Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A Wretch Like Me

A Wretch Like Me
The Story of Grace, Amazing Grace
~ A Performance of Drama with Ballet and Chorus ~
Presented by: Puritan Productions

The script is based on An Authentic Narrative by John Newton.
Adapted by Margaret Zee

Here are a few books on John Newton:

Amazing Grace
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

My daughter, who is a dancer, recently had the opportunity to perform with Puritan Productions in this amazing look into the life of John Newton. John Newton was a slave shipmaster and later, after his conversion to Christianity, became a clergyman. Newton penned the hymn, "Amazing Grace" and collaborated with William Cowper to produce a volume of hymns. Newton struggled with his involvement in the slave trade for a good part of his life and in 1787 wrote a tract entitled, "Thoughts Upon the Slave Trade" which became very influential in later abolishing the trade of slaves. Here are a few sites about John Newton: 123

This performance was spectacular. The acting, dancing, and singing were amazing. The performance lasted a bit over two hours. Puritan Productions definitely producing a moving, God honoring performance. 

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