ALLELUIA                                                                                          written in 1972

The Story

Jerry Sinclair grew up in Calais, Maine, which is about as far northeast as you can go in the United States. Then he moved to Orange County, California, which is about as far southwest as you can go in the United States. What did he do when he got to California? He wrote a song with one word in it: Alleluia. This song became famous not only in America but around the world. Sometimes God works in surprising ways.

I could find no public record of when Jerry was born, but he died in 1993. As a teenager, Jerry was a singer. He moved from Maine to Oklahoma, and then on to California in the 1960s… during the Jesus Movement. When worship choruses became popular in the early 1970s, it was this song that led the way. Jerry Sinclair is remembered for his ministry on the streets in California with and for the Jesus People Movement.

In Scripture, the psalmists apparently thought the word “alleluia” was the perfect word for worship. It means “Praise the Lord”, and in Psalm 150, the last psalm, the psalmist used the word “praise” 13 times in its 6 verses.

In this worship chorus, Jerry used the word “Alleluia” 8 times. It’s the simplest song you’ll ever know.

I remember singing this song for the first time at Church Camp at Camp Formosa in Formosa, Arkansas.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – praise the Lord!

Alleluia!

Alleluia!

Alleluia!

Alleluia!

Alleluia!

Alleluia!

Alleluia!

Alleluia!

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