The Worship Quote of the Week for (06/06/2006):

Pentecost Hymn
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is a wonderful Pentecost text from a brand new collection by Timothy Dudley-Smith. This poem about the Holy Spirit also doubles as a prayer of illumination for the reading and preaching of God’s Word. If you like, you can sing it to NEW BRITAIN (“Amazing Grace”).

(based on Isaiah 61:1-3)

O Spirit of the Sovereign Lord,
descend in power, we pray,
on all who minister your word
and teach your truth today.

May those whom God has set apart,
anointed, called and blessed,
announce good news to every heart
by want or sin oppressed.

Let songs of liberty be sung,
the lamps of freedom burn;
as wide the prison gates are flung
forgotten hopes return.

The favor of the Lord proclaim
in pardon freely given,
for just and righteous is his Name,
the God of earth and heaven.

May all who mourn, his comfort know;
their every tear be dried;
as trees of righteousness to grow
that God be glorified.

O Spirit of the Sovereign Lord,
descend on us who pray,
renew your church in deed and word
to serve your world today.

—Timothy Dudley-Smith, from A DOOR FOR THE WORD: 36 NEW HYMNS WRITTEN BETWEEN 2002 and 2005, © 2006 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

For permission to copy or use this hymn, please contact:
Hope Publishing Company, 380 S. Main Place, Carol Stream, IL 60188
1-800-323-1049, Fax: (630) 665-3200

May the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord bless your day.

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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