you love us well

communion loop[still]While in Sydney a week or so back for Assembly, I had this musical and lyrical phrase bouncing around all the time.  yes, I did tune in to what was happening there, but this phrase: you love us, love us well would not let go of me.

In part, the Assembly theme: Living water, thirsty land contributed.  The whole idea of a God being God who through Christ and the Spirit, is in the business of satisfying our thirst and hunger became very real to me.  That’s been my personal experience of God.  So, hot on the heels of this Assembly theme comes week after week of John’s “Bread of Life” discourse.  Through it all the words kept coming: you love us, love us well.

It took a few days or re-orientation – apart from a few days of haze pre-Assembly, I’d been away for 4 1/2 weeks – but I’ve written this song called, you guessed it – You Love Us Well.  As I shared on one egroup, in style – it’s a bit of a cross between Chris Tomlin, John Mellencamp, Crowded House … and hopefully a bit of David MacGregor.  Turned out I wrote a rhythmically tricky chorus – but unbiased as I am, I think it really enhances that part of the song.  Anyhow, here it is. See what you think, and if using it in worship, please do the CCLI thing.

1. Heart of loving
heart of living
you love us, love us well
Source of life and
source of living
you love us, love us well

2. In you, no hunger
no more thirsting
you love us, love us well
You fill my cup
awash to bursting
you love us, love us well

Bread of life
grace on grace
heaven’s food for my soul
Christ we feast
on your grace
your life alone can make us whole

3. You alone can satisfy us
you love us, love us well
You suffered for our sin, died for us
you love us, love us well

4. Your goodness shapes us
new, completely
you love us, love us well
We worship, grateful
you are holy
you love us, love us well

Bread of life …
… make us whole

5. Jesus Christ,

come feed us deep now

you love us, love us well
Heaven’s bread,
as gift, we reap now
you love us, love us well
you love us, love us well
you love us, love us well

you love us, love us well

David MacGregor

© 2009
based on John 6   Willow Publishing        piano score download

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