1. Long the hunters have prepared their steel. The priests and elders gather for the kill. Still they must delay,
ready for the prey,
knowing clearly the conclusion.

2. People longed to find a superman
to drive the enemy right off their land. Jesus wasn't right,
didn't want to fight;
offered love - they didn't want that.

3. Crooked witnesses with lies to tell could not agree, but still the verdict fell. No-one made a stand
for this blameless man.
Jesus, y ou had no defenders.

4. Peter, waiting in the yard below, three times denied him,
saying, 'I don't know!'
Yes, he was afraid of a serving maid. Suddenly the cock was crowing.
And we're no different than they were then; always try to save our own skin.
Lord, have mercy on us,
like you had mercy on them.

5. Heissentencedtothesinner'sfate;
his crime, compassion. Now he feels their hate. Seemingly so weak, doesn't even speak,
here's the lamb and here's the slaughter. (Chorus)

The chief priests and the teachers of the Law were afraid of the people, and so they were trying to find a way of putting Jesus to death secretly. Luke 22:2

1987. When I'm unsure of what work I should be doing, and initiative is conspicuously absent from my life, I write a lot of songs. This was true in 1976, my first year as a parish worker, and in 1987, my last full year as a lay worker with tertiary students. I was thinking of Bob Dylan's style of writing when I was working on this song, and I suspect both the lyrics and music reflect that influence.


ALWS 5/10/23

To say I've been inactive on my website is a serious understatement! I've written nothing here since early 2021. 

So, does this mean the world has stopped for us, that nothing is happening?
A major event for us in 2022 was moving house in October. We had been in Modbury Heights since July 1993.Now we're back in Klemzig.

In May we travelled to the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia, seeing work supported by Australian Lutheran World Service. Dorothy and I are Ambassadors for the ALWS programme, Lives You Touch. We are encouraging people to leave money in their will for the work of ALWS. We committed to leave a third of our will many years ago and hope many others can touch lives in this way.
Since then we have visited Box Hill & Loxton with Jonathan & Julie Krause as part of the Asante presentations, promoting the cause of ALWS. Still to come this year are Asante events in Toowoomba & Rochedale (Nov 26 & 27) and Perth (Dec 10)

Looking forward to seeing many people on these occasions.