All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Charles Wesley was the composer of more than 6,000 hymns, but those which bore special significance to him have been among the most endearing and enduring. One of these was the hymn “And Can It Be”, written days after his conversion. Another, “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”, was written in 1739 to mark the first anniversary of that conversion. Continue reading
I had a blast planning this service! Sometimes you just need to be able to have fun worshiping God, and our church definitely needed that. Hoping also to avoid the post-Easter letdown, we put in a lot of extra work, brought in extra (and super fun!) instruments, and let loose with some awesome, Christ-exalting worship. Continue reading
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High… Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.
~ Psalm 107:10-11, 13-14
It was May of 1738, and Charles Wesley was in agony. He had been an ordained priest in the Anglican church and even a missionary to the American colonies, but had never felt the assurance of his own salvation. He believed the promises in Scripture that salvation was available through Christ, but lived in dread that Christ would return before he had received this salvation for himself. Continue reading
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
~ Galatians 2:20
As one of the most prolific hymn writers of all time (with well over 6000 hymns to his credit!), it will be the rare Christian who has never sung a hymn written by Charles Wesley. Most people know him as the author of such greats as And Can It Be and Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus, or as one of the founders of Methodism. What may be less commonly known is that, like his brother John, Charles was ordained as a minister in the Anglican church before his conversion. Continue reading
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
In 1744, the famed Methodist evangelist John Wesley compiled and published A Collection of Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (available for your perusal here). This collection featured 18 carols composed by his brother Charles, the most famous of which is Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus. This beloved hymn found such universal appeal that it was even included in a hymn-book published by Augustus Toplady, whose infamous disputes with the Wesleys are well documented. Continue reading