Tuesday, May 17, 2016

We Are Marching On With Shield And Banner Bright (Happy Song)


Good morning from Australia

Start your day with this .... and sing every word as loud as you can

Make the neighbours wonder what's going on. Jay Harley Gott 




The Salvation Army Song Book #989 - Tune - Happy Song Congregational Song Used with permission






It remains one of the biggest surprises I've ever had in my life when I discovered that this is not an 'Army' song! It just seems so much that it SHOULD have been - it even has the words 'In the Open Air our Army we prepare as we gather round our blessed standard'!!

Yet it was written by Fanny Crosby and published before 1874 - when the SA did not even exist (still the Christian Mission)!It remains one of the biggest surprises I've ever had in my life when I discovered that this is not an 'Army' song! It just seems so much that it SHOULD have been - it even has the words 'In the Open Air our Army we prepare as we gather round our blessed standard'!!

Yet it was written by Fanny Crosby and published before 1874 - when the SA did not even exist (still the Christian Mission)!


Marc Harry







At three o'clock in the morning the phone rang in our Moscow flat, we'd been alerted to the fact that the Auckland Congress Hall Corps would be calling us, during their Sunday Holiness Meeting. It was the week-end when the SA was re-opening the work in Russia following an absence of 70 years. Colonel George Church, IHQ, was with Kathie and me, and we sat huddled at the small table waiting for the phone to buzz - Russian phones don't ring, too gentle a sound!

The phone rang and three ears pushed against the ear piece- "Hello- the Army in New Zealand here- Captain David Major, CO. We have a full hall and all our sections and congregation want to add our praise to your celebrations - so here is our message: (the band will lead us) We Are Marching On With Shield And Banner Bright; the phone slipped out of my hand- tears and trembling - there were more Salvationist in the SA hall in that far off country than in all of the former Soviet Union! Of course it's an Army song!


One Army - One Message - One Master- Hallelujah!


Sven Ljungholm
Moscow with Katya Ivanova (Admin Assistant & Translator)

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