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Lead Me, Lord … new song

Time to share a new song: Lead Me, Lord

Some background …

I, and everything around me seems to be in a time of discernment.  I can’t seem to escape from that word. Mind you, as a Christian, I’m falteringly part of that all my waking hours … sensing by the Spirit and the love of Jesus, God’s fresh call on my life and the community in which I serve.

Our local church at Tarragindi and five nearby Uniting Churches are on an almost two-and-a-half year journey now called Destiny Together. Last August we decided “in principle” to continue working toward a formal mission-driven amalgamation.  Each congregation makes their thoughts known on 13 October.
There’s massive discernment required for that. Massive.  What new thing is God calling us to? What from the rich heritage of the past do we hold dear, and resist releasing?  Discernment!

I’m about 1 1/2 years off retirement.  Dale finishes up ostensibly in December at her school; though many months leave will take her well into 2020.  Discernment needed for our future … and I mean more than what cruise or trip will we go on 🙂    We move to our retirement home in Springfield Rise, Ipswich in the first part of 2021 … getting closer.

Amid the Destiny Together congregational discernment, I’ve been sensing that our people individually need some assistance understanding where God is leading them in their walk with God.  It’s a walk in which many deal with doubts, adversity, lack of resilience, faith questions and so on.  Discerning God’s purpose is important – both individually and together.  So, we’re going to undertake in over August and September, a six part series (in our case, mainly by video) by Rob Fuquay called Which Way, Lord. It draws on the teachings and life experience of the Apostle Paul.  I believe it will be helpful.

So … with all this discernment stuff around me, and mindful of some traditional and modern “discernment” and “vision” songs out there,  I nonetheless have written my own; deliberately with a (hopeful) simplicity of words – and with both individual and communal dimensions.   I’m also really happy with some of the chords and chord sequences I’ve used.

Check it out:
score  mp3 backing

Lead Me, Lord

Lead me Lord
Lead me Lord
Guide me as I walk your Way
Lead me Lord
Lead us Lord
Lead us Lord
Guide us as we walk your Way
Lead us Lord

Strengthen, Lord
Strengthen, Lord
for my purpose found in you
Strengthen, Lord
Strengthen, Lord
Strengthen, Lord
Hold us through our weakest times

Grace us, Lord
Grace us, Lord
Grace us as we walk your way
Grace us, Lord
Grace us, Lord
Grace us, Lord
Grace us as we walk your way
Grace us, Lord

David MacGregor
 © 2019 Willow Publishing

A charge to keep … a story still to be told

Story-TellingTwo months since I last blogged … a lot’s been happening.
Amongst all this, two new songs.

Here’s the first – A charge to keep – written for potential use at the synod meeting of the Uniting Church here in Queensland, Australia this coming October.  David Baker becomes Moderator; this song picks up on aspects of the text in Numbers 9:15-23, on which I understand we’ll draw as community of faith.

At the Lord’s command, the Israelites would march, and at the Lord’s command they would camp. As long as the cloud settled on the dwelling, they would camp. When the cloud lingered on the meeting tent for many days, the Israelites would observe the Lord’s direction and they wouldn’t march … Whether it was two days, or a month, or a long time, the Israelites would camp so long as the cloud lingered on the dwelling and settled on it. They wouldn’t march. But when it ascended, they would march.They camped at the Lord’s command and they marched at the Lord’s command. They followed the Lord’s direction according to the Lord’s command through Moses.

A charge to keep is a song about moving in tune to God; moving in response to the call of God; as people of God fulfilling the saving and life-giving purposes of God.  It’s a “call song”.

It’s also quite deliberately hymn-like and a bit Celtic/Irish in feel. Go the tin-whistle! Maybe my inner Mumford & Sons.   See what you think.


mp3 vocal [C]

A Charge to Keep
(a story still to be told)

1. There’s a song that sounds
There’s a call – resounds
Come and follow, hear my voice
Leave the past behind
One in heart and mind
Move with God – in strength, in choice

Know God’s presence, life
Live God’s Spirit power
Be one people, clear in resolve
There’s a charge to keep
There’s a light to shine
There’s a story still to be told.

2. T’ward a promised land
In God’s grace, we’ll stand
Tell God’s story fresh in these times
As the Spirit gives
We’ve the tools to live
as redeemed,
enlivened by Christ.

Charged to serve you well
from the heart, pray tell
Chosen people
purposed in God
We’ve a charge to keep
We’ve a light to shine
There’s a story still to be told.

