September 7, 2020

Stormy Banks

I'd never noticed before that the iPhone weather app has a great animation for thunderstorms. Since Chardon is (obviously) beset by bad weather today, I made a .gif of it. I decided a video of On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand would partner with it nicely, but there wasn't a good vocal one. Apparently there's some insidious new tune that everybody's using but which just doesn't do it for me. Or else they sing a verse of Stormy Banks, then move on to some other song in an ill-begotten medley. But I did find this wonderful piano solo version by Jeremy Yowell, and I'm glad I did. I'll put the hymn text below. (It doesn't correspond to the video.) The words were written by Samuel Stennett (1787) and the tune is by Matilda Durham (1835).


On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand,
and cast a wishful eye
to Canaan’s fair and happy land,
where my possessions lie.

O’er all those wide extended plains
shines one eternal day;
there God the Son forever reigns,
and scatters night away.

No chilling winds or poisonous breath
can reach that healthful shore;
sickness and sorrow, pain and death,
are felt and feared no more.

When I shall reach that happy place,
I’ll be forever blest,
for I shall see my Father’s face,
and in his bosom rest.
I am bound for the promised land,
I am bound for the promised land;
oh who will come and go with me?
I am bound for the promised land.

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An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, I've served congregations in the Colombia, Puerto Rico, Europe & the US. I received a B.A. in German from the University of Louisville and learned Spanish in Bogotá. My Master of Divinity degree is from Drew University in New Jersey. I will begin my tenure as settled pastor of Pilgrim Christian Church—with dual affiliation in the UCC and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)—in late March 2019. This is my personal blog, and the opinions found herein are my own and may not reflect the views of the church I am serving.

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