My Australian Christian Songs
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The Word Became a Song
|They knew who he was||Lyrics|
|Complaint in C||Lyrics|
|May we be one||Lyrics|
|She washed his feet with her tears||Lyrics|
|In the house of God||Lyrics|
|Long the hunters have prepared||Lyrics|
|Teach me your way||Lyrics|
|Jesus, Lamb of God||Lyrics|
|Be My Strength||Lyrics||MP3|
|The way is low||Lyrics|
|The grass withers||Lyrics|
'The Word became a human being' says the fourteenth verse of the first chapter of John's gospel. The second person of the eternal Trinity became a member of a carpenter's family in Nazareth. All that Christians know about God is learnt from him - the source of knowledge, the reference point, the everpresent companion.
But the Word isn't frozen in history. It continues to speak to us through the pages of the Bible, and through the spoken and written words of Christians. It communicates through the events and people in our lives as well. Not voices from the sky for most, but conversation built out of the ordinary everyday. We wouldn't suspect such a channel, but the Bible shows that's God's preferred option.
So I could have included every song I ever wrote in this collection. Instead it's limited to some songs that have a specific link with the Bible. A few are simply Bible verses set to music. Some are stories made into songs. Others have a Bible verse or event as a jumping off point, and contain thoughts and feelings inspired by a section of the Word.
Many of these are community songs. They're really modern hymns. Others are meant to be sung by an individual or small group to an audience, or for a congregation.
Thanks to all who have encouraged me on the way - and I haven't lacked encouragement! Thanks especially to so many people at St Stephen's Lutheran Church, Adelaide, for help, advice, prayers, love - my home for more than twenty years. Also to all those associated with the monthly student service there since 1971. So many songs were first sung there, and would not have begun without it.
Thanks to John Pfitzner and David Schubert at Openbook Publishers for editorial support and advice. Thanks to Jon Mann for taking time out from computer games to make computer music. Thanks to David Wood and Sharny Russell for piano arrangements: David for Father Welcomes and Feed us now, Sharny for The way is low, Anna's song and They knew who he was. Thanks to Sonya Flynn for the cover art, Monica Christian for checking arrangements and suggesting changes, and behoffski and his red pen for many improvements for the second printing.
Special thanks to four people:
- Brian Loffler, who was my earliest companion in making music
- John Sabel, who welcomed our music into the Church and suggested I write a baptism song for my daughter
- Rod Jepson, who in 1971 invited Dorothy and me to be part of the Scots Church worship band which soon became Kindekrist
- Dorothy Mann (Stiller), who makes music with me, listens to first, second and last drafts, is chief song critic, and God's daily messenger for me.
Doctor of Divinity awarded to
Last night, December 6, at the University of Divinity's Adelaide Graduation night at the Glynde Lutheran Church, I was awarded the University's highest academic award.
The citation opened by praising my "sustained and distinguished contribution to theological scholarship over the last fifty years through original musical composition that advances the celebration of Christian, communal life and identity."
While feeling a little overwhelmed by the grandeur of the event & the impressive outfit provided for me to wear, I was very pleased to receive the award, as it recognises the importance of the music of Christian communities. The award is not just for me but for the many writers & musicians who have contributed so much over many years.