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The choirs of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis sing during a Sunday service. Photo courtesy of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.

Choir members enjoy health, spiritual benefits

Singing in church creates better worship, a greater sense of community, and improves health, say United Methodist music ministers. 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

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

United Methodists sing, “Raise your joys and triumphs high!” as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. The final word is life, eternal life with God. 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

The Rev. Leandro Cordero leads a song at A Place of Hope Methodist Church in Santa Clara, Cuba. He is accompanied on the keyboard by his wife, Yenisel Ramos. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Cuban worship: Music, prayer and passion

For Methodists in Cuba, praising God is about being supported by a community, not just about individual faith. 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

“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

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

A Tulsa United Methodist church posted a tribute within hours of the singer’s death, and it promptly went viral online. Photo courtesy of University United Methodist Church.

Church, writers pay tribute to Prince for his music and his faith

A Tulsa United Methodist church posted a tribute within hours of the singer’s death, and it promptly went viral online. More

Country music star Tim McGraw sings “Humble and Kind” in music video.  Video image courtesy Vevo.

Life lessons: Song links new country music and early Methodism

Tim McGraw is a country music star and a parent. Read how the singer's latest single echoes advice shared in 1869. Read More

Jonathan Palant, music minister at Kessler United Methodist Church, leads rehearsal for a performance of

Music minister steps out with Street Choir

Jonathan Palant recruits opera star to sing with ecumenical choir and homeless ensemble in “Street Requiem.” Read More

The African-American hymn

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

The Rev. Barbara Day Miller

Music director makes room for everyone’s song at assembly

The opening worship service of the 2004 General Conference will literally start with a bang. Read More