The Worship Quote of the Week for (05/29/2007):

"When God the Spirit Came"
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is a wonderful Pentecost text from the pen of Timothy Dudley-Smith. The focus is on the work of the Holy Spirit in the believer and in the church—then and now. The hymn is drawn from the narrative in Acts 2 and also from Galatians 5:22. Try reading this out loud.


When God the Spirit came
upon his church outpoured
in sound of wind and sign of flame
they spread his truth abroad,
and filled with the Spirit
proclaimed that Christ is Lord.

What courage, power and grace
That youthful church displayed!
to those of every tribe and race
they witnessed unafraid,
and filled with the Spirit
they broke their bread and prayed.

They saw God’s word prevail,
his kingdom shall increase,
no part of all his purpose fail,
no promised blessing cease,
and filled with the Spirit
knew love and joy and peace.

Their theme was Christ alone,
the Lord who lived and died,
who rose to his eternal throne
at God the Father’s side;
and filled with the Spirit
the church was multiplied.

So to this present hour
our task is still the same,
in pentecostal love and power
his gospel to proclaim,
and filled with the Spirit,
rejoice in Jesus’ name.

—Timothy Dudley-Smith, from A HOUSE OF PRAISE: COLLECTED HYMNS 1961-2001, © 2003 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. ISBN 0-916642-74-7. All rights reserved. Used by permission. [This book is highly recommended.]

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

Have a great week.

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

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