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On Purpose … a song for moving forward

On Purpose logo

New song! On Purpose is written for a gathering of 350 or so Uniting Church folk from, around Queensland in just a few weeks time on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. It’s called “synod” and once again, I’m one of the worship coordinators and part of the music team. Peter from our church in Brisbane has a great voice – he sings a great vocal for the rough mp3 demo provided. Thanks Pete!

On Purpose started with what I liked as a chord sequence beginning with an A2 chord (for the musos reading this).

Hopefully it will work … there’s a “Coldplayish” coda too, with a few “wo-oh-oh” bits. Could be fun if people pick up on the idea – you know, hands waving from side to side, folks singing at fine voice.

It’s a while since I’ve written a guitar-based song, so let’s see how this one goes, including connecting with key themes of the five-day gathering.


piano score

On purpose
In service
With Jesus
Spirit/Kingdom called
With passion
With purpose
Lead us, Lord

God in Christ
You call us: be your church
A sign, a foretaste
of your kingdom birth.
“Go, disciple
to the ends of the earth”
Make that difference
for the One you serve

On purpose, in service …

Born of water, spirit
Christ, we’re raised
A holy people called
to sing your praise
Your word, your Word
alive in us always
with joy, love, hope
as we each run your race

On purpose, in service …

Wo – o – o – o …

David MacGregor
© 2016 Willow Publishing


music musings … synod

As I walked along the beach a day on from synod, I started reflecting on the music and worship at the Uniting Church Queensland synod that finished yesterday on the Sunshine Coast.  I shared the worship co-ordinating role along with recruiting the praise band.  It’s a role I’ve done in various forms the past decade.  It’s taxing (early starts to the day) but something I really enjoy and still feel called to.

Here’s just a few of my reflections:

  • we always try to ensure song selections from a range of genres, styles and perspectives.   I feel we succeeded well with this.  Folk went away from synod knowing they had sung quite a few Charles Wesley classics, some Chris Tomlin, Graham Kendrick (Teach me to dance was great to finish things on!), material from the world church (eg The peace of the earth from Guatemala), some acapella songs, John Bell short songs, Brian Wren (what a great writer), Shirley Murray and a few of mine.
  • though in the main not led by the praise band, it was great having music from Asia and the Pacific as well as from our First Peoples.
  • I heard Marty Haugen’s Weave One Heart earlier this year – written for a conference about 10 years back in Hawai’i.  We substituted a few Tongan words and used it in the closing worship.  A marvellous song, lending itself to some evocative symbolic action as it’s sung
  • I increasingly admire the deep faith and theology bound up in Charles Wesley’s hymn texts. O thou who camest from above was a marvellous song to song on the Day of Pentecost
  • the song “hit” of synod was Holy Spirit Rain, written by Sydney UC Ministers Phil Newton and Michael Earl for the national assembly last July.  Great song
  • my own You love us well wasn’t quite the ‘hit’ I thought it would be.  I really felt it would go down better than it did, although its final use yesterday (with only 2/3 of synod still there) was the best it was received.  I feel it’s the sort of song that needs to grow on you.  I’m biased of course.  Perhaps the first time through, the vocal/band mix was a bit off – people didnt quite catch the melody and nuances.  I still reckon it’s one of my better songs.
  • it was great working once again with Sharon Kirk and the praise band we assembled; many of these being part of the crew for a few synods now.  Great having Kath H, Marius K and Peter A on board this time around.

That’ll do for now.


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