REAL FOOD, REAL DRINK

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.


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.