Archive for June, 2018

“The Peter Song” – an ever-evolving/adapting ministry song with kids

Been working on a kids song – The Peter Song – covering six chapters in the apostle Peter’s life in the gospels. Haven’t even touched Acts. Where once it was 3 1/2 minute marathon (completely non-kids-applicable) … I’ve now edited it right down, with each iteration just tackling two of the six segments.   Really, the verses are quite interchangeable. The pattern is simply this:

 

  • one verse
  • another verse
  • bridge
  • reprise one of the two earlier verses 🙂

Enjoy!   Blessings, David

backing track mp3 (shorter version)

Here’s the leadsheet for download. As per leadsheet here are three sets of lyrics:

  1. Peter
    Peter loves fishing
    Peter loves fishing
    By the sea
    Jesus
    Jesus says, “Peter”
    Jesus says, “Peter,
    Follow me”

2.   Peter
Peter is sinking
Peter is sinking
Water deep
Jesus
Jesus says, “Peter
Peter, have faith in
Faith in me” 

Oh Jesus
You are Lord, You are God
You are Saviour, Friend
Jesus you love, forgive
You love, you live
I’ll follow you to the end!

  1. Peter
    Peter loves fishing
    Peter loves fishing
    By the sea
    Jesus
    Jesus says Peter
    Jesus says Peter
    Follow me


3.  Peter
Peter is saying
Peter is saying
“You are Christ;
Son of
Son of the living
Son of the living
Living God”

4. Peter
Peter denying
Peter denying
Knowing Christ
Jesus
Jesus forgiving
Dying and rising
From the Cross    

Oh Jesus
You are Lord, You are God
You are Saviour, Friend
Jesus you love, forgive
You love, you live
I’ll follow you to the end!

4. Peter
Peter denying
Peter denying
Knowing Christ
Jesus
Jesus forgiving
Dying and rising
From the Cross    


5. Peter
Peter goes fishing
Peter goes fishing
By the sea
Jesus
Jesus says,”Peter”
Jesus says,”Peter
follow me”

6. Peter
Peter says, “Jesus”
Peter says, “Jesus
Yes, I do”
Jesus
Jesus says, “Peter
Feed my sheep now
Love them too
Love them too
Love them too!”

Oh Jesus
You are Lord, You are God
You are Saviour, Friend
Jesus you love, forgive
You love, you live
I’ll follow you to the end!

6. Peter
Peter says, “Jesus”
Peter says, “Jesus
Yes, I do”
Jesus
Jesus says, “Peter
Feed my sheep now
Love them too
Love them too
Love them too!”

David MacGregor
© 2018 Willow Publishing

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sharing blessings

Last Tuesday I had the incredible pleasure of being M.C. at a birthday party. Not just any party. This was the 40th birthday party
of our church’s 3F’s group, 3F’s being Fun, Friendship, Fellowship. It was a lovely event, capped by the launch of a fantastic booklet of 40 stories … autobios in most cases of members’ lives.  There’s some truly touching stuff in that book.

Secretary Di Perkins (such a blessing herself) invited me to write a Foreword and a Blessing for the publication.  It’s below.  This year I’ve been pleased how I’ve responded to a personal challenge to do more creative writing (i.e. beyond songwriting 🙂
Back to “blessing”, just need to say that members of our 3Fs group continue to be a blessing to me, each other and so many beyond.

 

Peace be with you.

In all things
At all times
Through every season
remember God promises
to never let you go. Never!

Let your life – heart and mind, everything
be filled with all that is true, noble,
authentic and gracious.

Let your life be filled
with the best of things
All that’s beautiful
All that brings joy
All that brings hope
All that brings laughter
All that brings love
All that brings truth
All that encourages friendship
All that brings praise

Live out all that’s bound up
in the wonders of God’s life
Knowing that God
wants the best for all creation
including your special part in it!

Know that God “will work you
into his most excellent harmonies”.
and continue to hold you
in the palm of God’s loving hand.

David MacGregor (Rev)
April 2018  based on Philippians 4:8-9 (The Message)

broken vessels … restored … prayer for Communion

Thought I’d share a prayer I’ve written for use during Holy Communion tomorrow at my church in Brisbane, Australia.

I will have preached just earlier on 2 Corinthians 4:5-12; that passage which includes Paul’s memorable words …

Folk will be offered a shattered piece of pottery as they arrive. Later during Communion, I’ll lead the congregation in a period of confession, as I invite them to hold the piece in their hands.

I’ll pray …

Recreating and renewing God
We give you thanks that you have always been one
with a passion for restoring us
… for bringing us back into relationship
relationship with you
relationship with each other
relationship with creation
relationship with ourselves
Such is your reconciling heart.

Recreating and renewing God
We thank you that in Jesus Christ
Lord, Saviour and friend by your Spirit
you take all that is battered, banal and broken in our lives
and that healer of hearts and lives that you are
through the cross
through your forgiving love
you take those broken vessels that our lives are
and you bring us to wholeness.

Recreating and renewing God,
we take this piece of broken clay in our hands
It so represents, so symbolizes
the frailty, the brokenness,
the weaknesses of our lives
our shortcomings, our failures, our sin.

We feel its unevenness
perhaps the sharpness or brittleness of where it cracked.
The sharpness or brittleness of our own cracks.

Yet recreating, renewing God,
such is your grace
that like that kintsugi potter
you promise to piece us together again.
God, in Jesus and the wonder of your Spirit
you offer wholeness and life.
so much so that the light – YOUR light
can shine through the joins
giving glory to you
sharing your love with a broken world.
God, receive our thanks and praise.
Amen.

Feel free to use this.

After the sermon … and prior to the sacrament, the congregation will be invited to sing the wonderful Hillsong piece: Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)


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