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Charles Wesley’s Final Hymns

"I Too, Forewarned by Jesus' Love" and "In Age and Feebleness Extreme" were Charles Wesley's final hymns. 

 

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224th Anniversary of the Death of Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley died on March 29, 1788 in Marylebone, London, England. 

 

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Charles Wesley Society Publishes Foundery Facsimile

The Wesley hymnal, A Collection of Tunes, Set to Music, As they are commonly Sung at the Foundery (1742), was Wesley's first collection of hymn tunes, issued in 1742, containing forty-three tunes.  

 

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Contemporizing Charles Wesley Hymns for Congregational Singing

Is there a basic incompatibility between contemporary musical styles and Wesley's classical texts? And if there is, should we be composing more classical hymnic music that uses more contemporary harmonies and rhythms for Wesley texts? Or should we alter Wesley's texts so that they better fit the modern style? And how much can we alter them and still call them Wesley?  

 

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Wesley’s Directions for Singing

from John Wesley's Select Hymns, 1761(reprinted in The United Methodist Hymnal, 1989, page vii)

 

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We Are What We Sing: Our Classic Hymns Reveal Evangelicalism at Its Best

One way to mark the influence of evangelical hymnody is to ask: When did modern evangelicalism arise in the English-speaking world? It is possible to date that beginning with Jonathan Edwards's preaching of justification by faith in his Northampton, Massachusetts, church in 1735, or with John Wesley's Aldersgate experience in May 1738, or with George Whitefield's momentous preaching tour of New England in September 1740. But it makes more sense to date the emergence of modern evangelicalism to an act of hymn composition by Charles Wesley.

 

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Hymnsite.com

Offers MIDI versions of hymns in the UMC Hymnal and The Faith We Sing, including Wesley hymns, sorted by title, and by the Lectionary.

 

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Charles Wesley: A Treasury of Theology in Song

Charles Wesley was the absolute master of taking the teachings of the Bible and an understanding of abstruse theological concepts and, by skilful weaving and with a sure feel for words, turning his material into accessible, memorable, uplifting verse.

 

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Hymns for New-Year’s-Day by Charles Wesley (1750)

This hymnal, though undated, is known to have been published in 1750. Notable among its brief contents is the hymn, "Blow ye the trumpet, blow," a hymn of jubilee. Minor changes in spelling and punctuation have been made.

 

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Hymns Written by Charles Wesley and Fanny Crosby in Commemoration of Their Conversions

"Christ the Friend of Sinners" (Where shall my wondering soul begin?) is accepted widely as the hymn written by Charles Wesley on the night of his conversion, May 23, 1738. However, some scholars argue that "Free Grace" (And can it be that I should gain) or "Hymn for Whitsunday" (Granted is the Savior’s Prayer) is "The Wesleys’ Conversion Hymn."

 

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April 16, 2014
Safe Sanctuaries for Camps and Retreats – Part One

This is the first of a very important two part series on implementing Safe Sanctuaries abuse prevention policies and procedures within camp and retreat experiences and settings. This training is for local church leaders who do camps and retreats as well as leaders serving at Camp and Retreat Centers. Providing a safe environment for children, youth, and vulnerable adults who participate along with the training of leaders who provide the camps and retreats is a fundamental act of love. This initial webinar highlights key aspects of screening, selection, and preparation in abuse prevention for leaders who provide camp and retreat experiences. A second webinar will be upcoming that covers specific content areas for developing abuse prevention policies and procedures.

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 11:00 am, Central Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Melanie Gordon, Kevin Witt