Song of despair

One of three songs from the children’s musical: The Invitation. Leigh Newton 2018 Lyrics – 3 verses with different melodies that are sung together at the end. I am just a worm, in fact I’m just a tail.From head to toe I am no killer whale.I am just a worm to the nth degreeGod’s messenger …

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Have you heard the news

Leigh Newton © 2019 One of three songs from the children’s musical: The Invitation. Have you heard the news? (from the musical, ‘The Invitation’) ChorusHave you heard the news? Gonna be a celebration.God is calling friends. Time to lose your frown.Time to celebrate! Bring your special invitation,Time to sing and dance. Time to paint the …

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From a still small voice

Words: Leigh Newton & Sean Gilbert © 2017Music: Leigh Newton © 2017 The spark for this song came from a Transforming Worship conference in the Uniting Church of Australia in Adelaide, July 2017. Rev Sean Gilbert, in his devotion on the first morning, provided one of the two themes in the song when he spoke …

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We are shameful

Words and music: Leigh Newton © 2010 We are shameful, we are sorry for the wars lost and won;In our anger was hurting, but the deeds still were done.Bring us your healing, give us hearts anew,Teach us what we need to know, so we forgive like you;Give us hearts anew. We’re unworthy, it’s appalling, we …

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Search me, O God

Words: Leigh Newton based on Psalm 139Music: Leigh Newton based on Ludwig van Beethoven (La Pathetique) Search me O Godand know my anxious heart.Behind me and before me,you lay your hand upon me. Where might I hideto flee you tender touch?No darkness or the oceanhides me from your devotion. ChorusYou know my every need,You know …

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There in the garden

For Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Text: Leigh Newton © 2018 Melody: Beethoven’s 7th symphony, 2nd movementPiano arrangement: Leigh Newton, adapted from Ernst Pauer 1826-1905 1.There in the garden,No hope of pardon,Christ is arrested,Taken away.Sentence is spoken,Pilate has broken,Washes his hands,The cross now awaits.Christ now defeated,Numbers depleted, Follow’rs in hiding,No more debate. 2.Hand in the …

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Out of the whirlwind

Leigh Newton & David Froemming © 2020 A Black Lives Matter song, inspired by the murder of George Floyd. mp3 file: