Sunday Singables: "Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder"

"Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder" by John Newton, released by Jars of Clay on Redemption Songs (2005) and by Indelible Grace on For All the Saints (2003)

(this is the Jars of Clay recording)

This song, originally written by John Newton, is featured in the Trinity Hymnal with a different melody. The tune linked above is an alternative one that I really enjoy. While both melodies work in different contexts, the one I'll be featuring today is the more contemporary one done by both Jars of Clay and Indelible Grace.

Why I recommend this song for worship-

Wondering at the cross is something we don't do enough of as Christians. Maybe we don't know what is so special about the cross. Maybe the awe of someone dying for our sins and freeing us from death wears off over time. I think most, if not all, of us could attest to the fact that our passion waxes and wanes depending on how life is going. That is where this song can be very effective. It calls us back to wonder at being cleansed by the blood of Christ. And not only that, it actually spells out why we should wonder in each of the verses. It reminds us that we shouldn't fear the Law anymore because Christ has obeyed perfectly in our place. It reminds us of the saints who have gone before us and the hope that awaits in heaven. And it reminds  us of the grace freely given to all who are in Christ. This song has refocused me many times on Who I need to worship and why He is worthy of that worship. You can add to all those reasons mentioned above a very singable melody and a fun echo part for the ladies and you get a song that is perfect for worship or just singing along with in the car.

Changes I've Made-
As usual, the only real adjustment I've made is putting it in a guitar/singer friendly key. The .pdf link below will give you a sheet in the key of C, and you can even do it in E if you want to try out the partial capo chords. However, I think D is the perfect key both for the range of your average singer and the ease of the chords involved. There are additional verses that can be added from the Trinity Hymnal or Indelible Grace's website if you want to pack the song with even more great theology.

(just click and copy/paste it into a document to print, play, and use)


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