In this time
When by caution
We cannot gather together,
It feels like we are scattered,
That all we like sheep have gone astray…
Father, Our Shepherd has led us to You
And given His life so that we might live,
And so our plea is that You redeem us,
That, as He asked, You protect us,
That Your will be done,
That Your kingdom come to be seen
In the healing and miracle of life
That only You can bestow.
Your promise is to never forsake us
And to that hope we cling, O Lord.
Yes, we cling to that amen,
And so let it be, so let it be.
Holy Spirit, speak our unspoken prayers,
Translate the yearnings of our hearts:
Our loneliness, our anxiety,
Our fear and depression —
And also our joy and peace,
Our humble service and undying faith.
Because we love our Lord with all we have,
Heart and mind and soul and spirit,
And although we do not speak to Him
As often as we should,
Still our hearts magnify Him
And accept His grace with thanksgiving.
Precious Lord Jesus, we love You
And while present times may daunt us
And the future is so unsure to us,
We know that You shed Your blood for Your sheep,
And so we know — yes, we KNOW
That by Your wounds we are already healed,
That although heart and flesh may fail
Still we have this blessed hope
That we shall know You for eternity.
Yes, all we like sheep have gone astray
But our beloved Shepherd brings us together,
Guides us to You, Heavenly Father.
He knows that we are not fit to face this alone,
And we know that You alone can save us.
We come to You seeing no end in sight
Except that You should decree it.
We come to You with nothing in our hands
But praise and worship, O Lord.
So we glorify You,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
And we worship the name above all names,
Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.