Posts Tagged 'David MacGregor'

“Am I Free … ?”

Am I Free …?  is a new song written, on invitation, and in response to the freedom of speech / freedom from discrimination debate currently rife in my country of Australia and indeed around the world.  When and where and why should a person of faith be able to share in the public space (including social media) what they believe … without fear of repercussion and sanction. The rugby-playing fate of Christian Wallaby Israel Folau brought this to a head and informs much of my musing in this song.

But more than that … how can we be a more tolerant, compassionate, listening, empathetic and dialoguing society?  How can our debate be characterised by love and mutual respect, especially for the neighbour … the one who is different in whatever way from us?

The level of what for me is clear partisanship by some Christian friends in and around the recent Australian federal election also connect with this.   Can we see the potential and intent in the other’s position as not inherently bad?  How can we be as one, without seemingly demonising the other point of view.

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“When At This Table” – vocals

Dale and I have recently recorded vocals (well, Dale has 🙂 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

“You, Me, Everyone” (Let’s change the name!)

Hi. Last year … though I needed some recent reminding, I wrote a child-friendly song of the Cross.  I called it Love You, wanting our response to Jesus’ action for us on the Cross to be emphasised.

Ever since, while continuing to be happy with the song itself (economy of words, singable, lends itself well for reflective actions etc) I’ve been uneasy with the title.   Is the Cross ultimately about us and our response OR first and foremost is it about God’s initiative through his Son.

Yes, it’s the latter – so Love You is no more.  Those coda words remain, but the title is changed.  You can now know it and sing it as You, Me, Everyonebecause that points us to back to where the initiative comes from – from God toward us.

Blessings,
David

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“On the Cross” VOCAL

Hi.

Dale’s just recorded her vocal for my new song On the Cross and done a great job. Have a listen.

 

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Cheers
David


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