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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!”

And, of course, no one can do it better than The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

 

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2015 in Christmas Music, Holidays, Posts of Interest

 

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Why the Wesleys, and others, came to be called Methodists

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Those who went to the kickoff for A Disciple’s Path heard part of this story from Pastor Dan.

For those who missed it or need a refresher, here you go…

 

Holy Club. Bible Moths. Methodists.

These are just a few of the names people called Charles and John Wesley and those gathered around them before anyone called their group a movement, let alone a church. Charles and John Wesley are considered founders of the Methodist movement that led to what is now The United Methodist Church.

It all began around 1728 with a few men at Oxford University, where Charles was finishing his studies. Charles Wesley had not always been very good at focusing on his studies or his faith. His first year at school was full of diversions like playing cards and enjoying music, theater and dancing. Nevertheless, by his final year, he was ready to devote himself to a more focused method of engaging study and faith.

Charles knew he could not do this on his own. He gathered with others in a small group, a practice common at Oxford in those days.

Read more at http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/why-the-wesleys-and-others-came-to-be-called-Methodists

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC, Posts of Interest, Videos

 

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Today at Pender UMC

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At our 8:15 & 11:00 worship services on Sunday, August 31st, we return to a part of our heritage as Methodists, the Campmeeting. It will be a time to sing the old hymns, enjoy the upbeat worship and hear a sermon series based on the importance of “Revival.”

RevKev will be preaching on “Survival vs. Revival” (Psalm 51:10-13)
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At our 9:30 Common Ground Worship Service, we will have a guest preacher, Suzanne Spencer.

Suzanne Spencer retired as a UMC pastor after serving three churches on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. God called her into pulpit ministry late in life after a career as a social gerontologist, doing clinical research in geriatric medicine and managing assisted living facilities in the Richmond area. Her association with Pender began with a trip to Greece and Turkey led by Pastor Kenny and has continued on short-term mission trips to Peru. Her sermon title for Sunday is “Who?” (Matthew 16:21-26)

 

Click on this link to find out more information about our upcoming sermons.

Also today:

Upcoming Events! Watch for more information:

  • August 31: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • August 31: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • August 31: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Pancake Mix and Syrup
    • 46 oz. bottles of oil, fruit juices, plastic bags and egg cartons are always needed and welcome too!

    Donations can be left in the blue grocery cart in the coat rack section.

  • August 31: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 164 sermons available.  More information
  • August 31: Blessing of the Backpacks; 9:30am worship service
  • August 31: New Directions Sunday School Class will begin a new study, “All In” by Mark Batterson. The following is a brief synopsis regarding the study – “Nothing belongs to you — not even you! Discover the radical act of dethroning yourself and enthroning Christ as King of your life!” New members are always welcome!! We meet in Room 206 at 9:30 AM. If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson by email or at (703) 815-1744.
  • August 31: Sunday School Classes.  Read the brochure
  • August 31: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • August 31: Beginner’s Bible Study, 9:30-10:40 am for 12 weeks
  • August 31: Disciple II Bible Study, 4:00 pm
 

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Today at Pender

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Please join us at our 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 worship services this Sunday, August 3rd, as we return to a part of our heritage as Methodists, the Campmeeting.

It will be a time to sing the old hymns, enjoy the upbeat worship and hear a sermon series based on the importance of “Revival.”

At the 8:15 & 11:00 Worship Services, Pastor Kenny will be preaching on “Why Revival?”(Psalm 85) Why do we need revival in the saints’ life? Why do we need revival in our community and in our world? Revival is a new move of God revealing His grace and power among us. Let’s see why we need that this Sunday.

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At our 9:30 Common Ground Worship Service, RevKev will be preaching on the “Stories of Jesus: More than Enough.” (Matthew 14:13-21)

Click on this link to find out more information about our upcoming sermons.

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

Also on Sunday:

  • August 3: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • August 3: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • August 3: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Condiments
    • 46 oz. bottles of oil, fruit juices, plastic bags and egg cartons are always needed and welcome too!
  • Donations can be left in the blue grocery cart in the coat rack section.
  • August 3: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 158 sermons available.  More information
  • August 3: Sunday School Classes.  Read the brochure
  • August 3: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • August 3: Beginner’s Bible Study, 9:30-10:40 am for 12 weeks
  • August 3: Disciple II Bible Study, 4:00 pm
  • August 3: Sing ‘N’ Celebrate, 7:00 pm More information

 

 
 

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Sunday at Pender

campmeeting-featured

 

Please join us at our 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 worship services this Sunday, August 3rd, as we return to a part of our heritage as Methodists, the Campmeeting.

It will be a time to sing the old hymns, enjoy the upbeat worship and hear a sermon series based on the importance of “Revival.”

At the 8:15 & 11:00 Worship Services, Pastor Kenny will be preaching on “Why Revival?” (Psalm 85) Why do we need revival in the saints’ life? Why do we need revival in our community and in our world? Revival is a new move of God revealing His grace and power among us. Let’s see why we need that this Sunday.

Jesus-feature

At our 9:30 Common Ground Worship Service, RevKev will be preaching on the “Stories of Jesus: More than Enough.” (Matthew 14:13-21)

Click on this link to find out more information about our upcoming sermons.

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

Also on Sunday:

  • August 3: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • August 3: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • August 3: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Condiments
    • 46 oz. bottles of oil, fruit juices, plastic bags and egg cartons are always needed and welcome too!
  • Donations can be left in the blue grocery cart in the coat rack section.
  • August 3: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 158 sermons available.  More information
  • August 3: Sunday School Classes.  Read the brochure
  • August 3: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • August 3: Beginner’s Bible Study, 9:30-10:40 am for 12 weeks
  • August 3: Disciple II Bible Study, 4:00 pm
  • August 3: Sing ‘N’ Celebrate, 7:00 pm More information
 
 

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