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“When At This Table” – vocals

Dale and I have recently recorded vocals (well, Dale has ūüôā for my recent setting of Shirley Erena Murray’s¬†When At This Table.

Feel free to use for your¬†personal reflection or in worship. ¬†Mind you,¬†it’s the sort of reflection – as per Shirley’s deep lyric, that will propel you to action and response. Just saying!
Blessings,
David

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“When at This Table”

I’m a long time admirer of the contemporary hymn poetry of New Zealander Shirley Erena Murray. Her songs are sung around the world.

Last night, as is my way, I started reflecting on the lectionary gospel reading for next Sunday, 5 May. ¬†It’s from John 21 and features initially the disciples’ fruitless fishing expedition … until Jesus “appears”, gives them a Plan B … and a miraculous catch follows. ¬†Later, Jesus asks Peter there times if Peter loves him. Peter, with incredulity responds. Each time, Jesus calls Peter to feed his sheep.

That’s the backdrop. ¬†So, I looked at available music via the wonderful Singing from the Lectionary site. ¬†I found this song,¬†When at the Table. ¬†The accompanying tune was OK, yet taking in the profound lyrics, it triggered a new communion song setting within me. ¬†So, I offer it to you. For me, it provides wonderful connections between worship, mission justice-making and Christ who feeds us in word, sacrament and by the Spirit. ¬†If using, please be faithful to CCLI/OneLicense copyright recording for both lyrics and music.

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When At This Table

1. When at this table I receive a blessing
The broken bread the wine of life for me
Then let me share the peace with you my neighbor
And let the Spirit set our spirits free

2. If at this table I have need of healing
Unbidden grief relationship gone wrong
Then let me know that hands of God enfolding
And let lament become believing song

3. If at this table I forget the hungry
The dispossessed and warfare’s spreading stain
Then let this bread become the bread of judgment
This wine the sharp awareness of that pain

4. If at this table I make dedication
To give my life in serving what is good
Then let my center be where God invites me
And show the words of Jesus understood

5. What faith I have I bring to join this table
What hope I hold in Christ is taught and true
With brothers sisters I will share the blessing
The feast where God is making all things new

Shirley Erena Murray
© 2004 Murray, Shirley Erena

I’ve got a song (or three) to sing, O

Hi. Excuse the Gilbert & Sullivan song reference ūüôā
It’s a while since I song-posted on my blog. Meanwhile since getting back from North America seven weeks ago, I’ve written three pieces of worship music, posted them on Facebook and YouTube, but until now, not on my blog. ¬†So here goes. ¬† We’ll go in reverse chronological order.

  1. Manger

A short Christmas instrumental which we’ll use Christmas Eve at my church in Brisbane, Australia. ¬†I really struggled to find a not-schmaltzy or overblown piece of Christmas music. ¬†So I wrote my own.

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2. Communion

This one arose out of reflecting on the words of institution and thanksgiving during the sacrament, and feeling perhaps it’s time for something quite folky.

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3. Amazing

Dale and I, along with friends Jan & Glenn from Cairns, and often with members of Dale’s USA family enjoyed the most wonderful seven weeks in USA and Canada just a few months ago. ¬†So many highlights. For me, I keep on reflecting on the wonder and amazement of God’s creation – rocky, snowcapped mountains, mountain lakes; desert sands, cliffs; beautiful forests, and yet oceans and streams. ¬† Amazing … perhaps one of the most personal songs I’ve written. ¬†Also one of my few songs of praise.

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Enjoy …¬†and by the way, if you wish, “Sing, O …”

David

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)

The Song of the Supper

A while between posts, but here’s a new song, in the lead-up to Easter, using some John Bell words called¬†The Song of the Supper.

I’ve been doing all sorts of Holy Week and Easter service prep, as one does this time of the year in my work. breadandjuicePalm/Passion Sunday and Good Friday are close to organised. ¬† The various stations for a reflective, self-guided¬†Journey to the Cross in our Sunday worship space has things in hand, as does Easter Day.

What hadn’t been in hand was the Maundy Thursday service. ¬†However progress has been made, including the song selections. In my prep. I came across an early John Bell piece called¬†The¬†Song of the Supper. ¬†I really liked the lyrics, but not the suggested traditional tune. ¬†So I’ve written my own, just lead sheet and a backing mp3 at this stage. ¬†Haven’t even asked permission from John Bell/Wild Goose to use the words. ¬†Eventually I will.

Continue reading ‘The Song of the Supper’


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