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Charles Wesley His Life and Hymns
King Henry the VIII
Samuel and Susanna Wesley
Parish in Epworth
Wesley’s Family Home
Painting of the Rectory Fire
Tis' not learning these things by rote, …that will bring you to heaven; you must understand what you say, and you must practice what you know. - Susanna Wesley (Best, 19; emphasis added)
Christ Church, Oxford (2004)
…where learning keeps its loftiest seat, and hell its firmest throne. - Charles Wesley (Best, p. 35)
…imitate Christ by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, teaching young children, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and 'making all these actions subservient to a higher purpose, even the saving of souls from death. ' (Best, 39)
n n n Have I seized the opportunity today to do good to my neighbour? Have I witnessed to the work of Christ's salvation today? Am I conveying, by the way I am living today, that religion is a positive thing and not a negative thing?
For about 12 months my soul longed to be acquainted with some of them, and I was strongly pressed to follow their good example, when I saw them go through a ridiculing crowd to receive the Holy Eucharist at St. Mary's. - George Whitefield (Best, 49)
[He] was a man made for friendship; who, by his cheerfulness and vivacity, would refresh his friend's heart; with attentive consideration, would enter into and settle all his concerns; so far as he was able, would do anything for him, great or small; and, by a habit of openness and freedom, leave no room for misunderstanding. - College friend of Charles (Best, 29)
Jack knew his strength and used it…I freely own 'twas the will of Jack, but am not yet convinced it 'twas the will of God. - Charles Wesley (Best, 58)
Colony of Georgia
A godly formal saint, I long appeared in sight; By self and Satan taught to paint My tomb, my nature, white. The Pharisee within Still undisturbed remained; The strong man, armed with guilt of sin, Safe in his palace reigned. - Charles Wesley
Sudden expired the legal strife; 'Twas then I ceased to grieve; My second, real, living life I then began to live… I felt my Lord's atoning blood Close to my soul applied; Me, me He loved – the Son of God For me, for me, He died!. . . - Charles Wesley
Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing My great Redeemer's praise, The glories of my God and King, The triumphs of his grace. - Charles Wesley
Sudden expired the legal strife; 'Twas then I ceased to grieve; My second, real, living life I then began to live… I felt my Lord's atoning blood Close to my soul applied; Me, me He loved – the Son of God For me, for me, He died!. . . Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing My great Redeemer's praise, The glories of my God and King, The triumphs of his grace. - Charles Wesley
And Can it Be Long my imprisoned spirit lay fast bound in sin and nature's night; Thine eye diffused a quickening ray, I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed thee. No condemnation now I dread, Jesus, and all in him, is mine! Alive in him, my living Head, And clothed in righteousness divine, Bold I approach the eternal throne, And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Where Shall My Wandering Heart Begin Outcasts of men, to you I call, Harlots, and publicans and thieves! He spreads his arms to embrace you all; Sinners alone his grace receives; No need of him the righteous have; He came the lost to seek and save. Come, O my guilty brethren, come, Groaning beneath your load of sin, His bleeding heart shall make you room, His open side shall take you in; He calls you now, invites you home; Come, O my guilty brethren, come! For you the purple current flowed In pardons from his wounded side, Languished for you the eternal God, For you the Prince of glory died: Believe, and all your sin's forgiven; Only believe, and yours is heaven!
Features of early Methodist Worship n n n frequently taking communion fervent preaching for salvation vigorous hymn singing (then a novelty) small groups mixture of fixed and extemporaneous prayers
I design plain truth for plain people. Therefore…I abstain from all nice and philosophical speculations, from all perplexed and intricate reasoning, and as far as possible, from even the show of learning, unless in sometimes citing the original Scriptures. I labour to avoid all words which are not easily understood. . . and in particular those kinds of technical terms that so frequently occur in bodies of divinity…but which to common people are an unknown tongue. - Charles Wesley (Best, 123)
What is this but an outrage upon common decency and common sense? The height of presumption, confidence and self-sufficiency… [This] outward show of piety…is one undoubted sign of spiritual pride… To pray, preach, and sing psalms in the streets and fields is worse, if possible, than intruding into pulpits by downright violence and breach of the peace… [Religion is made] ridiculous and contemptible…Go not after these imposters and seducers; but shun them as you would the plague. - Joseph Trapp (Best, 114)
I found near ten thousand helpless sinners waiting for the word at Moorfields. I invited them in my Master's words, as well as name, 'Come unto me, all ye that travail, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest'. The Lord was with me, even me, his meanest messenger, according to his promise…My load was gone, and all my doubts and scruples. God shone upon my path, and I knew THIS was his will concerning me. - Charles Wesley (Best, 117)
The Captain ran at me with great fury…[and] drew his sword, and presented it to my breast. My breast was immediately steeled. I threw it open, and, fixing mine eye on his, smiled in his face, and calmly said, "I fear God and honour the King. " - Charles Wesley (Best, 172)
From Hymns for Times of Trouble and Persecution Smitten, we turn the other cheek, Our ease, and name, and goods forego, Help, or redress, no longer seek In any child of man below… Come on, my partners in distress, My comrades through the wilderness, Who still your bodies feel; Awhile forget your griefs and fears, And look beyond this vale of tears, To that celestial hill.
