Stand By Me: Hymns of Hope & Healing

by Pax Ressler

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This album is a collection of soulful hymn meditations/arrangements from the "Hymnal: A Worship Book" (1992). This album includes piano/vocal, a cappella, cello-accompanied and guitar-accompanied tracks in a variety of musical styles.

Pax Ressler grew up in the tradition of four-part hymn singing—a tradition that continues to inform their work as a composer, arranger and performer. This album was created with the intention of bringing greater hope and healing into the world.

In order to reduce cost and negative environmental impact, this album is only available as a digital download. Thank you!


released November 18, 2014

Pax Ressler - arranger, vocals, piano
Logan Ressler - arranger, guitar
Justin Yoder - cello
Ariel Ressler MacNeill - vocals



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Pax Ressler Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pax Ressler is a performer, composer and arranger who grew up in the tradition of four-part hymn singing. Pax's love of music was fostered by hymns from an early age and four-part hymn singing has been woven into the fabric of their musicality, life and faith. As an adult, four-part hymns have informed Pax's work as a composer, tuning their ear to inward harmony and voice leading. ... more

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Track Name: O healing river
O healing river, send down your waters,
send down your waters upon this land.
O healing river, send down your waters,
and wash the blood from off the sand.

This land is parching, this land is burning,

no seed is growing in the barren ground.
O healing river, send down your waters,
O healing river, send your waters down.

Let the seed of freedom, awake and flourish,
let the deep roots nourish, let the tall stalks rise.
O healing river, send down your waters,
O healing river, from out of the skies.
Track Name: My life flows on
My life flows on in endless song, above earth’s lamentation.
I catch the sweet, though far off hymn that hails a new creation.

No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since love is Lord of heav’n and earth, how can I keep from singing?

Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing?

What though my joys and comforts die? The Lord my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round? Songs in the night they giveth.

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart, a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am God’s! How can I keep from singing?
Track Name: Be thou my vision
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me save that thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night, 
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord.
Thou my great Parent, thy child may I be, thou in my dwelling, and I one with thee.

Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise; thou mine inheritance, now and always.
Thou and thou only, first in my heart, High One of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High One of heaven, when freedom is won may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun! Heart of my heart, whatever befall, still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
Track Name: Lord, thou hast searched me
Lord, thou hast searched me and dost know where’er I rest, where’er I go.
Thou knowest all that I have planned, and all my ways are in they hand.

My words from thee I cannot hide; I feel thy pow’r on ev’ry side —
oh, wondrous knowledge, awful might, unfathomed depths, unmeasured height!

Where can I go apart from thee, or whither from thy presence flee?
In heav’n? It is thy dwelling fair. In death’s abode? Lo, thou art there.

If I the wings of morning take, and far away my dwelling make,
the hand that leadeth me is thine, and my support thy pow’r divine.

If deepest darkness cover me, the darkness hideth not from thee.
To thee both night and day are bright; the darkness shineth as the light.
Track Name: O thou, in whose presence
O thou, in whose presence my soul takes delight, on whom in affliction I call,

my comfort by day and my song in the night, my hope, my salvation, my all;
where dost thou, dear Shepherd, resort with thy sheep, to feed in the pastures of love?
Say, why in the valley of death should I weep, or lone in the wilderness rove?

Oh, why should I wander an alien from thee, or cry in the desert for bread?
Thy foes will rejoice when my sorrows they see, and smile at the tears I have shed.
They look, and ten thousands of angels rejoice, and myriads wait for their word.
They speak, and eternity, filled with their voice, reechoes the praise of the Lord.
Track Name: My Shepherd will supply my need
My shepherd will supply my need;
Jehovah is their name.
In pastures fresh they make me feed, beside the living stream. 

They bring my wand’ring spirit back, 
when I forsake their ways,
and leads me for their mercy’s sake, in paths of truth and grace.

When I walk through the shades of death, thy presence is my stay. 

One word of thy supporting breath drives all my fears away.
Thy hand, in sight of all my foes, doth still my table spread.
My cup with blessings overflows, thine oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God attend me all my days.
Oh, may thy house be mind a-bode, and all my work be praise.
There would I find a settled rest, while others go and come,
no more a stranger, nor a guest, but like a child at home.
Track Name: Spiritual Medley
Wade in the water,
wade in the water, children,
wade in the water.
God’s gonna trouble the water.

I want Jesus to walk with me.
I want Jesus to walk with me.
All along my pilgrim journey,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

Steal away, steal away,
steal away to Jesus!
Steal away, steal away home,
I ain’t got long to stay here.
Track Name: Guide my feet
Guide my feet while I run this race (3 times)
for I don’t want to run this race in vain!

Hold my hand, stand by me, I’m your child, search my heart...
Track Name: Oh, have you not heard
O have you not heard of that beautiful stream that flows through the promised land?
Its waters gleam bright in the heavenly light and ripple o’er golden sand.

O seek that beautiful stream, O seek that beautiful stream.
Its waters, so free, are flowing for thee, O seek that beautiful stream.

Its fountains are deep and its waters are pure, and sweet to the weary soul.
It flows from the throne of Jehovah alone! O come where its bright waves roll.

Oh, will you not drink of this beautiful stream, and dwell on its peaceful shore?
The Spirit says: Come, all ye weary ones, home, and wander in fear no more.
Track Name: When the storms of life are raging
When the storms of life are raging, stand by me;
when the storms of life are raging, stand by me.
When the world is tossing me, like a ship upon the sea,
thou who rulest wind and water, stand by me.

In the midst of faults and failures, stand by me;
in the midst of faults and failures, stand by me.
When I’ve done the best I can, and my friends misunderstand,
thou who knowest all about me, stand by me.

When I’m growing old and feeble, stand by me;
when I’m growing old and feeble, stand by me.
When my life becomes a burden, and I’m nearing chilly Jordan,
O thou Lily of the Valley, stand by me.
Track Name: Abide with me
Abide with me! Fast falls the eventide.
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
help of the helpless, O abide with me.

I fear no foe, with thee at hand to bless.
Ills have no weight and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave thy victory?
I triumph still, if thou abide with me.

Hold then thy cross before my closing eyes.
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies.
Heavn’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
in life and death, O Lord, abide with me.