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The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts exists to assist worship leaders in creating meaningful worship experiences that bring people into deeper relationships with God and each other.

Transforming the World through Worship

The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts assists worship leaders in creating meaningful worship experiences. Read More

Jesus' ascension has been celebrated by Christians through the centuries. Stained glass by Francois Denis, photo by Crochet.david, via Wikimedia Commons.

Why Ascension Day matters to United Methodists

The Wesleys, leaders of the early Methodist movement, called this an important holy day. A hymn explains its significance. Read More

The published and unpublished verse of Charles Wesley teach us a great deal about our relationship with God. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley hymn devotions for Lent and Easter

Many hymns of Charles Wesley focus on Lent and Easter themes. These devotions use some of this early Methodist's work to help us reflect on the season. Read More

The published and unpublished verse of Charles Wesley teach us a great deal about our relationship with God. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley hymn devotions for Advent and Christmas

Charles Wesley, one of Methodism's founders, wrote several hymns for Advent and Christmas. Four devotions drawing on his hymns help us reflect upon the miracle of Christmas. Read More

Sung or read, the hymns of Charles Wesley draw us closer to God. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Lost in love: A Wesley hymn devotion for Lent

The hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” is Charles Wesley’s prayer for God to fill us with love more and more each day. Read More

Charles Wesley shares our theology in song, helping us study the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Forgiveness for me? A Wesley hymn devotion for Lent

Charles Wesley’s “And Can It Be that I Should Gain?” teaches that Jesus' death and resurrection are expressions of God's amazing love for us. Read More

United Methodists sing of God’s grace during Lent. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

“The invitation is to all:” A Wesley hymn devotion for Lent

Charles Wesley’s “Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast” invites everyone to new life in Christ, to communion, and to welcome others. Read More

Gospel music artist Guy Penrod portrays a circuit rider. Photo courtesy of Gaither Music.

Hardships, faith of Methodist circuit riders inspire new music

A new video project uses excerpts of letters and journals from the circuit riders who first brought Methodism to rural America. Read More

United Methodist Hymnal. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Musical hospitality on Christmas Eve

When expectations and emotions are high, people want to sing the familiar carols that are such an important part of their Christmas experience. Read More

Marcia McFee directs an evening of prayer and song held at the West End United Methodist Church in Nashville as part of the Rethinking Worship and Song Conference. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Christmas carols: “Above all sing spiritually”

They feature lyrics you've sung all your life, but do you know the real story behind your favorite Christmas hymns? Read More

“In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals” traces the heart of the spiritual and uses the history of this music to tell the compelling story of slavery in the United States. Illustration from the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Slave life and the power of spirituals

“In Their Own Words” traces the heart of the spiritual and uses the history of this music to tell the compelling story of slavery in the United States. Read More

Tour guide Danny Herman describes the events that happened at Golgotha during the time of Christ for Bible VR's virtual reality tour of Jerusalem. Photo courtesy of Bible VR.

Company offers free virtual reality lifetime subscriptions to pastors

Virtual reality film company offers lifetime subscriptions to Holy Land travelogues and Christian music concerts to pastors and youth pastors. Read More

Musicians perform contemporary Christian music at a youth conference in 2015. Photo courtesy of Discipleship Ministries.

Finding contemporary songs in Wesleyan tradition

Worship leaders and music ministers can use a new online tool to select contemporary worship songs that most closely align with Wesleyan theology. Read More

LEAD - sessions held Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  Carl Gladstone, pastor and musician sings with his wife, Annie, during LEAD 2013. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.

Top 100 contemporary Christian songs

Find out what copyrighted songs congregations who subscribe to CCLI use the most. More

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History of Hymns

This series highlights the history, text and theological meaning of a variety of hymns, both traditional and contemporary. More

Image of Charles Wesley. Courtesy of United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

Charles Wesley’s Gift of Music

John's younger brother made his own contribution as “the poet laureate and great writer of Methodism.” View

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The story behind the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’

Sung in U.S. churches near the Fourth of July, Julia Ward Howe’s lyrics were inspired by Civil War troops and captured the spirit of the abolitionist cause. Read More

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Part of history, African-American spirituals still heal

Songs allowed slaves to freely express true feelings and offer prayers to God. They could lay their burdens down and find strength to face another day. Read More