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!


Thanks ...

Last Monday, November 19, I got back home after a 4 week trip, mostly in Queensland.Only possible because of
Ray Shillabeer.
He's been my driver for the past 7½ years, for trips to Victoria, ACT, NSW and Queensland. He likes to label himself as 'Ray the Roadie', but he's a lot more than that. For the churches & schools I've sung at, we both set up the sound gear - the amps, guitars et al. He then retires to a back seat, while I sing & play. Afterwards, at schools, we take the gear down together. But at churches, he looks after the gear, while I talk with people & sell CDs & books. We get to stay with people most places , & we both love meeting people, enjoying their terrific hospitality.
This trip was his swan-song. I know he's enjoyed the driving & meeting people, but I still don't know how to say thank you. In his modest, self deprecating way, he'd reject the label of 'Servant of Christ', but he's been that for me, & together we've been able to serve people in many places.

THANKS, RAY!!