3. God you call us on
by your living Word
Grant us courage all to obey
Purpose in our steps
by your Spirit’s breath
Jesus’ voice and heart for today

Called to be your church
As your face on earth
Grow in Christ wherever we be
We’ve a charge to keep
We’ve a light to shine
for the one who sets us all free

We’ve a charge to keep
We’ve a light to shine
for the one who sets us all free.

David MacGregor © 2014

keep calling me … a song about following

Somehow, I can’t help myself while on holidays each year at Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. There’s no doubt God chooses to speak with me through the beauty of the shoreline here … through the refreshing sea breezes.

Anyhow, I’ve had the call narratives of the Gospels in my mind. The Spirit breezes blow and so it is I’ve written a simple song with that in mind, inspired by Jesus’ call of the fisherman Peter, Andrew, James and John.

I wanted a really easy-to-learn refrain. Hopefully I’ve managed that. I’m hopeful Keep Calling Me can have a range of uses – perhaps congregation just singing the refrain, with soloist or ensemble doing the verses. Perhaps the verses spoken as a poem … over an instrumental of the verses. Anyhow, it’s there for your use, Once back from Hervey Bay, I’ll do a music score for it.

Also … anyone who even half knows me is well aware I’m no singer. That said, I’ve croaked out the melody of the refrain in the accompanying backing track. Lots of reverb, and anyway, I’ve somewhat buried my vocal in the backing. Through the wonders of my iPad’s GarageBand app I’ve put a basic track together, with ‘piano’ supplying the melody line throughout.
Here it is via YouTube … remember – still at demo stage!

Keep Calling Me

Christ you stand before us all
Christ you come and Christ you call
leave it all behind and join my journey
Come with me and find your life
Live my love and shine my light
Leave it all behind you
Come and follow

And you keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
Come and follow

You keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
and I will follow

You beckon us to walk your way
Your kingdom come on earth this day
To lose our life yet find it in the rising
Find it in your love for all
Find it in compassion’s call
to seek the lost
to whom your grace is calling

And you keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
Come and follow

And you keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
and I will follow
You keep calling me
and I will follow

David MacGregor
(C) 2014 Willow Publishing


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“can anything good?” backing track


Thanks to the wonders of GarageBand for iPad, I’ve put together a backing track for my song for this Sunday’s John 1:43-51 gospel passage.  As usual, I’m really happy with how the recording has worked out – certainly a bit different in style for me.  Dale and I will work on vocals in due course.  For now – I’ve added a simple piano line to indicate the melody.  Enjoy!



Can anything good?


On a bit of a roll with this songwriting.  This Sunday’s gospel passage, in which Jesus calls Philip, and then Philip invites Nathanael to “Come and see” includes Nathanael’s memorable and cynical question: Can anything good come out of Nazareth?   It’s one of the Bible’s most amazing pieces of irony (or is it paradox).  Doesn’t matter.

That obviously got me thinking.  I was somewhat stimulated by a helpful piece of reflection by UCA minister Jeff Shrowder:

“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”
How often we scorn or deprecate ‘the other’:
someone from the other side of town,
from over the river,
from the across the rail line,
from the community whose football team
is our archrival,
or from a country and culture
that is not ‘ours’.
And yet
if we dare investigate more closely
we may find in ‘the other’
not just ourselves
but also the glory of God.
“Come and see.”
              Jeff Shrowder, © 2012

Anyhow … at 3 am a few early mornings ago I find myself wide awake with a good chunk of the song I’ve subsequently written: Can anything good?  I’m really happy with it.  Fairly boppy, with it  pulled back somewhat in the the bridge sections.  Full piano score and chords here.  Lyrics below.  Some sort of backing track (maybe even full vocals by the end of this week).

Blessings – David


Can anything good come out of Naz’reth
To make a difference, change it all
Come from such low repute
Despite such scorn, dispute
To make a difference for us all?

Can anything good come out of Naz’reth?
You brought the best from those you called
Jesus, you gave them hope
Jesus, you gave your life
to make a difference for us all.

Blind will see
Captives free
Poor find news so good
Those oppressed
Will be free
You are love, God, good

Can anything good come out of Naz’reth?
You’re found Lord too
In those so not like us
whose ways are not our own
There too your face is shown
to makes a difference to us all

Can anything good come out of Naz’reth?
Christ sees the good in who we are
The promise gifted there to
brighten the world somewhere
and make a difference to us all

Blind will see , captives free …

Can anything good come out of Naz’reth?
You call us now God. “Come and see.”
O may we hear your call
O may we heed your call
Come make a difference to us
Come make a difference to us
Come make a difference to us all.

David MacGregor  © 2012 Willow publishing

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