Posts Tagged 'Christmas'

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




“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.

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


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 …


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.

Continue reading ‘hope and joy amid our pain, grief & messiness’

the greatest song around

Hi all

I’m not suggesting this new one of mine is!  Let’s be clear on that.  However, I’m really very happy with it, and look forward to sharing it (Dale as singer) at a Christmas gathering tomorrow night’ and perhaps on Christmas Day.

The title of course is a play on words, me emphasizing that God, in gifting Jesus in human form at Christmas has in a sense provided us “the greatest song around”.  The best song ever!

A couple of things have inspired this.  I came across an excellent sermon from 1966 written by N.T. (Tom) Wright, called The Most Dangerous Baby It significantly challenged me; with comments like:

If Jesus is the true King of all the world, whose kingdom redefines power and glory so that they are now seen in the manger, on the cross, and in the garden, then to pray “Thy kingdom come” from the Lord’s Prayer is to ask that this kingdom, this power, and this glory may be seen in all the world. It is not enough, though it is the essential starting point, that we submit in our own lives to God’s alternative kingdom-vision; we must pray and work for the vision to come in reality, with the rulers of this world being confronted with the claims of their rightful King.

Perhaps I’ll draw on some of this on Christmas Day, my final sermon at Indooroopilly Uniting Church.

As I prepared my sermon for this Sunday, not sure how I got there – I recalled the old Sam Cooke R&B classic from the early 60s: A Change is Gonna Come.  It was as I read both Zechariah’s and Mary’s proclamations of God’s intent in Luke 1:

Luke 1:50-53 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.

So, I’ve written The Greatest Song Around.  Here’s the lyrics.  Basic leadsheet here.   My worship website will eventually have full piano score – hopefully by Monday night

The greatest song around

There’s a star
shines in the sky
There’s a lowly manger by
There’s a child there born this day
Jesus Christ is born to save

Sing with the angels
Join with their song
Join with their praises
Heaven’s song
God of the ages
in Jesus comes down
Sing with the greatest song around

The proud are scattered
Mighty fall
Hungry hearts hear mercy’s call
Creation’s soul sings praise to God
Jesus comes, light for the world

Kingdoms of this world will fall
Reign of God will triumph all
Peace and pow’r of God’s design
Full of grace
Gift for all time

David MacGregor
© 2009  Willow Publishing

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