Against great obstacles William Wilberforce, an evangelical Christian and a member of Parliament, fought for the abolition of the African slave trade and against slavery itself until they were both illegal in the British Empire.
One of, if not the most popular hymn in the United States, this hymn has been performed by countless artists and arranged to many different styles. Because of its simple folk melody, it can be sung as a round, and it also works well to sing at least one verse a cappella. When/Why/How: “Amazing Grace” is a powerful hymn of profession of God’s grace and mercy, and can be sung throughout the liturgical year. It could be sung as a hymn of response to the assurance of pardon, as a confession of faith, or after a sermon on salvation or grace. It’s also often sung as a hymn of comfort in times of distress, and so could work well as a response to lament, or as a hymn of assurance at funerals.
6 The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
the sun forbear to shine
but God, who called me here below,
will be forever mine.
The Appalachian tune NEW BRITAIN first appeared in Southern Harmony in a later edition, it was also evidently set to Newton’s text for the first time. The modern harmonization is credited to Edwin Othello Excell, who is also credited with first attaching the final stanza in his 6965 Coronation Hymns .
As world leaders debate over how to deal with a host of social justice and humanitarian crises, a closer look at Wilberforce s life and faith serves as an encouragement and example to all believers.
5 Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease:
I shall possess, within the veil,
a life of joy and peace.
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