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the world says … Jesus says:

Through the inward/out blog, I came upon this great quote today from Frederick Beuchner

the world says …  Jesus says:

If the world is sane, then Jesus is mad as a hatter and the Last Supper is the Mad Tea Party. The world says, Mind your own business, and Jesus says, There is no such thing as your own business. The world says, Follow the wisest course and be a success, and Jesus says, Follow me and be crucified. The world says, Drive carefully—the life you save may be your own—and Jesus says, Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

The world says, Law and order, and Jesus says, Love. The world says, Get, and Jesus says, Give. In terms of the world’s sanity, Jesus is crazy as a coot, and anybody who thinks we can follow him without being a little crazy too is laboring less under a cross than under a delusion.

Source: Listening to Your Life

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Jesus, Jesus is risen … an Easter song

For as long as I’ve been writing songs – over 35 years now (phew!), songwriting has tended to often happen without clear rhyme or reason; well – apart from the reason of God’s Spirit.  Sure, I believe I have the gift of writing something for a particular theme or occasion or when there’s nothing much around on a certain theme … one of the reasons for my kids songs over the years.  When I write, it tends to happen with several songs written within weeks of each other, and then nothing for months on end.  Having written and share a Palm Sunday song just days ago: Sing hosanna, I found myself inspired to write a new, upbeat Easter song – best with a full band. It’s called Jesus, Jesus is risen.

I’ve never felt that I’ve ever written a more-adult Easter song – ever.  My He’s alive, yes he is! kids song of about 6 years back has been widely and well received.  This one is hopefully engaging for kids in the chorus, yet I pray has some meat for a wider grouping in the verses.  Others can judge on this one.  Here are the words, with links under it for leadsheet (piano score to follow later on the RCL site) and Powerpoint file.

Jesus, Jesus is risen
Jesus – up from the grave
Jesus, Jesus is risen
Death has been conquered
and Jesus reigns

Death could not contain you
The Cross can’t hold you down
Over all, you’ve triumphed
Walls come crumbling down
You rise again as victor
Your promise matched in deed
We add our hallelujahs
You are risen, yes indeed!

Hope, love, life – new meaning
resurrection’s power
As we lay our old self down
We rise new people now
You are God forever
You are Christ the Lord
We sing our hallelujahs
O risen, living Lord

David MacGregor   © 2009 Willow Publishing
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Then you found me

brokenman1Thought I’d share the lyrics of a new song written for our quarterly Lero Stadio creative arts worship service at our church – we gathered for this earlier tonight.  The theme was SAVED LIFE LOST LIFE SAVED.  It was a particular take, c/- Tony: an incredibly gifted member of our evening congregation, on the Mark 8:31-38 lectionary gospel for today.   The focus was especially on Jesus’ words:  If you want to save your life, you will destroy it. But if you give up your life for me and for the good news, you will save it.

Felt inspired to write something a bit different.  Not strictly speaking, a congregational worship song.  More in the roots/country/pop/bit-bluesy feel of Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson on their “Rattlin Bones” album, in a minor key to boot.  I took my inspiration from the Biblical metaphor/teaching of the shepherd and the sheep; the shepherd going all out to “seek and save the lost”.  Alongside this, I reflect on how it’s often in the desert experience, that we find God.  More accurately, God, in all God’s prevenient grace finds us.  Dale and I presented it tonight, even doing some rare harmony vocals (I’ve never been great in that area).  Quite taken by the number of affirming responses. Here it is …

Lost – then you found me
Lost – now I’m found
(was) deaf to your calling
deaf, nowhere bound
You searched  and sought unceasing
Astray, you brought me home
Lost – O God you found me
You claim me as your own.

Desert life so daunting
Wilderness surrounds
Desert life, it haunts me
Such emptiness abounds
I’ve strayed long in the wastelands
a sheep so far from home
Lost – O God you found me
You claim me as your own

Blindness overtakes me
Perspective never there
Jesus meet the middays
of my hopelessness, despair

Jesus – you are welcome
Jesus – you are care
Christ– your nailed hands open
to each sinner, everywhere
God – we come, surrender
To your grace that calls us home
Lost – O God you found me
You love me as your own
You love me as your own
You love me as your own

David MacGregor © 2009  Willow Publishing download leadsheet

Not ashamed. Are you serious?

footsteps4This past 24 hours or so, I’ve been confronted in all sorts of ways with the challenges and realities of Mark 8:31-38. Especially verses 34 and 35: If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.

Yesterday morning as I spent some quiet time when I awoke, last night at a Lent study group, this morning at staff devotions – these words of Jesus kept coming to me. They’re there in Matthew 16 and Luke 9 too.  In the middle of my reflecting, I came upon these words in the  inward/outward blog. It’s a Franciscan Benediction …

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

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