Why We Sing Hymns as Methodists
When we gather for worship we sing our beliefs. This has been throughout the millennia the way God's people express their joy, sorrow, hope, and trust. The Psalter is the Old Testament's hymnal. In every tradition, there are songs that are sung to express the beliefs of that group, from the Gregorian chants of the Catholic monks to the Maranatha choruses of the "Jesus Movement," every tradition teaches through its music. As Methodists birthed within the Wesleyan revival, it is the hymns of John and Charles Wesley that we sing that teaches and reminds us of our great hope in a loving God who calls all to Him. Come and explore together how this truth defines our Free Methodist inclusion of hymns in our times of worship.
Here is a preparatory document which helps communicate the Prevenient Grace that Wesley was teaching when he wrote hymns.