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 Son of Man defeats Satan
Robbing of purpose
robbing of joy,
the thief who deceives us
desires to destroy,
sadness and grief
all is confusing
– who’ll bring relief?
Needing a Champion
to conquer the foe,
mercy to know
This Man could win us
new sense of purpose
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’
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
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.
The world was dark, a place of stumbling ground,
the residents for truth fumbled around;
In pity, God, who is all perfect Light
his Son sent to illuminate their sight.
But would they hang upon his every word?
or hang God’s Man from whom they wisdom heard
– rejecting truth, and grace he came to give
prefer in lonely darkness still to live.
Tune: 10 10 10 10 eg ‘‘‘Woodlands’ by W Greatoex, tune of ‘Tell out my soul’’
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
all people need good news – Noël*
to give life purpose, future clear ,
and know his grace and comfort near.
Rejoice, Emmanuel has come
– the Light to shine for everyone.
O come, Emmanuel to free
from Satan’s lies and tyranny
with power to save and truth to teach
our guilt and fears your grace can reach.
Rejoice, Emmanuel …
Israel was taught to wait, prepare
– their God would come, their nature share
as man to teach, in mercy serve –
bearing the judgement we deserve.
Rejoice, Emmanuel …
All nations would be called to Him
the wonderful and glorious King,
to bow, receive abundant life
support while in this world of strife.
Rejoice, Emmanuel …
- Noël = Good News
Tune: LM+refrain, eg ‘Veni Emmanuel’ tune of the old carol, ‘O come, O come, Emmanuel’’ on which this is slightly based.
If your fears, frustrations fester
lift your heart to prayer for faith
– not a mindless, empty ritual –
finding One who rules the earth.
Read about his interventions –
speaking, coming as a man,
teaching of his real dominion,
who this universe began.
Come in prayer for he invites you,
but come humbly, honestly,
and prepared to turn from what he
shows is wrong, repentantly.
Would you really go on claiming
all you see is meaningless?
and ignore the Christ amazing
who spoke hope and righteousness?
Tune: 87 87 trochaic eg Sussex, tune of ‘May the grace of Christ our Saviour’
John 4: 1-42
Relationships many – her life was a mess,
found Jesus knew all and seemed willing to bless –
returned to the town to tell people this must
be surely Messiah, the Saviour to trust.
They went out to find him, to meet him and hear
his teaching and knowledge – and soon it was clear
that Jesus was Saviour: Samaritans, Jews
and Gentiles – for all he’d astounding good news!
Tune: 11 11 11 11
The churches are empty, and so is the tomb!
We’re longing to worship together as one,
but still we are thrilling, and each lift our voice –
whatever may happen we know, and rejoice:
for Christ is alive and hats bought us his gift
of life everlasting that heals the great rift –
from him we no longer need keep far apart –
he took all that sin which infected our heart.
Tune: 11 11 11 11
They know their Master’s voice
– that voice has safely led
each one aware he knows their name,
and by him they are fed,
They follow at his call,
and heed his every word,
they know he knows the way ahead,
and all their prayers are heard.
He glances round the stars,
far mightier is he,
and yet he cares for foolish sheep
and comforts lovingly.
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”