Archive for January, 2013

“you are mine” … baptism song VOCAL

waterHi!

A few weeks now since, inspired by the gospel accounts of Jesus’ baptism, I wrote a baptismal song of my own – the lyric throughout the song being in the first-person of God addressing the one baptised.

Dale and I have finally – been offline for two days due to loss of power here in Brisbane – put together a vocal track (in the key of A) for the song.  Gives what I believe is a good feel for the song.

I was thrilled to hear of someone using the song at their child’s baptism this past weekend.

music score
lyrics
Vocal mp3

Blessings,

David

“Spirit Come” – song for Sunday 27 January

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Greetings all,

 One commentator has described this Sunday’s gospel passage – Luke 4:14-21 as Jesus’ “Inauguration Speech”.
Some years back, I wrote a song Spirit Come drawing closely on the this well-known text. It appears in the current year’s Seasons of the Spirit songbook resources.
It’s one of those rare songs for me, in which the chorus is more subdued and reflective than the verses.  I encourage you to try the echo in the chorus.
It’s offered with lyrics below, and links to:

Blessings,
David         

Spirit Come

 Spirit come (spirit come),
Spirit come (spirit come),
Open our eyes
Open our hearts
Come, Spirit, come.

1. Chosen to bring good news
to ev’ryone poor, abused.
We are your hands, we are your voice.
Spirit come.
To captives we shout, proclaim
freedom in Jesus’ name!
Fill us with love
Fill us with power
Spirit come.

Spirit come (spirit come) …

 2. Good news that blind can see
Oppressed ones can now be free
We are your hands, we are your voice.
Spirit come.
Announcing the time’s arrived
when God will save people’s lives;
Fill us with love
Fill us with power
Spirit come.

Spirit come (spirit come) …

©   David MacGregor 1994 … based on Luke 4:18,19

you are mine – baptism song score & backing

waterGreetings.

Back home a week from a delightful week at Hervey Bay. Back with access to my computer and musical gear; which means I’ve now done both a

… for my recently-written baptism song: You are mine.

Dale and I shared it last Sunday in worship (fairly hastily rehearsed, I might add) along with Gerry Holme’s M-M-M-Miracle … a marvellous kids song for anyone unpacking baptism with kids and families.  Both went well.

For what it’s worth, here are the lyrics in their final form.  It’s my deep prayer that this song will find use in worship services on baptism Sundays.  The reality is there does not seem to be much out there. If it is (great!!), but at least in my circles there’s a fairly small repertoire.  The backing eventually moves into a bit of country-tinged groove.  It works, in my totally-biased opinion, with a straight piano backing — along the lines of the intro and the opening chorus.

Keen to get feedback on this one. In the next week or so, Dale and I will hopefully organize a vocal track.

Blessings,
David

You are mine

“Child, I love you
Child, I claim you
I delight in you
For all time
In my gifting
In your belonging
Child, I love you and
you are mine”

“When you pass through the waters
I’ll be with you
When you walk through the fire
You won’t be burned
Do not fear
You are loved
I have redeemed you
I’m with you always
You are mine”

“Come, find life in fullness
in living water
In my dying, my rising
be renewed
Come, be welcomed
into my living body
My Spirit life and promise
born in you”

David MacGregor (c) 2013
Willow Publishing

you are mine … baptism song

Hi
This Sunday’s readings give opportunity to not only give focus on Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan but also our own baptism.

So it is, while holidaying at beautiful Hervey Bay, Queensland, God’s led my reflecting on Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 and Isaiah 43:1-7 to the point where I’ve written this baptismal song: YOU ARE MINE. Quite intentionally … and drawing closely on scripture, the lyric has God addressing the ‘child’ being baptized. Perhaps the first time I’ve written such a lyric.

The writing of the song has presented its challenges -you see, I left my Mac (Logic software and all) at home. So – courtesy of the iPad AND some old-style rough manuscripting (last did this in 1990!) here it is. Rough and ready … absolutely. Back on deck next week, I’ll have a full piano score and vocal mp3. For now,think of something a bit folky with a slight country tinge. Contemporary baptismal songs for worship are scarce. I pray this one finds some use and blessing.

David
MacGregor

YOU ARE MINE

Child, I love you
Child, I claim you
I delight in you
For all time
In my gifting
In your belonging
Child, I love you
You are mine

When you pass through the waters
I’ll be with you
When you walk through the fire
You won’t be burned
Do not fear
You are loved
I have redeemed you
I’m with you always
You are mine

Come, find life in fullness
in living water
In my dying, my rising
be renewed
Come, be welcomed
into my living body
My Spirit life and promise
born in you

David MacGregor (c) 2013
Willow Publishing

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