1 Come sinners, to the gospel feast, Let every soul be Jesus’ guest;
Ye need not one be left behind, For God hath bid all mankind.
2 “Have me excused” why will you say? From health, and life, and liberty;
From all that is in Jesus given, From pardon, holiness and heaven.
3 Come then you souls by sin oppressed, Ye weary wanderers after rest;
Ye poor and maimed, halt and blind, In Christ a hearty welcome find.
4 See him set forth before your eyes, Behold the bleeding sacrifice;
His offered love let all embrace, And freely now be saved by grace.
5 Ye who believe his record true, Shall sup with him and he with you;
Come to the feast be saved from sin, For Jesus waits to take you in.
6 This is the time, no more delay; This is the glorious gospel day.
Come in this moment at his call, And live to him who died for all.
What characteristic United Methodist belief statements do you find in this hymn?
What phrase really speaks to your mind or heart as very important for us to understand and remember?
*After singing, ask the participants how Charles Wesley speaks the message of grace
through the hymn…. After singing, ask the participants what theological concerns and emphases Charles Wesley writes about in the hymn.
Discussion questions and comments marked with an asterisk (*) are drawn from the Advanced Lay Speaker course materials Living Our United Methodist Beliefs by George Hovaness Donigian. This instructional resource is available from the Upper Room Bookstore at http://bookstore.upperroom.org/cart/upperroom/p-17972.htm?tptm=pf.