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Stampede Saturday night

When the CSS travels they always involve the local songster brigade (or vocal group) in a couple of pieces.  Below is a wonderful group – quite large – which is the choir and CSS for a presentation of O Love on the Saturday evening program at Glenmore Temple. Again, only recorded on my Samsung phone but a good reflection of the quality of the group.



The CSS in Calgary

Wendy took the Canadian Staff Songsters to Glenmore Temple in Calgary, AB for the Stampede weekend.  It was great to be “home” for a few days and to see good friends, be part of a revisit to a place that has such deep personal meaning for us and to share in the music of this great group. The city of Calgary, if you do not know, is alive in a different way for 10 days as it hosts “the greatest outdoor show on earth”.

So here are two videos to show something of that weekend – a couple more will follow – as it allows you to see and sense something of the nature of the weekend and the flavour of the city!


The chuckwagon races are a great event and I love watching them. The very first funeral that I did after we arrived in Calgary, in 2000 was a woman who had raised 5 kids – 4 of whom had been born and raised in a sod house on the Alberta Saskatchewan border! Think about what it means to grow your own food, live through a winter on the Prairies and to do so in a sod house! That’s a pioneer and the chuck wagons point back to that time in history which is not that far in the past!

This second video is from Sunday morning at Glenmore Temple, the final number by the CSS and while it both these videos are done on my Samsung phone – provide I think a reasonable representation of the quality of the music.


From a hill I know healing waters flow

The Salvation Army in the UK has been publishing on You Tube for some time and I love the subjects they pick and Major Anne Read’s presentation – her easy way  engages my heart and mind.  Here she is in the City of Bath.

Here’s a contemporary version from Saytunes (California) and here’s the original tune used in a brass band arrangement.  And finally the words to General Orsborn’s song below.

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.

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 andlove are in that healing fountain,

AllI require to cleanse me and restore;

Flow through my soul, redeem its desert places,

And make a garden there for the Lord I adore.

(Chorus) From a hill I know,

Healing waters flow;

O rise, Immanuel’s tide,

Andmy soul overflow!