1. At the table, in his honour,
Martha served with all her care.
Mary poured out her devotion,
and the perfume was her prayer.

Fill our hearts with such devotion.
May our love be strong and true
like the fragrance of her perfume.
Make our passion always new,
make our passion always new.

2. She anointed him for dying,
she prepared him for the grave.
While the traitor criticised her,
Jesus’ words were full of praise.

3. May our living be our service,
may our vision be of you,
and our loving adoration
shine in all we say and do.

(chorus two times after v.3)

Asked to write a song for the Rural Ministry Conference (Australia / New Zealand), I came up with this song. I don’t remember much about the writing of it, but I sure remember the way the conference worship gathering sang it the morning we led the music at Clare. They nearly lifted the roof! A simple tune, a rousing chorus — it’ s good to put them together with some serious reflections on the story & a prayer for us to reflect some of the same spirit that filled Mary & Martha.

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.