Archive for March, 2010

no ordinary … take 2

Hi folks

Done a bit of work on my Palm/Passion reflection poem from yesterday.  Here it is (version 2)

D.

no ordinary

This is no ordinary donkey.
This is no ordinary beast of burden;
no grand warhorse here:
but no ordinary donkey this one:
this animal carrying God’s peace-message.
God’s life and hope message.
God’s message of freedom.
God’s message of salvation.
God’s way home

Message of peace
Living message
The message
The good news
Christ – the prince of peace

This Christ-carrier;
this colt never before ridden.
This animal:
answer to disciples’ obedience;
journeys through adoring crowd:
Coats, cloaks, palms
laid out in royal carpet
as royal tapestry.
No pack-mule work for this donkey.
No dusty roadway.

This is no ordinary donkey.
No.
This is the one who sets the Christ forward;
forward on a journey of destiny;
a journey that ends –
… begins at a cross.
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no ordinary …

Thought I’d share something a bit different.   It came to me this morning – at church this Sunday (Palm/Passion Sunday), rather than the usual sermon, share something that’s more like poem.
So, how would it be to share a longer Palm Sunday poem, with four sections – the sections beginning with the words:

  • This is no ordinary donkey
  • This is no ordinary Messiah
  • This is no ordinary crowd
  • This is (we are) no ordinary people

Knowing me, text is bound to change between now and Sunday morning, but for now, here it is.  Feel free to use/adapt …

no ordinary

This is no ordinary donkey

this is no ordinary beast of burden

no grand warhorse here

just a humble donkey

but no ordinary donkey this one:

this animal carrying God’s peace-message

God’s life and hope message

God’s message of freedom

God’s message of salvation

God’s way home

the Way.

message of peace

living message

the message

the good news

Christ – the prince of peace

This Christ-carrier

this colt never before ridden

this animal

answer to disciples’ obedience

journeys through adoring crowd

coats, cloaks, palms

laid out in royal carpet

as royal tapestry

no pack-mule work for this donkey

no dusty roadway

this is no ordinary donkey

no

this is the one who sets the Christ forward

forward on a journey of destiny

a journey that ends

no … begins at a cross

this is no ordinary donkey

Continue reading ‘no ordinary …’

in the name of Christ we go

Folks

With Dale’s assistance, I’ve made a few changes to yesterday’s song (We go in peace to love and serve). Namely:

  1. new title – In the name of Christ we go
  2. I have converted it into a two-part round.  This is an option – the song can be well-sung in unison all the way through.  The round option only goes for the first 1/2 of the song.
  3. some small melody/chordal changes to accommodate the round harmonization.

New leadsheet.

Enjoy, sing, and serve

David

we go in peace to love and serve

Hi!

Been some time since I posted.  Just written a new “going out” song for worship.  I have this rising conviction that we need to be a whole lot more intentional about the music which concludes our worship; which sends us out in mercy and mission.   So here’s my newie.  Well … not totally new.  I’ve adapted those words used in some circles at the very end of worship: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.  In the name of Christ. Amen.

Quite intentionally the song is:

short
upbeat
folky
minor key

See what you think.  Here are the lyrics below.   Click here for a leadsheet.

We go in peace to love and serve
We go in peace to love and serve
We go in peace to love and serve
the Lord our God
We go

In the name of Christ we go
In the name of Christ we go
We go in peace to love and serve
In the name of Christ we go

David MacGregor © 2010    Willow Publishing


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