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Lead Kindly Light        399                                                           Caroline F

 

    Lead kindly Light, 

    amid the encircling gloom, 

    lead Thou me on;  

    the night is dark, 

    and I am far from home; 

    lead Thou me on.

     Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see  

    the distant scene;  

    one step enough for me.

 

    I was not ever thus, 

    nor prayed that Thou

    shouldst lead me on; 

    I loved to choose

    and see my path; but now 

    lead Thou me on.

    I loved the garish day, 

    and, spite of fears, 

    pride ruled my will:

    remember not past years.

 

    So long Thy power has blest me, 

    sure it still 

    will lead me on 

    o’er moor and fen, 

    o'er crag and torrent, till

    the night is gone; 

    and with the morn 

    those angels faces smile

    which I have loved long since, 

    and lost awhile.

 

From heaven you came           162                             John d & John A

 

From heaven you came, helpless babe,

Entered our world, your glory veiled; 

Not to be served but to serve,

And give your life that we might live.

 

        This is our God, the Servant King,

        He calls us now to follow him,

        To bring our lives as a daily offering

        Of worship to the Servant King.

 

There in the garden of tears,

My heavy load he chose to bear;

His heart with sorrow was torn,

'Yet not my will but yours,' he said.

 

        This is our God, the Servant King,

        He calls us now to follow him,

        To bring our lives as a daily offering

        Of worship to the Servant King.

 

Come, see his hands and his feet,

The scars that speak of sacrifice,

Hands that flung stars into space

To cruel nails surrendered.

        This is our God, the Servant King,

        He calls us now to follow him,

        To bring our lives as a daily offering

        Of worship to the Servant King.

 

So let us learn how to serve,

And in our lives enthrone him;

Each other's needs to prefer,

For it is Christ we're serving.

        This is our God, the Servant King,

        He calls us now to follow him,

        To bring our lives as a daily offering

        Of worship to the Servant King.

 

When I survey the wondrous cross             755                     Bill P

 

When I survey the wondrous cross

on which the Prince of glory died,

my richest gain I count but loss,

and pour contempt on all my pride.

 

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast

save in the death of Christ, my God!

All the vain things that charm me most,

I sacrifice them through his blood.

 

See, from his head, his hands, his feet,

sorrow and love flow mingled down.

Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,

or thorns compose so rich a crown?

 

Were the whole realm of nature mine,

that were a present far too small.

Love so amazing, so divine,

demands my soul, my life, my all. 

Soldiers of Christ, arise     604                                            Fiona R-P

Soldiers of Christ, arise, 

and put your armour on, 

strong in the strength 

which God supplies  

through His eternal Son. 

Strong in the Lord of hosts,  

and in His mighty power;  

who in the strength of Jesus trusts  

is more than conqueror. 

 

Stand then in His great might,    

with all His strength endued;  

and take, to arm you for the fight, 

the panoply of God: 

to keep your armour bright,   

attend with constant care,  

still walking in your Captain's sight 

and watching unto prayer.

 

From strength to strength go on,   

wrestle and fight and pray; 

tread all the powers of darkness down 

and win the well-fought day.   

That, having all things done,  

and all your conflicts past,  

ye may o'ercome through Christ alone, 

and stand entire at last.

 

Jesus shall reign where'er the sun               379                    Bill P

 

Jesus shall reign where'er the sun

does its successive journeys run,

his kingdom stretch from shore to shore,

till moons shall wax and wane no more.

 

To him shall endless prayer be made,

and praises throng to crown his head.

His name like sweet perfume shall rise

with every morning sacrifice.

 

People and realms of every tongue

dwell on his love with sweetest song,

and infant voices shall proclaim

their early blessings on his name.

 

Blessings abound where'er he reigns:

the prisoners leap to lose their chains,

the weary find eternal rest,

and all who suffer want are blest.

 

Let every creature rise and bring

the highest honours to our King,

angels descend with songs again,

and earth repeat the loud amen. 

 

Make me a channel of your peace              456                   John D

Make me a channel of your peace

Where there is hatred let me bring your love

Where there is injury, your pardon Lord

And where there's doubt, true faith in you

 

    Oh, master grant that I may never seek

    So much to be consoled as to console

    To be understood as to understand

    To be loved as to love with all my soul

 

Make me a channel of your peace

Where there's despair in life let me bring hope

Where there is darkness, only light

And where there's sadness ever joy

 

    Oh, master grant that I may never seek

    So much to be consoled as to console

    To be understood as to understand

    To be loved as to love with all my soul

 

Make me a channel of your peace

It isn't pardoning that we are pardoned

In giving to all men let we receive

And in dying that we're born to turn eternal life.

 

    Oh, master grant that I may never seek

    So much to be consoled as to console

    To be understood as to understand

    To be loved as to love with all my soul

Now thank we all our God                     486                             Bill P

 

Now thank we all our God

with heart and hands and voices,

who wondrous things has done,

in whom his world rejoices;

who from our mothers' arms

has blessed us on our way

with countless gifts of love,

and still is ours today.

 

O may this bounteous God

through all our life be near us,

with ever joyful hearts

and blessed peace to cheer us,

to keep us in his grace,

and guide us when perplexed,

and free us from all ills

of this world in the next.

 

All praise and thanks to God

the Father now be given,

the Son and Spirit blest,

who reign in highest heaven

the one eternal God,

whom heaven and earth adore;

for thus it was, is now,

and shall be evermore. 

