God, Who Blesses New Beginnings

Author (sts. 1, 2): Harry N. Huxhold, b. 1922

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Author (st. 3): John Newton, 1725-1807

John Newton (b. London, England, 1725; d. London, 1807) was born into a Christian home, but his godly mother died when he was seven, and he joined his father at sea when he was eleven. His licentious and tumul­tuous sailing life included a flogging for attempted desertion from the Royal Navy and captivity by a slave trader in West Africa. After his escape he himself became the captain of a slave ship. Several factors contributed to Newton's conversion: a near-drowning in 1748, the piety of his friend Mary Catlett, (whom he married in 1750), and his reading of Thomas à Kempis' Imitation of Christ. In 1754 he gave up the slave trade and, in association with William Wilberforce, eventually became an ardent abolitionist. After becoming a tide… Go to person page >

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First Line: God, who blesses new beginnings
Title: God, Who Blesses New Beginnings
Author (st. 3): John Newton, 1725-1807 (alt.)
Author (sts. 1, 2): Harry N. Huxhold, b. 1922
Language: English
Copyright: Sts. 1 and 2 © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, Adapted anre reprinted by permision of Augsburg Fortress



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Catholic Book of Worship III #626

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