1975 Yesterday, Today, Forever

 

As alluded to previously, during the life of "His Way" we came across, and worked with, another Christian band from the villages close to Thame and Aylesbury. The band was called "11:59". We even did a Dutch TV program with them. After they felt God asking them to disband the group and do a new thing I got an invitation out of the blue to audition to play guitar in their major project called...

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In the beginning...

Yesterday Today Forever came about because the 11.59 group really wanted to take their emphasis away from leading in worship, in order to take up more initiative in evangelism.
Leaders John and Ross Harding saw it as furthering the ministry of the group, and the finished product is a combination of worship and evangelism - not just a technological masterpiece, but a deep spiritual experience.

The theme

It was a musical drama of the life of Christ from Genesis to Revelation. Straight Scripture from start to finish. When asked what is the message of the show, John replies "Simply a declaration of truth. The aim is to present the gospel in a way that is understood, using today's modern techniques as sensitively and professionally as we know how. There are three complete stage sets. Theres a complicated lighting system. There's quadraphonic sound, a 50-piece choir, a 12-piece band, dance, narration, and great variety in music - rock, folk, classical, Elizabethan, plain song, blues And the film. Back projected on a huge screen, and shot specially for the show, mostly in the USA, by Jim Swackhammer, the Canadian film director who produced "Why should the devil have all the good music?"

Heading up...

John and Ross Harding

YTF was just a part of the ministry of John and Ross. As well as leading the 11.59 group, they also figured prominently in the village community in Cuddington, near Aylesbury, where they lived with their three children. John also served in the parish church.

Bob Graham

The show's director. A drummer of repute both as a session man and on stage with many big name groups since the early 1960's and a record producer in the UK and Europe. He joined with John and Ross as a result of their mutual involvement with the original Come Together tour.

Jonathan Francis

The conductor, and joint arranger with Peter Poyser of 11.59. Jonathan was a freelance double bass player, and a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Behind the scenes

Yesterday Today Forever is a big production. John first sat down to write in March 1974, and throughout the whole of 1975 all the participants thrashed out difficulties and set-backs... Where will the show be presented? We need more musicians! There's never enough coffee in this place! There isn't a screen big enough for the film in this country!... these kind of problems. There was the need to keep the show in perspective... to include the children in all the activity, and not to neglect the community. As the pressure built up it brought to the surface areas of weakness and stress in the lives of many of the performers. There were times during rehearsals when the music was put to one side while the folks ministered to each other. The blessings started before the show!

The theatre

The New Theatre Oxford seats 1700, and is one of the leading theatres outside London. In fact it is comparable to, if not better than many of the capital's theatres, and is often used as a springboard for shows destined for a London stage.

Speaking personally...

George Tarleton: "For too long the proclamation of the Good News has been divorced from real Praise. This presentation is, I believe, the beginning of a new phase of Evangelism with a capital E."

Gerald Coates: "I thank God that in the current move of the Spirit, people are feeling the need to express themselves creatively to God and to one another. John and Ross have already established themselves in this realm, and I see YTF as a real breakthrough for them - an extension of their creative personality."

Colin Jee, Rural Dean of Waddesdon: "John and Ross Harding have a great gift for setting the words of Scripture to music. I believe YTF will give inspiration to Christians and unbelievers alike."

Peter Hill: "Seeing is believing. See it!"

Yesterday Today Forever was performed at the New Theatre Oxford between 3rd to 8th and 10th to 15th November 1975.
All performances began at 7.30 pm and seats cost £1 wherever you sat.


An article from the Basingstoke Gazette

Helping spread the gospel in a spectacular style are three young men from the Basingstoke area and it means travelling 80 miles a night.

AA workers Herbie Payne, 25, and Simon Fenwick, 22 and Martin Wells, 24, who works for ITT, are some of the 200 who are now staging Yesterday, Today. Forever, a musical drama of the life of Christ. at Oxford's New Theatre.

