Posts Tagged 'resurrection'

Come Out, Lazarus!


I simply couldn’t find a good children’s ministry song about Jesus’ raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-44).  Couldn’t. So … I wrote my own.

Of course, that narrative is a bit problematic for me. The perennial (and unavoidable) question is: why didn’t Jesus Christ attending to an ailing, dying Lazarus pronto.  Jesus’ response to the disciples (v11) is: “ Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe.”

Not sure how well that would have washed if that was me.  Jesus healed many at their particular point of need and with immediacy.  Why not, especially with a best friend, this time around?  I have no really easy answers to that, I confess.  Life is like that.   Some questions perhaps best remain unanswered.

Jesus’ words to a grieving Martha in v. 25 are of course, memorable:

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;  and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

So, in writing a kids’ song, it’s the verse 25 aspect I chose to focus on.  Messing around with rhythms on GarageBand for iPad, I randomly selected the “hip hop machine” rhythm.  Time for a change from folk-country-rock 🙂 I built the song around it, with lots of off-beat clapping throughout.

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Easter Day sermon … “Resurrection Evidence”

Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 6.18.40 amChrist is risen!

Thought I’d post my Easter Day sermon, with acknowledgement & thanks to both Diana Butler Bass (for helpful Sojourners “Preaching the Word” piece) and In Eastern Time, the old Easter song of mine I blogged about a few days back.


The most powerful reminder though. It’s when we who know the reality of the risen Christ for ourselves, we share that breaking-out transforming love with and beyond all whose paths intersect ours. We are the evidence.

Easter blessings,

Resurrection Evidence [John 20 1-18]



In Easter Time … a song from long ago & great new video


This hasn’t been my healthiest week … and not the ideal for Holy Week and then the Easter weekend. Hopefully on the mend now.
Life is full of irony for all of us, and so to for me these past days. As I’ve felt far from “alive” these past days – taking a funeral this morning amid my head-chest-sore throat cold state is further irony – I’ve started reflecting on some Easter Day themes and thoughts.


Out of the blue – for I haven’t used the song for decades, I recalled a song I wrote in the early 1980s, called In Easter Time. I probably wrote it for an all-age worship service.. Words and leadsheet link down the screen.  I especially recalled the final lines:

All that’s alive in Jesus loving us
breaks out in Easter time.

In my totally biased opinion, those are among the best couple of lines of lyric I’ve written.

Here’s the lyrics …    leadsheet

When I think of this Easter time:
its bunny, its eggs and its fun
and look on further beyond the thrills
I see just what we’ve undone
For Easter time is Jesus dying
Living to love us again. Cos
All that’s alive in Jesus loving us
Breaks out in Easter time.
All that’s alive in Jesus loving us
Breaks out in Easter time.

The weary caterpillar ends
its time – a small cocoon,
to greet the world – a new butterfly
living a brand new tune.
And Jesus takes the pain of our own world
himself and dies
to come alive, yes Jesus loving us
Breaks out in Easter time.
All that’s alive in Jesus loving us
Breaks out in Easter time.             © David MacGregor 1981

What prompted my recollection of In Easter Time was my reflecting over and over (in my unhealthy stupor!) on a wonderful new video clip put out by the Uniting Church here in Queensland. I’m looking forward to using it this Sunday.

The reflecting goes on.  Blessings of this most holy of seasons be yours.


on the way … some more

I blogged about this new song of mine last week (?) It’s one I’m really quite thrilled about. Some further thoughts & recapping …

Three not un-related aspects coalesce for me in this song. You be the judge of how they work for you.

The Uniting Church here in Queensland, Australia is on a journey of prayerful discernment, discussion and visioning called Together on the Way – enriching community. This was the theme of the recent UCA Qld synod, during which the song was written … but not shared. Secondly, as a Uniting Church we affirm from the Basis of Union that “on the way Christ feeds the Church with Word and Sacraments, and it has the gift of the Spirit in order that it may not lose the way.” Elsewhere the church affirms that it is a “pilgrim people”. Meanwhile both during synod and the Refuel School of Theology immediately prior, the significant place of Basis of Union para. 3 became very clear to me; in particular the centrality of the crucified then risen Christ in God’s purposes of reconciliation for all creation being realised. “Jesus is … the beginning of a new creation …”

Someone has suggested to me that I should have shared this song – even if incomplete at the time – at synod. They are probably right. I offer it to you.

It’s both an affirmation that it is in the crucified, risen and exalted Christ that we live, move and have our being AND who we are called to be … that we are called to be an Easter, reconciling people … in Christ.

Hopefully in the next week or so, Dale and I can add vocals to the backing track now available.



piano score  full backing track

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