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!
Get Your Spirit in Shape
- Come Thou Long-expected Jesus: Advent and Christmas with Charles Wesley - devotional for Advent and Christmas
- Professor of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary - His published books are listed on this page.
Get the song
- Free download! “Christmas medley: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing / Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” arranged and performed by JT Iovino. Merry Christmas!
More resoures at UMC.org
- Musical Devotions: Hearing familiar hymns with new ears - A series of devotions on the Advent and Christmas hymns of Charles Wesley, by Joe Iovino. These will publish throughout Advent.
- Going deeper with Advent, by way of Christmas Carols, by Sam Hodges
- Charles Wesley’s Gift of Music - A video by United Methodist Communications about the “poet laureate of the Methodist movement.”
- The Christmas Story in the Hymns of Charles Wesley - a beautiful graphic of many of the hymns discussed in the podcast.
- Hymns on the Nativity of Our Lord by Charles Wesley - PDF from the Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition at Duke Divinity School.
- Read the transcript of this episode.
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This podcast was first posted in December, 2016.