Tag Archives: Charles Wesley

‘Christ the Lord Is Risen Today’

For me, this is the Easter hymn: Christ the Lord is Risen Today. Words by Charles Wesley. Sung by the Joslin Grove Choral Society. Inspiration by the Holy Spirit.

He is risen, and He shall raise us, too. That is all we need to know.

Beautiful! ‘Light of the World’

This hymn stirs my soul. I hope it stirs yours, too.

Written by Charles Wesley. Sung by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Blessed by Our Father in Heaven.

‘Light of the World, Thy Beams I Bless’

Charles Wesley wrote this hymn sometime in the middle of the 18th century, and Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band perform it in the style of the time–Light of the World, Thy Beams I Bless.

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Light of the World: the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:9).

‘Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus’/’Hyfrydol’

A cold, rainy, quiet morning: couldn’t possibly be a better time for this hymn.

This is the version Laura actually wanted yesterday, with the Charles Wesley lyrics set to the Welsh melody, Hyfrydol: here performed by the First Presbyterian Church at Pittsford Choir. This is among the beauties of holiness (Psalm 110). I love to play this on my harmonica.

Advent. God is nigh. The Messiah shall be born: our redemption is at hand.

By Request, ‘Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus’

And we have an Advent hymn request from Laura: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, written by Charles Wesley, published in 1745, and here performed by the St. John’s College Choir, Cambridge.

It can also be sung to the Welsh melody, “Hyfrydol,” one of my favorites–but this is quite nice, wouldn’t you say?

‘Arise, My Soul, Arise’

Written by Charles Wesley in the 18th century, sung here by the Altar of Praise Chorale, Arise, My Soul, Arise celebrates Jesus Christ as our Savior and Intercessor: it is He who pleads for us before the Father; it is He who has already obtained our salvation.

Christmas is coming! Proclaim Christ–let no one silence us.

Hymn, ‘Light of the World’

Is this beautiful, or what?–Light of the World by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Ah, they wrote some fine hymns in the 18th century!

P.S.–My doctor says everything looks OK, and getting  better; but what he really wanted to know about was how the New Testament came to be, and related issues. May the Lord grant my answers are good answers, and true.

Do I Like Contemporary Christian Music?

Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant

My wife thinks my taste in music has changed. Can’t blame her–haven’t I always said, “If I see an electric guitar, I’m outta here”? My idea of a hymn was people in a church singing to a piano or an organ–period.

But since I’ve been posting hymns here every day, and taking readers’ requests, I’ve found to my surprise that some of the new stuff is really, really good! It moves me. It can stir my soul. And the lyrics–in the songs I like, at least–are soundly Biblical, and grounded in Christian tradition. After all, once upon a time, songs by Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley, and Fanny Crosby–well, they were “that new stuff,” once upon a time.

I think the contemporary song that broke the ice for me was Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet by Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant, by way of Psalm 114. And since then I’ve encountered many that are just as good.

It shouldn’t have surprised me. Aren’t I trying to do kind of the same thing? I’m writing fantasy novels intended to give glory to God, to make my readers (and myself) more receptive to God’s Word as given in the Bible, and to claim cultural ground for the Kingdom of Christ, as Lewis and Tolkien did. I mean, why concede the whole fantasy genre to secular writers? Why abandon young readers to the moral vagaries of Scholastic Books et al?

These singers and musicians, and their audiences, are claiming ground for Christ within the music world, and we should all applaud them for it. Who knows how many hearts they change? How many spirits they refresh?

It’s not that I don’t still love the old stuff. I do! But lately it seems I have a bit more love to go around–and I think it’s supposed to work that way.

‘Light of the World’

Wow! Those 18th century hymns by Charles Wesley…

I love the way Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band perform these hymns. Here they give us Light of the World–well worth turning up the volume for.

Hymn, ‘Ye Servants of God’

This hymn by Charles Wesley celebrates the servants of Our Lord Jesus Christ down through the centuries. Some were called upon to die for Him: which they did. And which they do to this day, in certain regions of this fallen world.

But the leaders of our Western world are all het up over Islamophobia, homophobia, and transphobia.

Wise up, O men of God. Wise up.

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