Most of the churches we’ve been in sang the first verse and the last verse of every song. Occasionally, there would be a third one thrown in. At this church, we noticed right away that every verse is sung. mmmmmm
When we had our music based VBS, that was explained in one of the sessions. The entire song tells a story. If you don’t sing it all, you miss part of the story. I’d never thought of that before. Of course I knew the verses worked together, but I’d not considered looking at them altogether. Isn’t it amazing how habit takes over and your brain ceases to function?
Today we sang Amazing Grace. Newton wrote the words in 1779 (I think) and it was not set to music until the 1800s. It was a poem and only a poem for a long time. A story of redemption told.
It bothered me at first to sing all the verses, mainly because so much of the actual music is new to me, but I’ve tried to take this to heart and read as well as hear the words that build to a story in song. Relax with the music and appreciate the message God would have me hear.
Here’s a shorter one we sang today, also by Newton:
May the grace of Christ our Savior
And the Father’s boundless love
With the Holy Spirit’s favor,
Rest upon us from above.
Thus may we abide in union
With each other and the Lord,
And possess, in sweet communion,
Joys which earth cannot afford.