Behind the Music
For most of us, John Newton's name is immediately associated with two things: the author of Amazing Grace and the slave trader who turned Christian. Yet, as with everyone, his life was filled with more than just a couple of notable facts. John Newton's story is that of a life that was a truly gospel-centered. He never lost the wonder that it is to be saved by our Creator. A great example to demonstrate his lifestyle of wonderment is found in the beautiful hymns that he shared with the world. He was a prolific hymn writer that wrote hundreds of hymns including the little gem that we like to sing at our place, "Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder." He published this hymn with his friend William Cooper in a massive hymnal called Olney Hymns. Below is an excerpt from Christianity Today that gives some context to the hymn Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder. You will also find some great resources about John Newton below the article.
Excerpt from Christianity Today:
In 1769, Newton began a Thursday evening prayer service. For almost every week’s service, he wrote a hymn to be sung to a familiar tune. Newton challenged Cowper also to write hymns for these meetings, which he did until falling seriously ill in 1773. Newton later combined 280 of his own hymns with 68 of Cowper’s in what was to become the popular "Olney Hymns". Among the well-known hymns in it are “Amazing Grace,” “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken,” “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds,” “O for a Closer Walk with God,” and “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood.” … you can view the entire article here.
- The Roots of Endurance | Amazon | PDF | Buy it from Desiring God (book about John Newton)
- Biography from John Piper
- Olney Hymns – Edited by John Newton
- Beyond Amazing Grace: Website Dedicated to John Newton’s Work
Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder
The video below is a simple recording from the college fellowship that produced the current melody we sing here at The Creek. It is a super fun little song to watch.