apologies for the silence. have been gearing up for synod - 2 displays, presentation, workshop - and now sitting through it. end of year is the mad bit at college when you have to get the next year up and running as well.
my song "God Today Has a Human Face" has just been published and recorded as part of the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum for Advent. They called the lyrics 'profound' and it is used as part of the advent candle lighting for the 4 weeks. i just wish it was easier to sing, but since it's my first public attempt at lyrics AND melody together I'll live with it.
other Aussies David MacGregor and Trish Watts are also in the book and on the CD.
you can supposedly buy the songs online but I don't know where as yet.....
i suppose its funny (NOT) but the recording messes up one line....
the first verse says
"heaven's child in earth's embrace blanket wrapping grubby grace"
but the singer sings
"blanket wrapping grub by grace"
the original lyric was meant to be about grace being found in this 'dirty' birthplace instead jesus is called a caterpillar or something i don't quite understand
we're looking for a new Co-ordinator for the community & discipleship day, one day a week. if you know anyone in Adelaide with educational and theological ability that would be appropriate for leading young adults in a discipleship program, let me know!
apologies for the quiet blog... i seem to be going backwards at the moment...
i've just had three days in melbourne at the annual meeting of the uniting church's national christian education reference committee, something that i joined a couple of years ago. great to catch up with people from across the country and meet some new folk (including paul, who is a 'research fellow in multi-modal learning'. damn! how I want that on my business card!)
one visitor asked whether 'christian education' was a modernist term that we didnt need in a postmodern word. i'm glad he asked it (although we didnt get enough time to explore why he did). so, is CE a thing of the past, or what?
when i preached at "the corner" UC the other sunday, the music leader mentioned that their congregation sang "this is our story", a song that tim beale and i wrote for ncyc 1999. i think its the first church that i've heard of that actually sings the song! anyway, i told them that the ncyc songbook had some words missing. so for posterity's sake, here are all of the lyrics. btw the ncyc theme was "it all depends". thank you U2 for the bridge...
this is our story
this is our story, this is our song this is the dream that we depend up written on pages, carved in stone rebel people become God's own freed from oppression, captured by grace shake off your boots, it's a holy place! now living in exile, alien land got a strange way, strange hope, strange plan
gather us into your history gather us into your song take us along on your journey Yahweh, with you we belong
you are our story, you are our song you are the one we depend upon God of the cosmos, walking the earth Jesus you came, giving hope new birth woman and children, beggars they came those on the edge, you called their names voice of forgiveness, healing, release crying for mercy, singing for peace
gather us into your story gather us into your song take us along on your journey Jesus, with you we belong
(bridge) red moon, red blood, red sky joshua tree standing oh so high poured out Spirit, cyclone fire sons and daughters, prophesy!
we are your story, we are your song we are the ones you depend upon breaking the claim of the gods of our age money and power, fashion and fame dangerous message, whispering word reckless compassion washing your world called to walk in a costly way welcome God's future into today
gather us into your future gather us into your song take us along on your journey Spirit, to you we belong
gather us in, take us along gather us in your story, your song gather us in, take us along gather us in with you we belong gather us in
lyrics by craig mitchell, music by tim beale (c) 1989.May be copied for non-commercial church use.
i might post the sheet music tomorrow. mind you, i thought at the time that the word/melody combination needed a bit more work due to the changing metre of the verses (my fault, not tim's!).
last night we were at martini ristorante in norwood celebrating a significant birthday for yvonne with family members from interstate.
its an excellent italian restaurant with former masterchef contestant andre now among the kitchen staff. really excellent food. here's a pic of my dessert - balsamic vinegar gelati with strawberries in syrup.
and we got a brief chat and a pic with andre at the end. a great night was has by all.
had some friends over for dinner last night. for the mains we made naaan bread, a tomato and eggplant tagine with onion, coriander, cumin, chilli and mint couscous with apricots, dates, almonds, pistachios, raisins, pomegranate seeds and cinnamon with harissa and mango chutney yoghurt on the side
and a fish recipe that I made up:
baked rainbow trout. a bit of oil in baking dish. slivered ginger and garlic cloves in and around the fish, french shallots, cherry tomatoes, lemon slices, honey drizzled on top, fresh coriander, black pepper it went pretty well i thought
some Adelaide Hills and Barossa white wine and steve brought a nice NZ pinot
thanks for the good company folks. travel well steve!