REACHING OUT

1. They came, knew his name, rumours how they flew; they heard simple words — every line rang true.
Is he real? Has he some new kind of deal?
Jesus, you're the one who shows us how God feels:
Reaching out, reaching out, reaching out with open arms.

2. Lame men walked again, blind men they could see; lost ones, frowned-upons were your company; children came, you gave everyone a name —
saved a woman trapped in one of man's dark games:

3. One man was condemned, all the world went free; one man took the blame all for you and me.
When you died, Jesus, when your body cried,
you were calling everyone to be your bride:

4. (So) take up Jesus' cup, drink it to the end;
love, give, start to live, we are Jesus' friends.
May we care with our actions and our prayers.
We've been given so much, people, let's all share!


1980. Written for a Uniting Church Youth Congress, this song has been growing on me in the last couple of years. It sums up for me a lot of what Jesus is about. It was no accident, I believe, that Jesus was crucified rather than being executed in some other way. With his arms extended, he is both vulnerable to the world and also inviting the world into his embrace. John Sabel — friend, mentor, and former student chaplain — used to choose this for services quite a bit. So, when I was asked to give names to the tunes of songs included in the Lutheran Hymnal Supplement, this one was called ‘Sabel’. It reflects his style — thanks, John!


2021 - Where do we go from here?

Breezin' along in my Japanese coupe, breezin' along with the windows down. The dog keeps sniffing the air - he's got an empty head but he's alright. We've got time to spare, time to get where, we don't know, and who cares?

And the days go fast and the nights go faster
Lord, where do we go from here?
Lord, where do you want me to be? (© Robin Mann 1972)

Some questions keep on coming, and this is one of them.
The pandemic has put a hold on so much, and while Australia is in a better position than many, uncertainty remains.

Two weeks ago I  finished a song 'In the year that's coming'. It ends with:

May your love shine through us,
every day renew us,
keep on coming to us, 
stay with us
in the coming year.