Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit
“On Pentecost, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-21). Through Christ, we are given the living water of the Holy Spirit, poured out on believers on Pentecost, so that we might “thirst” no more (John 7:37-39) and that we might use the spiritual gifts we are given to his glory (1 Corinthians 12:3b-13). We look at the wonders of creation and cannot help but praise God for his wisdom, originality and the beauty of the world around us (Psalm 104:24-34, 35b).”
-Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional: A Year of Weekly Readings
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A classic Sacred Harp tune for Pentecost:
Listen to a folk version by Liz Jayne
Come, Holy Spirit, Come
With energy divine,
And on this poor, benighted soul
With beams of mercy shine
Melt, melt this frozen heart;
This stubborn will subdue;
Each evil passion overcome,
And form me all anew
Mine will the profit be,
But Thine shall be the praise;
And unto Thee will I devote
the remnant of my days
Praise Father, Spirit, Son
The Mighty Three in One
Creator, Saviour, Fiery Breeze
Sustainer be our peace
Words: Benjamin Beddome, 1900
Addition Words: Philip Majorins
Music: ABBEVILLE, by E.J. King, 1844
A Prayer to the Holy Spirit
By Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
O God the Holy Ghost
Who art light unto thine elect
Evermore enlighten us.
Thou who art fire of love
Evermore enkindle us.
Thou who art Lord and Giver of Life,
Evermore live in us.
Thou who bestowest sevenfold grace,
Evermore replenish us.
As the wind is thy symbol,
So forward our goings.
As the dove, so launch us heavenwards.
As water, so purify our spirits.
As a cloud, so abate our temptations.
As dew, so revive our languor.
As fire, so purge our dross