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“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.


score   lyrics vocal mp3

“On the Cross” VOCAL


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


mp3 vocal (Am)

mp3 backing (Dm)

score    lyrics link & song background


On the Cross … a response to another song


Just written a song of the Cross, the cross of Christ. In fact, I surprise myself as I recall writing very few songs of the Cross over the years.  Several concerning the rising of Christ, but really light-on when it comes to the Crucifixion.

And then …

I was at a worship service elsewhere on Saturday. Great service, which ended with a contemporary classic: In Christ Alone. I have a growing problem with just one line of the song; namely that line which sings “The wrath of God was satisfied”.

OK, I’m well aware of Christian teaching and theology down the ages on the atonement, but really … is that what “the Cross” is all about?  Not for me. It’s ultimately a sign of God’s love. So, along with many others I prefer to sing “The love of God was realised” … and have been doing so for about a decade now.   Interestingly, the Christian church’s theology of the Cross for its first 1000 years or so, was one that saw the Cross an the ultimate forgiving expression of God’s love, with also that aspect of Jesus’ faithfulness to the Father.  Wrath?   That sort of thinking seemed to come later in church history.

And then … last night, I sense I woke up in the middle of the night with the embryo of a song of the Cross … a basic tune and some key phrases.  Too tired to get up and hurriedly and sleepily-eyed write my thoughts down. If it’s worthwhile at all, I’ll remember it in the morning.

I did!  Here it is, with full piano score, lyrics, mp3 demo backing and a YouTube version of that.

Thanks to Isaac Watts for the last line: Love so amazing, so divine: demands my soul, my life, my all. Feel free to use it.  The last verse is meant to be hummed.

Ultimately for me, of course, this is not so much a response to what is an otherwise wonderful, worthy song, but hopefully my heart response to God’s love for me and all creation through Jesus.

Blessings, David.

score mp3 backing demo

On the Cross

1. On the cross
On the cross
as Jesus died
God’s great love
God’s great love
was realised
To forgive
To forgive
our brokenness

Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul
My life my all

2. Gift of love
Gift of love
There in my place
As “I forgive”
“I forgive”
tears down your face
you take it all
You take it all
in wondrous grace

Love so amazing …

3. On the cross
On the cross
Restored with you
Your faithfulness exemplified:
what Love can do! and
I but give
I but give
my thanks and praise

Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul
My life my all
Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul
My life my all

David MacGregor  © 2019 Willow Publishing 

I’ve got a song (or three) to sing, O

Hi. Excuse the Gilbert & Sullivan song reference 🙂
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.

score    mp3

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.

score  lyrics  mp3 backing    l

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.

score  lyrics    mp3 vocal

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


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.

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)

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