Sunday, February 23, 2014

Introducing "I Stand All Amazed"

I found this idea for teaching "I Stand All Amazed" from's "How to use music in primary:"

March: “I Stand All Amazed” (Hymns, no. 193)

Divide the children into four groups. Give group 1 GAB 116, and sing the first phrase of the song to them. Discuss it briefly, and then have them sing it a few times with you. Continue with each group and each additional phrase (use the following pictures: group 2, GAB 108; group 3,GAB 57; group 4, GAB 56). Sing the whole first verse with each group standing, holding their picture, and singing their phrase. Invite the groups to switch pictures, and sing the song again. Repeat until each group has sung each phrase. Sing the chorus, and ask the children to listen for how many times you sing the word “wonderful.” Repeat the chorus a few times with them, and invite them to place their hands over their hearts each time they sing the word “wonderful.”
If you don't have all the matching GAB pictures handily available, I visited the church's image site and found appropriate pictures for each line of the first two verses of the song.

I wouldn't plan to go beyond verse 1 in Junior Primary but you might have time to go into verse two in Senior Primary.

          (verse 1)
  1. I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me, Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me. Jesus with the children
  2. I tremble to know that for me he was crucified That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died. Jesus praying in Gethsemane (chorus)
  3. Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me Enough to die for me! Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me! Crucifixion (verse 2)
  4. I marvel that he would descend from his throne divine To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine, Jesus walking on water
  5. That he should extend his great love unto such as I, Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify. Jesus knocking at the door


  1. I like the idea of using actual paintings of the Savior instead of clipart for this song b/c it is so sacred.
    Thanks for the ideas.
    BTW, I did an olympics last week and it was fun. I modified it from your suggestion. We passed a torch while singing "I will follow God's Plan" did "speed singing" w/ "do as I'm doing" sang "Oh what do you do in the WINTERtime" "All over the world" for different languages at olympics, and then wrote numbers to judge their performance on "He sent His Son". We ended w/ the Nat'l Anthem. I think the kids really enjoyed it.

    1. I agree with you about the sacred nature of the song. The song has been running through my head all week, which must be why I have had such a lovely week! I LOVE your ideas to the Olympic singing time activity. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I took this same idea and introduced "I Stand All Amazed" to my primary kids last week. It went over great! We had such great discussions in Junior and Senior Primary. Thanks for posting this!

    1. Thanks for giving some feedback on how this went with primary. That's great that it lead to good discussions!

  3. If you divide the kids into four groups and work with each group individually, what did the other three groups do when it wasn't their turn?

    1. That's the best part! The other groups are listening when it's not their turn. It's an effective way to teach everyone the lines of the song without them even realizing they are learning. In fact, I've had a friend teach a song where she says, "Nobody listen! I'm going to teach JUST the CTR5 class this line of the song ..." and do this with every class. Obviously, everyone is listening - and everyone learns the whole song.