God so loved

In the preparation of our large scale Christmas music project in 2012 called 'Waiting or Christmas' I wanted to write a song that linked the gift of God's love at Christmas to our salvation
I had been working on an adaptation of Stainer's 'God so loved the world' but it wasnt really taking shape, nor having the right feel
Josh encouraged me to be fairly bold in using the John 3 v 16 passage as the centre-point of the song
This song went through 3 complete re-writes before I got to the version you now hear - and it was a struggle finally complete
Then came Wendy's single-but-very-significant-lyric contribution - the line 'how beautiful is your amazing love' which really made the chorus and the whole song complete
The recording is intentionally kept quite simple - I believe the less is more adage is really relevant here!
We just finished in time to tried it out at an Easter 2012 service - and it worked, so we recorded it and later in the year filmed the video you see linked on youtube

Below are the lyrics to 'God so loved'


God so loved the world he gave his only Son
That who believes in Him shall have eternal life
A gift of grace and mercy, sent from heavens throne
In thanks and praise I now will sing

To my Lord who came to earth for me
To the one who gave his life to set me free
How beautiful is your amazing love
To my king who reigns eternally
To my God whose glory I will one day see
How beautiful is your amazing love

Born a helpless babe, Godís love to all made known
Hope for all who choose to call upon his name
A gift of grace and mercy, sent from heavens throne
In thanks and praise I now will sing

Andrew, Josh & Wendy Rayner
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