Before we recorded ‘Calling’ live, I did a quick rough version so everyone knew how the song went. This is the result. A simple acoustic version. I prefer the live version simply because I love being part of worshiping together with others and God being present. I normally do this in a dropped D tuning. Ian is playing guitar.
This is the live version of Calling. The song expresses the thought of Jesus calling us to Himself. The other thought expressed is one of falling into Jesus. When we let go of everything we hold onto, that we think makes us who we are, then we will find ourselves in the arms of Jesus who loves us no matter what. Sometimes I feel like I am so busy holding onto ‘things’, that I forget who is holding me. The feeling during this worship set, was of Jesus calling not only to us, but to many others who may not even know Him yet and especially calling to the next generation.
See the live version for the chord chart.
Several years ago I read Philip Yancey’s book ‘Rumours of Another World’. It led me to thinking about the stories we have heard, which have passed down through the generations about God’s very particular involvement in our world and the stories about another world, or a different place where there is no pain, tears or shame. The song was originally written in 6/8 and was slow and ‘heartfelt’. This new rendition is about speaking to a younger generation about the ‘rumours’ we have heard – which I believe are true – a place where there will be no more pain, tears or shame. This took a longer time to work on than some of my other stuff, simply because I tried to work outside my comfort zone. This is partly because I am passionate about the younger generation ‘catching’ a sense of the time we live in and the role they will have to play – ‘for such a time as this….'(Read Esther) – that is in the Old Testament!
This is a new genre for me to write in. I started recording in GarageBand using some loops and moved across to Logic Pro to automate the digital effects of which I used about 50 separate effects e.g. reversed delays, reverbs, echo etc. All of the keyboard work, apart from the loops, is mine and all the guitar stuff is Ian’s. Both Bethany and Andrew gave heaps of input as this is not my usual style. Share with with the younger generation if this is not quite your style.
I wrote this song some time ago but had never really finished writing it. As we started doing the rumours events, I thought I would finish it off and use it in our worship, which happened during the November rumours event. It is a simple song about God’s faithfulness, grace and love which He gives me time and again. He is the constant. It never fails to amaze me how gracious He is. Jesus is my Lord and He is the lover of my soul. Ian and Simon are on electric guitars with Simon and Cheryl on vocals. I am playing keys and vocals and Jenny, Simon’s Dad’s wife is playing the piano that can be heard in the background.
At this stage we called our gathering The Audience of One. The concept was taken from an idea where some musos got together, hired a truck and went into the desert to play only to The Audience of One. We loved the idea and wanted to be a part of something like that at some stage. When Tanya came to New Zealand in 2006 they thought about worshiping in the middle of the country. When they met Simon (while buying a second-hand fridge) they formed a friendship with him and Cheryl (and others) around worship.
At this event we used a Robe (a white robe that Tanya got married in) to represent the cloak that is put on you as a son or daughter of the Most High. The children danced around taking turns wearing the robe while we worshiped. They also expressed their worship by creating lovely pictures. Bob played bass, Nathaniel (his son) played drums, Cheryl played guitar and led a raucous set, Tanya played acoustic piano and some flute, Simon led a set on guitar, Ian played guitar.
We did not record this one – no mac (;. The little video clip from Cheryl’s phone is the only record we have of the event.
This was formative and from here we did a wide range of things partnering with other churches, visiting ministries and Christian camps.
Some of the songs we did were More of you (Simon’s original song), God of glory,
Tonight was about Psalm 27 which Simon had felt we needed to worship around. We cried out to the Lord for justice and dancing on the injustice. Below are the ideas that people put onto the whiteboard during the evening’s worship.
We ended up playing: Holy, holy, Did you feel, You will remain, How great is our God, How great thou art, Praise Awaits (on this site), Dwell, Psalm 27 (also on this website), Let justice flow, The pursuit (also on this site).
Songs from this night included: Holy Spirit come, Come now is the time, Set me on fire, Lord reign in me, Jesus you are love (Simon original – on this website), How long, The vow (both by Cindy Ruakere), Sons and daughters, Hungry, I can feel you, More (than oxygen), Shine, Mercy, The vow, Dance with me, God You’re beautiful, Highest place.
We were really impacted at the Intimacy in Worship Conference in Te Aroha in April of this year. We had a sense of the importance of worshiping over the nation and interceding on New Zealand’s behalf.
Some of the songs we ended up doing were: Hosanna, Blessed be your name, Mercy saves me, Above all else (Jesus, my passion in life), Dance with me, Resting place, Holy Spirit come, All I need is you, Amazing Grace (our chains are gone), This is the air I breath, and an original song by Mark.
The night was really more about intimacy with the Father. We kept revisiting this theme throughout the evening. We haven’t at this stage put any songs from this evening onto the website – almost none were original in any case.
The sense of the night was of the need to be planted by the streams of living water so that we would be unmovable and unshakable. Below are the ideas that people put onto the whiteboard during the evening’s worship.
The evening seemed to be about God’s faithfulness to us as well as the shaking that is going on in the land. We had sense of God’s justice and mercy. It seemed to be about the younger generation standing (several of our young people played significant roles in this session). Towards the end of our time together we began to pray for families acknowledging that composition of families is unique and different for many but God is our father and wants to bless all families. Below are the ideas that people put onto the whiteboard during the evening’s worship.
The songs we did were: Almighty, The stand, Amazing grace (my chains are gone), Blessed be the name, Wonderful mercy, Mercy is falling, Burn in me, Faithful (Simon original), The Lord is gracious and compassionate.