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Easter Day sermon … “Resurrection Evidence”

Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 6.18.40 amChrist is risen!

Thought I’d post my Easter Day sermon, with acknowledgement & thanks to both Diana Butler Bass (for helpful Sojourners “Preaching the Word” piece) and In Eastern Time, the old Easter song of mine I blogged about a few days back.


The most powerful reminder though. It’s when we who know the reality of the risen Christ for ourselves, we share that breaking-out transforming love with and beyond all whose paths intersect ours. We are the evidence.

Easter blessings,

Resurrection Evidence [John 20 1-18]




In Easter Time … a song from long ago & great new video


This hasn’t been my healthiest week … and not the ideal for Holy Week and then the Easter weekend. Hopefully on the mend now.
Life is full of irony for all of us, and so to for me these past days. As I’ve felt far from “alive” these past days – taking a funeral this morning amid my head-chest-sore throat cold state is further irony – I’ve started reflecting on some Easter Day themes and thoughts.


Out of the blue – for I haven’t used the song for decades, I recalled a song I wrote in the early 1980s, called In Easter Time. I probably wrote it for an all-age worship service.. Words and leadsheet link down the screen.  I especially recalled the final lines:

All that’s alive in Jesus loving us
breaks out in Easter time.

In my totally biased opinion, those are among the best couple of lines of lyric I’ve written.

Here’s the lyrics …    leadsheet

When I think of this Easter time:
its bunny, its eggs and its fun
and look on further beyond the thrills
I see just what we’ve undone
For Easter time is Jesus dying
Living to love us again. Cos
All that’s alive in Jesus loving us
Breaks out in Easter time.
All that’s alive in Jesus loving us
Breaks out in Easter time.

The weary caterpillar ends
its time – a small cocoon,
to greet the world – a new butterfly
living a brand new tune.
And Jesus takes the pain of our own world
himself and dies
to come alive, yes Jesus loving us
Breaks out in Easter time.
All that’s alive in Jesus loving us
Breaks out in Easter time.             © David MacGregor 1981

What prompted my recollection of In Easter Time was my reflecting over and over (in my unhealthy stupor!) on a wonderful new video clip put out by the Uniting Church here in Queensland. I’m looking forward to using it this Sunday.

The reflecting goes on.  Blessings of this most holy of seasons be yours.


jump for joy – Easter song for little kids!

jump for joy picWell,

I never thought I had it in me – but surprise, surprise (and thanks, God!) I’ve written a boppy song for a playgroup Easter program at our church this coming Friday. Think 2-4 year olds.  This is the closest I’ll possibly ever get to the Wiggles/Hi-5 generation.

The song (named after Friday’s program) is called Jump for Joy!. Adults will offer the ‘middle’ teaching section, with the kids hopefully really getting into the initial (and repeated) boppy section. Lots of jumping,  hand-waving, hand-clapping, dancing … overall lively fun!

Usual story for me … couldn’t find much around for the age-group on a clear Christian Easter theme … so I wrote my own. When we link with the playgroup again before Christmas, we should be able to make some lyrical changes to fit the season.

Feel free to use it, and remember … PLENTY of actions!!!!


leadsheet      full lyrics

vocal track – in lower key of B flat

backing track – in original key of D


jump for joy

We’re gonna jump for joy (jump x4)
* Wave our hands (wave x 4)
Sing out loud (yeah!)
Dance around (dance in circle)
Because Jesus
 – Jesus is alive!

Jesus how you love me
For all the world you came
You lived, you died, you rose again
We praise your mighty name
Oh …

We’re gonna jump for joy (jump x4)
* Wave our hands (wave x 4)
Sing out loud (yeah!)
Dance around (dance in circle)
Because Jesus
 – Jesus is alive!

David MacGregor
© 2014 Willow Publishing

* option in this line to either wave or clap … with accompanying actions

Resurrection realities


Thought I’d share some early drafting of my sermon for this Sunday night, based on Luke 24:36b-48. I’ve begun by  asking the question: What will you do with the risen Jesus Christ? It’s the passage that follows on from the Walk to Emmaus narrative – where those who broke bread and witness with their own eyes the risen Jesus walking that road with them – break the news to a still-numbed group of disciples back in Jerusalem.  About 1/3 of the way into the sermon, I share as follows:

So … I like to think that this post-Emmaus account of Jesus appearing with his disciples is about the “5 F’s”.  We know the 3 R’s – reading, writing, ‘rithmetic.  The 5 F’s – fingers, feet, food, faith and following.

We’ve had the fingers, feet and food – as Jesus reveals his hands and feet – as he enjoys a meal of baked fish.   In encountering the risen Jesus, it doesn’t get much more real – much more tactile, and excuse the terrible pun, “hands on” than this! But then we have the “F” of “faith”.  Passages like out text tonight are designed to confirm faith in the resurrection: that Jesus has been vindicated by God, is alive, and wants his disciples to continue his work.

To the question from Easter Day and revisited earlier: have you encountered the risen Jesus Christ?; the disciples’ response would be unanimous: absolutely!  The narrative – verse 44 onwards leads us into my question for tonight: What will you do with the risen Jesus Christ?

These are Jesus instructions on what from here? The OK – now what? implications.  It’s all about the 5th “F” – the following – the giving witness to the risen Jesus.  The stuff of discipleship.

And what is the task?  In many ways, it is both simple, clear and straightforward – to proclaim forgiveness of sins in his name to all the world. It finds its echo in Acts 1:8. ‘You shall receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be my witness in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.’   Those who are to be witnesses are those who witnessed the events of Jesus’ ministry, death and resurrection.

My question earlier was: What will you do with the risen Jesus Christ? Well, as we read this passage from Luke, it is clear that for Luke, encountering the risen Jesus … fulfilling the hope of the risen Jesus is bound up in telling out the Jesus story – how he lived, how he died, how he rose again – for the world, for all of creation, out of God’s incredible love for that creation – for you, and for me.  It’s bound up in telling … in sharing … in proclaiming in confidence, in faith, in hope and in love how and why the risen Jesus has impacted your life — that things are not — and will not be the same again, once you have encountered the risen Jesus.  It’s the power of human story … it’s the power of human testimony.

But it’s more than this – and it must always be so.

Continue reading ‘Resurrection realities’

the world says … Jesus says:

Through the inward/out blog, I came upon this great quote today from Frederick Beuchner

the world says …  Jesus says:

If the world is sane, then Jesus is mad as a hatter and the Last Supper is the Mad Tea Party. The world says, Mind your own business, and Jesus says, There is no such thing as your own business. The world says, Follow the wisest course and be a success, and Jesus says, Follow me and be crucified. The world says, Drive carefully—the life you save may be your own—and Jesus says, Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

The world says, Law and order, and Jesus says, Love. The world says, Get, and Jesus says, Give. In terms of the world’s sanity, Jesus is crazy as a coot, and anybody who thinks we can follow him without being a little crazy too is laboring less under a cross than under a delusion.

Source: Listening to Your Life

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