‘Cross this land tonight … further down the track

While reflecting as I put together the previous post, I couldn’t escape thinking about the song I wrote last year for Frontier 20130929-150956.jpgServices’ 100th anniversary worship celebration – ‘Cross this land tonight. We assisted Ted Egan as he sang it during the service.
Dale and I has two occasions out at Charleville this past week to share it.

Here’s the lyrics … and links to music score & audio files.


‘Cross this land tonight

Here’s a story
birthed by pioneers
By Flynn, McKay and more
The sharing of Christ’s love
with inland’s heart
By air, by road, at station home
across this great south land
Frontiers touched One hundred years so far

Right across this sunburnt country
Marked by droughts and flooding rains
with faces, places off the beaten track:
in mercy’s name
God’s outback mission keeps on
bringing hope and health and light
God’s “mantle of safety”
‘cross this land tonight

It’s the story of special people
resilient; of rugged hope
Yet times come
when resilience struggles too.
When remoteness seems to overwhelm;
community comes hard
“Flynn of the Inland’s”
legacy shines through

And the story journeys onwards
We join hundreds serving now
We offer hand and heart and voice; God’s grace
With the outback people we will stand
With their spirit, we rejoice
We celebrate the nation’s frontier voice

David MacGregor © 2011 Willow Publishing


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