Sunday, May 30
Order of Worship, Remembering Pentecost, 30 May 2021
song NCH 270, “Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song”
readings from the Bible
John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15
song NCH 286, “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”
song NCH 261, “Let Every Christian Pray”
prayers of the people
the Lord’s Prayer
song NCH 292, “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”
NCH 270: “Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song,” Text: Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1982; Tune: “Bridegroom,” Peter Cutts, 1969.
v. 1: Like the murmur of the dove’s song, like the challenge of her flight, like the vigor of the wind’s rush, like the new flame’s eager might: Come, Holy Spirit, come.
v. 2: To the members of Christ’s body, to the branches of the Vine, to the church in faith assembled, to our midst as faith and sign: Come, Holy Spirit, come.
v. 3: With the healing of division, with the ceaseless voice of prayer, with the power to love and witness, with the peace beyond compare: Come, Holy Spirit, come.
NCH 286: “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness,” Words and Music: James K. Manley, 1978, altered; arr. The New Century Hymnal, 1993.
Refrain: Spirit, spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness, calling and free. Spirit, spirit of restlessness, stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea. v. 1: You moved on the waters, you called to the deep, then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep; and over the eons you called to each thing, “Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings. Refrain
v. 2: You swept through the desert, you stung with the sand, and you goaded your people with a law and a land; when they were confounded by their idols and lies, then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes. Refrain
v. 3: You sang in a stable, you cried from a hill, then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still; and down in the city you called once again, when you blew through your people on the rush of the wind. Refrain
v. 4: You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes, from the bondage of sorrow the captives dream dreams; our women see visions, our men clear their eyes, with bold new decisions your people arise. Refrain
NCH 261: “Let Every Christian Pray,” Text: Fred Pratt Green, 1970, rev. 1994; Tune: “Laudes Domini,” Joseph Barnby, 1868.
v. 1: Let every Christian pray, this day and every day, come, Holy Spirit, come! Was not the church we love commissioned from above? Come, Holy Spirit, come!
v. 2: The Spirit brought to birth the church of Christ on earth to seek and save the lost: God never has withdrawn since that tremendous dawn, the gifts of Pentecost.
v. 3: Only the Spirit’s power can fit us for this hour: come, Holy Spirit, come! Unite, instruct, inspire, and fill us with your fire: come, Holy Spirit, come!
NCH 292: “Breathe on Me, Breath of God,” Text: Edwin Hatch, 1886, altered; Tune: “Trentham,” Robert Jackson, 1894.
v. 1: Breathe on us, Breath of God, fill us with life anew that we may love the way you love and do what you would do.
v. 2: Breathe on us, Breath of God, until our hearts are pure, until with you we will one will, to do and to endure.
v. 3: Breathe on me, Breath of God, stir in me one desire, that every earthly part of me may glow with holy fire.
v. 4: Breathe on us, Breath of God, so shall we never die, but live with you the perfect life of your eternity.