Posts Tagged 'Jesus Christ'

Vocal for my new Christmas song


I posted my new kid-friendly Christmas song two days back: Christmas ‘Round This Great Big World. I really value the great feedback folk have given me.

Just before we headed off to two weeks of holidays in Cairns, Dale added a great vocal. Check it out!



Christmas ‘Round this Great Big World

Key people from my church met a few nights ago to get the ball rolling for our annual Community Carols; a big event in the life of our church and community.  One of our team, Melissa brought to our meeting a “Christmas Around the World” type script.

After much discussing, reflecting and wondering, we decided we’d go with it, with plenty of revision work ahead.  We decided we would “up” the “around the world” theme, including some appropriate songs.  Plenty of individual songs and carols from various countries, but despite my Googling, my YouTubing, my Apple Musicking, I came up empty when it came to sourcing kid-friendly Christ-centred songs on that theme.

So … on Tuesday, driving home, the chorus came really quickly.

Christmas ’round this great big world
Sing your praise – make it heard!
Jesus comes: God’s own son
Gift of love for ev’ryone

I get home and start Googling for “Merry Christmas” in various countries. The two verses are the result of that.   Here’s a boppy melody-line backing track.   Hopefully Dale and I will work on a vocal track sooner rather than later.


leadsheet   lyrics   mp3 backing

Lead Me, Lord … new song

Time to share a new song: Lead Me, Lord

Some background …

I, and everything around me seems to be in a time of discernment.  I can’t seem to escape from that word. Mind you, as a Christian, I’m falteringly part of that all my waking hours … sensing by the Spirit and the love of Jesus, God’s fresh call on my life and the community in which I serve.

Our local church at Tarragindi and five nearby Uniting Churches are on an almost two-and-a-half year journey now called Destiny Together. Last August we decided “in principle” to continue working toward a formal mission-driven amalgamation.  Each congregation makes their thoughts known on 13 October.
There’s massive discernment required for that. Massive.  What new thing is God calling us to? What from the rich heritage of the past do we hold dear, and resist releasing?  Discernment!

I’m about 1 1/2 years off retirement.  Dale finishes up ostensibly in December at her school; though many months leave will take her well into 2020.  Discernment needed for our future … and I mean more than what cruise or trip will we go on 🙂    We move to our retirement home in Springfield Rise, Ipswich in the first part of 2021 … getting closer.

Amid the Destiny Together congregational discernment, I’ve been sensing that our people individually need some assistance understanding where God is leading them in their walk with God.  It’s a walk in which many deal with doubts, adversity, lack of resilience, faith questions and so on.  Discerning God’s purpose is important – both individually and together.  So, we’re going to undertake in over August and September, a six part series (in our case, mainly by video) by Rob Fuquay called Which Way, Lord. It draws on the teachings and life experience of the Apostle Paul.  I believe it will be helpful.

So … with all this discernment stuff around me, and mindful of some traditional and modern “discernment” and “vision” songs out there,  I nonetheless have written my own; deliberately with a (hopeful) simplicity of words – and with both individual and communal dimensions.   I’m also really happy with some of the chords and chord sequences I’ve used.

Check it out:
score  mp3 backing

Lead Me, Lord

Lead me Lord
Lead me Lord
Guide me as I walk your Way
Lead me Lord
Lead us Lord
Lead us Lord
Guide us as we walk your Way
Lead us Lord

Strengthen, Lord
Strengthen, Lord
for my purpose found in you
Strengthen, Lord
Strengthen, Lord
Strengthen, Lord
Hold us through our weakest times

Grace us, Lord
Grace us, Lord
Grace us as we walk your way
Grace us, Lord
Grace us, Lord
Grace us, Lord
Grace us as we walk your way
Grace us, Lord

David MacGregor
 © 2019 Willow Publishing

God’s “Yes!”

Here’s an edited version of my Christmas Day sermon, shared this morning at Wellers Hill-Tarragindi Uniting Church, Brisbane, Australia

Christmas blessings, David

Continue reading ‘God’s “Yes!”’

Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2)

phil-2-5New song … as I prepare to preach this Sunday on Philippians 2:1-13; one of the great passages of the Christian scriptures.   Still working on the sermon (barely started 🙂 but I’ve got a new song, paraphrasing verses 5 to 11, which many scholars think was an early Christian hymn.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.

Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Over the years I’ve wondered how this hymn actually went, especially musically.  How singable was it?  Was it upbeat?  Was it reflective?   Parallel to all this, I’ve been reading a great article from a book by the late Henri Nouwen called The Selfless Way of Christ, in which Nouwen points to Christ in full humility taking the path of “downward mobility” in the form of a slave, all the way to the Cross and beyond. I’ll connect with that this Sunday. A minor key seemed to be in order, yet rounded off with a repeated coda of “Jesus is Lord”.  Done scorelyrics  and demo backing track for now (piano/flute melody line).  A nice echo at the end!

Meanwhile, here’s my adapted lyrics, David.

Let the same mind be in you as in Christ Jesus
Though he was God freely emptied himself
Taking the form of a servant
in human likeness
Humbled himself in obedience
– to death on the cross

So God exalted him
his name high over all names
At Jesus’ name every knee should bow down
In all of heaven
and on earth around and under
To the Father’s glory
every tongue cries, “Jesus is Lord!”
“Jesus is Lord!”
“Jesus is Lord!”
“Jesus is Lord!”

from Philippians 2:5-11
David MacGregor   © 2017  Willow Publishing

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