Without Love – two songs long – now with vocal

Hi. I preached on love a few weeks ago … love, compassion, respect, empathy, listening, grace, love some more … a few weeks back, the Sunday after our church in Tarragindi (Brisbane, Australia) voted to amalgamated into one congregation across four communities come 1 January 2020.  The vote was not unanimous but clear-cut.

My ministry colleagues and I felt clearly and passionately that pastoral care for, with and among our communities was/is paramount.  So I preached the “Sunday after” primarily on John 13:31-35

We connected also with Paul’s teaching on agape self-giving love … from Colossians 3 “Clothe yourself with Christ” and also his famous “love passage” in 1 Corinthians 13.

Amid a 36 hour time-out to do some intentional reflecting on the 2020 landscape and especially what it might mean for worship, yes – I wrote a “love song”, based on verses and themes from 1 Corinthians 13: Without Love.

At the time, I was really happy with it.   Some ways I still am, but in retrospect, and prompted by some loving, constructive feedback, I can see that song’s shortcomings -melody a bit too predictable, lyrics that were a bit forced.  I parked the song.

Two days later, yes – put it down to the Spirit, a new totally-different “love song” (once again based on 1 Corinthians 13) has been written – major key, same bridge, far more of a paraphrase … and so on.  I got great feedback!  Once again, I called it Without Love.

score.   lyrics. mp3 vocal

Dale’s just recorded a nice vocal track.

David

Without love
I’m no more than a noisy, old cymbal
Without love I’m no more than a banging door
Wisdom is nothing if love is gone
Who am I without love at all?

Is it love
if I’m giving away all I’m owning
If I die for my cause
staying true to faith?
Lofty talking and power will fail
If love is not there at all

Without love, without love
Without love we have nothing at all
Yes – faith and hope and love will remain
With love, the greatest of all

(Bridge) Who are we … without love?
Who are we … without love?
Who are we … without love
What are we … without love?

With love
there is kindness, patience and mercy
Forgetting the wrongs
Embracing the truth
Love ever-bearing
Selflessly caring
That’s the love
from God for all

Without love, without love
 …

David MacGregor
© 2019 Willow Publishing; inspired by 1 Corinthians 13

 

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