Posts Tagged 'communion'

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.

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A place at God’s table – Communion liturgy & song

Communion at tableHi. This post won’t be for everyone, so thanks for your patience.

Over 10 years ago, I served in a chaplaincy-type role at the then Forest Lake College, and also The Springfield College, two Anglican-Uniting P-12 day schools in SW Brisbane, Australia.  This was a challenging, yet enriching experience. A fond memory of my time there was working with my Anglican colleague Rev Dr Greg Jenks on an ecumenical communion preparation program with our Year 3 students, teachers and families.  We great leadership from Greg, an extensive 30-page booklet called A Place at the Table (preparing children for the Supper of the Lord) was prepared.  This was a wonderful journey, though I suspect, it never quite got implemented.  Someone please prove me wrong … please.

Anyhow … I wrote a “child-friendly” Communion song called Find your place around God’s table.    score   lyrics  

I’ve used it in three suburban Brisbane congregations since.  I’ll do so again in two days time. However, ever since writing it, and using it in and around a communion liturgy, it’s never fitted well. So, I’ve written one.  Access it via this link.

In short, there are parts for the presider to say, and in three ‘chunks’, four verses for the congregation.  Feel free to use it, and let me know how it goes.  I suspect there will be some ongoing refining.

Cheers – David

Find your place around God’s table
Bread and wine – God’s gifts we share
As we eat and drink together
Jesus Christ is present here

Gather round, as we remember
Jesus taking wine and bread
‘My body, blood – it’s given for you’
Sacrament – as souls are fed.

 Take your place around God’s Table
Taste and see that God is grace
Be encouraged, loved, forgiven
Among God’s family, find your place.

We take our place around your table
We taste and see that you are grace
We go encouraged, loved, forgiven
Among God’s family, find our place

 David MacGregor  © 2004   Willow Publishing

 

when you take

Hi!

Last Sunday in worship – first Sunday back after the start of the 2012 school year, Dale led an important section of worship (it took the the place of the sermon) in which Godly Play-style, she unpacked The Service of the Lord’s Day. She highlighted the twin aspects of Word and Table really, really well.

This Sunday, in true first-Sunday-of-month style we as church will gather at the Lord’s Table to remember, give thanks, anticipate, share community and acknowledge the presence of Christ with us in a real yet mysterious way.

So … I’ve written a new communion song.  It’s probably the third written over the years:

  • Remember Me back in the early 90s
  • Eat this Bread just a few years back at a National Youthworker Inservice week  and now
  • When you take
I felt a nudging to – in a sense – put into music form (singable by the people) the “Words of Institution” from 1 Corinthians 11 usually used in the lead up to the sharing of communion.  So, I’ve written this song. Now – having written it, I thought to myself: “O no – it’s got some similarities … some chord sequences and one melodic phrase to another communion song by a UK writer.  Do I go back to the drawing boards?”  No – I’m not going to.
I’ll leave this song with you.  Feel free to use as you see fit.  Music score   backing track.   Lyrics below
Blessings,
David

When you take

Take this bread
Bread of life
This: my body
all for you
When you take
When you eat
… remember me

Take this cup
Cup of life
New communion in my blood
When you take
when you drink
… remember me

 Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of pow’r and might
Heaven, earth they glorify
They praise your holy name

Hosanna in the highest place
Blessed, the One who comes
Blessed, the One who comes to us
in the name of the Lord

 We take this bread
Take this cup
declare Christ’s death until he comes
We bring ourselves
in sacrifice
Made worthy by his love.

 David MacGregor
© 2012  Willow Publishing 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

you love us well … revision

This past week, with help from Dale, I’ve done a major revision of a song I wrote in the second half of 2009 – You love us well. I wrote it last year amid that time in the lectionary when Sunday after Sunday, the gospel readings would pick up on the John 6 “bread of life” teaching of Jesus.  Powerful stuff!

I always thought something needed improvement in the song.   It dawned on me that the song fits well with the theme of the Uniting Church Synod meetings happening in May this year – the theme being something like “One Bread, One Body”.

So — I’ve changed the lyrics here and there to reflect this.  Other changes include:

  • adding a short gap between verse and chorus – helps launch the chorus better
  • lowering the key from E to C.
  • putting a backing track together, to which Dale has added a demo vocal.

Have a listen (see links below) and see what you think.  Imagine the full praise band treatment (though single piano or guitar also works). “Doo wop” singers in the “you love us, love us well” lines also work well, says me who’s totally biased, but have felt for some time that this song is not only different in its upbeat feel, but worthy of a second innings.  It is cricket season, mind you.

music
lyrics
mp3 vocal

David

1. Heart of loving

heart of living
you love us, love us well
Source of life and
source of living
you love us, love us well

2. In you, no hunger
no more thirsting
you love us, love us well
You fill my cup
awash to bursting
you love us, love us well

Bread of life
grace on grace
heaven’s food for my soul
Christ we feast
on your grace
your life alone
can make us whole

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you love us well

communion loop[still]While in Sydney a week or so back for Assembly, I had this musical and lyrical phrase bouncing around all the time.  yes, I did tune in to what was happening there, but this phrase: you love us, love us well would not let go of me.

In part, the Assembly theme: Living water, thirsty land contributed.  The whole idea of a God being God who through Christ and the Spirit, is in the business of satisfying our thirst and hunger became very real to me.  That’s been my personal experience of God.  So, hot on the heels of this Assembly theme comes week after week of John’s “Bread of Life” discourse.  Through it all the words kept coming: you love us, love us well.

It took a few days or re-orientation – apart from a few days of haze pre-Assembly, I’d been away for 4 1/2 weeks – but I’ve written this song called, you guessed it – You Love Us Well.  As I shared on one egroup, in style – it’s a bit of a cross between Chris Tomlin, John Mellencamp, Crowded House … and hopefully a bit of David MacGregor.  Turned out I wrote a rhythmically tricky chorus – but unbiased as I am, I think it really enhances that part of the song.  Anyhow, here it is. See what you think, and if using it in worship, please do the CCLI thing.

1. Heart of loving
heart of living
you love us, love us well
Source of life and
source of living
you love us, love us well

2. In you, no hunger
no more thirsting
you love us, love us well
You fill my cup
awash to bursting
you love us, love us well

Bread of life
grace on grace
heaven’s food for my soul
Christ we feast
on your grace
your life alone can make us whole

3. You alone can satisfy us
you love us, love us well
You suffered for our sin, died for us
you love us, love us well

4. Your goodness shapes us
new, completely
you love us, love us well
We worship, grateful
you are holy
you love us, love us well

Bread of life …
… make us whole

5. Jesus Christ,

come feed us deep now

you love us, love us well
Heaven’s bread,
as gift, we reap now
you love us, love us well
you love us, love us well
you love us, love us well

you love us, love us well

David MacGregor

© 2009
based on John 6   Willow Publishing        piano score download


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