Song – “No Greater”

I have nothing great or profound to post today. Except this song. This first of the year, and the first I’ve written in several months (it’s been that kind of time). I wish I had a place to play it tonight. And a worshiping community to play it with…

It’s a simple song, based on the John 13:1-20 reading for Maundy Thursday (I already wrote a song based on John 13:21-35), and this recording does’t really do it justice (or maybe it does, I don’t know):

The words are fairly simple:

What I’m doing, you don’t understand
Later, after, you will understand
If I do not wash your feet
You will have no share in me

The servant’s no greater than the master
The messenger no greater than the dispatcher
So I say to you, whoever receives
The one I sent receives me and
The one who sent me

Do you know what I have done to you?
Lord and teacher, you have called me true
If you do not wash each other’s feet
You will have no share with me

The servant’s no greater than the master
The messenger no greater than the dispatcher
So I say to you, whoever receives
The one I sent receives me and
The one who sent me

The music is also simple. Two chords: F and Cmin. The melody? Look, I have no idea where those come from. (I’m told I write ear worms, but i’m not sure I’ll believe until my melodies are on the lips of everyone in North America…) I was reading something my friend Pastor Angela Nelson wrote about the use of the word “end” in Greek, and got to thinking of this chapter, started humming something, sat down with the guitar, and there it was.

I may add this to the songs I regularly play. And hope to play. When I come visit your church. To talk about my book. And sing songs about Jesus.

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