Charles Wesley – Birthday notes, etc

Charles Wesley was born on Dec 18th, 1707 in England.  Attended school at Christ Church, Oxford where in 1727 he formed his group the “Oxford Methodist” which George Whitefield and his older brother John both joined.  These early beginnings formed the basis of their later founding of the Methodist Church in the United States, with John as the primary preacher and Charles as the Hymn writer.  Charles Wesley wrote more than 5,000 hymns in his life time.  Many are still well-known to us.  “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” is the hymn that Charles wrote upon his conversion.  You can read all 19 verses and his other hymns at the cyber hymnal. Read more on his life at Indelible Grace and Wikipedia.

Well Known Hymns:

  • “And Can It Be That I Should Gain?”  |Rehymned: RUF
  • “Arise, My Soul, Arise  |Rehymned: RUF
  • “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”
  • “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”  |Rehymned: RUF
  • “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
  • “Jesus, Lover of My Soul”
  • “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending” |Rehymned: Cardiphonia
  • “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
  • “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” |Rehymned: Cardiphonia
  • “Rejoice, the Lord is King”  |Rehymned: Partain
  • “Ye Servants of God”

Download and read his hymns at googlebooks

Watch a video on his life over at Mars Hill Church

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