Skip Navigation

Video by United Methodist Communications

We celebrate Christmas with singing! In this episode, we look at Charles Wesley’s hymns for the season with United Methodist author and scholar Paul Chilcote.

View on YouTube  |  iTunes  |  Google Play  |  Stitcher  |  RSS  |  MP3

Get Your Spirit in Shape: Singing our Faith at Christmas

Christmas is a time for singing! Carols are played in stores, 24/7 on some radio stations, and in our homes. During worship in our United Methodist churches, we also sing some special songs for the season, a couple of which were written by Charles Wesley, the poet-theologian of the Methodist movement.

In this episode, I got a chance to talk with the Rev. Paul Chilcote, Professor of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies at Ashland (Ohio) Theological Seminary, and author of Come Thou Long-expected Jesus: Advent and Christmas with Charles Wesley. We talk about some of the themes Charles Wesley teaches through his hymns, “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” and some of his lesser-known writings.

This conversation and the special song at the end, are sure to help you get ready for Christmas!

Subscribe to
Get Your Spirit in Shape

Get Your Spirit in Shape podcast logo

iTunes button

Google Play button

Stitcher button

RSS Feed

Paul Chilcote

Get the song

More resoures at UMC.org

Transcript

More Get Your Spirit in Shape episodes

Join the conversation

  • Email our host Joe Iovino about this episode, ideas for future topics, or any other thoughts.

Help us spread the word

  • Tell others. Share what you are hearing with members of your church, coworkers, and whomever else might benefit from these conversations. And share us on Facebook and other social media.
  • Review us. Go to where you got the podcast (iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher), and write a review. Reviews move us up in searches, and help others find us.

Thank you for listening, downloading, and subscribing.

This podcast was first posted in December, 2016.