I love this tune. "The Water is Wide" was one of my favorite chorus pieces in high school.
Hey, that's in our choir files somewhere! Very nice. And I do think that your church and my church must have been built by the same architect... almost creepy how alike they are, inside and out.
Jen,Was Dave Fielding a pastor there in the past?
Not that I know of. If you have a minute, email the addy in my blogger profile and I'll give you a quick run-down of past pastors.
Sorry! I don't like it!What's wrong with a good Lutheran hymn?
Anon,LOL! I don't like Amazing Grace either. BUT if I have to have it, I much prefer it in this setting to the tune its usually sung to. For myself, I'd rather sing about the grace itself: "Dear Christians, One and All Rejoice!"
We have such a beautiful church and such talented musicians. God is good to us at St. Paul.
'O Waly Waly' is also the tune for LSB 595 - a lovely baptismal hymn with beautiful imagery. I'm not a big fan of Amazing Grace in general, but when used at distribution it associates the Lord's graciousness with the means by which he is gracious to us.
I like the original, but, the only way you can really mess up the hymn is in the words, not the music.At least there wasn't any "that saved and set me free".The guy who wrote the original, John Newton, knew a little something about being a wretch who was saved by amazing grace. He was a slave trader.
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