Placed in a manger
come to be Saviour.
soon in great danger:
Herod would kill.
God sent a warning
– take them to Egypt,
don’t wait ’til morning,
stay there until …
of Herod’s death told,
‘you can return now’,
(frankincense, myrrh, gold
Watched Jesus growing
safe now in Nazareth,
Mary was knowing
one day he’d reign.
Tune: 554D eg Bunessan (Gaeilic melody) tune of ‘Child in the Manger’
Present needs can fill the mind:
Jesus says what’s best to find
is himself, and life he’ll give
evermore with him to live.
Life-transforming offer this!
on-call service do not miss!
help in struggles is at hand –
soon we’ll reach the glorious land!
Don’t just ask for daily bread,
him receive, and so be fed
in your soul with what will last
when these present needs are past.
So with thinking realigned,
following in deed and mind
fully his direction wholly
for all else is failing folly.
Tune: 77 77+ eg tune of ‘See amid the winter snow’ or 77 77 eg Nottingham, tune of ‘Take my life, and let it be’
“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. … I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry … “ John 6:27, 35
Christ had compassion, not contempt
upon a leper, ill, unkempt,
He touched him – no infection passed,
but for the leper, joy at last:
from Jesus cleansing flowed to cure
the symptoms he’d had to endure.
A man was paralysed, his friends
who heard that Jesus heals and mends
all disabilities and pain,
approached the house – it seemed in vain
– they couldn’t pass the crowd, but then
down through the roof they lowered him.
First, Jesus pardoned him – some sneered,
‘That’s blasphemy!’, their thinking jeered
– he then healed this paralysis
(– one day he’ll right all that’s amiss):
he is divine, as thus he showed,
grace, mercy is by him bestowed.
Tune: 88 88 88 eg Melita (tune of ‘Eternal Father, strong to save’)
(based on Luke 5:12-26)
1 Timothy 2:1-6
Some own there is a god –
his character, by whim
they draw, and see no need of Christ
to make their peace with him.
So much now stifles thought,
distracts, and numbs the mind
with music’s beat, many don’t try
life’s destiny to find.
He pinpoints where we’re at,
and where we’re heading to,
and how to reach the better goal,
what to believe and do.
One mediator given:
God wants his church to tell,
and so we need to pray for peace,
live lives that please him well.
When worldly views surround
the church must not then slide
but by their life and words, attract
towards the Saviour’s side.
We pray for all who rule
that peace and quietness
enable more to come for grace
and live in godliness.
For God can overrule
guide leaders fallible
to bring stability that makes
our witness possible.
This world, when all was brought to be –
the beauty, wonder we still see
was not yet marred in any way,
with no frustration, till fall’s day.
He who had mutinied, and lost
his place among the heavenly host,
became God’s enemy, until
an end to all his plans of ill.
So when God made the universe,
this Satan schemed, earned judgement’s curse;
he tempted Eve to doubt, rebel,
and so to sin and hurt she fell.
Could not for ever live like this,
their world and they were now amiss,
though still supported, all would groan
until salvation wrought, made known.
Christ came to pay the debt, he will,
soon come again, and all fulfil,
and meanwhile hear now, heed his call
and friendship, like before the fall,
you can enjoy with God, and when
he comes, returns, a world that then
will have no damage, and no fears,
with happy work, no death, no tears.
Tune: LM or DLM ‘Ye banks and braes’
The Despot Herod held a feast,
and showed himself a tyrant beast,
gave to the dancer her vile wish
of righteous John’s head on a dish.
But, Jesus saddened, found a place
of quiet, but crowds still sought his face,
he had compassion on their need,
and gave them truth and bread to feed.
What contrast seen in these two kings,
the one abused the power fear brings,
the other as a Shepherd cared,
and healed and fed, salvation shared.
And he is still a Shepherd-King
who welcomes all to come to him.
He knows you through and through, he’ll lead,
and satisfy soul-hunger, feed.
Mark 6: 14-44 and Matthew 14:12-14
(Tune: LM can be sung to ‘Ye banks and braes’ Scottish Traditional melody, two verses to the tune)
As Aslan died instead
of Edmund, who’d betrayed,
so only Jesus could redeem
each one who’d disobeyed.
Only the King himself,
the perfect one alone,
who had no wrong thing ever done,
could take my place, atone.
The temple showed how God
is separate from sin,
and all that is not pure and good:
we could not come to him.
The curtain barred the way,
to the most holy place,
but when Christ died, it broke in two –
he reconciled by grace.
His body broken meant
the barrier’s broken down,
so through his bearing punishment
we can approach God’s throne.
What awesome thing is this?
to now be welcomed in
to friendship with the Holy One,
the Sovereign God, our King!
a rotted rope,
to hold in stormy sea,
a cobweb frail
to no avail –
a hope as weak as me.
Oh, why deny
a God on high,
the God his Son disclosed?
a God who’ll teach,
and all can reach,
before whom all’s exposed.
His power clothed earth,
and conquered death –
only the meek reach out
who know their need
to trust and plead:
of hope secure they shout!
Tune: CM eg ‘Amazing Grace’
Imprisoned by mere men,
God brought them out of jail
to tell the way of life to all
in public, without fail.
They’re bidden back for trial,
and nearly sent to death,
but flogged and once more told to stop
telling the gospel’s worth.
Joy, sharing Jesus’ shame,
but can’t keep silent, must
continue teaching news so good,
that Jesus is the Christ.
Tune: SM (6686)
on Acts 5:17-42 ‘… an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. “Go, stand in the temple courts, “ he said, “and tell the people the full message of this new life.” …’ verses19,20 [*Acts 4:20]
Jesus died upon a cross.
Why? What for? for who? for us
we had nothing to commend,
no desire to be God’s friend;
sinners unendearing, no
power to change, to better do –
but his love, great grace procured
through this death that he endured.
He who sent his Son for this,
cleanses, draws, receive his kiss –
he’s then able to preserve,
hold us when we slip or swerve,
mould, prepare us for his heaven –
grace continues when once given.
Is our love like his for us
– reaching out to others thus?
(Tune: 77 77D)