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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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Because the Lord’s my shepherd

sheep-with-shepherdLong time ago I wrote a new musical setting of Psalm 23.  I called it Because the Lord’s my shepherd.

It was written in the late 1970s (yes, that’s right) as part of a musical called Rock-On Goliath!  I wrote the musical in connection with the International Year of the Child.  We performed Rock-On at my local church at Indooroopilly, Brisbane, Australia.  Later that year (or was it the next!) as part of a Queensland Uniting Church synod musical presentation.  Chris Macnaught, later a member of my first congregation in ministry (Sunnybank UC) sang the part of David – the shepherd boy.

This Sunday’s lectionary readings (especially John 10:22-30 and Psalm 23) take us back into the shepherd heart of God. We’re reminded that the sheep know the shepherd’s voice.   At a time when “The Voice” (as in TV show phenomenon) rates through the roof, I need to be reminded of our shepherd God, and to listen afresh to that voice.

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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

Discernment

discernmentI find it amazing how from time to time events, incidents and observations coalesce – in ways in which God can clarify things going on in my life … those times when discernment is so necessary. God has God’s own sense of timing … with which I don’t stand a chance.

Presently, discernment is a major thing for me – knowing where, how, when and why and with whom God would want me to give special focus in life and ministry. You see, I’m a fairly self-motivated, self-sufficient, independent, strong Myers-Briggs “J” (almost off the scale in that area!)

Amazing then (well – perhaps not really, when one considers things) that a week back, I again picked up Christianity for the Rest of Us, by Diana Butler Bass – a book I had got 1/3 of the way through by last October, before the ‘hecticness’ of the silly season ground my reading to a sudden halt. No kidding, I opened up the book to where I left off … the chapter? Discernment. Among the first words I read were these: Where do you see God in your ministry? An important question for me at the moment; of course: 24/7.

I still dwell on that question: Where do I see God in my ministry? It’s a question we would all do well to ask – God, are you in this? God, are you in this decision I must make? And God if you are, give me the eyes to see, the heart to embrace and the mind to understand AND the feet to follow your way.

And then this weekend, as I sit in an a Sydney airport lounge en-route home to Brisbane, I reflect on two really helpful reflections (teaching times really) presented by Peter T, a Sydney minister – on the theme of anxiety. There is anxiety in my life at present – Peter’s teaching was so helpful. Nothing of a health or relationship thing I quickly hasten to add! Discerning the mind of God is important for me in these times.

I see this reopened book (highly recommended) and the chapter I opened up AND Peter’s sharing as exquisite examples of God’s gracious moving in my life – all bound up in the challenge of discerning.


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