 

 

 

Thine be the glory                            689                                  John D

Thine be the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son:

endless is the vict'ry thou o’er death hast won;

angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,

kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.

 

        Thine be the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son;

        endless is the vict'ry thou o’er death hast won.

 

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;

lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;

let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing,

for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.

 

        Thine be the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son;

        endless is the vict'ry thou o’er death hast won.

 

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;

life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;

make us more than conqu'rors, thro' thy deathless love:

bring us safe thro' Jordan to thy home above. 

 

        Thine be the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son;

        endless is the vict'ry thou o’er death hast won.

Ye choirs of new Jerusalem                                                    John D

 

Ye choirs of new Jerusalem,

your sweetest notes employ,

the Paschal victory to hymn

in strains of holy joy.

 

For Judah’s Lion bursts his chains,

crushing the serpent’s head;

and cries aloud through death’s domains

to wake the imprisoned dead.

 

From hell’s devouring jaws the prey

at his command restore;

his ransomed hosts pursue their way

where Jesus goes before.

 

Triumphant in his glory now

to him all power is given;

to him in one communion bow

all saints in earth and heaven.

 

While we his soldiers praise our king,

his mercy we implore,

within his palace bright to bring

All glory to the Father be,

all glory to the Son,

all glory, Holy Ghost, to thee,

while endless ages run.

What a friend we have in Jesus        746

Carol

 

 

What a friend we have in Jesus,

all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit,

O what needless pain we bear,

all because we do not carry

everything to God in prayer!

 

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged;

take it to the Lord in prayer!

Can we find a friend so faithful

who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

take it to the Lord in prayer!

 

Are we weak and heavy laden,

cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge--

take it to the Lord in prayer!

Do your friends despise, forsake you?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In his arms he'll take and shield you;

you will find a solace there.

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,     327        Fiona R-P

 

Immortal, invisible, God only wise, 

in light inaccessible hid from our eyes, 

most blessed, most glorious, 

the Ancient of Days, 

almighty, victorious,

Thy great name we praise.

 

Unresting, unhasting, 

and silent as light, 

nor wanting, nor wasting,

Thou rulest in might;

Thy justice like mountains 

high soaring above

Thy clouds, which are fountains 

of goodness and love. 

 

To all, life Thou givest,  

to both great and small;  

in all life Thou livest, the true life of all;  

we blossom and flourish 

as leaves on the tree,  

and wither and perish, 

but nought changeth Thee.

 

Great Father of glory, 

pure Father of Light, 

Thine angels adore Thee, 

all veiling their sight;

All laud we would render;

O help us to see

'tis only the splendour   

of light hideth Thee.

 

Immortal, invisible, God only wise, 

in light inaccessible hid from our eyes, 

most blessed, most glorious,  

the Ancient of Days, 

almighty victorious, 

Thy great name we praise.

 

 

41 At the name of Jesus -  already sung     Fiona R-P

 

The day Thou gravest, Lord, is ended        641        Fiona R-P

 

The day Thou gravest, Lord, 

is ended, 

the darkness falls at Thy behest; 

to Thee our morning hymns ascended, 

Thy praise shall sanctify our rest.

 

We thank Thee 

that Thy Church unsleeping, 

while earth rolls onward into light, 

through all the world  

her watch is keeping, 

and rests not now by day or night.

 

As o'er each continent and island 

the dawn leads on another day,      

the voice of prayer is never silent, 

nor dies the strain of praise away.

 

The sun, that bids us rest, is waking  

our brethren 'neath the western sky, 

and hour by hour fresh lips are making 

Thy wondrous doings heard on high.

 

So be it, Lord: Thy throne shall never, 

like earth's proud empires, pass away;

Thy kingdom stands,  

and grows for ever,  

till all Thy creatures own Thy sway.

Love divine, all loves excelling            449

Carol

 

Love divine, all loves excelling,

Joy of heav'n to earth come down:

fix in us thy humble dwelling,

all thy faithful mercies crown:

Jesus, thou art all compassion,

pure, unbounded love thou art;

visit us with thy salvation,

enter ev'ry trembling heart.

 

Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit

into ev'ry troubled breast;

let us all in thee inherit,

let us find the 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 life receive;

suddenly return, and never,

nevermore 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,

'til in heav'n we take our place,

'til we cast our crowns before thee,

lost in wonder, love, and praise.

I Watch The Sunrise    Monic A

 

I watch the sunrise lighting the sky,

Casting its shadows near.

And on this morning bright though it be,

I feel those shadows near me.

 

But you are always close to me

Following all my ways.

May I be always close to you

Following all your ways, Lord.

 

I watch the sunlight shine through the clouds,

Warming the earth below.

And at the mid-day, life seems to say:

I feel your brightness near me.

 

For you are always close to me

Following all my ways.

May I be always close to you

Following all your ways, Lord.

 

I watch the sunset fading away,

Lighting the clouds with sleep.

And as the evening closes its eyes,

I feel your presence near me.

 

For you are always close to me

Following all my ways.

May I be always close to you

Following all your ways, Lord.

 

I watch the moonlight guarding the night,

Waiting till morning comes.

The air is silent, earth is at rest

Only your peace is near me.

 

Yes, you are always close to me

Following all my ways.

May I be always close to you

Following all your ways, Lord.

