Songs for the Poor
A selection of thirteen hymns by Charles Wesley addressing life with, among, and for the poor. Interestingly most of them never appeared in any hymn book until 1993. For whatever reason, most of the texts in these hymns have been ignored in the hymn books of the church, except for "Help us to help each other, Lord," "Come, sinners to the gospel feast," and "Jesus, the gift divine I know."
These hymns address a many-faceted ministry among the poor and have now come of age. They provide a strong theological foundation and motivation for such ministry. What better way to celebrate Charles Wesley's 300th birth year than to sing about this aspect of our mission. It is a mandate of the gospel in our time.
The companion CD of the same name includes all thirteen hymns in the songbook. Most of the tunes are familiar but newly arranged.
Listen to 30 second clips from Songs for the Poor. Each clip is available in both MP3 (about 500K) and WMA (about 90K) formats.
01 - Come, Thou Holy God mp3 wma
02 - Help Us Help Each Other mp3 wma
03 - Jesus' Bosom Friends mp3 wma
04 - Which of the Christians mp3 wma
05 - While Preaching the Gospel to the Poor mp3 wma
06 - O God, Who Knowest mp3 wma
07 - Wouldst Thou Require mp3 wma
08 - Savior, How Few There Are mp3 wma
09 - Ye Pastors Hired mp3 wma
10 - Your Duty Let the Apostle mp3 wma
11 - Jesus, the Gift Divine mp3 wma
12 - The Golden Rule mp3 wma
Songbook: Thirteen hymns by Charles Wesley which address life with and among the poor set to familiar tunes with contemporary musical settings for congregational singing. 32 pages. (ISBN 1-890569-17-8) $3.00.
Recording: All of the hymns in the songbook celebrating life and ministry with the poor, sung by a choir with contemporary arrangements by David Pluess. Available on compact disc (CD 1-001) $12.95 or cassette (MC 1-001c) $8.95
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