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Musical devotions: Hearing familiar hymns with new ears

The published and unpublished verse of Charles Wesley teach us a great deal about our relationship with God.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.

Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications

Reading and singing the hymns of Charles Wesley are wonderful ways to come into the presence of Christ.

 

Charles Wesley wrote more than 6,000 hymns that were sung by the early Methodists. Through these lyrics they learned about God, Jesus, discipleship, love, and so much more.

This is still true for United Methodists today. Spending time with the hymns of Charles Wesley, both those in the United Methodist Hymnal and others, can help us grow in our faith.

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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. Devotion 1 of 4 for Lent and Easter. 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 love for us. Devotion 2 of 4 for Lent and Easter. 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

“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” is Charles Wesley’s prayer for God to fill us with his love more and more each day. Devotion 3 of 4 for Lent and Easter. Read More

Charles Wesley’s “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” is sung in church of many denominations on Easter Sunday. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Risen today! A Wesley hymn devotion for Easter

Charles Wesley's "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" celebrates the triumph of life over death. Devotion 4 of 4 for Lent and Easter. Read More