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Hymn of the Week – Amazing Grace

05/11/2011

This weeks hymn of the week is perhaps the most popular hymn in the world. Written by John Newton in 1779, it has been sung by dozens of choirs, singers and musicians, and even featured as a bagpipe solo by a Scottish Regimental Band.

The hymn reflects Newton’s own spiritual experience. The Anglican Clergyman, former ship captain and slave trader had experienced many disasters and dangers throughout his life, including being press ganged into the navy, being flogged to within an inch of his life, being shipwrecked, being starved, and finally being caught in a terrible storm off the coast of Ireland which almost sunk the ship on which he was travelling. It limped into Lough Swilly, as the crew ate the last morsels of food on board, and within a few hours of its arriving in the shelter of the lough, another huge storm blew up in the Atlantic, which would surely have sunk the ship.

It was during that storm at sea when Newton had finally cried out for mercy from God, and experienced the amazing grace of God, wherein forgiveness could be found, even for a wretched sinner like Newton.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me….
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

T’was Grace that taught…
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear…
the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares…
we have already come.
T’was Grace that brought us safe thus far…
and Grace will lead us home.

The Lord has promised good to me…
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be…
as long as life endures.

When we’ve been here ten thousand years…
bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise…
then when we’ve first begun.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me….
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

May God’s grace be in evidence to us all throughout this next week.

From → Hymns and Praise

3 Comments
  1. Ivor permalink

    Oh good. Great site by the way.

  2. You are absolutely right Ivor! A silly slip of the Word Processor! I’ll fix it right away.

    Thanks

    Bob

  3. Ivor permalink

    Is it not John Newton rather, not Isaac Newton?

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