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Ride on, Jesus!

When in the States with Dale in late February, I had a retreat day … using an excellent resource by Irene Alexander that my presbytery had made possible . We were encouraged to read one of the New Testament Palm Sunday narratives, reflect on wrote it a wonderful (c) John August Swanson painting, and if we wished, do something creative with our musing. This time, this monologue came to me.
Feel free to use, with attribution.

I share it with you. It’s called Ride on, Jesus!

(C) John August Swanson

RIDE ON, JESUS!

Blessed?
Blessed?
Absolutely!
Absolutely!
Anyone who can draw in this sort of crowd
This sort of adulation
This sort of fervour
Hey, they must be blessed!

A rock star welcome!
Jesus, ride on!

Crowds out in their multitudes
from every crevice in the Jerusalem woodwork
… stonework
to meet you
to greet you
to praise you
to worship you
to check you out

to check out this oddity
this living, breathing, polarising
Captivating conundrum
that is you
the one who rides into town
as Prince of Peace
Not warrior of war and might …
as one who mounts a donkey
as one I’ve heard Peter proclaims
as the Christ, the Lord, the Messiah
as the Son of the living God
as the one … as the one
who soon will be mounted to a cross

as one who says
turn the other cheek
as one who offers
a new commandment to love
as one who rebuts the establishment’s cries
for the cheering to cease
as one who in the middle of this jubilant mayhem
cries out: “I tell you, if they keep quiet,
the stones under your feet will cry out!”

as one who says the last and the least and the lost
will come first
first at the table
first in your new kingdom
of grace, welcome,
hope and life
salvation

as one who not only talks about God
but who is God
who not only calls us to holiness
but is holiness
who not only calls us to repentance
but is repentance
who is forgiveness

Jesus, ride on!

Jesus, God
we’ve taken in your teaching
we’ve marvelled at your miracles
we’ve wowed at your wisdom
But how could all this be?

I’m waving my palm branches
My red cloak is laid out as you come by
Red cloaks, blue cloaks, green cloaks
They’re all being waved.
Green – for life and peace
Blue – for something deep in the soul … the heart
Red – well, raising a red flag means
Sit up and take notice
Something’s happening here
Something unusual
maybe even not right
Yes, red flag for me.
This is no ordinary parade
No ordinary welcome.

Forget the soldiers, the scoffers, the skeptics
I’ve heard what they think of you …
nothing but treachery
nothing but blasphemy
nothing but insurrection
nothing but elimination

Jesus
I can only tell my own story
We can only tell our own stories
When it was all hopeless
You offered my hope

When I was afraid
You offered your presence
When I felt forgotten
You brought me in
Offered welcome
Life in abundance
Life overflowing.

Is that what everyone around me
hollers about?
The latest Messiah
to get us out of our deep mess?
I’ve heard you’ll be tried
I’ve heard you’ll be betrayed
I’ve heard you’ll be ridiculed something shocking
I’ve heard – to be blunt
– they want to get rid of you
once and for all.

But that’s not all I’ve heard
I’ve heard there’s more to you
There always seems to be more to you.
That you promise a response
Like only God can offer
There always seems to be more to you.
You say the taints and torture
A deathly torture, no less
It won’t be the end
No way.
will be just the beginning.

So Jesus
Ride on
You Prince of Peace
Ride on
You healer of hearts

Ride on
You Son of God
… to your future
Not for yourself
No!
To our future
The future of all creation
Forever

So Jesus
bring in your kingdom some more
Go to your cross
Go beyond
Save us
Love us
Free us!
Ride on, Jesus!

Ride on
Blessed
Obedient,
faithful one
Saviour
Befriender
Welcomer
Redeemer
Messiah
Christ
Lord

David MacGregor
Ash Wednesday, 2020

new song for Advent – “In This Time of Waiting”

Hi.

No sooner back from two lovely weeks on our own and with great friends Jan & Glenn in Cairns, I’ve headed promptly into forward planning for November and December’s worship at my church.  That of course, includes the season of Advent – a time of waiting, watching, expecting, hoping and preparing … in readiness for celebrating Christ’s coming.  A special time.  For some years I’ve used the Cameroon song He Came Down That We May Have Love.

“Will I use that again this year?” I thought. No – inspiration came for something more reflective, while still making use of the four traditional advent theme of hope, peace, joy and love … a new verse sung each Sunday of Advent.

So … In This Time of Waiting  is written and ready for use.  See what you think!

