Beneath the Southern Cross

Here’s another excellent song by Malcolm Gordon celebrating the bicentenary of the Gospel coming to New Zealand.

Malcolm Gordon – Beneath the Southern Cross from The Media Clinic on Vimeo.


Songwrite 2015 Update

Songwrite 2015 is the second national UCA gathering for writers of songs for Christian community worship, in Adelaide, 12-14 June 2015.  Songwrite is an opportunity to write new songs for worship. Whether you are a first-time songwriter or have written some songs, you will have creative space, people to listen and learn from, and the opportunity to score and record your songs.
Guest Musician Rev Malcolm Gordon is an exemplary songwriter and musician from New Zealand. He is a Presbyterian minister, currently serving as the Worsip, Music and Arts Enabler with the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership in Auckland. He co-ordinates the One Voice project at One Voice. Malcolm has recorded several albums including many songs for worship. His music features at and
Venue: Adelaide West Uniting Church, Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park (near Adelaide Airport)
Dates: From 2.00pm Friday 12 June to 2.00 pm Sunday 14 June
Program:  The program includes input from Malcolm Gordon and other experiences songwriters, a lot of creative space to work with others or by yourself if you choose, assistance from mentors, the opportunity to record your song, a Saturday evening informal cafe performance space, and participation in Sunsay morning worship at Adelaide West Uniting Church. SongWrite 2015 Program (200kb PDF)
Cost: $135 inc GST Includes lunch on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th Dinners are not included. Local options will be offered. Saturday evening is a café style BYO meal and informal time of sharing music. Click here for online registration. REGISTRATIONS STILL OPEN. Please register as soon as possible to assist with local arrangements.
Transport Transport to and from the venue is your own responsibility. Adelaide West UC is very close to Adelaide airport, and 10 minutes drive from the city on a major bus route.
Accommodation Accommodation is not provided. If you wish us to seek to arrange a local billet, please indicate in the registration process and we will arrange this if possible.
Songwrite is co-sponsored by the Assembly Worship Working Group and the SA Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts. Songwrite is pleased to be associated with Songs That Unite.
Malcolm Gordon will also be leading a series for worship leaders called “Creative Worship Essentials” 15-18 June for Uniting College for Leadership and Theology. More details shortly.
Enquiries For more information, contact Craig Mitchell – or call 0417 323088

Malcolm Gordon – songwrite 2015 special guest

About Malcolm …

Malcolm is an ordained minister within the Presbyterian malcolm gordonChurch of Aotearoa New Zealand. He has toured as a fulltime musician and songwriting continues to be a big part of his life. He currently works for the Knox Centre of Ministry and Leadership as the Worship, Music and Arts Enabler, working alongside parishes and creative people to invigorate worship around NZ.

He has released 3 albums which include songs of congregational worship; One Voice in 2008, The Ministry of the Exterior in 2010 and Into the Deep in 2012. He is currently working on an album of ‘story songs’ which will be out in late 2014.

Malcolm also heads up the One Voice Project which is a hub for creative people within the church to use their gifts and collaborate on projects. Recently they have produced a compilation album of worship music entitled, ‘Songs for the Road’ featuring songs from all over NZ.

Malcolm teaches on the theology and practice of worship at Carey Baptist College. He is married to Vanessa and together they have Sam and Lucy. He blogs at:

UCA Music Administration is the agent for all of Malcolm Gordon’s songs on the Songs that Unite website. * All songs licensed with CCLI and LicenSing.

“songwrite” … a special weekend

songwrite has come and gone at Kippax UC, Canberra this past weekend. Around 30 folk from many parts of Australia. Many having written or shared a worship song in the context of a weekend time of community before, let alone had their song turned into music score or mp3 recording.  Andrew Dutney (Rev Professor) and Robin Mann as our special guests led us brilliantly, sharing along the way so much behind the crafting of some of their songs.

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songwrite was just as much about each one of us being encouraged (and we pray, empowered) to share their songs as gift – in worship and often as a prophetic voice in their communities. Saturday night’s “open mic” time, when 16 or so of us got up and shared – and importantly, the rest of us sang along, was one of the high-points.  Another highpoint was the sense of collaboration and networking; being affirmed in our musical gifting. Our support team of coaches, techos and musos helped so much in this regard.

Kippax UC proved a marvellous venue – the hospitality of the church folk there was just amazing; great catering, so many ‘creative spaces’, hospitality, admin support. We could go on.  Thanks Kippax, and particularly Gordon, Erin, Hannah, Dean and all who worked alongside you.  it was great making the songwrite connections via your three Sunday worship services, with 6 of our new songs being shared and sung.

Really, songwrite has not really come and gone at all. Anything but! There’s a clear sense among the 30 of us, that we’d like another songwrite weekend; we’d like to explore how in an ongoing way we … and the many, many other worship songwriters out there can be supported and encouraged, and ultimately the triune God can be worshipped and served in fresh ways.

Watch this space.  songwrite 2?   I’m up for it (David).

Grace and peace,
David MacGregor
Sharon Kirk



‘songwrite’ two days away!

paint_music_word2Two days to go and 32+ folk from across Australia descending on Kippax  UC, Canberra for a great weekend of congregational songwriting, community, worship and reflection!

Pray that this will be a very special weekend, for the sake of God’s reign and for the life of our worshipping communities.

David MacGregor
Sharon Kirk