new kin,
devoted to their Saviour’s Word
to grow in pleasing him.

Blest fellowship with all
who know Him, old and young,
the rich, the poor: all care and share –
God values everyone.

They love to meet to keep
remembrance of his death,
break bread his cov’nant to proclaim
‘til he returns to earth.

Delight to meet to pray
requests together raise,
the whole church asking God to bless,
unitedly they praise.

Devotion’s strength may lapse –
distracted by your cares?
or in your busyness, your love,
grown cooler, unawares?

Give thought to how you came
to be reborn, made new,
devotion rouse to Him who has
done wondrous things for you.

Tune: SM eg tune of ‘Blest be the tie that binds’

You will answer my prayer

Hear me, O Lord, I look to you
– the tasks before me I can’t do
unless you help, and come to me –
and yours the victory will be.

Your enemies and mine lurk near,
but you, my call will always hear.
Instruct me that I may display
your truth, your light, your life, your way.

Give me an undivided heart,
and cleanse me, keep me set apart
– confusion’s mire surrounds, they need
a beacon to life’s Rock to lead.

Prosper eternal plans of good,
and help me do the things I should.
Lord, comfort me, that they will see
that you, the King show grace to me.

see Psalm 86

Tune: LM

Reasons to Praise

Wholehearted praise, through all my days;
reflective gaze, on all your ways:
creation beautiful I see,
and purchased full salvation free.

Your grace has taught of freedom bought –
your peace we sought, by mercy caught;
taste help each day, delight to stay,
to fellowship, and walk your way.

Rejoice, content for you are near,
from condemnation cleansed and clear,
pardoned, no judgement need to fear,
upheld, preserved to persevere.

From hearts made wise, our songs arise,
and praises swell, of him to tell
who is the universe’s King,
kind Sovereign over everything.

‘I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing to your name, O Most High.’ Psalm 9:1,2

Tune: LM eg Morning Hymn by F H Barhelemon (tune of  ‘Awake, my soul, and with the sun’ )
or Duke Street by J Hatton (tune of ‘Fight the good fight’)

Real prayer ?

So is it to yourself you pray,
or words up to the ceiling say?
do you just bow towards the ground,
enacting for your friends around?

True prayer must be to Someone who
you wish to speak, give honour to,
and ask for that which he alone
can give you, and you long to own.

With sense of poverty and need
and real desire to ask and plead
adoption by the heavenly King,
with childlike love and faith in him,

look up to pray, expectantly
and trust him, not reluctantly;
as constant as you breathe, then pray,
turn problems into payer today.

Our Father’s honour, for his praise
more people following his ways,
provisions to live life for him
and help to keep away from sin.

And ask forgiveness, as you will
forgive those who have done you ill;
eternal powerful King, always
be given glory, awesome praise.

(cf the Lord’s Prayer)

Tune: LM eg Old Hundredth (All people that on earth do dwell)
or Samson (Handel) or Church Triumphant (James Elliott) (tuen of ‘I know that my Redeemer lives)

Press On

Nothing better, more important
than to know God more and more,
fellowship, obedience constant
– this is what he’s saved us for;
when discouraged in our seeking
(feel no progress, often stray)
testing sharpens thirst and longing,
spurs us earnestly to pray.

Read, remember Christ’s compassion
showing understanding full,
hears and answers supplication,
ear alert to serious call;
power to help, befriend, give wisdom,
don’t be satisfied with less,
true disciple of the kingdom,
seek him urgently to bless.

Prayer for our fellow-saints

(Ephesians 1:15–19)
Thank God for saints redeemed, – we see
their sense of need, humility;
they do not trust themselves, but must
his clear and reasoned message trust.

So pray we all will know him more,
our holy Friend know more and more:
the Spirit’s wisdom, grace and law
to know him better, and adore.

And thank him for the love that grows,
the sacrificial love that flows
among God’s people; – thank, and pray
they’ll know him better day by day.

God’s Word enlightens, and will stir
my conscience; – I must not defer
obedience: let his scripture fill
my heart with knowledge of his will.

And so I’ll better understand
the glorious future God has planned,
the riches now in Christ I own,
the power as yet I’ve hardly known.

Tune: LMD eg Guidance by W B Bradbury

Access to God

Ephesians 2:18
I stand amazed in the presence
of God: Father, Spirit, Son.
The Spirit brought me through Jesus
right up to the Father’s throne.
How marvellous, how wonderful:
access to a glorious place!
How marvellous, how wonderful:
God triune’s redeeming grace!

When glancing back at the quicksand
and bondage I knew before,
I realise how much the Father
had planned, and the Saviour bore.

And this the place of pure blessing,
and fellowship rich and love.
Oh, help me stay here communing,
– a foretaste of heaven above!
Tune: 87 87 87 87 irr My Saviour’s love by Charles H Gabriel
(tune of ‘I stand amazed in the presence
of Jesus the Nazarene’)