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).
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.