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sharing blessings

Last Tuesday I had the incredible pleasure of being M.C. at a birthday party. Not just any party. This was the 40th birthday party
of our church’s 3F’s group, 3F’s being Fun, Friendship, Fellowship. It was a lovely event, capped by the launch of a fantastic booklet of 40 stories … autobios in most cases of members’ lives.  There’s some truly touching stuff in that book.

Secretary Di Perkins (such a blessing herself) invited me to write a Foreword and a Blessing for the publication.  It’s below.  This year I’ve been pleased how I’ve responded to a personal challenge to do more creative writing (i.e. beyond songwriting 🙂
Back to “blessing”, just need to say that members of our 3Fs group continue to be a blessing to me, each other and so many beyond.

 

Peace be with you.

In all things
At all times
Through every season
remember God promises
to never let you go. Never!

Let your life – heart and mind, everything
be filled with all that is true, noble,
authentic and gracious.

Let your life be filled
with the best of things
All that’s beautiful
All that brings joy
All that brings hope
All that brings laughter
All that brings love
All that brings truth
All that encourages friendship
All that brings praise

Live out all that’s bound up
in the wonders of God’s life
Knowing that God
wants the best for all creation
including your special part in it!

Know that God “will work you
into his most excellent harmonies”.
and continue to hold you
in the palm of God’s loving hand.

David MacGregor (Rev)
April 2018  based on Philippians 4:8-9 (The Message)

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“More than Dream” – worship song CD last day recording!

Well, we’re almost three hours into final day recording of my worship song album.

vocals-recording-1 More than Dream (Peace be our living) was birthed when I turned the wonderful 60 years two Februarys ago. What could I do to mark this so-called milestone? Yes, to gather a group of musicians – some of my own church, Dale and those from earlier years, go into a recording studio, yes – pay plenty of bucks, and record a collection of my congregational worship songs.  I had so, so many to choose from.

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Peace on Earth – Christmas Day message

Peace on EarthChristmas Greetings all.

I thought I’d post my Christmas Day 2015 sermon, shared this morning at Wellers Hill – Tarragindi Uniting Church, Brisbane, Australia.
The theme: Peace on Earth.

We followed it with my recent song, Peace on Earth (and Mercy Mild), in part inspired by two lines from Charles Wesley’s classic Christmas hymn, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, as shared in a recent blog or two. Dale sang the verses. Led by our worship team, the congregation did a great job joining in the refrains.

Christmas blessings, friends

David

 

“Peace on Earth” – new Christmas song demo vocal

peaceDale and I have put down a new demo vocal for my new Christmas song – Peace on Earth (and mercy mild).

mp3 vocal demo

My previous blog post gives you lyrics, score and the back story.
https://dmacgreg1.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/peace-on-earth-mercy-mild

Cheers, David

More than Dream (Peace be our living)

peace-on-earth-card-singleHere’s a new Christmas song.  It’s a song about peace. Peace is what I want to reflect on this Christmas. Peace is what I want to know … it’s what I want to share … to be a peacemaker.

More Than Dream (Peace be our living) draws on much that’s impacted me over the past week or so, as I find myself on some unexpected leave – a chance to reclaim, to rediscover, to rejuvenate, to “resist”, to rest, to rejoice a bit more. That’ll do for the “re” words.

I took my guitar away with me during this period of time-out and this song tumbled out, as recent events of Paris still hit me from afar in all their rawness.  So too the more-recent mass shooting in San Bernadino.  So do daily news events of domestic violence.  So too that alienation of people across the planet, one from another.

Amid all this, I’ve reflected on what message God might want to me share this Christmas.

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