This year I will turn 50 and I will stop being the parent of any teenagers.
My unstoppable journey away from the average age of a West Australian – 36, continues.
While thin shirt ties seem to be coming back – which is great because I’ve got a few from the 80s, my preferred songs of worship are getting less and less airplay.
When we planted The Billabong Uniting Church in 2000, we sang the latest worship music.
However, those songs are now considered old and dated by the generations of new worshippers following me, many of my favourites truly are “last century”!
Does it sound unfair to you that my songs are being sidelined for new ones?
When Deb and I married in 1991, we sang out “Sing unto the Lord a new song” by Greg McDonald. That song is now over 30 years old.
Yet the challenge remains from Psalms to sing new songs to the Lord. This is more possible today than ever before, with literally hundreds of new songs being added regularly to the vast collection of worship music.
I wanted my children to be released to worship the Lord with new songs. And they do. The great news is that in doing so, the Church (capital C) is being led by vibrant, dynamic lead worshippers.
Today the most popular song sung in Australian congregations was written in 2016.
It is an anthem declaring Jesus Christ as beautiful, wonderful and powerful.
You were the Word at the beginning
One with God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ
As we celebrate the season of Pentecost, may God continue to pour out the creative and renewing Spirit upon all people. May our sons and daughters prophesy and see visions and enthusiastically call on the name of the Lord. May we let them take their place leading us in worship.
Will I stand and worship God with new songs with my children and my children’s children? Yes!
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now
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Deputy General Secretary