I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth. Isaiah 49:6b
Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: We thank you for the life of Onesimus. Let his willingness to confront his situation inspire us to a like bravery; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Psalter: Psalm 102
Lessons: Genesis 32:22-33:17, 1 John 3:1-10, John 10:31-42
Following Charles Wesley's death, his brother John paid tribute to him in the Minutes of the Methodist Conference of 1780. Included was a prominent mention of his greatest hymn.
Mr. Charles Wesley, who, after spending fourscore years with much sorrow and pain, quietly retired into Abraham's bosom. He had no disease; but after a gradual decay of some months,The weary wheels of life stood still at last.
His least praise was, his talent for poetry; although Dr. Watts did not scruple to say, that "that single poem, Wrestling Jacob, is worth all the verses which I have ever written."
Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown