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The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley


Charles Wesley lived from December 18, 1707 until March 29, 1788.  He was an English leader of the Methodist movement, son of Anglican clergyman and poet Samuel Wesley, the younger brother of Methodist founder John Wesley and Anglican clergyman Samuel Wesley the Younger. Charles Wesley is mostly remembered for the over 6,000 hymns he wrote.

In the course of his career, Charles Wesley published the words of over six thousand hymns, many of which are still popular. These include:

  • “Arise my soul arise”
  • “And Can It Be That I Should Gain?”
  • “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”
  • “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies”
  • “Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown”
  • “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”
  • “Depth of Mercy, Can it Be”
  • “Father, I Stretch My Hands to Thee”
  • “Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise”
  • “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
  • “Jesus, Lover of My Soul”
  • “Jesus, The Name High Over All”
  • “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending”
  • “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
  • “O for a Heart to Praise My God”
  • “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”
  • “Rejoice, the Lord is King”
  • “Soldiers of Christ, Arise”
  • “Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose”
  • “Ye Servants of God”


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Posted by on April 6, 2015 in hymns, Posts of Interest, Videos


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John Wesley

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Chuck Knows Church — John Wesley. The founder, along with his brother Charles, of the Methodist movement. He challenged the Anglican church, cared for the poor, and connected faith with personal accountability. We bet you’ll learn and chuckle as Chuck talks about John Wesley

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Posted by on August 30, 2013 in Chuck Knows Church, Videos


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Want to Drive Around Northern Virginia?


Events from other Methodist churches around the area:
Sun., June 30, 10:30 AM – Doc Elma Jocson (surgeon from Liberia) Guest Speaker, Charles Wesley UMC, McLean
Mon., Jul. 8-Fri., Jul. 12, 6:30-8:30 PM – KIM (Kids in Mission), Annandale UMC  Register online.
Mon., July 8-Fri., July 12, 9 AM – 1 PM – Treasurer Hunters Summer Camp, Wesley UMC, 8412 Richmond Ave., Alexandria
Sat. July 13, 7-9 PM – Labyrinth Walk, Charles Wesley UMC, 6817 Dean Dr., McLean
Mon., July 15, 7 PM – Voices of Youth Choir Concert, Burke UMC , 6200 Burke Center Parkway, Burke (free)
Mon., July 15-Fri., July 19 – VBS, St. John’s UMC, Springfield. Register in advance online at
Mon., July 22-Fri., July 26, 9 AM-1 PM – Silly Science Summer Camp, Wesley UMC, 8412 Richmond Ave., Alexandria
Mon., Aug. 5-Fri., Aug., 9, 9 AM-1 PM – Water Park Summer Camp, Wesley UMC, 8412 Richmond Ave., Alexandria


Mondays (7-8:30 PM) – Young Adults Small Group Experience, Herndon UMC. Contact Kris for more information.
Tuesdays (7-8:30 PM) – Bi-District Young Adults Study, St. Luke’s UMC, Falls Church
Mondays (7-9 PM) – DivorceCare, Centreville UMC. Child care provided.
2nd Tuesdays (12 Noon) – The Legends 55+ Club. Meet at Arcola UMC in Dulles for lunch, stories, activities. For all aged 55 and over. Go to for more information.
Tuesdays (7:30 PM) – Zumba Exercise Class, Arlington Forest UMC, Arlington (walk ins welcome, $6 per class, 5 for $25)
1st Wednesday (7 PM) – Alive! Worship Service for Youth and Young Adults, Faith Campus of Woodlawn-Faith UMC, Alexandria.
Wednesdays (6 PM) – Centering Prayer @ Trinity UMC, Alexandria
Wednesdays (7 PM) – DivorceCare, Burke UMC
Thursdays (7 PM) – Bi-District Young Adult Bible Study/Discussion, St. Matthew’s UMC, Annandale
Thursdays (7-9 PM) – June 6-Sept. 5 – Divorce Care,Floris UMC, Herndon.
Last Thursdays, (7-8:30 PM) – Living with Cancer Support Group, Christ UMC, Fairfax Station (703-690-4301, X113)

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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Posts of Interest


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Christmas Music, Part 7 – Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Charles Wesley (1707-1788),  the younger brother of John Wesley wrote the words to this Christmas Carol.

Charles was a hymn writer and a poet, also known as one of the people who began the Methodist movement in the Church of England. Hark the Herald Angels Sing appeared in 1739 in a book called Hymns and Sacred Poems.

Wesley envisioned this being sung to the same tune as his hymn, Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,  and in some hymnals it is included along with the more popular version.

This hymn was regarded as one of the Great Four Anglican Hymns and published as number 403 in “The Church Hymn Book” (New York and Chicago, USA, 1872).

To celebrate the invention of the printing press, Felix Mendelssohn composed a cantata in 1840 called Festgesang or “Festival Song”. The melody of Mendelssohn’s cantata was then used by William H. Cummings and adapted it to the lyrics of Wesley’s “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”.

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”


Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Christmas Music, Posts of Interest, Videos


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