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Herbie of Winsome Cottage, South Warnborough, plays guitar in the 13-piece orchestra. Simon of Fallowfield, Dunleys Hill. Odiham, is in the 50-voice choir. while Martin of Bramblys Drive, is looking after the sound effects.

Although Yesterday, Today, Forever is a completely amateur production, it is also a lavish one. There are three complete stage sets, a complicated lighting system, quadraphonic sound. and a film specially made for the show back-projected on a huge screen.

To coincide with the start of the show this week, a double record album of the sound track has been released.

At the end of its Oxford season the show could tour other British centres and there is even talk of taking it to Toronto next year.

"It all depends. of course, on the public reaction to it in Oxford. " said Herbie. "Going to Toronto would need a lot of serious thought because it would mean being away for a month or more and giving up jobs to do so; but it also depends on how many Canadian people they would want to take part in it."


Musicians

Bass Guitar: Roger Shrimpton
Acoustic 12 String: Ged Dyer
Acoustic 6 String: Herb Payne / John Harding
Electric Guitar/Flute: Herb Payne
Piano: Mike Atkins
String Organ: Bob Deeley / Jonathan Francis
Synthesiser: Peter Lowe / Jonathan Francis
Tymps/Bells: Stan Barrett
Latin Percussion: Bob Graham / Stan Barrett
Drums: Mark Millin
Military Snare Drum: Bob Graham
String Bass/Keyboards: Jonathan Francis

Narrators

Hedi Taylor
Nigel Goodwin

Choir

Caroline Allen
Christopher Allen
Mark Millin
Ken Dallas
Marion Oliver
Loot Roach
Janet Byford
Nicky Collis
Simon Fenwick
Margaret Payne
Mike Atkins
Issy Atkins

Soloists

Ross Harding
John Harding
Joanna Harding
Dave Devlin
Tim Lynk
Peter Richmond

'O My Dove' French Version: Elizabeth Kaufmann
German Version: Helmut Kaufmann

Produced by Bob Graham

Our thanks to Living Bible & RSV Bible for their kind permission to use passages from both.

Other instruments used

Celeste, Sugar Shaker, Record Rack, Children's Toys, Conn Organ, Road Drill, Plastic Guitar, Cough Medicine Bottle, Orchestral Cymbals, Congas, Bongos, Tambourine, Triangle, Auto Harp, Glockenspiel, Indian Bells, Baby's Rattle, Cowbell, Reso Reso, Flexitone, VC1O.


Here follows all the lyrics and narration from the show.
Read them, they are timeless and will bless you....


Part One: Creation

Let there be Light!
Genesis 1 / John 1 / Psalm 29

by John and Ross Harding

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God was moving, over the face of the waters.

Before anything existed there was Christ with God, He has always been alive, and Himself is God, He created everything there is, nothing exists He didn't make.
Eternal life is in Him, His life gives light to all mankind.

His life is the light, that shines through the darkness, And darkness can never put it out, Let there be light, Let there be light.

Ascribe to the Lord, Oh heavenly beings,
Ascribe to the Lord Glory and strength,
Ascribe to the Lord, the Glory of His Name. His Name!
Worship the Lord in Holy array.

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters,
The God of Glory thunders,
Powerful is the voice of the Lord of Glory, of Glory.
The voice of the Lord Is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord flashes flames, Flashes flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord, it shakes, the wilderness!

Before anything existed there was Christ with God, He has always been alive and Himself is God, He created everything there is, nothing exists He didn't make, Eternal life is in Him, His life gives light to all mankind, His life is the light that shines through the darkness, And darkness can never put it out. Let there be light. Let there be light. LET THERE BE LIGHT!

O Lord, Our Lord
Psalm 8

by Raleigh Mckenzie

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your Name, In all the earth, in all the earth,
O Lord our Lord, how majestic is your Name, In all the earth, in all the earth!

And your glory above the heavens is chanted by the mouths, of babes and infants, You have founded a bulwark, because of your foes to still the enemy and the avenger.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your Name, In all the earth, in all the earth,
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your Name, In all the earth, in all the earth!

