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Day of Pentecost

Unifying Theme:
God's Spirit before us, with us, within us

Scripture Theme Hymns
Acts 2:1-21
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Ezekiel 37:1-14
The Holy Spirit moves at Pentecost
--or--
The valley of dry bones
61: Come, Thou Almighty King
332: Spirit of Faith, Come Down
388: O Come, and Dwell in Me
465: Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
475: Come Down, O Love Divine
496: Sweet Hour of Prayer
500: Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
539: O Spirit of the Living God
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Praise for God's creatures 62: All Creatures of Our God and King
88: Maker in Whom We Live
96: Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above
126: Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
139: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Christ promises to send the comforter to the disciples 128: He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought
374: Standing on the Promises
Romans 8:22-27
--or--
Acts 2:1-21
The Spirit helps in our weakness
--or--
The Holy Spirit moves at Pentecost
61: Come, Thou Almighty King
332: Spirit of Faith, Come Down
388: O Come, and Dwell in Me
465: Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
475: Come Down, O Love Divine
496: Sweet Hour of Prayer
500: Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
539: O Spirit of the Living God

Featured Hymn
Holy Spirit, Truth Divine

Hymn #465
Text: Samuel Longfellow, 1819-1892
Music: Adapt. from Orlando Gibbons, 1583-1625
Tune: CANTERBURY, Meter: 77.77

The Spirit of the Lord is ever present from the dawn of creation in Genesis to glory of the new heaven and earth at the end of Revelation, giving breath to every living thing. The book of Acts records the special, empowering manifestation of the Holy Spirit to the disciples in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.  It was a defining day in the life of the Church, a public and powerful fulfillment of Jesus' promise to send the Holy Spirit to counsel and to comfort His people.

The disciples did not know what to expect before Pentecost. They knew only that the Lord had told them to wait, and they obeyed. Once filled with the Spirit, though, they were emboldened and spread the message of new life throughout the world.

This week's featured hymn was written by Samuel Longfellow, the younger brother of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Verse by verse, the text reflects different ways that the Holy Spirit illuminates our lives. In the Spirit truth dawns. Through the Spirit love glows. From the Spirit power fills. Because of the Spirit right reigns. Read the words. Pause as often as you need to so that you can ponder their meaning. Apply them to your life.

1. Holy Spirit, Truth divine,
dawn upon this soul of mine;
Word of God and inward light,
wake my spirit, clear my sight.
2. Holy Spirit, Love divine,
glow within this heart of mine;
kindle every high desire;
perish self in thy pure fire.
3. Holy Spirit, Power divine,
fill and nerve this will of mine;
grant that I may strongly live,
bravely bear, and nobly strive.
4. Holy Spirit, Right divine,
King within my conscience reign;
be my Lord, and I shall be
firmly bound, forever free.

The Holy Spirit can fill us with truth and love and power. The Holy Spirit teaches us what is right and makes us free. Will you seek God's Spirit in your life today?

God bless you--
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Passages suggested are from The Revised Common Lectionary: Consultation on Common Texts (Abingdon Press, 1992) copyright © by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT), P.O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Reprinted with permission of CCT.