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History of Hymns: Wesley hymn invites all to ‘the Gospel Feast’

We are reminded that truth, as well as sustenance, is found in the gospel. Charles Wesley’s hymn, “Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast” is an invitation to that table and a reiteration of that truth.

History of Hymns: ‘Come Sunday’ reflects Duke Ellington’s faith & sacred jazz tradition

“Come Sunday” Duke Ellington UM Hymnal, No. 728 Come Sunday, oh, come Sunday, that’s the day. Duke Ellington (1899-1974) once said, “By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.” Yet, this master of jazz has a hymn in the United Methodist Hymnal! […]

History of Hymns: ‘Come, Christians, Join to Sing’ first published as children’s hymn

“Come, Christians, Join to Sing” Christian Henry Bateman UM Hymnal, No. 158 Come, Christians, join to sing: Alleluia! Amen! loud praise to Christ our King: Alleluia! Amen! Let all, with heart and voice, before his throne rejoice; praise is his gracious choice. Alleluia! Amen!  Christian Henry Bateman (1813-1899) was ordained into the Church of England […]

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