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
The moon and the stars which you have established,
What is man that you are mindful of him,
And the Son of Man that you should care for him.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your Name, In all the earth, in all the earth,
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your Name, In all the earth, in all the earth.

Yet you have made man a little less than God, And have crowned him with glory and honour, You have given him dominion over the works of your hands, And have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes along the paths of the sea.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your Name, In all the earth, in all the earth,
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your Name, In all the earth, in all the earth, in all the earth!

And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good!

The Fall
Genesis 3

by Bob Graham

And the Lord God planted a garden, and there he put man whom He had formed, and out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for good. The tree of life also in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, 'You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for on the day that you eat of it you shall die.' Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, 'Did God say you shall not eat of any tree of the garden?' And the woman said to the serpent 'we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but God said 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.' But the serpent said to the woman, 'You will not die, for God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.'o when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden, in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him 'Where are you?' And he said, 'I heard the sound of you in the garden; and I was afraid, because I was naked and I hid myself.' He said, 'Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?' The man said. 'The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the fruit of the tree, and I ate.' Then the Lord God said to the woman, 'What is this that you have done?' The woman said, 'The serpent beguiled me, and I ate.' The Lord God said to the serpent, 'Because you. have done this, cursed are you above all cattle, and above all wild animals, upon your belly shall you go and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.'To the woman He said, 'I will greatly multiply your pain in child bearing. In pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.' And to the man He said, 'Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, You shall not eat of it, cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth to you; and you shall eat of the plants of the field! In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you turn to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust and to dust you shall return!Then the Lord God said, 'Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever' - therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and placed angels and a flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life.

Instrumental: Holocaust of Sin

Behold the Lamb of God
Genesis 6 / John 1

by John and Ross Harding

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in all the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He'd made man on earth, and it grieved Him to His heart.

God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, That whosoever believes on Him should not perish but have eternal life.
For God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world, But that the world through Him might be saved.

God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, That whosoever believes on Him should not perish but have eternal life.
For God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world, But that the world through Him might be saved.

God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, That whosoever believes on Him should not perish but have eternal life.
For God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world, But that the world through Him might be saved.

'This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased!'

Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!

Part Two: The Teachings of Christ

The Temptations
Matthew 4

by John and Ross Harding

Then He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil. And He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards He was hungry.
Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the Lord God had made. If you are the Son of God command these stones become bread.
If you are the Son of God IF you are if YOU are if you ARE you can command that these stones become loaves of bread.

It is written; man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

If you are the Son of God - jump down from here:
for it is written; He will give His angels to keep care of you and on their hands they will bear you up - lest you strike your foot - against a stone.

Again it is written; Thou shalt not tempt the Lord your God.

All the kingdoms of the earth I will give to you, all these will I give to you, I keep nothing for myself, all these I will give to YOU, if you will - fall down and worship me.

You shall worship the Lord YOUR God, and Him only shall YOU SERVE!

The Earth is the Lord's
Psalm 24

by Roger Shrimpton

The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof;
The world and those who dwell therein,
For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established upon the rivers.

Who shall stand before the Lord? Who shall stand before the Lord?
He who is pure in act and thought, who does not worship idols, Or make false promises, the Lord will bless Him, God his Saviour will declare his innocence. Such are the people, such are the people who turn to God.

The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof;
The world and those who dwell therein,
For He has founded it, upon the seas,
And established upon the rivers.

Lift up your heads 0 gates, lift up your heads 0 gates!
And be lifted up 0 ancient doors.
That the King of Glory may come in, that the King of Glory may come in, That the King of Glory may come in.

Who is this King, this King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle!

Lift up your heads 0 gates, lift up your heads 0 gates!
And be lifted up 0 ancient doors, That the King of Glory may come in, that the King of Glory may come in, That the King of Glory may come in.

Who is this King, this King of Glory?
The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory,
The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory,
HE IS THE KING OF GLORY!

The Proclamation
Luke 4

by John and Ross Harding

And He returned in the power of the Spirit, and a report concerning Him went out through all the surrounding country.

'Listen all of you: The Lord your God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your mind, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.'

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
Because He has anointed me, to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives,
And sight to the blind, and sight to the blind.
To set at liberty those who are oppressed,
And proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

Blessed are You
Matthew 5

by John and Ross Harding

He looked and He saw the people and had compassion on them, for they were like sheep

Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
BIessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!

Remember Mary
Matthew 26

by John and Ross Harding

And a woman came to Him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it upon His feet.
I cannot look at your face - I dare not - for I have sinned so much and you know my heart. I want to look at you Jesus, but I have not the power to lift my eyes for I am guilty - oh so guilty. What can I do? For I am lost and yet you care - even for me. So I will pour this ointment upon you feet dear Lord. The ointment smells so sweet; smells so. sweet; and yet I am a broken creature, I'm only but dust, only dust.... till you turn to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust; and to dust you shall return.
You have done a beautiful thing to me Mary, in pouring this ointment on my body, you have prepared me for burial.
Your sins are forgiven, for you have loved much.

Hosanna!
Matthew 21

by John and Ross Harding

Hosanna to the Son of David
Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest!
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest!
Go, go tell Jerusalem,
Behold your King is coming to you,
Humble, sitting on a colt,
Go and tell Jerusalem, behold your King is coming
to you!
Chorus
0 let all the world rejoice,
Let all the world rejoice and be glad,
For out of the mouths of sucklings and babes,
The Lord God Almighty,
He has brought forth perfect praise!
Chorus

Side Three: The Trial

Hosanna! reprise

Love one another, little children
John 13

by John and Ross Harding

Let not your hearts be troubled, and neither let them be afraid.
Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many mansions, and I am going to prepare a place for you.

Little children, yet a little while I'm with you,
You will seek me and you shall not find me,
For where I'm going you cannot come.
But rejoice! I'm going to my Father.

But I give you a new commandment,
That you love one another.
Even as I have loved you, by this all men will know,
That you are my disciples so.
Little children love one another
Love one another little children.

Little children, yet a little while I'm with you,
Yet a little while He's with you,
You will seek me and you shall not find me,
No, you will not find Him,
For where I'm going you cannot come,
No you cannot go with Him,
But rejoice I I'm going to my Father,
He's going to His Father.

Little children, yet a little while I'm with you,
Yet a little while He's with you,
You will seek me and you shall not find me,
No, you will not find Him,
For where I'm going you cannot come,
No you cannot go with Him,
But rejoice! I'm going to my Father,
He's going to His Father.
When two or three are gathered in my name,
There will I be in the midst of them,
If you have love one for another,
Even the love I share with you,
Little children love one another,
Love one another, little children,

Little children, love one another, Love one another, little children.

We may all be one in love
John 17

by John and Ross Harding

Father my hour has come, glorify your name,
Your little children that you gave to me,
They know you sent me, but my hour has come,
I pray you keep them safe in your loving name.
I pray my Father they may be one, even as we are one,
And for their sakes I give myself,
That we may be one in love.
And Holy Father, not only for these I pray,
But for all who believe through their word
That we may be one in love.
That we may all be one in love, that we may all be one.
And Holy Father not only for these I pray But for all who believe through their word, That we may all be one.

That we may all be one in love, that we may all be one.

Do you now believe? The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered every man to his home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.
And they seized Him - led him away to the High Priest's house, and to trial.

Who will believe this report?
Isaiah 53

by John and Ross Harding

Who will believe this report?
Who will listen, who will listen?
To whom will God reveal His saving power?
In God's eyes He was like a tender green shoot,
Sprouting from a root in a dry and sterile ground.
But in our eyes there was no loveliness at all,
Nothing to make us want Him. We despised Him, and rejected Him, A man of sorrows and acquainted with bitterest grief.

