Thursday, November 22, 2012

Amazing Grace Doxology (Thanksgiving Day), by DianaDee Osborne


ALBUM:      Amazing Grace 'n' Tears
Song location
Song Story:  THE  MUSIC:
             This song was "accidentally" -- in a God-led-way  -- designed as a fun ROUND for congregations, youth groups, and more.  One evening after I'd tuned my guitar for church band practice and had finished running through difficult passages, I still had time before others came....
             so I started “just playing” chord progressions.  As I played these, the traditional words to the Doxology came to mind along with this new melody.
             And then somehow -- God-how -- I realized first that Amazing Grace could be sung to this new song AND it could be sung WITH  the Doxology. Praising God From Whom All Blessings Flow--including Wonderful new songs!  God and I then  created two separate melodies for Amazing Grace verses. Another wow from Creator God!

Song Story:  THE  LYRICS (for a 3-section choir or congregation):
       All lyrics are from ancient hymns that are public domain.  I kept the original melody for Amazing Grace but created a new counter-melody for the ancient praise DOXOLOGY with my added words at the end, "Hallelujah!  We love and praise You God!" Dedicated to THE God we worship, 6 May 2012
PART 1  -  Unison  -- continues throughout song:

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow, praise
Him, all creatures here below,  praise
Father, Son and Holy Ghost!  Hallelujah!  We
love and praise You God!

PART 2  -  lower voices begin verse 1 below, as a round with Part 1
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.

‘Twas 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,  

I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,  

and grace will lead me 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.

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.
When we’ve been there 10,000 years,  bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise  

       than when we’d first begun!

PART 3  -    higher voices  -- Begin Verse 1 after Part 2 has sung it once.

"And  of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given through Moses, [but] grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" -- John 1: 16-17 new KJV
©2012 DianaDee Osborne (all material), all rights reserved.  FREE personal usage; see website

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