About Malcolm …
Malcolm is an ordained minister within the Presbyterian Church 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: www.onevoice.org.nz
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 2015 is on its way, building on a great two days in creative community at Kippax Uniting Church, Canberra, Australia in February 2013. Catch some highlights.
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.
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,
Two 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.
songwrite registrations have now closed.
We are so excited at how this national Uniting Church event is shaping up, believing it will give huge encouragement and impetus to the broadening of worship songwriting and the use of these songs in the wider church. We’re coming expecting to be surprised by the creativity of the Spirit.
Andrew Dutney, Robin Mann and other gifted musicians will add so much to the flavour and learning of the weekend.
Can you believe we now have 22 songwriters coming in that capacity – and that’s not counting the 10-person guest & support team, many of which are acknowledged and published songwriters themselves.
Kippax Uniting Church, Canberra – from 1 pm Friday, Please pray that this will be an event of openness, community, creativity, affirmation support and most of all, a vessel for the movement of God.
Grace and peace,
Sharon Kirk (Coordinators)
We’re getting close … just over two weeks to songwrite, and registrations close tomorrow. Yes; you’ve read this correctly. Thursday 31 January is the deadline. songwrite happens from 15-17 February.
CLICK HERE for registration details – send rego form back pronto and you’ll be joining a special group of songwriters, mentors, thinkers, techos and other support folk from many parts of Australia for what’s shaping up as an amazing 2 days as Christian creative arts community together. Scroll down for the latest program information.
It’s our prayer, that responsive to the Holy Spirit (and mindful how the Spirit blows where she will), some fantastic worship songs for God’s church will be written.
- get your rego payments in if you haven’t already
- subsidies are still available
- accommodation and transport (to/from/at Canberra) is your responsibility, unless particular arrangements have been made
- songwrite begins at Kippax UC (http://www.whereis.com/act/holt/134-hardwick-cr?id=35B908008EE6A6) at 1 pm Friday 15 February, with sign-in etc from 12.30 pm. Kippax UC is on the corner of Luke Street and Hardwick Crescent, in Holt, ACT, Australia.
David MacGregor (Rev)
program 15-17 February 2013
|2.00||Setting the scene|
|2.15||Life Overflowing 1|
|3.15||Crafting a worship song|
|3.45||Creative space 1|
|7.00||Worship / Life Overflowing 2|
|9.00 am||Gather – song/prayer|
|9.10||What makes a song great for worship?|
|10.00||Songwriter reflection 1|
|10.30||Creative space 2|
|1.00||Songwriter reflection 2|
|1.20||Creative space 3|
|Creative space 4|
|5.00||Serving your church as songwriter – panel|
|7.00||[planning for Sunday worship]|
|7.30||Open community time – sharing music together
… a time for ‘testing’ songs
|9.00||Creative space 5
* time for extra recording etc
|3 services||Worship @ Kippax UC
morning tea with Kippax congregation