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Amazing Grace Chant

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

The Catechism says that those who know Christ’s forgiveness are “to thank God for such deliverance” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 2). As a result, “With our whole lives we may show that we are thankful to God for his benefits, so that he may be praised through us, and that we may be assured of our faith by its fruits, and so that by our godly living our neighbors may be won over to Christ” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 32, Question and Answer 86).
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Amazing Grace Chant

Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for God’s Amazing Grace
O God, great God, good God, lover of sinners, you seek out the lost to find them. You seek out the blind to heal them. O God, great God, good God, we give you thanks for your amazing grace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
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Amazing Grace Chant

Tune Information

Name
AMAZING GRACE CHANT
Key
G Major or modal
692

Amazing Grace Chant

Hymn Story/Background

Several years ago, Navaho pastor Stanley Jim met with the choir directors at Rehobeth Christian School in New Mexico (www.rcsnm.org/) to tell them of his Navaho chant that could be combined with “Amazing Grace.”  Upon hearing him sing it, Bob Ippel and Gail De Young became excited and arranged it for the choir using the Navajo phrase Ayoo Diiyiin (“God is holy”) which the sopranos and altos sing over the chant.  The sopranos and altos sing the phrase at an open 5th interval, a common structure for Native American music.
— Gail DeYoung

Author and Composer Information

Stanley W. Jim is a Navaho pastor in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), who received his MDiv from Calving Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1996. He was pastor at the First Navajo CRC, Tohatchi, New Mexico, beginning in 1996, but expanded his ministry starting in 2000 to become a Native American Regional Team Leader, working in leadership development and often serving as a guest preacher in other Navaho-speaking churches. 
 
-from Classis Red Mesa
— Emily Brink

Gail De Young and her husband, Mike, have served at Rehoboth Christian School for over 3 decades. Gail has worked as teacher and counselor primarily in the middle school as well as co-directing 5 choirs with Bob Ippel. Gail and her husband have three children and three grandchildren. Bob Ippel taught more than twenty years at Rehobeth and recently retired. 
— Gail DeYoung
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