 

 

Great is Thy faithfulness        200    Carol

 

Great is Thy faithfulness, 

O God my Father, 

there is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Thou changest not,

Thy compassions they fail not, 

as Thou hast been

Thou for ever wilt be. 

 

Great is Thy faithfulness, 

great is Thy faithfulness; 

morning by morning 

new mercies I see; 

all I have needed

Thy hand hath provided, — 

great is Thy faithfulness, 

Lord, unto me!

 

Summer and winter, 

and spring-time and harvest,

sun, moon and stars 

in their courses above, 

join with all nature in manifold witness 

to Thy great faithfulness, 

mercy and love.

 

Great is Thy faithfulness, 

great is Thy faithfulness; 

morning by morning 

new mercies I see; 

all I have needed

Thy hand hath provided, — 

great is Thy faithfulness, 

Lord, unto me!

 

Pardon for sin, 

and a peace that endureth,

Thine own dear presence 

to cheer and to guide; 

strength for today 

and bright hope for tomorrow, 

blessings all mine, 

with ten thousand beside!

 

Great is Thy faithfulness, 

great is Thy faithfulness; 

morning by morning 

new mercies I see; 

all I have needed

Thy hand hath provided, — 

great is Thy faithfulness, 

Lord, unto me!

 

 

 

The head that once was crowned              647            Fiona R-P

with thorns 

is crowned with glory now; 

a royal diadem adorns 

the mighty victor's brow.

 

The highest place that heaven affords 

is His by sovereign right; 

the King of kings and Lord of lords, 

He reigns in perfect light.

 

The joy of all who dwell above, 

the joy of all below,  

to whom He manifests His love, 

and grants His name to know.

 

To them the cross, with all its shame, 

with all its grace is given; 

their name an everlasting name, 

their joy the joy of heaven. 

 

They suffer with their Lord below; 

they reign with Him above;  

their profit and their joy, to know 

The mystery of His love.

 

The cross He bore is life and health, 

though shame and death to Him: 

His people's hope, His people's wealth, 

their everlasting theme.

 

 

Lord, for the years         428        JA

 

Lord, for the years Your love has     

kept and guided, 

urged and inspired us, 

cheered us on our way, 

sought us and saved us, 

pardoned and provided:

Lord of the years, 

we bring our thanks today.

 

Lord, for that word, 

the word of life which fires us, 

speaks to our hearts 

and sets our souls ablaze, 

teaches and trains, 

rebukes us and inspires us:

Lord of the word, 

receive Your people's praise.

 

Lord, for our land 

in this our generation, 

spirits oppressed by pleasure, 

wealth and care: 

for young and old, 

for commonwealth and nation,

Lord of our land, 

be pleased to hear our prayer.

 

Lord, for our world where men 

disown and doubt You, 

loveless in strength, 

and comfortless in pain, 

hungry and helpless, 

lost indeed without You:

Lord of the world, 

we pray that Christ may reign.

 

 

 

Lord Jesus Christ        435        Carol

 

Lord Jesus Christ,

You have come to us, 

You are one with us, Mary's son; 

cleansing our souls from all their sin, 

pouring Your love and goodness in:

Jesus, our love we sing —  

living Lord!

 

Lord Jesus Christ, now and every day 

teach us how to pray, Son of God; 

You have commanded us to do  

this in remembrance, Lord, of You: 

into our lives - 

living Lord!

 

Lord Jesus Christ,

You have come to us,  

born as one of us, Mary's son; 

led out to die on Calvary, 

risen from death to set us free: 

living Lord Jesus, help us see 

You are Lord!

 

Lord Jesus Christ,

I would come to You, 

live my life for You, Son of God; 

all Your commands I know are true, 

Your many gifts will make me new: 

into my life

Your power breaks through — 

living Lord!

 

 

Tell out, my soul        631        JA

 

Tell out, my soul,  

the greatness of the Lord; 

unnumbered blessings 

give my spirit voice;  

tender to me the promise of His word;  

in God my Saviour 

shall my heart rejoice.

 

Tell out, my soul, 

the greatness of His name! 

Make known His might, 

the deeds His arm has done;

His mercy sure,  

from age to age the same;

His Holy name — the Lord, 

the Mighty One.

 

Tell out, my soul,  

the greatness of His might! 

powers and dominions   

lay their glory by;  

proud hearts and stubborn wills  

are put to flight, 

the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

 

Tell out, my soul,  

the glories of His word!  

firm is His promise,  

and His mercy sure:  

tell out, my soul,

 the greatness of the Lord  

to children's children and for evermore!

 

 

 

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine            59        Carol

 

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine:

O what a foretaste of glory divine!  

Heir of salvation, purchase of God; 

born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

 

     This is my story, this is my song,   

    praising my Saviour all the day long; 

    this is my story, this is my song, 

    praising my Saviour all the day long.

 

Perfect submission, perfect delight, 

visions of rapture burst on my sight; 

angels descending, bring from above 

echoes of mercy, whispers of love. 

 

     This is my story, this is my song,   

    praising my Saviour all the day long; 

    this is my story, this is my song, 

    praising my Saviour all the day long.

 

Perfect submission, all is at rest, 

I in my Saviour am happy and blest;  

watching and waiting, looking above,  

filled with His goodness, 

    lost in His love.

 

     This is my story, this is my song,   

    praising my Saviour all the day long; 

    this is my story, this is my song, 

    praising my Saviour all the day long.

