Words by: Charles Wesley (1707- 1788) Music by: Carl G. Glaser (1784- 1829)
Following a short and unsuccessful ministry in America, the disillusioned Wesleys returned to England. In May, 1738, both brothers had a spiritual heart-warming experience, realizing that though they had been zealous in the Church’s ministry, neither had ever personally accepted Christ as Savior nor had known the joy of their religious faith. From that time on, the Wesleys’ ministry took on a new dimension and power.
Both John and Charles had boundless energy, usually working fifteen to eighteen hours each day. It is estimated that they traveled a quarter of a million miles throughout Great Britain, mostly on horseback, while conducting more than 40,000 public services.
Charles alone wrote no less than 6,500 hymn texts, with hardly a day or an experience passing without its crystallization into verse. Currently there are 64 hymns and poems in our United Methodist Hymnal written by the Wesley brothers.
‘O For a Thousand Tongues’ is thought to have been inspired by a chance remark by Peter Bohler, an influential religious leader, who exclaimed: "Had I a thousand tongues, I would praise Christ Jesus with all of them." The hymn originally had nineteen stanzas and when published was entitled, ‘For the Anniversary Day of One’s Conversion.’
Meanwhile…1839…168 years ago…in the United States…
President: Martin Van Buren…V.P.: Richard M. Johnson
Congress banned dueling in the District of Columbia
1st baseball game was played in America by Abner Doubleday
Charles Goodyear created the vulcanized rubber process for tire production
Mississippi became the 1st state in the U.S. to grant property rights to women
The 1st public school in New York State was opened in Buffalo on Church Street
The 1st public library in Silver Creek, New York was opened
Oliver Lee established the Bank of Silver Creek
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Today in history
1977– President Jimmy Carter granted blanket pardons to ~ 100,000 Vietnam draft dodgers
1976– The 1st "Concorde" supersonic commercial air flight took place
1944– A total of 447 German bombers attacked London, England
1942– A Bronx judge ruled all public pin ball machines were illegal
1927– 1st national opera broadcast in U.S. (‘Faust’) from Chicago
1903– The ‘Wizard of Oz’ premiered in New York City
1799– Edward Jenner’s smallpox vaccination was introduced
1789– The 1st American novel was published: ‘Power of Sympathy’ by W.H. Brown