OVER TO YOU

1. Somebody called him in the night — he didn't recognise the voice.
But Samuel listened very hard;
he heard his name,he made his choice.
But now it's over, now it's over, now it's over to you, over to you

2. You build a bridge for us to cross, we go from darkness into light. We walk along the Jesus' way
by faith we walk and not by sight.
And now it's over, now it's over, now it's over to you, over to you

3. We are the ones who change the world. We are the ones who make it right.
We are the sentences you speak,
we are the peace that ends the fight.
But now it's over, now it's over, now it's over to you, over to you


For several years in a row the organisers of the Uniting church’s Kid’s Campout in Victoria asked me to write a theme song for the event. I think this was the last of five. I’d pretty much worked out what I wanted it to be about, when my son Thom suggested I should write something in 12/8 time. The following morning I woke up early, and by 7 am I’d more or less put it together. I’ve often enjoyed writing for Uniting church events and working with Uniting church people. They’re such a contrast to Lutherans. We Lutherans are generally a cautious bunch, always focusing on what God does for us. The Uniting church is more adventurous and clearly understands faith as an active, practical thing. Lutherans have the same understanding in theory, but we appear to find it harder to put this understanding into practice.


 

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.

THANKS, RAY!!