As He went walking by, we turned our backs on him, And looked the other way, looked the other way.
It was our grief He bore, our sorrows that weighed Him down,
He was wounded and bruised for our sins,
Chastised that we may have peace.
He was lashed, lashed, lashed, lashed, lashed.
And we were healed.
And God laid on Him the guilt and the sin of every one of us.
Crucify, away with Him. Crucify, away with Him.
Prophesy, who hit you then?
Give to us, give to us . . . Barabbas!
Hail, hail, hail the King of the Jews.
Hail, hail, hail the King of the Jews.
Hail, hail, hail the King of the Jews.

 

Are you Christ the Son of the Blessed?
Are you Christ the Son of the Blessed?
Are you the Son of the Blessed?
Are you the Son of the Blessed?

I am
Matthew 26 / Revelation 19

by John and Ross Harding

ARE you, are YOU, Christ the Son of the Blessed? I am, I am and you will see the Son of Man, Sitting at the right hand of power, And coming with the clouds of heaven.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord!
For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.
Let us be glad and rejoice and honour Him.
For the time has come for the wedding banquet of the Lamb.

And His Bride has prepared herself, and she's clothed with fine linen pure and bright.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord!
For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.
Let us be glad and rejoice and honour Him.
For the time has come for the wedding banquet of the Lamb.

And His Bride has prepared herself, and she's clothed with fine linen pure and bright.
He's the King of Kings; And the Lord of Lords,
He's the King of Kings; And the Lord of Lords,
He's the King of Kings!
And He's coming with the clouds of heaven.

Lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies .. .BLASPHEMY! Crucify, crucify, crucify, crucify, crucify, crucify.

Father, forgive them
Luke 23

by John and Ross Harding

Father forgive them, they know not what they do.
Father, Oh Father they know not what they do.
Forgive them their trespasses as I forgive them.
Father forgive them, they know not what they do.
Father forgive them, Father forgive them,
Father forgive them, Father forgive.

Part Four: Crucifixion / Resurrection / New Creation

The Sacrifice
Psalm 22

by John Harding

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
My God, my God, why , why, why, why have you
forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me,
From the words of my groaning?
O my God I cry by the night and by the day, But you do not answer me.
And my tears flow to the dust.
Yet thou art holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel,
In thee our fathers trusted, they trusted and thou didst deliver them.
To thee they cried and were saved,
In thee they, trusted and were not disappointed.
All who see me mock at me, for I am despised by the people.
He committed his cause to the Lord, Ha ha ha,
Let him deliver him, Ha ha ha.
Let him rescue him, Ha ha ha.
For he delights in him, Ha ha ha.
They open wide their mouths at me like a ravening and roaring lion.
He committed his cause to the Lord, Ha ha ha,
Let him deliver him, Ha ha ha.
Let him rescue him, Ha ha ha.
For he delights in him, Ha ha ha.

All who see me mock at me. . . for I am despised by the people.

They have nailed my hands and my feet,
And all my bones are out of joint
hey stare and gloat over me
They have nailed my hands and my feet
They have nailed my hands and my feet
They have nailed my hands and my feet
They share out my clothes among them
And are throwing dice for my coat.
They have nailed my hands and my feet
They have nailed my hands and my feet
They have nailed my hands and my feet

Save my soul, from the sword 0 Lord, Save my soul, from the sword, Save my soul. Save SAve SAVe SAVE! . . . It is finished! Father into thy hands I commit my spirit.

The Shepherd
Psalm 23

by Andy Kinch

The Lord's my shepherd, I shall not want,
He makes me to lie down, in green pastures,
He leads me beside still waters,
He restores my soul,
He leads in paths of righteousness,
For His name's sake.
Even though I will walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me,
In the presence of my enemies,
Thou anointest my head with oil,
And my cup over flows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me,
All the days of my life,
I shall dwell in your house,
I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever and ever
As long as I live.
Oh, I shall live forever, in the house of my God! Well done, good and faithful servant, Enter now into the joy of your Lord!

