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Wesleys Take the Web: Hymn for Easter Day


In this installment of our modern animated series about John and Charles Wesley, the guys have an impromptu songwriting session. Go “behind the music” with the brothers who founded Methodism.

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Charles Wesley: Hey brother! I’m working on a song and I could use your help. What rhymes with bunny?

John Wesley: Honey. Money. Sunny. Funny – which this is not. Please! I’m working on a sermon.

CW: What rhymes with hard-boiled egg?

JW: I don’t know. Yard-soiled Gregg? I’m busy.

CW: And “chocolate”?

JW: Nothing rhymes with choco… Wait. What in the world are you working on?

CW: A hymn for Easter Day.

JW: Are you open to a little constructive criticism?

CW: That’s never stopped you before.

JW: Easter isn’t just a celebration of something that happened long ago. We celebrate that Christ the Lord is risen today.

CW: Ah-ah-ah-leluia, that’s good.

JW: At Easter, love’s redeeming work is done.

CW: Let me write this down.

JW: Soar we now where Christ has led! Following our exalted head. Made like him, like him we rise!

CW: So, no bunnies, hard-boiled eggs, or chocolate. Got it.

JW: Ours the cross, the grave, the skies!

CW: Alleluia.

See a variety of topics in the animated Wesleys Take the Web series. 

These videos were produced as a 21st century follow up to the popular clip known as “Clayride: A Gallop Through United Methodist History.”  Find out more about the making of “Clayride” from the artists who created that 1984 classic.

This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.
Media contact is Fran Walsh, 615-742-5458.
This video was first posted on February 18, 2019.