 

 

I know that my Redeemer lives!        278        JA

What joy the blest assurance gives!

He lives, He lives, who once was dead; 

He lives, my everlasting Head!

 

He lives, to bless me with His love;

He lives, to plead for me above; 

He lives, my hungry soul to feed; 

He lives, to help in time of need.

 

He lives, and grants me daily breath; 

He lives, and I shall conquer death; 

He lives, my mansion to prepare;  

He lives, to lead me safely there.

 

He lives, all glory to His name; 

He lives, my Saviour, still the same; 

What joy the blest assurance gives! 

I know that my Redeemer lives!

 

 

 

Yes, God is good — in earth and sky        786        Carol

 

Yes, God is good — in earth and sky, 

from ocean depths and spreading wood, 

ten thousand voices seem to cry:

God made us all, and God is good.

 

The sun that keeps his trackless way,  

and downward pours his golden flood, 

night's sparkling hosts, all seem to say 

in accents clear that God is good.

 

The joyful birds prolong the strain, 

their song with every spring renewed; 

the air we breathe, and falling rain, 

each softly whispers: God is good.

 

I hear it in the rushing breeze; 

the hills that have for ages stood, 

the echoing sky and roaring seas, 

all swell the chorus: God is good.

 

Yes, God is good, all nature says, 

by God's own hand with speech endued; 

and man, in louder notes of praise,  

should sing for joy that God is good. 

 

For all Your gifts we bless You, Lord, 

but chiefly for our heavenly food, 

Your pardoning grace,

Your quickening word, 

these prompt our song, 

that God is good.

 

 

 

Abide with me        4        JA

 

Abide with me;

fast falls the eventide; 

the darkness deepens;

Lord, with me abide;

when other helpers fail,  

and comforts flee,  

help of the helpless, O abide with me.

 

Swift to its close   

ebbs out life's little day;  

earth's joys grown dim,

its glories pass away; 

change and decay in all around I see:

O Thou who changest not, 

abide with me!

 

I need Thy presence  

every passing hour; 

what but Thy grace 

can foil the tempter's power?

Who like Thyself 

my guide and stay can be? 

Through cloud and sunshine, 

O abide with me.

 

 

Teach me, my God and King,             Fiona R-P

in all things thee to see, 

and what I do in anything 

to do it as for thee.

 

A man that looks on glass, 

on it may stay his eye; 

or if he pleaseth, through it pass, 

and then the heaven espy.

 

All may of thee partake; 

nothing can be so mean, 

which with this tincture, "for thy sake," 

will not grow bright and clean.

 

A servant with this clause 

makes drudgery divine: 

who sweeps a room, as for thy laws, 

makes that and the action fine.

 

This is the famous stone 

that turneth all to gold; 

for that which God doth touch and own 

cannot for less be told.

 

 

Eternal Father, strong to save        122        JA

 

Eternal Father, strong to save, 

whose arm hath bound 

the restless wave, 

who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep 

its own appointed limits keep: 

O hear us when we cry to Thee 

for those in peril on the sea.

 

O Christ, whose voice the waters heard, 

and hushed their raging at Thy word, 

who walkedst on the foaming deep, 

and calm amid the storm didst sleep:  

O hear us when we cry to Thee  

for those in peril on the sea.

 

O Holy Spirit, who didst brood  

upon the waters dark and rude, 

and bid their angry tumult cease,  

and give, for wild confusion, peace: 

O hear us when we cry to Thee  

for those in peril on the sea.

 

0 Trinity of love and power, 

our brethren shield in danger's hour; 

from rock and tempest, fire and foe, 

protect them wheresoe'er they go:  

thus evermore shall rise to Thee 

glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

 

 

 

Onward Christian soldiers        543        Caroline F

 

Onward Christian soldiers, 

marching as to war, 

with the cross of Jesus 

going on before.

Christ the royal Master 

leads against the foe; 

forward into battle, see, His banners go! 

        Onward, Christian soldiers 

        marching as to war, 

        with the cross of Jesus going on before.

 

At the name of Jesus

Satan's legions flee; 

on then, Christian soldiers, 

on to victory.

Hell's foundations quiver 

at the shout of praise; 

brothers, lift your voices, 

loud your anthems raise.

        Onward, Christian soldiers 

        marching as to war, 

        with the cross of Jesus going on before.

 

Like a mighty army 

moves the Church of God; 

brothers, we are treading 

where the saints have trod; 

we are not divided, all one body we, 

one in hope and calling, one in charity. 

        Onward, Christian soldiers 

        marching as to war, 

        with the cross of Jesus going on before.

 

Crowns and thrones may perish, 

kingdoms rise and wane, 

but the Church of Jesus 

constant will remain; 

gates of hell can never

'gainst that Church prevail;

We have Christ's own promise, 

and that cannot fail.

        Onward, Christian soldiers 

        marching as to war, 

        with the cross of Jesus going on before.

 

Onward, then, ye people,  

join our happy throng,  

blend with ours your voices  

in the triumph song; 

glory, praise and honour 

unto Christ the King;

This through countless ages

men and angels sing.

        Onward, Christian soldiers 

        marching as to war, 

        with the cross of Jesus going on before.

 

 

 

 

Jesus is Lord!        367        JA

 

Jesus is Lord!

Creation's voice proclaims it, 

for by His power each tree and flower 

was planned and made.

Jesus is Lord! The universe declares it; 

sun, moon and stars in heaven cry: 

Jesus is Lord!

        Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord!

        Praise Him with 'Hallelujahs', 

        for Jesus is Lord!

 

Jesus is Lord!

Yet from His throne eternal 

in flesh He came to die in pain 

on Calvary's tree.

Jesus is Lord!

From Him all life proceeding, 

yet gave His life a ransom 

thus setting us free. 

        Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord!

        Praise Him with 'Hallelujahs', 

        for Jesus is Lord!

 

Jesus is Lord!

O'er sin the mighty conqueror, 

from death He rose and all His foes 

shall own His name.

Jesus is Lord! God sends His Holy Spirit 

to show by works of power 

that Jesus is Lord. 

        Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord!

        Praise Him with 'Hallelujahs', 

        for Jesus is Lord!

 

 

When the roll is called up yonder            Caroline F

 

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more,        

And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair

When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,

And the roll is called up yonder, I?ll be there

When the roll, is called up yon-der,

When the roll, is called up yon-der,

When the roll, is called up yon-der,

When the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there

 

On that bright and cloudless morning when the dead in Christ shall rise,

And the glory of His resurrection share

When His chosen ones shall gather to their home beyond the skies,

And the roll is called up yonder, I?ll be there

When the roll, is called up yon-der,

When the roll, is called up yon-der,

When the roll, is called up yon-der,

When the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there

 

Let us labor for the Master from the dawn till setting sun,

Let us talk of all His wondrous love and care

Then when all of life is over, and our work on earth is done,

And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there

When the roll, is called up yon-der,

When the roll, is called up yon-der,

When the roll, is called up yon-der,

When the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there

 

 

 

Nearer, my God, to Thee            482        JA

 

Nearer, my God, to Thee, 

nearer to Thee: 

e'en though it be a cross 

that raiseth me, 

still all my song would be 

nearer, my God, to Thee, 

nearer to Thee, nearer to Thee.

 

Though, like the wanderer, 

the sun gone down, 

darkness be over me, 

my rest a stone,  

yet in my dreams I'd be 

nearer, my God, to Thee, 

nearer to Thee, nearer to Thee.

 

There let the way appear, 

steps up to heaven; 

all that Thou sendest me, 

in mercy given; 

angels to beckon me 

nearer, my God, to Thee, 

nearer to Thee, nearer to Thee

 

Then, with my waking thoughts 

bright with Thy praise, 

out of my stony griefs

Bethel I'll raise; 

so by my woes to be

nearer, my God, to Thee, 

nearer to Thee, nearer to Thee

 

Or, if on joyful wing 

cleaving the sky, 

sun, moon, and stars forgot,  

upwards I fly, 

still all my song shall be, 

nearer, my God, to Thee, 

nearer to Thee, nearer to Thee.

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    I heard the voice of Jesus say, 

    'Come unto Me and rest;  

    lay down, thou weary one, lay down  

    thy head upon My breast':   

    I came to Jesus as I was, 

    weary, and worn, and sad;   

    I found in Him a resting-place, 

    and He has made me glad.

 

    I heard the voice of Jesus say, 

    'Behold, I freely give 

    the living water; thirsty one,   

    stoop down and drink, and live':   

    I came to Jesus, and I drank  

    of that life-giving stream

    my thirst was quenched, 

    my soul revived, 

    and now I live in Him.

 

    I heard the voice of Jesus say,   

    'I am this dark world's light; 

    look unto Me, thy morn shall rise, 

    and all thy day be bright':  

    I looked to Jesus and I found   

    in Him my star, my sun;  

    and in that light of life I'll walk  

    till travelling days are done.

 

 

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    Be still, for the presence of the Lord, 

    the Holy One, is here; 

    come bow before Him now 

    with reverence and fear: 

    in Him no sin is found — 

    we stand on holy ground.

    Be still, for the presence of the Lord, 

    the Holy One, is here.

 

    Be still, for the glory of the Lord 

    is shining all around; 

    He burns with holy fire, 

    with splendour He is crowned: 

    how awesome is the sight — 

    our radiant King of light!

    Be still, for the glory of the Lord 

    is shining all around.

 

    Be still, for the power of the Lord 

    is moving in this place: 

    He comes to cleanse and heal, 

    to minister His grace — 

    no work too hard for Him.

    In faith receive from Him.

    Be still, for the power of the Lord 

    is moving in this place.

 

 

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    Rejoice, the Lord is King!  

    your Lord and King adore;  

    mortals, give thanks and sing,  

    and triumph evermore:  

        Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;  

        rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

 

    Jesus the Saviour reigns,  

    the God of truth and love; 

    when He had purged our stains, 

    He took His seat above: 

        Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;  

        rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

 

    His kingdom cannot fail,     

    He rules o'er earth and heaven; 

    the keys of death and hell  

    are to our Jesus given:

        Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;  

        rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

 

    He sits at God's right hand, 

    till all His foes submit,  

    and bow to His command,  

    and fall beneath His feet:  

        Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;  

        rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

 

    Rejoice in glorious hope;  

    Jesus the Judge shall come, 

    and take His servants up  

    to their eternal home:

        Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;  

        rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

 

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    And can it be that I should gain

    an interest in the Saviour's blood? 

    Died He for me, who caused His pain?

    For me, who Him to death pursued? 

    Amazing love! how can it be 

    that Thou, my God,     

    shouldst die for me!

 

    'Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies: 

    who can explore His strange design? 