Instrumental of Joy

Arise my love
Song of Songs 2

by John and Ross Harding

He brought me to His banqueting house,
And His banner over me is love,
He brought me to His banqueting house,
And His banner over me is love.
Here he is, here he is, quietly standing.

Behind our wall so patiently, quietly standing, Looking through the lattice, quietly standing. Gazing in at the windows, quietly standing.
Here he is, here he is, quietly standing,
Here he is, here he is, quietly loving,
Looking into our hearts, quietly loving,
Longing for our love, quietly loving,
Smiling into our eyes, quietly loving. Here he is, here he is, quietly loving.

He brought me to his banqueting house,
And his banner over me is love,
He brought me to his banqueting house,
And his banner over me is love.
Arise my love my fair one, and come away with me.
Arise my love my fair one, and come away with me.
For lo, the winter is passed and the rain is o'er and gone, Come away with me. The fig tree puts forth its fruit, the vines are in blossom, they put forth their fragrance. Come away with me. Arise my love, my fair one, and come away with me.

O my dove in the cleft of a rock, held in a covert of a cliff, Let me see your face, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely. Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb of God. For it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom of heaven.

They have conquered
Revelation 12

by John and Ross Harding

Now the salvation and the power, and the kingdom of our God, The authority of Christ have come, The accuser of the brethren, has been cast down to earth, Who accuses them night and day before God.

They have conquered, they have conquered, they have conquered.
By the blood of the Lamb.
They have conquered, they have conquered, they have conquered, By the word of their mouth. They have conquered, they have conquered, they have conquered, By the blood of the Lamb. They have conquered, they have conquered, they have conquered, As they love not their lives unto death.

Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account, and they deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death for my sake. Rejoice! and be glad for your reward is great in heaven. For the servant is not greater than his master, and as they have done unto me, they will do also unto you. Peace I leave with you - not the peace that the world gives, give I unto you - so let not your hearts be troubled neither let them be afraid. In the world you have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world!

Now the salvation and the power, and the kingdom of our God, The authority of Christ have come, The accuser of the brethren has been cast down to earth, Who accuses them night and day before God.

We will conquer, we will conquer, we will conquer,
By the blood of the Lamb.
We will conquer, we will conquer, we will conquer,
By the word of our mouth.
We will conquer, we will conquer, we will conquer,
By the blood of the Lamb.
We will conquer, we will conquer, we will conquer.
As we love not our lives unto death.

And there was Light
Revelation 21

by John and Ross Harding

Behold the dwelling place of God rests with men. They shall be His people, He will dwell with them.

Behold the dwelling place of God it rests with men,
They shall be His people, He will dwell with them,
And God Himself will be with them,
And wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death shall be no more and neither shall there be sorrow or crying.
The former things have passed away.
Behold I make all things new,
The Spirit and the Bride say . - Come. And there was Light.


A double album was produced containing all the songs and narration from the show.

Music: John and Ross Harding
Recording Engineers: Helmut Kaufmann / Bob Graham
Mix Downs: Bob Graham
Recorded at: Echo Studios, Eastbourne
Sleeve designed at: Our House by Bernard A Cope
Sleeve photography: Paul Burford
Arrangers: Peter Poyser / Jonathan Francis
Conductor: Jonathan Francis
Cutting Engineer: John Wadley
Mastered at: EMI Abbey Road

A few, fairly naff, photos

  Herb rehearing with Les Paul[img_assist|nid=330|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=64|height=100]
  Recording the acoustic tracks[img_assist|nid=318|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=100|height=67]
  Getting the lead tracks down[img_assist|nid=317|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=88|height=100]
  Jonathan Francis[img_assist|nid=295|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=65|height=100]
  Jed and Herb[img_assist|nid=308|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=100|height=62]
  Bob Graham and John Harding[img_assist|nid=311|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=100|height=64]
  Jon and John[img_assist|nid=312|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=100|height=63]
 

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