Real food, real drink,
my flesh is real food,
my blood is real drink,
given for the life of the world,
given for you, given for me.

1. Everyone is born and everyone must die -
that's the story everybody knows.
But there's a life that has no final curtain call,
and there's just one thing that makes it grow.

2. Supermarkets advertise variety -
cheaper prices always guaranteed.
And restaurants can give you
any food you want —
all except the food you really need.

3. What's the use of wasting all your precious days
chasing things that never satisfy?
Here's a wiser goal that we can all pursue -
set your heart on this and never die.

Written for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost, Series B. Based mainly on the gospel, John 6:51-58, but with some help from the Old Testament lesson, Proverbs 9:1-6 (and even, now I look at it, the epistle - Ephesians 5:15-20). Just as the prophets of the Old Testament had to keep drawing the distinction between the one true God and the various available idols, so Christians need to be both wooed constantly to the truth and reality of Jesus' God, and warned off the seductive idols of our day. A choice has to be made! It's probably better to do this one with solo voice or small group doing the verses, community sing the chorus.

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.