About These Songs
by Joan Glasgow
& Arrangements by John Sheard
by John Sheard
by Nicolas Tjelios
& Mixed at Casa Wroxton Studio, Toronto
by Nicolas Tjelios, John Sheard & Joan Glasgow
& Mastering by Nick Rawson
Design & Layout by Jody Alexander
by Edward Ross of Imagewave
songs are in the public domain
Arise, My Soul, Arise
This song centers on how we can confidently approach God's throne
of grace as His children Ė freed from sin, guilt and fear by the sacrifice
of Christ. There is a third verse which I did not include in this arrangement:
"Five bleeding wounds He bears, received on Calvary. They pour
effectual prayers; they strongly plead for me. 'Forgive him, oh, forgive,'
they cry, 'forgive him, oh, forgive,' they cry, 'nor let that ransomed
sinner die.'" I love that we can call God "Abba",
which I understand in the original language means something like "Daddy".
Iíve Found a Friend
The one and only time I heard this song was back in my home church in
Edmonton, many years ago. A lady in the congregation sang it as a solo
and it has, as the saying goes, "stuck with me". I had never
heard it played or sung after that one time but the words still speak
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
Although this hymn is usually sung as a chorale, by a choir, it has
never failed to move me with its haunting imagery. John incorporated
a quotation from "The Messiah" ("He Shall Feed His Flock/Come
Unto Him") in his introduction to the song, which sets it off beautifully.
Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness
This hymn is well-known in the Moravian church, as it was written by
Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf, a nobleman who associated himself with
the Church of the Moravian Brethren. He supported the Church with his
own funds and at one time offered refuge on his estate grounds to a
group of Moravian refugees. Moravia was the name of a region in modern-day
Slovakia. The Count is attributed with some two thousand hymn texts.
My husband, Bob, and I have many good friends in the two Moravian churches
here in Calgary, where I served for a time as choir director.
Come, Thou Fount of Ev'ry Blessing
The second verse starts with "Here I raise mine Ebenezer -- hither
by Thy help I'm come." "Ebenezer" means "stone of
help". Samuel set up a stone as a memorial of the help received
from God after a defeat of the Philistines. (I Samuel 7:12)
Come, Ye Disconsolate
Once again, a hymn which we don't hear very often. My husband, Bob,
and I have performed this song on occasion with him playing saxophone
and me playing the piano and singing. I was used to a slower tempo but
I like the sprightly pace which John used!
How Firm a Foundation
This hymn was sung at a church service Bob and I attended just days
after I had received a very unsettling medical diagnosis. The third
verse jumped out at me: "When through fiery trials thy pathway
shall lie, My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply: the flame
shall not hurt thee; I only design thy dross to consume and thy gold
to refine." I can say that God was assuredly my grace through the
ensuing days, and things have turned out well Ė Iím doing fine.
The Churchís One Foundation
Iíve always liked this song, but originally hadn't planned to include
it on this disc. However, John wrote to me one day while he was working
on the other song arrangements and asked if I knew this tune, as he,
too, really likes it. He went ahead and did a jazzy arrangement for
it and in his own inimitably humourous style, offered it to me with
"no obligation but if you act now you can take advantage of this
fabulous offer!" Needless to say, I did Ė and love it!