    In vain the first-born seraph tries 

    to sound the depths of love divine. 

    'Tis mercy all! let earth adore, 

    let angel minds inquire no more.

 

    He left His Father's throne above  

    so free, so infinite His grace — 

    emptied Himself of all but love, 

    and bled for Adam's helpless race.  

    'Tis mercy all, immense and free; 

    for, O my God, it found out me!

 

    Long my imprisoned spirit 

    lay fast bound in sin and nature's night; 

    Thine eye diffused a quickening ray 

    I woke, the dungeon flamed with light

    my chains fell off, my heart was free.

    I rose, went forth, and followed Thee

 

    No condemnation now I dread; 

    Jesus, and all in Him, is mine! 

    Alive in Him, my living Head,  

    and clothed in righteousness divine, 

    bold I approach the eternal throne,  

    and claim the crown, 

    through Christ, my own.

 

 

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    O for a thousand tongues to sing

    my great Redeemer's praise,  

    the glories of my God and King,   

    the triumphs of His grace! 

     

    Jesus! the name that charms our fears, 

    that bids our sorrows cease;  

    'tis music in the sinner's ears, 

     'tis life, and health, and peace. 

 

    He breaks the power of cancelled sin,  

    He sets the prisoner free; 

     His blood can make the foulest clean; 

    His blood availed for me. 

 

    He speaks, and, listening to His voice,  

    new life the dead receive,  

    the mournful, broken hearts rejoice, 

    the humble poor believe.  

 

    Hear Him, ye deaf;

     His praise, ye dumb,   

    your loosened tongues employ:  

    ye blind, behold your Saviour come;  

    and leap, ye lame, for joy. 

 

    My gracious Master, and my God,  

    assist me to proclaim,  

    to spread through all the earth abroad, 

    the honours of Thy name. 

 

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    Father, I place into Your hands   

    the things that I can't do.

     Father, I place into Your hands     

    the times that I've been through.  

    Father, I place into Your hands 

    the way that I should go,  

    for I know I always can trust You. 

 

    Father, I place into Your hands  

    my friends and family. 

     Father, I place into Your hands  

    the things that trouble me.  

    Father, I place into Your hands  

    the person I would be,  

    for I know I always can trust You. 

 

    Father, we love to seek Your face, 

    we love to hear Your voice. 

    Father, we love to sing Your praise,  

    and in Your name rejoice.  

    Father, we love to walk with You  

    and in Your presence rest,   

    for we know we always can trust You.

 

    Father, I want to be with You   

    and do the things You do.  

    Father, I want to speak the words  

    that You are speaking too.   

    Father, I want to love the ones 

    that You will draw to You,   

    for I know that I am one with You.

 

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    Dear Lord and Father of mankind, 

    forgive our foolish ways;  

    re-clothe us in our rightful mind; 

    in purer lives Thy service find, 

    in deeper reverence, praise.

 

    In simple trust like theirs who heard, 

    beside the Syrian sea,  

    the gracious calling of the Lord, 

    let us, like them, without a word 

    rise up and follow Thee.  

 

    0 Sabbath rest by Galilee!  

    O calm of hills above,  

    where Jesus knelt to share with Thee 

    the silence of eternity,  

    interpreted by love! 

 

    With that deep hush subduing all 

    our words and works that drown 

    the tender whisper of Thy call,  

    as noiseless let Thy blessing fall 

    as fell Thy manna down. 

 

    Drop Thy still dews of quietness, 

    till all our strivings cease; 

    take from our souls  

        the strain and stress

    and let our ordered lives confess

    the beauty of Thy peace

 

    Breath through the heats of our desire

    Thy coolness and Thy balm

    let sense be dum, let flesh retire;

    speak through the earthquake,

        wind and fire,

    O still small voice of calm.

Jesus Christ is risen today   357                                     Bill P

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!

Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!

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Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!

Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!

Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!

Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia!

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But the pain which He endured, Alleluia!

Our salvation hath procured, Alleluia!

Now above the sky He's king, Alleluia!

Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!

Just as I am            396                                                                Joyce

 

Just as I am, without one plea,

but that thy blood was shed for me,

and that thou bidd'st me come to thee,

O Lamb of God, I come.

 

Just as I am, and waiting not

to rid my soul of one dark blot,

to thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,

O Lamb of God, I come.

 

Just as I am, though tossed about

with many a conflict, many a doubt,

fightings and fears within, without,

O Lamb of God, I come.

 

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind!

Sight, riches, healing of the mind

all that I need, in you to find:

O Lamb of God, I come.

 

Just as I am, thou wilt receive,

wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;

because thy promise I believe,

O Lamb of God, I come

 

Just as I am! Your love unknown

has broken every barrier down:

now to be yours, yes, yours alone,

O Lamb of God, I come.

Love divine, all loves excelling       449                                   Pat P

 

Love divine, all loves excelling,

Joy of heav'n to earth come down:

fix in us thy humble dwelling,

all thy faithful mercies crown:

Jesus, thou art all compassion,

pure, unbounded love thou art;

visit us with thy salvation,

enter ev'ry trembling heart.

 

Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit

into ev'ry troubled breast;

let us all in thee inherit,

let us find the 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 life receive;

suddenly return, and never,

nevermore 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,

'til in heav'n we take our place,

'til we cast our crowns before thee,

lost in wonder, love, and praise.

