Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.@Micah 5:2
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Richard W. Adams (1952–)

Richard W. Adams, December 11, 2017. Inspired by O Astonishing Grace, by Charles Wesley, Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord, 1745.

Lyons, attributed to Johann M. Haydn (1737–1806); arranged by William Gardiner, Sacred Melodies (London: 1815) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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St. John’s Anglican Church
Darlinghurst, New South Wales

Astonishing grace: A race so defiled,
So buried in sin, can be reconciled!
For God all is possible, no cause too high;
See Wisdom and Love to His creatures draw nigh.

The Spirit of God contends with our will,
Our obstinate pride, yet Love sought us still;
He stooped down from Heaven, assumed flesh and bone,
Laid hold of our nature, and joined to His own.

Immanuel came down, the world to redeem,
Our God in the flesh, the Savior supreme;
Our sins to forgive and our souls wash in blood,
So man may again be united to God!

O glorious hope, to see face to face;
Sing Bethlehem’s praise, hosannas to grace!
Such love beyond measure, what mercy so mild,
O wonder of wonders, that God was a child!