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God’s “Yes!”


Here’s an edited version of my Christmas Day sermon, shared this morning at Wellers Hill-Tarragindi Uniting Church, Brisbane, Australia
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Christmas blessings, David

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Peace on Earth – Christmas Day message

Peace on EarthChristmas Greetings all.

I thought I’d post my Christmas Day 2015 sermon, shared this morning at Wellers Hill – Tarragindi Uniting Church, Brisbane, Australia.
The theme: Peace on Earth.

We followed it with my recent song, Peace on Earth (and Mercy Mild), in part inspired by two lines from Charles Wesley’s classic Christmas hymn, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, as shared in a recent blog or two. Dale sang the verses. Led by our worship team, the congregation did a great job joining in the refrains.

Christmas blessings, friends

David

 

“Peace on Earth” – new Christmas song demo vocal

peaceDale and I have put down a new demo vocal for my new Christmas song – Peace on Earth (and mercy mild).

mp3 vocal demo

My previous blog post gives you lyrics, score and the back story.
https://dmacgreg1.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/peace-on-earth-mercy-mild

Cheers, David

More than Dream (Peace be our living)

peace-on-earth-card-singleHere’s a new Christmas song.  It’s a song about peace. Peace is what I want to reflect on this Christmas. Peace is what I want to know … it’s what I want to share … to be a peacemaker.

More Than Dream (Peace be our living) draws on much that’s impacted me over the past week or so, as I find myself on some unexpected leave – a chance to reclaim, to rediscover, to rejuvenate, to “resist”, to rest, to rejoice a bit more. That’ll do for the “re” words.

I took my guitar away with me during this period of time-out and this song tumbled out, as recent events of Paris still hit me from afar in all their rawness.  So too the more-recent mass shooting in San Bernadino.  So do daily news events of domestic violence.  So too that alienation of people across the planet, one from another.

Amid all this, I’ve reflected on what message God might want to me share this Christmas.

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hope and joy amid our pain, grief & messiness

hope1Advent & Christmas greetings to you.
Our church in Oxley, Brisbane held its annual outdoor Community Carols last night. A great night; 400+ attended, great carol-singing, wonderful sense of community and sparkling and engaging jazz music by guest band, Scat.

I was invited, as is the norm, to share a brief message on the theme; ” Joy to the World”. I struggled with that thought. Events in Newton, Connecticut impacted on my thoughts, prayers and preparations. Thought I’d share what I presented under a beautiful Brisbane evening summer sky. My theme:HOPE & JOY

David

Our theme for tonight is JOY. Joy to the world the Lord is come. That “joy” theme runs through so many of our much-loved Christmas carols:

Joy to the world! The Lord is come; let earth receive its king
Joyful, all you nations rise, join the triumph of the skies
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant …

JOY.

But yesterday morning, just like others around the world, I was confronted with the news – just over a week before Christmas – that 28 people, mostly primary-school kids, had lost their lives in a tragedy at a primary school in Connecticut, USA.

My heart bleeds for these kids and staff, and the families left behind. I shed plenty of tears as I started taking this in, mindful of course that in parts of the world such as Africa, children die in their 1000s.

I’ll get to JOY, but for a few moments I want to change tack. HOPE is another of the great words of this Christmas season.HOPE.

You see, HOPE is every bit at the heart of Christmas as JOY.
It’s not only our hearts that bleed and break for innocent children; innocent school staff with their lives needlessly cut short.

God bleeds. God’s heart gets broken too. God weeps.
God’s hopes and longings and love for our world … for you and me were so great that 2000+ years ago, God chose to do something decisive in history.

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