Title: O Spirit of the Living God
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906
Author: Henry H. Tweedy, 1935
Scripture: Acts 2
Theme: Christian Year: Pentecost;Holy Spirit;Judgment;Sanctifiying and Perfecting Grace: Social Holiness;Social Concerns;Testimony and Witness;The Nature of the Church: Born of the Spirit;The Nature of the Church: Born of the Spirit
1 O Spirit of the living God, thou light and fire divine, descend upon thy church once more, and make it truly thine. Fill it with love and joy and power, with righteousness and peace; till Christ shall dwell in human hearts, and sin and sorrow cease. 2 Blow, wind of God! With wisdom blow until our minds are free from mists of error, clouds of doubt, which blind our eyes to thee. Burn, winged fire! Inspire our lips with flaming love and zeal, to preach to all thy great good news, God's glorious commonweal. 3 Teach us to utter living words of truth which all may hear, the language all may understand when love speaks loud and clear; till every age and race and clime shall blend their creeds in one, and earth shall form one family by whom thy will is done. 4 So shall we know the power of Christ who came this world to save; so shall we rise with him to life which soars beyond the grave; and earth shall win true holiness, which makes thy children whole; till, perfected by thee, we reach creation's glorious goal!