Kind of Weather We Had Yesterday (Look at the Cup: It's Full​!​)

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‘The Kind of Weather We Had Yesterday’ takes its title from a curiously sedate and earthbound aside, which MacMillan spoke in the middle of a highly-charged passage of preaching. (It is not untypical of those living with dementia to suddenly switch to an unrelated topic of conversation.) His focal theme was two full cups: the one that ‘runneth over’, mentioned in the psalm, and the other – filled with suffering – which Christ asked the Father to take from him, at Gethsemane (Psalm 23.5, Matthew 26.39). MacMillan’s delivery combines the passion of a Welsh preacher’s hywl with the gusto of a sports commentator anticipating a score. The emotive and sometimes musical articulations, derived from the four days of sermon material, were collaged out of order, and overlaid contrapunctually in some cases. The effect is that of a somewhat disinhibited, elated, and emphatic speech. The jazz-like background loop combines sounds (such as a knock, click, and car accelerating) heard inside and outside the chapel during the intervals between the preacher’s pronouncements.

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The eternal Son, shining out
The eternal Son of God

The eternal Son, shining out
The eternal Son of God

That great Shepherd of the sheep

For the endless ages of eternity

In the shadow of death

He bore our sins in his own body on a tree

He paid the price of the guilt of your sin

To get hung in glory, heaven in his hand in the other, of his name as Saviour, wrenched them apart
To get human body in one hand and his human soul in the other, and they rendered them, and you see there they rendered them apart

The eternal Son, shining out
The eternal Son of God

The eternal Son, shining out
The eternal Son of God

That great Shepherd of the sheep

Here’s to the Father the eternal Father

It’s holding a cup

Beneath his hand comes down on it

Look at the cup: it’s full

And its full of the wrath of a holy and almighty God

For the endless ages of eternity

He is the Father, the eternal Father
To know the love of the Father, the eternal Father

He is the Father, the eternal Father
To know the love of the Father, the eternal Father

Kind of weather we had yesterday
Kind of weather we had yesterday

He is the Father, the eternal Father
To know the love of the Father, the eternal Father

He is the Father, the eternal Father
To know the love of the Father, the eternal Father

Kind of weather we had yesterday
Kind of weather we had yesterday

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from I. Nothing. Lack (Psalm 23), released March 6, 2018

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John Harvey Ceredigion, UK

Harvey is a historian of art, visual culture, and sound art, and also a sound- and visual-art practitioner. His research field is the visual and sonic culture of religion, principally. He explores non-iconic attitudes to visualization and sonic articulations of religion by engaging visual, textual, and audible sources, theological and cultural ideas, and systemic and audiovisualogical processes. ... more

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