 

 

 

How Great Thou Art     506                                     John A & Caroline F

 

O LORD my God! When I in awesome wonder

Consider all the works Thy hand hath made;

I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,

 

        Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,

        How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

        Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,

        How great Thou art! How great Thou art! 

 

When through the woods and forest glades I wander

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;

When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,

And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze: 

 

        Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,

        How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

        Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,

        How great Thou art! How great Thou art! 

 

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,

Sent Him to die - I scarce can take it in:

That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,

He bled and died to take away my sin: 

 

        Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,

        How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

        Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,

        How great Thou art! How great Thou art! 

 

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation

And take me home - what joy shall fill my heart!

Then shall I bow in humble adoration,

And there proclaim, my God how great Thou art! 

 

        Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,

        How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

        Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,

        How great Thou art! How great Thou art! 

 

 

In Christ Alone                                                           Norma K & John A

 

In Christ alone my hope is found,

He is my light, my strength, my song;

This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,

Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace,

When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!

My Comforter, my All in All,

Here in the love of Christ I stand.

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In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,

Fullness of God in helpless babe.

This gift of love and righteousness,

Scorned by the ones He came to save:

Till on that cross as Jesus died,

The wrath of God was satisfied –

For every sin on Him was laid;

Here in the death of Christ I live.

the

There in the ground His body lay,

Light of the world by darkness slain:

Then bursting forth in glorious day

Up from the grave He rose again!

And as He stands in victory

Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,

For I am His and He is mine –

Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

the

No guilt in life, no fear in death,

This is the power of Christ in me;

From life’s first cry to final breath,

Jesus commands my destiny.

No power of hell, no scheme of man,

Can ever pluck me from His hand:

Till He returns or calls me home,

Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want             660              Julie R

 

The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want;

he makes me down to lie

in pastures green; he leadeth me

the quiet waters by.

 

My soul he doth restore again,

and me to walk doth make

within the paths of righteousness,

e'en for his own name's sake.

 

Yea, though I walk through death's dark vale,

yet will I fear none ill,

for thou art with me; and thy rod

and staff me comfort still.

 

My table thou hast furnished

in presence of my foes;

my head thou dost with oil anoint,

and my cup overflows.

 

Goodness and mercy all my life

shall surely follow me;

and in God's house forevermore

my dwelling place shall be.

Lord, the light of your love is shining            445                John D

 

Lord, the light of your love is shining,

In the midst of the darkness, shining;

Jesus, light of the world, shine upon us;

Set us free by the truth you now bring us,

Shine on me, shine on me.

        Shine, Jesus, shine,

        Fill this land with the Father's glory;

        Blaze, Spirit, blaze,

        Set our hearts on fire.

        Flow, river, flow,

        Flood the nations with grace and mercy;

        Send forth your word,

        Lord, and let there be light!

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Lord, I come to your awesome presence,

From the shadows into your radiance;

By the blood I may enter your brightness,

Search me, try me, consume all my darkness.

Shine on me, shine on me.

        Shine, Jesus, shine,

        Fill this land with the Father's glory;

        Blaze, Spirit, blaze,

        Set our hearts on fire.

        Flow, river, flow,

        Flood the nations with grace and mercy;

        Send forth your word,

        Lord, and let there be light!

the

As we gaze on your kingly brightness

So our faces display your likeness.

Ever changing from glory to glory,

Mirrored here may our lives tell your story.

Shine on me, shine on me.

        Shine, Jesus, shine,

        Fill this land with the Father's glory;

        Blaze, Spirit, blaze,

        Set our hearts on fire.

        Flow, river, flow,

        Flood the nations with grace and mercy;

        Send forth your word,

        Lord, and let there be light!

Now the green blade rises                                                      John D

Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,

Wheat that in the dark earth many years has lain;

Love lives again, that with the dead has been:

        Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

 

In the grave they laid him, Love whom we had slain,

Thinking that he would never wake again,

Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:

        Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

 

Up he sprang at Easter, like the risen grain,

he that for three days in the grave had lain;

Up from the dead my risen Lord is seen:

        Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

 

When our hearts are saddened, grieving or in pain,

By your touch you call us back to life again;

fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:

        Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green

At the name of Jesus                     41                                         Bill P

 

At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,

every tongue confess him king of glory now;

this the Father's pleasure, that we call him Lord,

who from the beginning was the mighty word.

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At his voice creation sprang at once to sight,

all the angel faces, all the hosts of light;

thrones and dominations, stars upon their way,

all the heavenly orders, in their great array.

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Humbled for a season, to receive a name

from the lips of sinners unto whom he came;

faithfully he bore it spotless to the last,

brought it back victorious when from death he passed.

the

Bore it up triumphant with its human light,

through all ranks of creatures to the central height;

to the eternal Godhead, to the Father's throne,

filled it with the glory of his triumph won.

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Name him, Christians, name him, with love strong as death,

but with awe and wonder, and with bated breath;

he is God the saviour, he is Christ the Lord,

ever to be worshipped, trusted and adored.

the

In your hearts enthrone him; there let him subdue

all that is not holy, all that is not true;

crown him as your captain in temptation's hour,

let his will enfold you in its light and power.

the

With his Father's glory Jesus comes again,

angel hosts attend him and announce his reign;

for all wreaths of empire meet upon his brow,

and our hearts confess him king of glory now.

 

 

SING choirs of heaven!

 

        SING choirs of heaven! Let saints and angels sing!

        Around God's throne exult in harmony.

