Wesleys Take the Web: Advent Anthem

Charles Wesley: Hey brother! I’ve been working on something. What do you think?

(Singing dramatically) Come, thou long-expected Jesus…

John Wesley: You wrote a Christmas carol Charles?

Charles: No John, an “Advent anthem”! I’m hoping it’s going to catch on…

John: It won’t.

Charles: Oh it will. It’s a prayer about waiting for Jesus to come—in the past, in the future, and into our lives right now. It’s quite clever—if I do say so myself.

John: I thought we talked about this. You can’t keep writing songs with 100 verses like “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing.” Nobody can stick with them!

Charles: First, “Tongues” only has 18 verses. And my Advent anthem has 2. It’s 16 lines long, shorter than any sermon you’ll ever preach.

John: Hey!

Charles: And it’s good. Listen to this, “Born to set thy people free.” Our Jewish ancestors waited for the Messiah. We wait for Jesus to completely fill us. All of Creation waits. Whammo, Advent anthem!

John: I know what I’m waiting for, Charles… you to give up this “Advent anthem” thing. It’s not going to catch on.

Charles: Maybe not, but if it does, I’ll be here… waiting …for Christmas… for Figgie pudding…for presents… I still want a hula hoop... 

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Taken from Bishop Johnson's Blog