Thursday 24 May, 2018

Marking the Conversions of John and Charles Wesley

These hymns are especially appropriate for marking the conversions of John and Charles Wesley, as well as being suited to the post-Ascension – pre-Pentecost emphasis on developing discipleship reflected in today’s readings. These readings should not normally be used at the Principal Service on Pentecost.

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

General

Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)
How small a spark has lit a living fire! (StF 408)
Where shall my wondering soul begin? (StF 454)

Also see: Aldersgate – what changed for the Wesleys?

Isaiah 12: 1-6 or Isaiah 51: 1-3, 7-11

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)
God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
Your hand, O God, has guided (StF 692)

Psalm 130

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Only by grace can we enter (StF 565)
Out of the depths I cry to thee (StF 433)

Romans 5: 1-11

Come, thou fount of every blessing (StF 494)
I am a new creation (StF 553)
I am not skilled to understand (StF 349)

or 2 Peter 1: 1-11

God in my living, there in my breathing (StF 497)
Great God, your love has called us here (StF 499)
Help us, O Lord, to learn (StF 501)

Mark 12: 28-37

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
May the mind of Christ my Saviour (StF 504)
More like you, Jesus, more like you (StF 505)

or Luke 10: 1-12, 17-20

Lord, your Church on earth is seeking (StF 410)
Go to the world! Go into all the earth (StF 402)
The kingdom of God is justice and joy (StF 255)     see details / comment

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