Kingsway Worship celebrates the classic hymns of Charles Wesley with the new album Love Divine: The Songs of Charles Wesley for Today’s Generation. Various Kingsway artists, including Tim Hughes, Chris McClarney, Brian & Jenn Johnson, Kim Walker-Smith and others have recorded modern arrangements of Wesley’s powerful music. Classic hymns rebuilt for a new generation include: “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,” “Oh For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” and “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.”
Each of the 13 tracks has been arranged by Chris Eaton and John Hartley. “Our church society throughout the world has maybe become too ‘familiar’ in our expression of worship at times,” says Eaton. “I longed to paint a musical picture in production of these new melodies that truly enhances the text, born out of great liturgy, so that our modern experience of worship links us directly to the passion of the early hymn writers. John Hartley shared my vision, and we set about nding great hymns of faith and writing new music to enhance worship experiences of each personal heart within local church congregations. I believe that God will powerfully use music such as this to change our hearts and our world.”
“Each of the singers on the resulting recording drank deep from Wesley’s well and came up with some stunning covers,” says Hartley, who also produced the album. “Wesley’s legacy remains a powerful force for good upon the church.”
Having written and published well over six thousand songs during his lifetime, 150 of Wesley’s songs are found in the Methodist Hymns and Psalms hymnbook, and in the three centuries that have passed since his birth, few hymn writers have exceeded his output. Charles Wesley’s hymns enabled the church of the time to remember and experience the Bible, even if they were unable to read it.
For more information—plus a free download and chart for “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”—go to http://kingswayhub.com/ecards/lovedivine.