Posts Tagged 'Palm Sunday'

no ordinary …

Thought I’d share something a bit different.   It came to me this morning – at church this Sunday (Palm/Passion Sunday), rather than the usual sermon, share something that’s more like poem.
So, how would it be to share a longer Palm Sunday poem, with four sections – the sections beginning with the words:

  • This is no ordinary donkey
  • This is no ordinary Messiah
  • This is no ordinary crowd
  • This is (we are) no ordinary people

Knowing me, text is bound to change between now and Sunday morning, but for now, here it is.  Feel free to use/adapt …

no ordinary

This is no ordinary donkey

this is no ordinary beast of burden

no grand warhorse here

just a humble donkey

but no ordinary donkey this one:

this animal carrying God’s peace-message

God’s life and hope message

God’s message of freedom

God’s message of salvation

God’s way home

the Way.

message of peace

living message

the message

the good news

Christ – the prince of peace

This Christ-carrier

this colt never before ridden

this animal

answer to disciples’ obedience

journeys through adoring crowd

coats, cloaks, palms

laid out in royal carpet

as royal tapestry

no pack-mule work for this donkey

no dusty roadway

this is no ordinary donkey

no

this is the one who sets the Christ forward

forward on a journey of destiny

a journey that ends

no … begins at a cross

this is no ordinary donkey

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Sing Hosanna … new song for Holy Week

palms_cross1New Palm/Passion Sunday song to offer you.  It’s called Sing hosanna. I’m really happy with it. As it turns out, portions of the chorus have strong echoes of  the melody from “Geistliche Kirchengesang” – popularized in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ setting of All Creatures of Our God and King. Fairly upbeat, the refrain has the possibility of the first half as an echo thing – men singing a phrase then echoed by the women, before the whole community singing together as one.   As with all of my songs, they are copyright linked to my publisher: Willow Publishing; so please include mention of Willow in your CCLI recording and acknowledgements.

I’m keen to know how the song goes.  Hopefully by late next week, Dale and I will have put together backing and vocal tracks available through my Together to Celebrate site.

MEN: Sing hosanna WOMEN: Sing hosanna
MEN: Sing hosanna WOMEN: Sing hosanna
ALL: Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
Jesus come in peace, to save

Not by might
You come to save
Come to set us free
But by grace
and life and peace
Jesus, Saviour, Lord
blessed be

Sing hosanna …

Shout to all … Jerusalem
Your king comes to you now
Prince of peace, from David’s Son
Lay your branches
Before him, bow

MEN: Sing hosanna WOMEN: Sing hosanna
MEN: Sing hosanna WOMEN: Sing hosanna
ALL: Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
Jesus come in peace, to save
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
Jesus come in peace, to save

David MacGregor
© 2009 Willow Publishing     download full piano score & chords


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