Some resources for the younger members:
Theme: God Loved the World in this Way (John 3:16)
O God, by your power may we, with all the saints, comprehend the breadth
and length and height and depth of the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
so that we may be filled with your fullness.
Joy of heaven to earth come down,
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesu, thou art all compassion
Pure, unbounded love thou art;
Visit us with thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.
Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit
Into every troubled breast,
Let us all in thee inherit,
Let us find thy promised rest;
Take away the love of sinning,
Alpha and Omega be,
End of faith, as its beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.
Come, almighty to deliver,
Let us all thy grace receive;
Suddenly return, and never,
Never more thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve thee as thy hosts above,
Pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,
Glory in thy perfect love.
Finish then thy new creation,
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see thy great salvation,
Perfectly restored in thee:
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise!
Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Copyright © SG179
Family: How do you know someone loves you?
loving kindness as the flood,
when the Prince of life, our ransom,
shed for us his precious blood.
Who his love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing his praise?
He can never be forgotten
throughout heaven's eternal days.
On the mount of crucifixion
fountains opened deep and wide:
through the floodgates of God's mercy
flowed a vast and gracious tide.
Grace and love, like mighty rivers,
poured incessant from above;
and heaven's peace and perfect justice
kissed a guilty world in love.
Through the years of human darkness,
shone the lamp the prophets trimmed,
making known redemption's story,
of the love of God undimmed.
Christ for every tongue and nation!
all must come beneath his sway;
his the everlasting kingdom
that shall never pass away.
When the stars shall fall from heaven,
and the sun turn black as night,
when the skies recede and vanish,
and the elements ignite.
Then the Son of Man in glory,
coming as the Morning Star,
shall return to claim his loved ones,
gathered in from near and far.
Reading: Isaiah 60:1-3
Reading: John 3:16-36
1) God loved us by sending Jesus
From the squalor of a borrowed stable,
by the Spirit and a virgin's faith;
to the anguish and the shame of scandal
came the Saviour of the human race!
But the skies were filled with the praise of heaven,
shepherds listen as the angels tell
of the gift of God come down to man
at the dawning of Immanuel.
King of heaven now the friend of sinners,
humble servant in the Father's hands,
filled with power and the Holy Spirit,
filled with mercy for the broken man.
Yes, he walked my road and he felt my pain,
joys and sorrows that I know so well;
yet his righteous steps give me hope again -
I will follow my Immanuel!
Through the kisses of a friend's betrayal,
he was lifted on a cruel cross;
he was punished for a world's transgressions,
he was suffering to save the lost.
He fights for breath, he fights for me,
loosing sinners from the claims of hell;
and with a shout our souls are free -
death defeated by Immanuel!
Now he's standing in the place of honour,
crowned with glory on the highest throne,
interceding for his own beloved
till his Father calls to bring them home!
Then the skies shall part as the trumpet sounds
hope of heaven or the fear of hell;
but the bride will run to her Lover's arms,
giving glory to Immanuel!
Copyright © 1999 Kingsways Thankyou Music - SOF3 1239
2) Therefore Jesus must take priority
Crown Him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon His throne;
while heaven's eternal anthem drowns
all music but its own!
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died to be
your Saviour and your matchless king
through all eternity.
Crown Him the Lord of life
triumphant from the grave,
who rose victorious from the strife
for those he came to save:
his glories now we sing
who died and rose on high;
he died eternal life to bring
and lives that death may die.
Crown Him the Lord of love,
behold his hands and side,
those wounds yet visible above
in beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky
can fully bear that sight,
but downward bends his burning eye
at mysteries so bright.
Crown Him the Lord of years,
the Potentate of time,
Creator of the rolling spheres
in majesty sublime:
all hail, Redeemer, hail,
for you have died for me;
your praise shall never, never fail
through all eternity!
M Bridges & G Thring
Copyright © Jubilate Hymns and Praise Trust - Praise 480
3) Dodge the bullet by accepting Jesus
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
Jesus! the name high over all
in hell or earth or sky;
angels and men before it fall
and devils fear and fly,
and devils fear and fly.
Jesus! the name to sinners dear,
the name to sinners given;
it scatters all their guilty fear,
it turns their hell to heaven,
it turns their hell to heaven.
Jesus the prisoner's fetters breaks,
and bruises Satan's head;
power into strengthless souls he speaks
and life into the dead,
and life into the dead.
O that the world might taste and see
the riches of his grace!
The arms of love that welcome me
would all mankind embrace,
would all mankind embrace.
His righteousness alone I show,
his saving grace proclaim;
this is my work on earth below,
to cry: 'Behold the Lamb!'
to cry: 'Behold the Lamb!'
Happy, if with my latest breath
I may but gasp His name,
preach him to all, and cry in death,
'Behold, behold the Lamb!'
'Behold, behold the Lamb!'
Copyright © Praise 625
God the Father, who loved the world so much that he sent his only Son, give you grace to prepare for eternal life. God the Son, who comes to us as Redeemer and Judge, reveal to you the path from darkness to light. God the Holy Spirit, by whose working the virgin, Mary conceived the Christ, help you bear the fruit of holiness. Amen.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
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