Our fall worship series at Northside Church is entitled The Faith We Sing. The title recognizes the vital nature of music in personal discipleship and corporate worship. We will highlight the hymns of Charles Wesley. Historians recognize John Wesley as the founder of Methodism; but his brother supplied the music that fueled the revival movement.
Charles Wesley wrote between 6,000 and 9,000 songs and poems. He often scribbled verses while traveling on horseback, and scholars estimate he wrote 10 lines daily for 50 years! The law of averages naturally governed the quality of this much output.
John Wesley wrote about his brother’s songs, “Some were good, some were mediocre, and some were exceptional!” No doubt Charles read this and yelled, “MOM!”
The series is examining four familiar hymns by Charles Wesley that continue to shape our faith, including:
- September 11 O, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
- September 18 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
- September 25 Soldiers of Christ Arise
- October 2 Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast
I invite you to worship with us onsite or online for Traditional Worship at 8:30 and 11:15 along with Contemporary Worship at 9:00. The services and sermons can be accessed later in the week at NorthsideUMC.org under the Worship tab.
Join us as we celebrate The Faith We Sing!
Bill, You chose 4 of my favorite Wesley hymns for your sermon series, the Faith We Sing. “He speaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoner free; his blood can make the foulest clean, his blood availed for me.” “Lost in wonder, love, and praise!” “Still let the Spirit cry in all his soldiers, Come till Christ the Lord descends from high and takes the conquerors home,” “Come thou, this moment, at his call, and live for him who died for all.” Wish we could be there to hear you. Our prayers continue for you and your ministry there at Northside Church with its wonderful congregation. Mike and Nancy Moffitt
Thanks, Mike and Nancy. Appreciate your gracious words, and you are welcome to join us any time you are in town. Blessings!