Blessings (by Laura Story)

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We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

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Psalm 42 (by Tori Kelly)

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There’s a quiet place
That gives me peace when I’m alone with You
There’s a hiding place
Your Spirit’s always there when I’m confused
Only You can purify
All this world won’t ever satisfy
My heart, it cries

As the deer pants for the water
So my soul, need You Lord
When thirsty God, You’re the living water
And my soul, need You Lord
I need You Lord
I need You Lord
I need You Lord
I need You Lord

I’m a stranger here
Thirsty ’cause I know it’s not my home
Like a desert here
I need Your living Word for these dry bones
Jesus fill us up again
With Your presence flowing deep within
New life begins

Quench our hearts and fill this space with Heaven like a flood
Holy One reign down on us with Your consuming love
Ooh, quench our hearts and fill this place wit h Heaven like a flood
Holy One reign down on us with Your consuming love

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Be Still My Soul

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Be still, my soul, The Lord is on thy side
Bear patiently, the cross of grief or pain 
Leave to thy God, to order and provide 
In every change, He faithful will remain 
Be still, my soul, thy best thy heavenly friend 
Through thorny ways, leads to a joyful end

Be still, my soul, thy God doth undertake 
To guide the future as He has the past 
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake 
All now mysterious shall be bright at last 
Be still, my soul, the waves and wind still know 
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below

In You I rest, in You I found my hope 
In You I trust, You never let me go 
I place my life within Your hands alone 
Be still, my soul

Be still, my soul, the hour is hastening on 
When we shall be forever with the Lord 
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone 
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored 
Be still, my soul, when change and tears are past 
All safe and blessed, we shall meet at last

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Our Blessing Cup

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Our blessing cup is a communion with the blood of Christ;
And the bread we break, it is a sharing in the body of the Lord.

How can we make a return for all the goodness God has shown?
We will take the cup of life and call upon God’s name.

Precious indeed in your sight the life and death of those you love.
We are your servants, for you have set us free.

Gracious and merciful God, we give you thanks and bless your name:
With all your people, praise and glory to your name.

For you have heard my voice, for you have heard my pleading.
Though death surrounded me, you heard and answered me.

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Sing A New Song

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Sing a new song unto the Lord;
let your song be sung from mountains high.
Sing a new song unto the Lord,
singing alleluia.

Yahweh’s people dance for joy.
O come before the Lord.
And play for him on glad tambourines,
and let your trumpet sound.

Rise, O children, from your sleep;
your Savior now has come.
He has turned your sorrow to joy,
and filled your soul with song.

Glad my soul for I have seen
the glory of the Lord.
The trumpet sounds; the dead shall be raised.
I know my Savior lives.

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When Jesus Comes to Be Baptized

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When Jesus comes to be baptized,
He leaves the hidden years behind,
The years of safety and of peace.
To bear the sins of all mankind.

The Spirit of the Lord comes down,
Anoints the Christ to suffering,
To preach the word, to free the bound,
And to the mourner, comfort bring.

He will not quench the dying flame,
And what is bruised he will not break,
But heal the wound injustice dealt,
And out of death his triumph make.

Our everlasting Father, praise,
With Christ, his well-beloved Son,
Who with the Spirit reigns serene,
Untroubled Trinity in One.

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Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

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Songs of thankfulness and praise,
Jesus, Lord, to Thee we raise,
Manifested by the star
To the sages from afar,
Branch of royal David’s stem,
In Thy birth at Bethlehem.
Anthems be to Thee addressed
God in man made manifest.

Manifest at Jordan’s stream,
Prophet, Priest, and King supreme,
And at Cana, Wedding-guest,
In Thy Godhead manifest;
Manifest in power divine,
Changing water into wine.
Anthems be to Thee addressed
God in man made manifest.

Manifest in making whole
Palsied limbs and fainting soul;
Manifest in valiant fight,
Quelling all the devil’s might;
Manifest in gracious will,
Ever bringing good from ill.
Anthems be to Thee addressed,
God in man made manifest.

Sun and moon shall darkened be,
Stars shall fall, the heavens shall flee;
Christ will then like lightning shine,
All will see His glorious sign;
All will then the trumpet hear,
All will see the Judge appear;
Thou by all wilt be confessed,
God in man made manifest.

Grant us grace to see Thee, Lord,
Mirrored in Thy holy Word;
May we imitate Thee now
And be pure as pure art Thou
That we like to Thee may be
At Thy great Epiphany
And may praise Thee, ever blest,
God in man made manifest.

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