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“No Other Hands” – a discipleship song

A new song … No Other Hands

You see, I’m just back last night from an enriching Emmaus Walk, which I helped lead. The Emmaus movement has enriched and stretched me over 25 years, though I’ve been less involved in recent years.

Time and time again over the three days, as pilgrims and team refocused on so many things to do with faith and discipleship, in a special community of grace, I kept on coming back to 16th century words attributed to Teresa of Avila, though her authorship is disputed.

Many of you will know these well …

Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.

On Saturday, as people around tables discussed much about faith and discipleship … what it means to follow Jesus, somewhat surprisingly (because spare time was at a premium) I found myself penning a song based on these words.  I chose to keep it simple, and somewhat repetitive.  It’s called No Other Hands.  Didn’t seem right to share it on the walk (the walk is for the “pilgrims”), so I’m sharing it now.

For now, I’ve put together the most basic of backing track https://dmacgreg1.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/no-other-hands-backing-demo-c.mp3

as well as piano score. Vocal recording some time later 🙂
Here’s the lyrics. Feel free to use, as a song of discipleship.

Blessings, David

Christ has no other hands but your hands
no other hands but yours
No body now on earth but yours
… no other hands but yours
… no other hands but yours.

Christ has no other feet but your feet
no other feet but yours
No body now on earth but yours
… no other feet but yours
… no other feet but yours.

Yours are the eyes for Christ’s compassion
the eyes for Christ to see
To look out on a hurting world
… the eyes for Christ to see
… the eyes for Christ to see

Christ has no other hands but our hands
– no other eyes to see
Ours are the feet to do God’s work
… the ones by whom God blesses
… the ones by whom to bless

David MacGregor
© 2017 Willow Publishing

based on words traditionally attributed to Teresa of Avila

finally “More Than Dream”

more-than-dream-cover-3“Tonight’s the night” (sorry, Rod) that my worship song CD More Than Dream (peace be our living) worship song CD is finally launched.  Uniting Church Qld Moderator Rev David Baker is doing the launching.  How are we “launching”? My “Dream Team” of musicians are presenting all 13 songs live.

It’s all happening at our church – Wellers Hill-Tarragindi Uniting Church at 7 pm tonight. Tonight for me is a way of acknowledging all who have shared this musical journey with me. It’s a journey that began back in 70s. I know some dear friends have travelled quite some distance to celebrate with us tonight. So many people have mentored and encouraged me along the way, critiqued and welcomed my songs. The songs though are ultimately from God, the master musician and Creator.

Continue reading ‘finally “More Than Dream”’

keep calling me … extra files

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I’m back from leave and found time (amid still much unpacking from our recent move) to create both backing track (with ‘french horn’ melody line) and full music score for my recent song: Keep Calling Me.

Cheers – David

Backing track:

Here are the lyrics once again:

Christ you stand before us all
Christ you come and Christ you call:
leave it all behind and join my journey
Come with me and find your life
Live my love and shine my lightLeave it all behind you,
Come and follow

And you keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
Come and follow

You keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
and I will follow

You beckon us to walk your way
Your kingdom come on earth this day
To lose our life yet find it in the rising
Find it in your love for all
Find it in compassion’s call:
to seek the lost
to whom your grace is calling

And you keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
Come and follow

And you keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
and I will follow
You keep calling me
and I will follow

    David MacGregor
           (C) 2014 Willow Publishing

keep calling me … a song about following

Somehow, I can’t help myself while on holidays each year at Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. There’s no doubt God chooses to speak with me through the beauty of the shoreline here … through the refreshing sea breezes.

Anyhow, I’ve had the call narratives of the Gospels in my mind. The Spirit breezes blow and so it is I’ve written a simple song with that in mind, inspired by Jesus’ call of the fisherman Peter, Andrew, James and John.

I wanted a really easy-to-learn refrain. Hopefully I’ve managed that. I’m hopeful Keep Calling Me can have a range of uses – perhaps congregation just singing the refrain, with soloist or ensemble doing the verses. Perhaps the verses spoken as a poem … over an instrumental of the verses. Anyhow, it’s there for your use, Once back from Hervey Bay, I’ll do a music score for it.

Also … anyone who even half knows me is well aware I’m no singer. That said, I’ve croaked out the melody of the refrain in the accompanying backing track. Lots of reverb, and anyway, I’ve somewhat buried my vocal in the backing. Through the wonders of my iPad’s GarageBand app I’ve put a basic track together, with ‘piano’ supplying the melody line throughout.
Here it is via YouTube … remember – still at demo stage!

Keep Calling Me

Christ you stand before us all
Christ you come and Christ you call
leave it all behind and join my journey
Come with me and find your life
Live my love and shine my light
Leave it all behind you
Come and follow

And you keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
Come and follow

You keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
and I will follow

You beckon us to walk your way
Your kingdom come on earth this day
To lose our life yet find it in the rising
Find it in your love for all
Find it in compassion’s call
to seek the lost
to whom your grace is calling

And you keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
Come and follow

And you keep calling me
You keep calling me
You keep calling me
and I will follow
You keep calling me
and I will follow

David MacGregor
(C) 2014 Willow Publishing

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we abide in you

Hi

Amazing the circumstances and context behind some songs I believe God leads me to write. Here I am sitting in McDonalds. I’ve just given blood as part 2 of my yearly checkup and having fasted the previous 13 hours; that’s right – no food, and especially no coffee! Yes; it does and can happen!

I’ve done some initial reflection on this Sunday’s “vine and branches” John 15:1-8 gospel reading; but songwriting is not on radar.  On a few days off last week, while sitting by beautiful Trinity Beach at Cairns, Queensland, Australia I’d written what is emerging as an upbeat Pentecost song – for a latter posting.  Haven’t even manuscripted on settled on lyrics for that.

Meanwhile, munching on a McMuffin at Maccas (yes, I love alliteration), this notion of “abiding” comes to me. Not the sort of ‘abide’ which is all about ‘abiding by the umpire’s decision’ whether we like it or not. No, the sense of ‘abiding’ connoting our ‘dwelling’ in; finding our source and strength and solace and ultimately life.

That John 15:1-8 passage is so laden (partly excuse the pun) with meaning and metaphor; like – when one recalls that our abiding in Christ is for the purpose of being fruitful!   Easy to forget that bit.

My other very unformed piece of reflection – and coming out of the context of having jist given blood is the understanding that blood was traditionally equated with life.  If in someone the blood was contaminated or too much was lost or it ceased to flow; life was endangered.  As you can tell, some more reflecting to go here.

So … here it is … we abide in you.  A simple, reflective worship song with a short bridge thing in there too – not common for me in my songwriting.  See what you think. Expect at least a backing track on/before Thursday.

Shalom,

David

we abide in you      music score

In you our life is found
In you our hope abounds
You cleanse us by your word
etched deep within
apart from you, O Lord
it all amounts to naught
In you, O God
we live and move and be

We pray we stay united with you
We pray we stay united with you

So we abide in you
Lord we abide in you
In you is life, in you is hope and love
So we abide in you
Lord we abide in you
In you is life and hope and love

God prune us
where you will
We long to serve you still
To bear much fruit
so you be glorified
Your word to fill us deep
in us, your hands, your feet
We grow in you
Disciples by your love

We pray we stay united with you
We pray we stay united with you

So we abide in you …

 David MacGregor
© 2012 Willow Publishing
inspired by John 15:1-8


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