Sunday, August 2, 2020

I decided to talk about hymns one more week because we cannot leave out Charles Wesley when we talk about hymns in the UMC. Charles Wesley was the brother of John Wesley, a founder of Methodists, and he was a priest of the Anglican Church; he was also a well noted church musician and composer of sacred music. Charles wrote hundreds of hymns. He composed some of the most memorable and lasting hymns of the church that you all may be familiar to: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “And Can It Be,” “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “Soldiers of Christ, Arise,” and “Rejoice! the Lord Is King!” And, like most hymn writers of his day, Charles’ musical compositions contained some very powerful teachings on many theological topics. One of these topics was the Lord’s Supper.