        Now Jesus Christ is risen from the grave. 

        Salute your King in glorious symphony.

 

        Sing choirs of earth! Behold, your light has come!

        The glory of the Lord shines radiantly.

        Lift up your hearts, for Christ has conquered death. 

        The night is past; the day of life is here.

 

        Sing Church of God! Exult with joy outpoured!

        The gospel trumpets tell of victory won.

        Saviour lives: he's with you evermore.

        Let all God's people shout the long Amen.

CHRIST is alive! Let Christians sing.

 

        CHRIST is alive! Let Christians sing.

         The cross stands empty to the sky. 

        Let streets and homes with praises ring.     

         Love, drowned in death, shall never die.

 

         Christ is alive! No longer bound  

        to distant years in Palestine,  

        but saving, healing, here and now,  

        and touching every place and time.

 

         In every insult, rift and war,  

        where colour, scorn or wealth divide,

        Christ suffers still, yet loves the more,  

        and lives, where even hope has died.

 

         Women and men, in age and youth, 

        can feel the Spirit, hear the call, 

        and find the way, the life, the truth, 

        revealed in Jesus, freed for all.

 

         Christ is alive, and comes to bring  

        good news to this and every age,

         till earth and sky and ocean ring  

        with joy, with justice, love and praise.

 

 

Love's redeeming work is done

 

        Love's redeeming work is done, 

        fought the fight, the battle won. 

        Lo, our Sun's eclipse is o'er! 

        Lo, he sets in blood no more!

 

        Vain the stone, the watch, the seal! 

        Christ has burst the gates of hell; 

        death in vain forbids him rise; 

        Christ has opened paradise.

 

        Lives again our victorious King; 

        where, O death, is now thy sting? 

        Dying once, he all doth save; 

        where thy victory, O grave?

 

        Soar we now where Christ has led, 

        following out exalted Head; 

        made like him, like him we rise, 

        ours the cross, the grave, the skies.

 

        Hail the Lord of earth and heaven! 

        Praise to thee by both be given: 

        thee we greet triumphant now; 

        hail, the Resurrection thou!

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty!         237         Pat P

 

Holy, holy, holy, 

  Lord God almighty! 

early in the morning  

our song shall rise to Thee;

Holy, holy, holy! —  

merciful and mighty,

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

 

Holy, holy,' holy!

All the saints adore Thee, 

casting down their golden crowns   

around the glassy sea;  

cherubim and seraphim

falling down before Thee, 

who wast, and art, 

and evermore shall be.

 

Holy, holy, holy! — 

though the darkness hide Thee,  

though the eye of sinful man  

Thy glory may not see;   

only Thou art holy,  

there is none beside Thee, 

perfect in power, in love, and purity.

 

Holy, holy, holy, 

Lord God almighty! 

all Thy works shall praise Thy name, 

in earth, and sky, and sea:

Holy, holy, holy! —   

merciful and mighty,

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

 

 

 

The Holy City            For Pat P

 

Last night I lay asleeping

There came a dream so fair

I stood in old Jerusalem

Beside the temple there

I heard the children singing

And ever as they sang

Methought the voice of Angels

From Heaven in answer rang

Methought the voice of Angels

From Heaven in answer rang

 

        "Jerusalem, Jerusalem!

        Lift up your gates and sing,

        Hosanna in the highest.

        Hosanna to your King!"

 

And then methought my dream was chang'd

The streets no longer rang

Hushed were the glad Hosannas

The little children sang

The sun grew dark with mystery

The morn was cold and chill

As the shadow of a cross arose

Upon a lonely hill

As the shadow of a cross arose

Upon a lonely hill

 

        "Jerusalem, Jerusalem!

        Hark! How the Angels sing,

        Hosanna in the highest,

        Hosanna to your King!"

 

And once again the scene was changed

New earth there seemed to be

I saw the Holy City

Beside the tideless sea

The light of God was on its streets

The gates were open wide

And all who would might enter

And no one was denied

No need of moon or stars by night

Or sun to shine by day

It was the new Jerusalem

That would not pass away

It was the new Jerusalem

That would not pass away

 

        "Jerusalem! Jerusalem

        Sing for the night is o'er

        Hosanna in the highest

        Hosanna for evermore!"

 

 

 

 

Praise to the Holiest in the height        563                          Pat P

 

Praise to the Holiest in the height,  

and in the depth be praise; 

in all His words most wonderful; 

most sure in all His ways.

 

0 loving wisdom of our God!

 when all was sin and shame, 

a second Adam to the fight, 

and to the rescue came.

 

0 wisest love! that flesh and blood 

which did in Adam fail, 

should strive afresh against the foe,  

should strive and should prevail.

 

And that a higher gift than grace 

should flesh and blood refine, 

God's presence, and His very self  

and essence all-divine.

 

0 generous love! that He, who smote 

in Man for man the foe, 

the double agony in Man 

for man should undergo.

 

And in the garden secretly, 

and on the cross on high,  

should teach His brethren, and inspire  

to suffer and to die. 

 

Praise to the Holiest in the height 

and in the depth be praise:

in all His words most wonderful; 

most sure in all His ways.

The Dassett Magna Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit:

fill the hearts of your faithful people

and kindle in us the fire of your love.

Strengthen your church here in Dassett Magna:

deepen our faith

and pour out your love, through us,

on our communities.

We ask these things in Jesus' name.

Amen.

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