Blessings,
David

score   mp3 backing

In this time of waiting

In this time of waiting
We will sing of hope
Hope in Jesus
who alone makes whole
In our expectation
We will sing of hope
Hearts of longing
We will sing of hope

In this time of waiting
We will sing of peace
Peace in Jesus:
Saviour, Prince of Peace
In our expectation
We will sing of peace
Hearts of longing
We will sing of peace

In this time of waiting
We will sing with joy
Joy in Jesus
Darkness won’t destroy
In our expectation
We bring sing with joy
Hearts of longing
We will sing with joy.

In this time of waiting
We bring hearts of love
Peace and hope and joy
Bound up in love
In our expectation
We bring hearts of love
Hearts of longing
We bring hearts of love

         David MacGregor
          © 2019 Willow Publishing

“When at This Table”

I’m a long time admirer of the contemporary hymn poetry of New Zealander Shirley Erena Murray. Her songs are sung around the world.

Last night, as is my way, I started reflecting on the lectionary gospel reading for next Sunday, 5 May.  It’s from John 21 and features initially the disciples’ fruitless fishing expedition … until Jesus “appears”, gives them a Plan B … and a miraculous catch follows.  Later, Jesus asks Peter there times if Peter loves him. Peter, with incredulity responds. Each time, Jesus calls Peter to feed his sheep.

That’s the backdrop.  So, I looked at available music via the wonderful Singing from the Lectionary site.  I found this song, When at the Table.  The accompanying tune was OK, yet taking in the profound lyrics, it triggered a new communion song setting within me.  So, I offer it to you. For me, it provides wonderful connections between worship, mission justice-making and Christ who feeds us in word, sacrament and by the Spirit.  If using, please be faithful to CCLI/OneLicense copyright recording for both lyrics and music.

score mp3 backing-melody

When At This Table

1. When at this table I receive a blessing
The broken bread the wine of life for me
Then let me share the peace with you my neighbor
And let the Spirit set our spirits free

2. If at this table I have need of healing
Unbidden grief relationship gone wrong
Then let me know that hands of God enfolding
And let lament become believing song

3. If at this table I forget the hungry
The dispossessed and warfare’s spreading stain
Then let this bread become the bread of judgment
This wine the sharp awareness of that pain

4. If at this table I make dedication
To give my life in serving what is good
Then let my center be where God invites me
And show the words of Jesus understood

5. What faith I have I bring to join this table
What hope I hold in Christ is taught and true
With brothers sisters I will share the blessing
The feast where God is making all things new

Shirley Erena Murray
© 2004 Murray, Shirley Erena

“Flow” – vocal recording

Hi. Dale’s added a lovely vocal to my recent song, “Flow” – my reflection on much for me arising out of the recent tragedy in Christchurch, New Zealand.  As I mostly likely will next Sunday, you may wish to use it as a reflective piece in worship, or in the silence or confusion of your own hearts.

David

leadsheet    lyrics   mp3 vocal    mp3 backing

“Flow” … a song from these times

Greetings.
We’ve all been some combination of troubled, perplexed, heartbroken, angry, confused, sorrowful and more these past days, in the aftermath of the Christchurch tragedy.  Like perhaps all of us, I’ve struggled to make sense of such evil and such loss.  I also hold in my heart two longtime friends who are now, in their broken relationship, at a point of great loss.

With these things and probably more in mind, I’ve written this song called Flow.  To be frank, I’m not sure when, where, how or by whom it will be shared.  Maybe this is as far as it goes.  I needed to put some words together for my own dealing with it all.  So I share it with you.  The “come flow …” refrain is one example for me of a refrain being gentler and more laidback than the verses.  See what you think.  Being a long song, verse 3 (a paraphrase of four of Jesus’ Beatitudes) is optional.

If it’s in any way helpful to you and those whom you love and do life, by all means use it.
Blessings, David


Flow
   


leadsheet  lyrics mp3 backing (w. melody)

My heart is strained with sadness
There’s sorrow beyond words
I’m such a loss to make real sense
of all I’ve seen and heard
Why are we so divided?
Why can’t we be as one?
O, why O God?
O, why so God?
Yes, what have we become?

Come flow … compassion
Come flow … your peace
Come flow … deep understanding
Come flow …
Come flow … your love

When innocents meet violence
While practising their faith
While lives are torn asunder
By evil’s human face
May we find in each other
You and your love for all
Each beautiful, made in your love
Flow Spirit. Change us all
Come flow …

(optional 3rdverse)

So blessings be to you who mourn
for comfort will be yours
And blessings – all who work for peace
for such a holy cause
And blessings to the kind ones
God’s mercy come your way
And blessings to the pure in heart
Flow in us, God, this dayCome flow …

David MacGregor
© 2019 Willow Publishing

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