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Paul Wesley Chilcote Devotionals (2 vols.)



Seasons of the Church year are important markers for Christian devotion and worship. In these volumes, Paul Wesley Chilcote brings his expert perspective on the hymns of Charles Wesley and examines a historically important perspective on the Advent season. Celebrate Lent and reflect on its emphasis of joyful sacrifice with this devotional use of Wesley’s hymns. The volumes in this collection facilitate worship during the Advent and Lenten seasons through one of the most celebrated hymn writers of Church history.

For more inspiring thoughts from Charles Wesley, see The Works of Charles Wesley (22 vols.).

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  • Facilitates worship during the Christmas season
  • Represents Anglican and Methodist worship traditions
  • Provides material for meditation and reflection during the seasons of Advent and Lent

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The Song Forever New: Lent and Easter with Charles Wesley

  • Author: Paul Wesley Chilcote
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 208

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A daily devotional inspired by the hymns of Charles Wesley, this new book paves the way for spiritual pilgrimage throughout this sacred period of the Christian year. Wesley’s lyrical theology and hymns represent a monumental devotional treasure within both the Anglican and Methodist heritage.

Sacred texts from Wesley’s Redemption Hymns and Resurrection Hymns are particularly well suited to the themes of Lent and Easter. Selections from both these collections are featured in the volume, including “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” as well as hymns, such as “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” drawn from a wider selection of Wesley’s works.

The hymns are arranged around themes tied to scriptural texts proper to each day. Each of the 54 meditations includes a biblical text, the Wesley hymn selection (with a recommended tune for singing from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982), a brief meditation, and a prayer for the day. Suggestions are also provided for the use of these materials in a pattern of either morning or evening prayer.

Without the Wesleys, we’d still be singing metrical psalms as the primary music of our worship. Truly, it was the Wesleys and their zeal for evangelism that changed the entire flavor of our music in church. We went from a dry, Puritan-influenced, one-note-to-a-syllable approach and a concern that we not look too ‘enthusiastic’ to music of desire, hymns that touched the heart, and called for conversion.

—S. Elizabeth Searle, rector, Christ Church

Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Advent and Christmas with Charles Wesley

  • Author: Paul Wesley Chilcote
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 128

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This volume offers Advent and Christmas meditations based on the seasonal hymns of Charles Wesley—including “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.” Each daily meditation, keyed to the scripture reading for the day and portions of Wesley’s texts, concludes with a brief prayer based on the day’s theme. Reflective material places Wesley within his rich Anglican heritage. These daily readings are between 500 and 600 words in length, and perfect for starting out or ending each day of Advent alone or with the family.

About Paul Wesley Chilcote

Paul Wesley Chilcote is president of the Charles Wesley Society and professor of historical theology and Wesleyan studies director of the Center for Applied Wesleyan Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary. He is also the author of John & Charles Wesley: Selections from Their Writings and Hymns.


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