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Even More Lyrical Riffs

Another 101 biblically-themed readings for reflection, worship and discussion.

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60. Help Us
When we are tempted to put others down
Help us to overcome evil with good
When we long to pass on the latest piece of gossip
Help us to overcome evil with good
When we want to push others away
Help us to overcome evil with good
When we are invited to nurture negative attitudes
Help us to overcome evil with good
When cynicism is the easy option
Help us to overcome evil with good
And when we hear your gentle voice calling us towards love
Help us to take note and respond
In Jesus name
Amen

Romans 12 v 21



61. Father Forgive
Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.
Thank you so much Jesus, for those words of forgiveness.
Thank you for the releasing power of your sacrifice on that cross.
Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.
Lord please help us with our relationships,
Help us when it’s difficult, when things go wrong.
Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.
Please help us to have the courage and the gentleness
To relate to one another about past mistakes
And those things that have hurt us.
Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.
Thank you for your forgiveness,
And for the new start you have given us,
Thank you for the chance to begin again.
Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.
Please help us, not just today, but in the coming days,
To weave honesty, integrity, forgiveness and truth,
Into our daily lives and relationships.
In the name of Jesus we ask this,
Amen.



62. Recipe
A sprinkling of compassion,
A cupful of kindness,
A pinch of diligence,
A handful of hope.
A spoon of perseverance,
As much patience as required,
A smattering of integrity,
A bucket of courage.
Mix sensitively
With the Spirit of God,
Wait a while,
And see what comes out.

Colossians 3 v 12



63. Bread from Heaven
As they were crossing the wilderness to the
Promised Land the people cried out to Moses for food.
Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I am going to rain
bread from heaven for you, and each day the people
shall go out and gather enough for that day.
In that way I will test them, whether they will
follow my instruction or not…’
We call out to you now, our precious Lord,
For the things we need,
Today, tomorrow, and in the week ahead.
God’s mercies are new every morning,
great is his faithfulness…
We look to you, Lord, for help and provision.
Man shall not live by bread alone…
You fed the people in the desert,
Our Lord, not only with your bread,
But with your very presence.
Give us today our daily bread…
We need food and drink, Lord,
And we need you too.
Bread and wine and Jesus.
I am the bread of life,
come to me all you are hungry and thirsty…
Be with us this week, our precious Lord,
As we travel through the good times and bad.
The days and the nights. Please remind us
To continue to look to you for help,
Strength, provision and guidance.
In Jesus name, Amen

Exodus 16, Lamentations 3, Matthew 4,
The Lord's Prayer and John 6


64. Nothing Off Limits
We can bring everything to God, nothing is off limits with Him.
Nothing too difficult, too harsh, too dark,
Nothing too strange, too frightening, too unexpected,
We can bring everything to God, nothing is off limits with Him.
Nothing too ordinary, too silly, too small,
Nothing too big, too overpowering, too strong,
We can bring everything to God, nothing is off limits with Him.
Nothing too ridiculous, too stupid, too embarrassing,
Nothing too serious, too irresponsible, too regrettable.
We can bring everything to God, nothing is off limits with Him.

Romans 8 vv 38-39

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