Tag Archives: Charles Wesley

‘Light of the World’ (We Need You!)

It’s a dark and stormy morning here today. Let’s have some Light: Jesus Christ Our Lord, “the true light, that lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:9); the light that this world’s darkness can’t put out (v. 5).

Yes, I know I post this hymn pretty often–Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

But we take hymn requests, too, so if you’ve got one, let us know.


‘Light of the World’

Please don’t mind that I’ve posted this hymn for the umpteenth time–Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. This is the hymn that was in my mind this morning. It went with me on my bike ride, and I was glad of its company.


‘Love Divine’

“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling…” by Charles Wesley, performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band–hey, really listen to the lyrics. You’ll be glad you did.


‘Love Divine, All Loves Excelling’

Our esteemed colleague Dave, aka “thewhiterabbit,” heard this at church on Sunday, inspiring me to choose it for today’s hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, by Charles Wesley, sung to the Welsh melody, “Hyfrydol.” Here it’s sung as the processional hymn at St. John’s in Detroit. Beautiful. We hear it through a crack in heaven’s door.


‘O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing’

This is probably as close as we can come to hearing how this hymn sounded in the 18th century, when Charles Wesley wrote it–O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Sounded pretty fine, didn’t it?


‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’

I love this hymn! I just learned today that it was written by William Williams, nicknamed “the Welsh Charles Wesley.” Not hard to see the resemblance.

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah–courtesy of the Hymn Club.


‘Light of the World’–Plus Prayer Request for Me

You’ll pardon me for indulging in one of my very favorite hymns–Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, sung by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. My path needs some light right now, and I don’t mean maybe.

Please pray for me! Again, I’m not free to give details, but I have more than one family member in grave danger, health-wise, and my livelihood suddenly seems to be on thin ice. And that’s all I want even to mention. Plenty to keep me wide-awake all night.

Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. O Son of God have mercy on me, and help me.


‘Christ the Lord Is Risen Today’ (the Old-Fashioned Sound!)

I’ve been saving this one all week, just for today–Christ the Lord is Risen Today, by Charles Wesley: performed in true 18th century style by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Worth waiting for, I say!


‘Christ the Lord is Risen Today’

Hymn by Charles Wesley, 1739, Christ the Lord is Risen Today–one of the all-time classic Easter hymns, here sung a capella by the Yoder Family from St. John’s, Michigan. Yes, I know it’s not Easter yet. But we can always play this hymn again on Easter Sunday.


My Own Hymn Request (‘Light of the World’)

I hope you don’t mind my posting this again, this morning: Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. This is the hymn I want to take with me into oral surgery. I’m not good at having bits of myself cut out. I know, I know–after it’s all over, it won’t seem like such a big deal. But just now, I find the whole idea extremely daunting. Please, Lord, give me strength: in Jesus’ name, Amen.


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