Prelude on Spohr

This is the second week that we feature words penned by Gen. Albert Osborn.

Set to a tune by Louis Spohr and arranged by Col. Ray Steadman-Allen it takes the form of a prelude.

We hope you enjoy this setting of what is sometimes known as The Salvation Army's "Communion Hymn".

My life must be Christ's broken bread,
My love his out poured wine,
A cup o'erfilled, a table spread
Beneath his name and sign,
That other souls refreshed and fed,
May share his life through mine.

2. My all is in the masters hands
For him to bless and break;
beyond the brook his wine press stands
And thence my way I take,
Resolved the whole of love's demands
To give, for his dear sake.

Lord, let me share that grace of thine
Wherewith thou didst sustain
The burden of the fruitful vine,
The gift of buried grain.
Who dies with thee, O word divine,
Shall rise and live again.

Please click on the podcast link to listen.


Bonus Recording!

We are very fortunate to have a good group of young people learning to play with the band.
You can assess our future as you listen to them play "God is good" as a prelude to our Sunday Service on April 28th.

Please click the podcast link to listen.


The Healing Waters

General Albert Osborn wrote the following words after being taken on a sight-seeing tour in New Zealand which included a spring which the locals believed had healing properties.

Divisional Music Director Ralph Pearce has provided the musical setting.

When shall I come unto the healing waters?
Lifting my heart, I cry to thee my prayer.
Spirit of peace, my Comforter and healer,
In whom my springs are found, let my soul meet thee there.

From a hill I know,
Healing waters, flow:
O rise, Immanuel's tide,
And my soul overflow!

Wash from my hands the dust of earthly striving;
Take from my mind the stress of secret fear;
Cleanse thou the wounds from all but thee far hidden.
And when the waters flow let my healing appear.

Light, life and love are in that healing fountain,
All I require to cleanse me and restore;
Flow through my soul, redeem its desert places,
And make a garden there for the Lord I adore.

As always, please click on the podcast link to listen.


The Lord's my Shepherd

It was in 1650AD that the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland published its Metrical Psalms which have become known as The Scottish Psalter. These were translations into Common Metre of the original Hebrew Scriptures and underwent a rigorous review lasting more than six years before church leaders were convinced that they were the very best translations available. Probably the most beloved and quoted of these is Psalm 23 which many christians prior to the 21st Century probably could recite better than that from the Authorized Version!

Stracathro (from Scottish Gaelic Srath Catharach) is a tiny village in Angus, NE Scotland, and lends its name to this beautiful Psalm Tune arranged by Norman Bearcroft. Each of the five verses is given a slightly different harmonic treatment allowing the beauty of the words to stand out from the texture.

The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want. He makes me down to lie In pastures green; He leadeth me The quiet waters by.
My soul He doth restore again; And me to walk doth make Within the paths of righteousness, Even for His own Name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale, Yet will I fear no ill; For Thou art with me; and Thy rod And staff my comfort still.
My table Thou hast furnishèd In presence of my foes; My head Thou dost with oil anoint, And my cup overflows.
Goodness and mercy all my life Shall surely follow me; And in God’s house forevermore My dwelling place shall be.
Recorded live Sunday April 14 2013 in our worship service. Please click on the podcast link to play.


Man of Sorrows

Bandmaster Jim Black was requested to provide a musical treatment of the old hymn "Man of Sorrows". The composition heard here tries to capture the depth of the loneliness and rejection our Savior must have felt on our behalf. However, being Easter the last verse triumphantly echoes the words:

"When He comes our glorious King
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we'll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!"

The piece begins and ends with a quote from "Maccabeus" - "Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son!"

[Note: unfortunately, since our recording levels were set for vocals, much of the band volume "overpowers" the recording leading to some distortion! Still, we hope you get a feel for our Easter worship!]

Click on the link below to hear the recording.