you are mine … baptism song

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.



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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