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.
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.