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The published and unpublished verse of Charles Wesley teach us a great deal about our relationship with God.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

Wesley hymn devotions for Advent and Christmas

Music is a wonderful part of the Christmas and Advent seasons. Charles Wesley, one of Methodism's founders, wrote several hymns for Advent and Christmas. Some we know and others are less familiar. 

These devotions draw on the hymns of Charles Wesley to help us reflect upon the miracle of Christmas, when “the Word became flesh and lived among us” (John 1:14, NRSV). 

“Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” is a prayer we can enter into during Advent and throughout the year. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

“Born to set thy people free:” A Christmas hymn devotion

Charles Wesley’s Advent song “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” is a prayer for Jesus to come into history, into our lives, and into our world. Devotion 1 of 4. Read More

In beautiful poetry, Charles Wesley describes how Jesus was fully God and fully human. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

“And God himself is born:” A Christmas hymn devotion

How is Jesus both fully God and fully human? Charles Wesley explains the mystery of the incarnation in beautiful poems for Advent and Christmas. Devotion 2 of 4. Read More

Hymns like “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” teach us about God’s love for every one of us. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

“Glory to the newborn King!” A Christmas hymn devotion

Charles Wesley’s popular carol, “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” teaches that God’s love and grace are available to all people everywhere. Devotion 3 of 4. Read More

A Christmas song teaches that peace comes when we live for Jesus. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

“Peace upon earth be restored!” A Christmas hymn devotion

A lesser-known Charles Wesley song teaches us the peace we desire in a world of division is experienced only when we allow Christmas to happen within us. Devotion 4 of 4. Read More