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The Story behind Amazing Grace

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

Happy Wednesday! It seems so strange to not have choir practice today, but I was happy to finally be back in the church building to meet with Pastor Craig and play the organ again.

This Sunday for our first online service we will be singing together that beloved, immortal, time-honored, and favorite hymn, “Amazing Grace. “ But do you know the story behind how it was written?

Wikipedia tells us, (excerpted) “"Amazing Grace" is a Christian hymn published in 1779, with words written in 1772 by the English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton (1725–1807).

Newton wrote the words from personal experience. He grew up without any particular religious conviction, but his life's path was formed by a variety of twists and coincidences that were often put into motion by others' reactions to what they took as his recalcitrant insubordination.]

[With the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, "Amazing Grace" is one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world.”]

But I will let Wintley Phipps tell you the rest of this “Amazing” story! The first link below is the story of the song and him singing the first verse, but the second is a video of him singing it in the beautiful acoustics at Carnegie Hall.

The power of this song always moves me, but Mr. Phipps’ rendition never fails to move me to tears.

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