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Hymn of the week: Behold the servant of the Lord!

The theme we followed  in worship this Sunday was ‘the Potter and the clay’, following Jeremiah 18:1-10, which describes Jeremiah’s visit to a potter’s house and how God spoke to Jeremiah through the actions of the potter. This is a … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: See, how great a flame aspires

The Gospel reading for this coming Sunday (Luke 12:49-56) positively invites the inclusion in worship of our hymn of the week. It was first published in a two-volume collection of hymns entitled Hymns and Sacred Poems (1749). Unusually, this collection … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: Author of faith, eternal Word

The hymn of the week first appeared in a pamphlet published by Charles Wesley entitled Life of Faith and dated 24th May 1740. It is the first part of a massive 85 stanza original, which forms a versified paraphrase of … Continue reading

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Wesley Day in London

Yesterday was Wesley Day, the 275th Anniversary of John’s Wesley’s experience of the ‘warmed heart’ at Aldersgate. I’ve attended the commemorations in London a few times over the years, though this was the first time I actually managed to get … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: O for a heart to praise my God

This is one of Charles Wesley’s early hymns, originally published in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1742). It was inspired by Psalm 51:10 ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me’, “transformed by a … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: Happy are they who find the grace

Both of the alternative Old Testament readings this week suggest the theme of wisdom. In Proverbs 9:1-6 Wisdom calls those who lack understanding to come to feast at her house. And in 1 Kings 3:3-14 the young Solomon asks God … Continue reading

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In Wesley’s Footsteps (7): Charles Wesley’s Marylebone

In this latest part of my ‘Wesley’s Footsteps’ series the Wesley in question is Charles rather than John. It is perhaps unfortunate that most Methodists today know Charles Wesley solely for his hymn writing, for he was a considerable evangelist … Continue reading

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