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not ashamed

A bit of back-to-back blogging about to happen from me.

Hi folks.
This Sunday’s lectionary gospel is Mark 8:31 to 38 …

“ All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me. All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me and because of the good news will save them. Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives? What will people give in exchange for their lives? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this unfaithful and sinful generation, the Human One m will be ashamed of that person when he comes in the Father’s glory with the holy angels. ” (Mk 8:34b-38)

This has been a significant passage in my faith journey, and I’d be the last to suggest that I live these words of Jesus all that well!

My strongest connection with this passage (and it basically appears in all four gospels) is its use among 4000 young (and barely-young … that’s me) young people at NCYC 1991 (the Uniting Church’s National Christian Youth Convention) over a week in January in Toowoomba, Australia.

Tony Campolo was the keynoter speaker.  His input was incredibly challenging; putting it to us fair and square want it meant to be an authentic disciple of Christ.  Yes, it would mean carrying our cross (perhaps figuratively, but perhaps also literally).  The cost of doing this would be very real.  Gulf War I was within days of breaking out.  Who knew what the implications of this would be to the world’s well-being.  Campolo in short put it to each of the 4000 there: are you up to it?

My response was: Yes … though with much trepidation and “what am I letting myself in for?”.  As is me, I put my response to song, penning what for me is a song which has maintained it’s ‘currency’ and sense of longevity: Not ashamed.  It’s very much an affirmation of faith … an affirmation of “I will follow you, God wherever, however, whenever.  I’m yours.”

Not Ashamed       music score mp3  vocal (in C)

Not ashamed to love
Not ashamed to serve
Not ashamed to be following Jesus.
Put myself aside for my Lord who died.
Not ashamed to be following Jesus.

1. Lord your call is strong
to follow you along a
not so easy road.
Are we prepared to die?
Are we prepared to love?
Will we carry a heavier load?

2. To forget ourselves and
trust in someone else:
that’s the cost of life in You.
As we give You all
we shall gain much more.
It’s the road You call us to.

© David MacGregor 1991
based on Mark 8:34-38

Grace & peace,

David

“can anything good?” backing track

Hi

Thanks to the wonders of GarageBand for iPad, I’ve put together a backing track for my song for this Sunday’s John 1:43-51 gospel passage.  As usual, I’m really happy with how the recording has worked out – certainly a bit different in style for me.  Dale and I will work on vocals in due course.  For now – I’ve added a simple piano line to indicate the melody.  Enjoy!

Shalom,

David

on the way … some more

I blogged about this new song of mine last week (?) It’s one I’m really quite thrilled about. Some further thoughts & recapping …

Three not un-related aspects coalesce for me in this song. You be the judge of how they work for you.

The Uniting Church here in Queensland, Australia is on a journey of prayerful discernment, discussion and visioning called Together on the Way – enriching community. This was the theme of the recent UCA Qld synod, during which the song was written … but not shared. Secondly, as a Uniting Church we affirm from the Basis of Union that “on the way Christ feeds the Church with Word and Sacraments, and it has the gift of the Spirit in order that it may not lose the way.” Elsewhere the church affirms that it is a “pilgrim people”. Meanwhile both during synod and the Refuel School of Theology immediately prior, the significant place of Basis of Union para. 3 became very clear to me; in particular the centrality of the crucified then risen Christ in God’s purposes of reconciliation for all creation being realised. “Jesus is … the beginning of a new creation …”

Someone has suggested to me that I should have shared this song – even if incomplete at the time – at synod. They are probably right. I offer it to you.

It’s both an affirmation that it is in the crucified, risen and exalted Christ that we live, move and have our being AND who we are called to be … that we are called to be an Easter, reconciling people … in Christ.

Hopefully in the next week or so, Dale and I can add vocals to the backing track now available.

Shalom,

 DAVID

piano score  full backing track

on the way

Hi

The Uniting Church Queensland Synod finished yesterday afternoon.  It was a great experience as far as I’m concerned, as we as a church sought to step out afresh in being people of God in our communities across Queensland, in response to the call of Christ.  A real keenness throughout to be on about mission … and a real openness to each other. Still in the early stages of reflecting.  This link gives a bit of a summary.

I’ve had this song lurking around the past few days – most of it has been there from early on.  I guess it’s my early attempt to write a worship song that picks up on a few things:

  • the Together on the Way, enriching community journey
  • the sense that we (and there’s an “I” in that “we”) are open to the new thing that God is doing
  • a strong emphasis on discipleship in so many ways throughout synod
  • the strong (put it down to the Spirit) linkages throughout both synod and the pre-synod Refuel School of Theology to the UCA Basis of Union’s emphasis (in para. 3 and from 2 Corinthians 5) that “God in Christ was reconciling the world to himself”
  • We are people of the resurrection
So … with perhaps some minor lyrical or score improvements to come, I’ve written On the Way. I envisaged our marvellous team of synod musos doing it.  Who knows where this song we’ll lead.  In time, I’ll do a full piano score, and with Dale’s help … an mp3 track.
Cheers
David

On the Way      leadsheet

On the way
there’s a faith that calls
On the way
there’s a hope for all
There’s a love – for reconciling all
We journey ever farther on

On the way
we will seek your face
On the way
we will grow in grace
Work for justice:
and for all displaced
that all in Christ may be renewed.

 On the way
On the way
We’ll be nourished by your Word
along the way
Fed by water, wine and bread
We’re your people, Spirit-led
We will follow
Your disciples on the Way

We will stand,
freedom by the cross
We will rise
in your risen life
We will move
in the Spirit’s power
as people of your kingdom reign

On the way
we’ll confess you Lord
On the way
we will seek your Word
We will live the resurrection life
For Christ is risen
from the grave

On the way …

David MacGregor
© 2011 Willow Publishing

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