Archive for March, 2013

you are planted


Just back from our annual Church Camp – at Luther Heights campsite at Coolum, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.  A weekend well-spent in Christian community.  My colleague Ken helped us explore the theme: God grows us where we are planted. We used Louie Giglio’s Symphony presentation and also The Tale of Three Trees in this exploration.

I did something unusual for me. Apart from bringing some song booklets, I quite deliberately did not do any advance Sunday camp worship planning.  Yesterday, as we were encouraged to share in a particular craft activity, I struggled with how best to respond to Ken’s invitation.  I guess, I was keen not only to unpack the sense that we are wonders of God’s creation, each unique; but also to personally reflect on what it means to grow where God has called and placed me in ministry.   What does it mean to grow … I kept pondering. Tried writing a song … too forced.

Then … as I was heading to my evening slumber, I reflected how it would be good to begin Sunday’s camp worship with something akin to the old-fashioned ‘charge’ – as someone is commissioned for ministry.

The phrase: You are called kept coming to me as I lay down for the night. Surprisingly I slept and not-surprisingly (for that’s how I’ve often sensed God’s hand in things), this phrase and the words which were to follow started rolling off my iPad keyboard and fingers upon rising.  I was keen to inject a sense … remembering this was the church family camping together … of We are called.  So I did.

I offer this to you.  Perhaps you can use in somewhere, sometime.

You are planted
Planted with promise
Planted with hope
Planted with love
With all the potential
God has invested in you
For God is love

You are planted
enriched by the gifting;
the gifting God’s Spirit
has infused in you
Gifting that helps grow each other
gifting to shared in building
a brighter, more peaceful world
a world in harmony with God
Gifting that points
to the hand of the Creator
that gives glory to God
God who is love

You are planted
Planted for a purpose –
many purposes:
To love
To grow
To be fruitful
To praise
To take in every bit of goodness,
life and light
the Creator promises to pour into you
God who is love

You are planted
depending on God who is life
Apart from God
you ultimately can do nothing
so, we abide in God
In God we live
and move
and grow
and have our being, in
God who is love

We are planted
Planted as community in Christ
Commanded not only to grow
but commanded to love
God and neighbour 24/7
Planted – to share God’s economy
in which we each are gift
in which we each grow
learning … living …
blessing … respecting
enriching … blessing one another
as chosen people
as called people
as saved people
as planted people
as people of God:
yesterday, today, forever, in
God who is love
as planted people
we want to grow
We want your life – life overflowing
We want to make a difference
We want to be the people
you call;
you plant us to be
However, with

Tending God,
send our tender,
struggling shoots Godwards
deep into your kingdom life
our life growing in you
n you …
God …

David MacGregor
© 2013

“songwrite” – video package (take 2!)


[sorry for a bit of cross-posting and re-posting]

You will probably be well aware, that just a few weekends ago, I had the privilege along with Sharon Kirk (Presbytery Minister: the Downs) of coordinating and leading the inaugural national Uniting Church songwriters weekend in Canberra: songwrite.

Always room for improvement, but the feedback from this time spent with 30 others from across Australia was resoundingly affirming, as new songs were written, manuscripted and recorded for use in Christian worship.

The Uniting Church Assembly Communications team have just uploaded a short video package of the weekend.  It gives a good feel for what songwrite was (and we believe will continue to be) all about.


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