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When Sundays Swing – UM churches find jazz in worship moves the spirit

DALLAS—Highland Park UMC is a tall-steeple church, and within it is Cox Chapel, where high church worship is the norm, including a processional, a recessional and a formal approach to liturgy most any Anglican would love. One Sunday last fall, worshippers had all this and more. The Dallas Jazz Quartet, led by pianist Charles Winslow […]

History of Hymns: ‘like a child’ conveys baby Jesus’ vulnerability

Traditionally many Christmas hymns have explored the birth of Jesus as the coming of a monarch.

For example, Charles Wesley wrote, “Hark! the herald angels sing, / ‘Glory to the new-born King!’” The refrain of another traditional English carol echoes this: “Noel, born is the King of Israel.” Isaac Watts wrote, “Let earth receive her King.”