Author:Malcolm Gordon

If you're new to the idea of 'Embodied worship' - you can read some background on it here. This is the story of how I used it for the first time with a group of unsuspecting workshop participants at the South Island Ministry conference. So I began writing pieces of music that were sparse lyrically, but still rooted in the classical liturgy, which is itself, inspired by the big-story of God's salvation. First we are called by...

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So while I was down south, I led a workshop at the South Island Ministry Conference, held at East Taieri Presbyterian Church. The conference has become a bit of an institution now, in a really good way, and this year I got to lead a seminar entitled, 'Where is music going in worship?' It was a dangerous title. It was also given to me, because I didn't come up with one before they had to send...

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So, as I lay awake last night wondering if the NZ cricketers could dig themselves out of this present hole (this morning told me they couldn't) I figured I'd like to mark the remaining few days of NZ Music month with something nice. March was an incredibly creative month for me. I wrote a bunch of songs, recorded them and some others that had lain dormant for too long. I've been getting better at demoing songs...

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I played at the combined Church's service here in Katikati last night. It was in the Anglican Church, and I asked if we could have it in their old sanctuary, because its such a beautiful space. Brendan the Vicar told me that in recent times both Bic Runga and one of the original members of Split Enz had played in there. Katikati has been home for us for the last 4 four and a half...

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If you've heard me speak anytime in the last couple of months, no doubt you heard me banging on about Lazarus and his sister Mary, and her recklessly inappropriate gift to Jesus. You can read about it in John 12 if you want. I have stayed with this passage because every time I have made to move on, it has said something new to captivate and capture my attention. For a long time I have been...

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So I've been having issues with my old Art and Lutherie guitar. The pick up has been playing up, making nasty bangs and pops when I plug it in and move around. Unfortunately, whenever I plug it in, I almost always move around! I love this guitar. I bought it back 2005 in the States, and despite Air Canada's best efforts to destroy it, got it home safe and sound. I've gigged with it ever...

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This coming Sunday is Trinity Sunday in the Lectionary cycle. Last week it was Pentecost, acknowledging the Holy Spirit's coming and forming the Church. As I write this, I wonder if it is the coming of the Spirit or the creation of the Church that leads us to reflect on the Trinity? While we want to affirm that God doesn't need us (which would somehow limit his freedom) we also believe that God wants us...

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We're just back from 9 days of music in the deep South. Over those days I played, spoke and lead 13 separate times, from little lounge concerts to communion services to music workshops. I'm a bit tired now that we're home. I fell asleep before tea reading Karl Barth. One memory hangs with me. On Friday night, I played a concert in Burns Hall at First Church in Dunedin. We had a wonderful turn out. Some old...

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On Friday night, I headed to the famous York St Studio to film the music video for the first single from the new album. It was a chance to get some of the musicians together again, with a totally different brief: this time we didn't have to worry about sounding good, just looking good. This was a bit of challenge! Just ask Rowan or Matt how many times it takes to pick up your guitar...

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