The whole country finds the benefit of the Gospel. Hundreds who follow not with us, have broke off their sins, and are outwardly reformed…Neither persuasions nor threatening, flattery nor violence, dungeons, or sufferings of various kinds, can conquer them. Many waters cannot quench this little spark which the Lord hath kindled, neither shall the floods of persecution drown it. - Charles Wesley (Best, 188)
From Hymns on the Lord's Supper Come Holy Ghost, Thine influence shed, And realize the sign; Thy life infuse into the bread, Thy power into the wine. Effectual let the tokens prove, And made, by heavenly art, Fit channels to convey Thy love, To every faithful heart.
Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire, Let us Thine influence prove, Source of the old prophetic fire, Fountain of light and love. Come, Holy Ghost, (for moved by thee the prophets wrote and spoke) Unlock the truth, thyself the key, Unseal the sacred book. Expand thy wings, celestial Dove, Brood o'er our nature's night; On our disordered spirits move, And let there now be light. God, through himself, we then shall know, If thou within us shine, And sound, with all thy saints below, The depths of love divine.
O for a heart to praise my God, A heart from sin set free! A heart that always feels thy blood So freely spilt for me!
O Love divine, how sweet thou art! When shall I find my willing heart all taken up by thee? I thirst, I faint, I die to prove the greatness of redeeming love, the love of Christ to me! God only knows the love of God; O that it now were shed abroad In this poor stony heart! For love I sigh, for love I pine: This only portion, Lord, be mine, Be mine this better part! O that I could for ever sit With Mary at the Master's feet! Be this my happy choice: My only care, delight, and bliss, My joy, my heaven on earth, be this, To hear the Bridegroom's voice! O that with humbled Peter I could weep, believe, and thrice reply my faithfulness to prove, "Thou know'st (for all to thee is known), "Thou know'st, O Lord, and thou alone, Thou know'st that thee I love!" O that I could with favoured John recline my weary head upon the great Redeemer's breast! From care, and sin, and sorrow free, Give me, O Lord, to find in thee My everlasting rest. "
O love, Thou bottomless abyss, My sins are swallowed up in Thee! Covered is my unrighteousness, Not spot or guilt remains on me, While Jesus' blood, through earth and skies, Mercy, free, boundless mercy, cries.
Jesus, Redeemer of mankind, Display thy saving power; Thy mercy let the sinner find, And know his gracious hour.
In age and feebleness extreme, Who shall a sinful worn redeem? Jesus, my only hope thou art, Strength of my failing flesh and heart; Oh, could I catch a smile from thee, And drop into eternity!
Charles Wesley 1707 - 1788
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Charles' Hymns from Anglican Hymn book (revised 1938 Ed. ) n n n n n 5: Christ, whose glory fills the skies (HEATHLANDS) - 1740 7: Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go (ANGEL'S SONG/WARRINGTON) - 1749 60: Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending (HELMSLEY) - 1760 77: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (MENDLESSOHN) - 1739 154: Christ the Lord is Ris'n Today (SAVANNAH – JOHN WESLEY) - 1742 174: Hail to the day that Sees Him Rise (ASCENSION) - 1739 373: Ye Servants of God Your Master Proclaim (ST. IGNATIUS) - 1744 377: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (RICHMOND) - 1740 392: Rejoice, the Lord is King (DARWALL) - 1746 419: Soldiers of Christ Arise (FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH) - 1749 442: Shepherd Divine, Our Wants Relieve (ST. ETHELDREDA) - 1749 470: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (HYFRODOL) - 1747 510: Jesu, Lover of my soul (ABERYSTWYTH) - 1740 543: O For a Heart to Praise my God (WETHERBY) - 1742 548: Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (STUTTGART) - 1744 611: Let Saints on Earth in Concert Sing (DUNDEE) - 1759 760: Weary of Wandering from my God (ST. FINBAR)
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