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Grace Greater Than Our Sin/Amazing Grace Lyrics

Grace Greater Than Our Sin`1910
lyr.Julia Harriette Johnston (1849-1919), in «Hymns Tried and True» (Chicago, Illinois: The Bible Institute Colportage Association, 1911), number 2.
mus.Daniel Brink Towner (1850-1919)
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans
5:20 Moreover the law entered,
that the offence might abound.
But where sin abounded,
grace did much more abound:
5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death,
even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians
2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:
2:9 Not of works,
lest any man should boast.
Sing to the Lord 084

Grace, grace, God's grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God's grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.

Somebody say Grace...God's grace
(Grace, grace, God's grace)
Grace that will pardon...cleanse within
(Grace that will pardon and cleanse within)
Grace, grace...Talking about God's grace
(Grace, grace, God's grace)
Grace that is greater than all our sin

Grace that is greater than all our sin
Ephesians Two, Eight and Nine, says this:
For by grace you have been saved
through faith, and that, not of yourselves
It is the gift of God
It's not by works, so that no man should boast
Grace that looks beyond faults, sees needs, and forgives
The Scripture says
if we confess our sins
He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins
and cleanse us of all unrightetousness

Amazing Grace
lyr.:John Newton (1725-1807) [England], Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779). Exception: the last stanza is by an unknown author; it appeared as early as 1829 in the Baptist Songster, by R. Winchell (Wethersfield, Connecticut), as the last stanza of the song "Jerusalem My Happy Home."
mus.:"New Britain," in «Virginia Harmony,» by James P. Carrell and David S. Clayton (Winchester, Virginia: 1831)
This is probably the most popular hymn in the English language-a television documentary was even made about it. Perhaps it is because its words so well describe the author: John Newton was a slave trader before coming to Christ. It was sung at the funeral of American president Ronald Reagan.
Sing to Lord 085
Redback 057
Cokesbury 043
Great Gospel 164
All-American 314

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

7.[v.4 in Redback, Cokesbury, Great Gospel, and All-American; v.5 in Sing to the Lord]
When we've been there...ten thousand years
(When we've been there ten thousand years)
Bright shining as the sun, bright shining as the sun
(Bright shining as the sun)
We've no less sing God's praise
(We've no less days to sing God's praise)
Than when we first, when we first begun.
(Than when we've first begun)

Let somebody lift your voice and sing, Praise God...Praise God
(Praise God, praise God, praise God, praise God)
Praise God, praise God, praise God
Praise God, praise God, praise God, praise God
Praise God, praise God, praise God

Oh, Lord, I want to praise you today
for all you've done
You've been faithful to me, Lord
down through the years
I've trusted in you, Lord
And you've never let me down
Makes me want to lift my arms and praise you
God, I praise you today, for your grace is amazing
Praise God
[not sung:
"Grace Greater than Our Sin"
Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary's mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?

"Amazing Grace"
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.

3. [v.4 in Sing to the Lord]
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

4.* [v.3 in Sing to the Lord]
The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

* not in Redback, Cokesbury, Great Gospel, or All-American
† not in Redback, Cokesbury, Great Gospel, All-American, or Sing to the Lord
John Newton
Born: July 24, 1725, London, England.
Died: December 21, 1807, London, England.
Buried: Originally at St. Mary Woolnoth Church, Lombard Street, London. In 1893, Newton and his wife Mary were reinterred in the southeast corner of the graveyard at St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Olney.
Pseudonym: Omicron.

Newton's mother died when he was seven years old. At age 11, with but two years schooling and only a rudimentary knowledge of Latin, John went to sea with his father. His life at sea was filled with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and a sailor's recklessness. He grew into a godless and abandoned man. He was once flogged as a deserter from the navy, and for 15 months lived, half starved and ill treated, as a slave in Africa.
A chance reading of Thomas à Kempis sowed the seed of his conversion. It was accelerated by a night spent steering a waterlogged ship in the face of apparent death. He was then 23 years old. Over the next six years, during which he commanded a slave ship, his faith matured. He spent the next nine years mostly in Liverpool, studying Hebrew and Greek and mingling with Whitefield, Wesley, and the Nonconformists. He was eventually ordained, and became curate at Olney, Buckinghamshire, in 1764. It was at Olney that he formed a life long friendship with William Cowper, and produced the Olney Hymns.

A marble plaque at St. Mary Woolnoth carried the epitaph which Newton himself wrote:

Once an infidel and libertine
A servant of slaves in Africa,
Was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour
restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach
the Gospel which he had long laboured to destroy.
He ministered,
Near sixteen years in Olney, in Bucks,
And twenty-eight years in this Church
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