Tag Archives: Charles Wesley

‘Light of the World’

O Jesus Christ Our Lord, it’s dark down here! Way dark! Be thou our light, O Son of God. You are the light the darkness can’t put out, that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

This thought came to me yesterday: We live by God’s word or not at all.

Hymn by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.


‘O Thou Who Camest From Above’

Charles Wesley wrote this hymn in 1762–O Thou Who Camest from Above, performed here by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band… the old-fashioned way.

How did the builders of so many English churches get their churches to look like they grew on the spot as living things? Too many of the new churches look like somebody just accidentally dropped them there.


‘Jesus, Lover of My Soul’

It’s said Charles Wesley wrote Jesus, Lover of My Soul while hiding from thugs who meant to attack him: this happened on a visit to Ireland.

Performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.


By Request, ‘Arise, My Soul, Arise’

We have a hymn request this morning, this one from Joshua, for Arise, My Soul, Arise by Charles Wesley, performed a capella by Glad. It’s amazing, how well some of the 18th century hymns adapt to modern arrangements.

Yo, if you’re new here, let me tell you that we take hymn requests, one a day or even two, if we can get them. If there’s a favorite hymn or worship song you’d like to see posted here, just let us know and we’ll do the rest. You can make your request as a “reply” to any blog post or comment.


A Favorite Hymn, ‘Light of the World’

If you’ve been here a while, you know I’m crazy for this hymn–Light of the World by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. I was whistling it as I rode my bike this morning.

Jesus Christ, “the true light, that lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9)–the only light, I dare say, by which we truly see.


By Request, ‘And Can It Be’

There’s nothing that says I can’t post two hymns in a day, is there? Besides, I want to encourage hymn requests.

So Joshua asked for this one, Charles Wesley’s 18th-century hymn, And Can It Be, sung by Steve Green.

Hey, anyone can ask, anytime!


‘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.


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