Wesley is one of the most significant and prolific writers of
Christian hymns in the English language, and scores of his texts have
been translated into numerous languages. His hymns are about
conversion, salvation, grace, love, resurrection, suffering, death,
hope, healing, trust, the indwelling Christ, Holy Communion, and
scores of other subjects which take one on an inner spiritual journey.
Wesley's hymns help men and women in every age to understand their
relationship to God and to one another. They speak constantly of love,
reconciliation, “peace on earth and mercy mild.”
But how are Wesley’s hymns to be sung today? Are there new melodies
and rhythms from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean region, North and
South America which give them new life in the twenty-first century?
Yes, there are.
This program offers new and exciting musical settings of some well
known Wesley hymns such as “And can it be that I should gain” and
“Love divine, all loves excelling,” as well as some lesser known ones.
Imagine a hymn for Holy Communion sung to an African or Caribbean
beat (calypso or reggae), or a Wesley hymn sung to a Latin beat. Or
imagine discovering some previously unpublished Wesley hymns for
ministry with and among the poor sung to familiar tunes.
These are a few of the highlights of a program of both solo and
congregational song presented by S T Kimbrough, Jr. on the occasion of
the 300th anniversary of Charles Wesley’s birth in 2007.
SONGS FOR THE WORLD
A collection of 18 hymns of Charles Wesley with new musical settings
from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, the Caribbean
region Songbook, edited by S T Kimbrough, Jr. and Carlton R. Young,
$5.95; CD $12.95; available from GBGMusik.
FOR THE POOR
A collection of 13 hymns of Charles Wesley, most of which were
previously unpublished, on the theme of life and ministry with and
among the poor, set to familiar tunes. Songbook edited by S T
Kimbrough, Jr., Timothy E. Kimbrough, Carlton R. Young, $3.00; CD
$12.95; available from GBGMusik. Website: