Singing our Faith - A New Study of Hymns of the Church
Singing our Faith - A Study of Hymns of the Church
A New Adult Sunday School Class Begins this Sunday, Jan. 7, at 9:30am
By: Rev'd Dr. Johnny Jeffords
Building upon the Advent study of how the hymns we sing during the season point the way to the coming of Jesus at Christmas, Johnny invites you to join him in the month of January into early February for a look at some of the important hymns of the Church, how they came to be, and what theological foundations each presents.
Such considerations are core to our Methodist heritage. In addition to being a hymn writer without peer, Charles with John Wesley utilized the hymns people sang as the primary mechanism to teach “the method” of discipleship they espoused. It was far more than a song to sing in church to inspire, a hymn was a teaching tool. It still is.
In addition, hymn writers have stories of their own to tell, and it’s helpful to capture some of that in our conversation. And, some hymns have poignant stories of how they came to be that deepens what such hymns mean to us.
The hymns we’ll study during this series are:
January 7 – Hymns of Charles Wesley
“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling"
“O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”
“And Can it Be?”
January 14 – “Amazing Grace” by John Newton
January 21 – “It Is Well With My Soul,” by Horatio Spafford
January 28 – “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” by Thomas Dorsey
February 4 – “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” by Martin Luther
February 11 – “Blessed Assurance,” by Fanny Crosby
The study meets in the room outside the chapel.