grace greater than our inclination

Here’s a variation on the hymn “Grace Greater than Our Sin,”
original words by Julia Johnston in 1911.
We wanted a “grace” hymn for this one particular worship service,
but didn’t want all the emphasis on substitutionary atonement—
on some kind of faith transaction, so individual
with so little consequence for the whole of God’s creation.
We wanted our emphasis rather
on the surprising, life-transforming experience
of the truth of the presence of God with us
that ripples out into the work of redeeming.
The meter is 9.9.9.9. with Refrain,
and the hymn is sung to the tune MOODY.

Marvelous grace of our loving God,
grace that exceeds our world and its ways—
grace that is poured out on all God made—
God’s own dear presence throughout our days.
Grace, grace, God’s grace—
grace so disturbingly wild and free.
Grace, grace, God’s grace—
grace with the pow’r to change how I’ll be.

Harsh is the world and so bleak the view
when we consider all that is true—
what we condone and then what we do.
Violence and fear offer nothing new.
Grace, grace, God’s grace—
grace so disturbingly wild and free.
Grace, grace, God’s grace—
grace with the pow’r to change how I’ll be.

Blinded by light piercing veils of lies,
maybe in blindness, truth we will see—
see through the fog of the way things are,
visions of God’s grace transforming me.
Grace, grace, God’s grace—
grace so disturbingly wild and free.
Grace, grace, God’s grace—
grace with the pow’r to change how I’ll be.

Grace we receive we must not restrain—
we do not know where all it might go,
what it might do and what it might gain—
grace of our God offered friend and foe.
Grace, grace, God’s grace—
grace so disturbingly wild and free.
Grace, grace, God’s grace—
grace with the pow’r to change how I’ll be.

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