Posts Tagged 'prayer'

vocal tracks for new songs

be still 2389Yesterday Dale and I put down vocals (well, Dale did 🙂 for two recent songs of mine, both with a country-folk feel. Time to take time and Bless your name forever were written during our recent wonderful break at Hervey Bay and North Stradbroke Island (Straddie).  I loved using my mandolin for the second one and must start playing it more.  As per past post, Bless your name forever is one of those rare praise songs of mine.  The scores of these are in higher keys – just brought down to suit Dale’s voice.  Click the links above for free access to music score.

Feel free to enjoy and use.


Time to take time vocal

Bless your name forever vocal

time to take time / be still

be still 2389New Years Greetings.

Two new songs (with vocals yet to come) for the new year – all about taking time out, being still, time reflecting, time in prayer, time with God. Inspired by two scripture passages:

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.  Luke 1:35

“Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10a


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I can talk with Jesus


Back in 1998, I wrote a little, reflective kids song on prayer, Ican talk with Jesus. My hunch is that the inspiration was this Sunday’s lectionary gospel – Luke 11:1-13. It includes Luke’s shorter version of the Lord’s Prayer … perhaps more accurately, The Disciple’s Prayer

On reflection, I reckon it holds up well. Perhaps it could have had a verse to do with praise, but anyhow, here it is. I’m happy that I used “with” Jesus rather than “to”. A reminder of the sense of dialogue, communion and conversation deep in the heart of prayer.

mp3 vocal

For me, it’s one of those kids songs I’ve written (and I’ve written many over the years) that the whole congregation could sing. Feel free to use it.


I can talk with Jesus

1. I can talk with Jesus
any time of day
Talk about those problems
that just won’t go away
Don’t always want answers
Just someone who hears
I can talk with Jesus –
he always hears.

2. I can talk with Jesus
When times are best can be!
Talk about the great things
happening to me, and
When I’ve done things real bad,
when “sorry’s” the only word
I can talk with Jesus

3. I can talk with Jesus
‘bout sadness in this world
dying, fighting, hurt; and
more than only listen,
he answers me God’s way.
I can talk with Jesus
I can talk with Jesus
We can talk together
in prayer, each day.

David MacGregor 
© 1998 Willow Publishing



There’s a certain irony, yet poignancy behind this post – and the song associated with it.

I remember around Christmas receiving a message (Facebook or Twitter – can’t remember) encouraging me, amid my need to meet deadlines and various expectations, to “live in the now” … or words to that effect; in fact, to embrace it, and enjoy it and welcome it for what is offers, and for what God can reveal of Godself amid it all.

well, that’s stuck with me. Fast-forward a few months, and three things are very much present with me:

1. the request that I lead our congregational leadership team meeting tonight with devotions. I sense the Spirit leading me to use a brief reflection excerpt I came across from Richard Rohr back in February. It was adapted from Rohr’s Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer as was called God-Awareness. It began with these words

The contemplative secret is to learn to live in the now … when we’re doing life right, not means nothing more than it is right now, because God is in this moment in a non-blaming way … But there’s nothing to hold on to when we begin to taste the fullness of the now.  God is either in this now or God isn’t at all. This moment is as perfect as it can be.

2. Meanwhile, a dear friend is struggling big time with health issues at the moment.

3. Somehow, through all of this, and the list of “reminders’ I typed into my iPhone an hour ago, a little instrumental piano piece that first came to me almost 10 years ago, came to me again.  I have never recorded it – in either audio or music score form.  That is, until now.

I’ve decided to call it Presence    mp3 track

… my recognition of God who is certainly yesterday, certainly tomorrow and forever, but also today … in fact, right now.  I gave up trying to get it note-perfect, realising that throws it all back on “me” … what I can do … what I can try to perfect.  So, in all its imperfections and certainly mine, and with points 1 and 2 (especially 2) in mind, I offer it to you.  It’s taken 10 years to even get it in audio form … who knows when/if a music score will emerge.

That’s not the point.

Grace and peace,


bright sadness

The whole situation in Japan is so overwhelming — and I’m not even there!  Add to this; earthquakes in Christchurch and Vanuatu, tragedy and unrest in northern Africa … and so on … and so on.

Came across what I found to be a  helpful piece of writing via a UnitingWorld email earlier today.

Our hearts are broken for our brothers and sisters in Japan.  Even the mere idea of more than ten thousand lost – perhaps many more – is too much to bear.  The terrifying footage, the unspeakable sorrow…

Facing such tragedies, Christians can do at least three things.  May God grant us the grace to do them well.

First, we can deny easy answers …

Second, we can pray …

Third, we can lament …

Click this link to access the full article

Grace & peace,


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