Our closing song at mgpc this morning was ‘And Can It Be’, words by Charles Wesley and sung to the tune ‘Sagina’.
The hymn has long stood as the classic example of praising God by proclaiming to Him the experience of receiving His gift of new life.
The lyric set we used was based on the classic version from the Together For The Gospel CD, but Paul and I both prefer the traditional form of the chorus, as represented in the lyrics below, rather than using the ‘Amazing love…’ refrain from verse 1 as a chorus for all the verses.
We left the third line of verse 2 stand. Theological types can mentally reserve the truth that Jesus was not empty of all but love, but the fullness of the God-head dwelt in Him bodily, while trying to appreciate that the intent of Wesley was not to diminish the Lord Jesus, but to magnify His condescension in coming to save us.

The lyrics:
1.
And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain;
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
2.
He left His Father’s throne above:
So free – so infinite His grace –
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race.
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free
For O my God, it found out me!
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free
For O my God, it found out me!
3.
Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light
My chains fell off, my heart was free
I rose, went forth, and followed
My chains fell off, my heart was free
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee
4.
No condemnation now I dread
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine
Alive in Him, my living Head
And clothed in righteousness divine
Bold I approach the eternal throne
And claim the crown, through Christ my own
Bold I approach the eternal throne
And claim the crown, through Christ my own

I like this YouTube, which is well sung by a massed choir, and at a good tempo.

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