Stand Strong (2013)

Duration: approx. 4:30

This Festival (concert) March was requested by B/M Glenn Barlow for the North York Temple Band, Toronto, Canada. 

Inspired by St Paul's words to the Ephesians to "put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground" (Eph. 6:13 NIV), I have chosen three songs of warfare. 

The first song is introduced at piano by percussion and two muted cornets; the picture is of a distant army approaching with banners aloft. The volume of the music increases as the army approaches.

We’ll shout aloud throughout the land
The praises of our God,
Well fight beneath our flag unfurled,
Kept by his precious blood.

So we’ll lift up the banner on high,
The salvation banner of love;
We’ll fight beneath its colours till we die,
Then go to our home above.

James Conner Bateman (1855-88) (verses)
William Thomas Giffe (b 1848) (chorus)
SA Songbook 782 (Tune: Lift up the Banner TB 106)

At the time of this article NYTB are shortly to embark on a tour of the UK (read more about the tour here). The second song speaks of the universal message that SA bands such as North York are charged with communicating and is particularly relevant to an evangelical tour such as this: 

To the north, south, east and west,
O wondrous love!
Some have heard, but tell the rest;
O wondrous love!
Vast the curse and great the fall,
Jesus Christ has died for all,
We will every nation call;
O wondrous love!

John Lawley (1859-1922)
SA Songbook 243, verse 4 (Tune: There is a Happy Land TB 235)

Stand Strong


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The final song is a call to action for Salvationists everywhere:

On to the conflict, soldiers, for the right,
Arm you with the Spirit’s sword and march to fight;
Truth be your watchword, sound the ringing cry:
Victory, victory, victory!

Ever is the war cry,
Victory, victory!
Ever is the war cry,
Write it on your banners,
Get it on your knees,
Victory, victory, victory!

William Howard Doane (1832-1915)
SA Songbook 813 (Tune: War Cry TB 843)

Best wishes & blessings to all at the North York Temple corps and congratulations to the band on all it continues to achieve in the name of Jesus Christ. 

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