Posts Tagged 'reconciliation'

Arms Open Wide

A new song, with help from Dale, as we travel into 2019, inspired by two pieces of wisdom:

  • Christ’s vital words in John 13:34 – “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another
  • Words from a Sojourners New Years Day reflection that really challenge me for 2019 and beyond

… drawing on that profound slogan about building longer tables, not higher fences, walls or borders.

So, while on holidays and having just GarageBand for iPad and mandolin with me, I’ve written Arms Open Wide. The recording is very scratchy but take a listen. Vocal of this eventually.

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“Hear what I’m sayin’ and
Hear what I’m prayin’
You are my disciples
when known by love”
Love in the caring
Forgiving, forbearing
Love ever-giving”
… the Love from You.

So come together
Yes, come together
Come, love together
Arms open wide
Break down the borders and
Build wider tables and
Reach out your arms
stretch them open wide

“Hear what I’m sayin and
Hear what I’m prayin
You are my disciples
When known by love
Each time you welcome
a sister, a brother
You welcome the One
whose life is Love”

So come together
Yes, come together
Come, love together
Arms open wide
Break down the borders and
Build wider tables and
Reach out your arms
stretch them open wide


So come together
Yes, come together
Come, love together
Arms open wide
Break down the borders and
Build wider tables and
Reach out your arms
stretch them open wide
Reach out your arms
stretch them open wide

David & Dale MacGregor (C) 2019

arms-open-wide-demo-backing.m4a

“I belong to you” – 40 years on – reconciliation

Hi. Just had a lightbulb moment.  Yes – a song: an old, old song. You see, I’m finalising my planning for our local church celebration next Sunday (16 July) of the Uniting Church in Australia’s 40th birthday. A significant thing to celebrate, as hopefully an impetus for moving forward.

I find myself reflecting on what I’ve valued in my 40 years in the UCA (not to mention the 22 Presbyterian Church years beforehand). One word pops out more than any other – reconciliation.  I can’t escape Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 5:19

God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting our sins against us, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation

 

I find myself impacted more and more with the truth that reconciliation is about breaking down the barriers, it’s about bringing people together, it’s about seeing the face of Jesus in the other through the eyes, hands and heart of compassion.  About dealing lovingly with difference.

That’s it.  Whether it’s First and Second People’s coming together, people of different cultures, faiths and denominations coming together, people across the political or socio-economic divide coming together, people across the generations coming together in worship or community service, people coming together at God’s Table … for me, this is reconciliation in some way or another.   And I’m glad to be part of a church, a movement actually (so often imperfect, so often …. ) that’s sought to live out the reconciliation God not only offers through Jesus, but as importantly calls us to as disciples.  This strange church I belong to keeps on committing itself to bringing people together.  I’m so glad.  So what about the song.

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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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