Author:Malcolm Gordon

I led the worship service at St Peters on Sunday. It was a combined, all age service, meaning the whole church family was together for the whole service. That's my favourite kind of service. It's always a challenge, but I think its part of the challenge of being the church, living alongside one another, and learning to encounter God in the midst of unlikely fellow-pilgrims. I've been reading a lot of Hairy McLary to my two...

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Much of our worship seems to reject the incarnation. Karl Barth, when writing to address the growing atheist movement in the early part of the 20th century, answered their criticism that ‘there is no such thing as a God up there’ with the words, ‘quite right.’ He reminded the church that we don’t believe in a God like that either. The only God we know of is the one who came to meet us, who...

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So the gospel for this Sunday is the parable of the Good Samaritan. Here are a couple of songs that might help you prepare, or enrich your worship this Sunday. Firstly, 'These hands' is a song that speaks of God's seeking of us and tenderness towards us. Perhaps we are the fool who travelled down that dangerous road on our own. And maybe God is the one we thought was our sworn enemy, but turned out to...

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So here it is. This is the release party for the music video to the song, 'Our Father is waiting'. Right now we're milling around, hobnobbing and scoffing canapes, hors d'oeuvres and other spelling impossibilities while waiting for the big reveal at 9pm on Wednesday evening. In the meantime, why not cruise around the 'room' and check out who else is here. Wanna join the fun, email your self-take to malcs@onevoice.org.nz Excitement is building outside the venue. And a sneak...

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Hey guys, if you're in or around Christchurch, we're heading there today! Tonight (Friday) I'm playing a combined youth event at St Stephen's Presbyterian - Bryndwr (how can it be a word without any real vowels!?!) from 7pm. Tomorrow (Saturday) I'll be leading two workshops at St Marg's Presbyterian in Bishopdale. From 10:30am we'll be looking at 'The story of worship' and after lunch we'll explore 'Worship and mission' - and whether they have anything to say...

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In 1972, the first Scripture and Song book was published. It began, or marked the beginning of the movement broadly called, 'contemporary worship music.' That was 41 years ago. I've been working on a wee theory. Back in 1972, a musical and liturgical revolution occurred. That much is clear. The folk music that people were listening too on the radio began to be used as a vehicle for their songs of praise, confession and intercession in...

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A couple of weekends ago, I led the music at a weekend long conference led by Jackie Pullinger in Tauranga. If you haven't heard of Jackie, like I hadn't, she has spent the last 47 years working with the drug addicts and prostitutes in Hong Kong, helping them to live the life of a beloved child of God. It's a powerful story. She wrote a book called, 'Chasing the Dragon' if you want to learn...

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This one has been a while coming. So things can go wrong in our lives. Often its easy to remember whoever it was that made things go wrong. At night, when the lights are out, we go over what they had said, what they did, and how they had conspired to ruin our lives. We keep taking out these grievances to examine them, that they almost become precious to us. And yes, I know what I'm...

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We've just enjoyed our 4th straight weekend at home. Its almost felt normal. We're about to plunge back into our 'weekend home, weekend away' rhythm again. Not that staying at home is all easy! In the last week we had a day long conference in Mangitangi and a weekend long conference with Jackie Pullinger in Tauranga where I led worship. Intense, life-giving times! The weekend of the 30th of June I'm playing at Papakura East Presbyterian Church...

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