BECAUSE WE BEAR YOUR NAME
2. Help us receive each other, Lord, for you receive the least of us and come to us in them —
3. Bless those who give us any gift, because they know that we are yours; reward them with your grace —
4. Let us acknowledge those as friends who use your name to right a wrong but have not joined us yet —
5. Let nothing that we do or say offend the weak so that they fall and lose their faith in you —
6. Keep us from missing out on life; give hands that help, and single sight, and feet that walk your way —
7. You are the salt that cleanses us, so clean us out, and make us fit for common life with you —
because we bear your name.
1985. Dr John Kleinig, lecturer at Luther Seminary in Adelaide, preached at the monthly student service at St Stephen's in October 1985. He not only prepared a sermon on Mark 9:38–50 but also this powerful set of lyrics for which I wrote the melody. We always start it very simply — a single instrument — and build it to a huge conclusion, the bigger the better. The text from Mark seems like a collection of disconnected teachings, but John wove these together beautifully under the theme spelled out in verse 41 (anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ). The tune owes something to Joe Jackson's Body and Soul album, especially the song Be my number two.
Doctor of Divinity awarded to
Last night, December 6, at the University of Divinity's Adelaide Graduation night at the Glynde Lutheran Church, I was awarded the University's highest academic award.
The citation opened by praising my "sustained and distinguished contribution to theological scholarship over the last fifty years through original musical composition that advances the celebration of Christian, communal life and identity."
While feeling a little overwhelmed by the grandeur of the event & the impressive outfit provided for me to wear, I was very pleased to receive the award, as it recognises the importance of the music of Christian communities. The award is not just for me but for the many writers & musicians who have contributed so much over many years.