Songs of Charles Wesley

Those who live in the vicinity of the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) may want to attend a performance Thursday night at the Church of the Holy Family of a series of songs by Charles Wesley.

Details of the performance may be found here, with a link to biographies of the performers (our rector and his father).

<em>The Confessing Reader is pleased to acknowledge that the flautist is his wife.</em>

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2 thoughts on “Songs of Charles Wesley

  1. “O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace!”

    I wish I were close enough to attend because, my friend, at the rate at which we are proceeding, the traditional “first hymn” of the Methodists (well, at least since 1780) may be replaced by Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes!”

  2. Well, Wesley’s hymn is focused too much on God, and not enough on us, anyway.

    Or perhaps the idolaters (errm, the inclusive/expansive language enthusiasts) could change it to “O for a thousand names of God/the Infinite/Ineffable/One/Mother/etc etc etc anything but Father and Lord to sing”.

    Of course, there is no need for redemption in our brave new theologies, so the hymn probably won’t be subjected to the priggish bowdlerisms of progressivist liturgical revision.

    So we’re back to “Anything Goes” – well, except for traditional, biblical catholic theology.

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