Author:Malcolm Gordon

Here are the songs (with links and music where possible) that we used over the two days of the Synod AGM. God of our Fathers and Mothers by Malcolm Gordon, lead sheet: God of our Fathers and Mothers LS Resurrection Hymn (See what a morning) by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. Full sheet music available here. Chord chart and lead sheet available on SongSelect: www.songselect.co.nz (CCLI members only). Beneath the Southern Cross by Malcolm Gordon, leadsheet: Beneath the Southern Cross LS Open our eyes...

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'The Empty Tomb' by George Richardson - available for purchase here: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-empty-tomb-george-richardson.html It is well attested in the New Testament that God raised Jesus to life (1 Cor 6:14, Eph 1:20, Acts 4:10 and others). Jesus didn’t raise himself. In fact, the book of Acts alone contains almost a dozen references to the truth that God the Father raised Jesus to life. Acts is the second part of Luke’s gospel. My friend Sarah, a bonafide Lukan...

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I was splitting firewood today. I scored a pile of free wood from an arborist who needed to get rid of it, and today was my first chance to get at with, first with the chainsaw, then the log splitter. I was reminded of how beautiful the inside of a log of wood can be. My favourite is red wattle, it has an almost checkered interior with red and white squares. It fades quite quickly once...

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Is there a more conflicted day in the church year than Palm Sunday? My memories of these worship services growing up don’t tend to attend to this complexity. I remember palm branches and singing ‘Hosanna’ guitar choruses and that's about it. But as I reflect on this day now, I see it as a day of getting it, losing it and realising we never had it. Palm Sunday cannot be a simple celebration of Jesus as Lord,...

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My wife and I have both been reading this wonderful little book, 'The Circle of Seasons' by Kimberlee Conway Ireton, which gives us ways of marking the seasons of the church year as a family. This idea comes from her wonderful book. Lent begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday, and today is Shrove Tuesday - best known for its association with pancakes. The idea is that we empty out our pantries and fridges so we are ready for...

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I recently did the walk to Homunga Bay from Waihi Beach (a favourite pilgrimage of mine) I'd spent the morning walking and writing songs. An old hymnbook and the rhythm of my feet gave me a few new melodies. I caught sight of these flowers on the big climb up from the Bay back up to civilisation. They helped me remember this passage: "If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never...

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Malcolm Gordon - Beneath the Southern Cross from The Media Clinic on Vimeo. We're so excited to share with you the brand new music video for this wonderful new song, 'Beneath the Southern Cross'. This song celebrates the diversity and richness of the Presbyterian Church here in New Zealand, and the heritage of the story that we are a part of. It is our gift to the wider Church to give thanks for 200 years of...

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Here are some of the songs and resources we used at Assembly and some sheet music and chord charts so you can make them happen at your place. Many of them were written just prior to Assembly so the resources are still coming together. [caption id="attachment_1137" align="alignright" width="233"] One of Becky Phillips pieces from the series, 'Ordinary Places' inspired by Luke 10 - part of the Illustrated Gospel Project.[/caption] The theme song of the weekend was, 'Beneath...

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Here it is! The single is out now! You can download it here: The album can be purchased here: The Cobbler's Grandson - Malcolm Gordon $5 from every copy of the album goes to support Family Works, helping at risk children and their families. You can read a review of the album here....

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