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Send Down Thy Truth, O God   1 comment

Above:  St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Dunwoody, Georgia, May 27, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/114749828757741527421/BishopWhitmoreVisitsStPatrickSDunwoodyForPentecost#5747364087208522866)

Hymn Source = Pilgrim Hymnal (1958), of the United Church of Christ

Words by Edward Rowland Sill (1841-1887), a poet

A biography of Sill:  http://gstrecker.iweb.bsu.edu/sill.htm

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1.  Send down thy truth, O God,

Too long the shadows frown!

Too long the darkened way we’ve trod:

Thy truth, O Lord, send down!

2.  Send down thy Spirit free

Till wilderness and town

One temple for thy worship be:

Thy Spirit, O send down!

3.  Send down thy love, thy life,

Our lesser lives to crown,

And cleanse them of their hate and strife:

Thy living love send down!

4.  Send down thy peace, O Lord,

Earth’s bitter voices drown

In one deep ocean of accord:

Thy peace, O God, send down!

Posted August 8, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Easter

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Gracious Spirit, Dwell With Me   1 comment

Image:  St. Clare’s Episcopal Church, Blairsville, Georgia, August 5, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/114749828757741527421/BishopWhitmoreSVisitToStClareSBlairsville#5773283311235943938)

Hymn Source = Pilgrim Hymnal (1958), of the United Church of Christ

Words by Thomas Toke Lynch (1818-1871), an English Congregationalist minister

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1.  Gracious Spirit, dwell with me,

I myself would gracious be;

And with words that help and heal

Would thy life in mine reveal,

And with actions bold and meek

Would for Christ my Savior speak.

2.  Truthful Spirit, dwell with me,

I myself would truthful be;

And with wisdom kind and clear

Let thy life in mine appear,

And with actions brotherly

Speak my Lord’s sincerity.

3.  Mighty Spirit, dwell with me,

I myself would mighty be;

Mighty so as to prevail

Where unaided man must fail;

Ever by a mighty hope,

Pressing on and bearing up.

4.  Holy Spirit, dwell with me,

I myself would holy be;

Separate from sin, I would

Choose and cherish all things good,

And whatever I can be

Give to him who gave me thee!

Posted August 7, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Easter

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Holy Spirit, Truth Divine   2 comments

Above:  Design Drawing for Stained-Glass West Transept Window Showing Pentecost for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tampa, Florida

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/LAMB2006002407/)

Hymn Source = Pilgrim Hymnal (1958), of the United Church of Christ

Words by Samuel Longfellow (1819-1892), U.S. Unitarian minister and author of at least thirty-three hymns

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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;

By thee may I strongly live,

Bravely bear, and nobly strive.

4.  Holy Spirit, Right divine,

King within my conscience reign;

Be my law, and I shall be

Firmly bound, forever free.

Posted August 4, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Easter

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Come, Thou Holy Spirit Bright   6 comments

Above:  St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Dunwoody, Georgia, May 27, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/114749828757741527421/BishopWhitmoreVisitsStPatrickSDunwoodyForPentecost#5748384296833626194)

Original Latin text from the Twelfth Century; English translation by Father Charles P. Price (1920-1999), an Episcopal Priest

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

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1.  Come, thou Holy Spirit bright;

come with thy celestial light;

come, thou source of blessings sure;

come within our hearts to shine.

2.  Thou, of comforters the best,

thou, the sou’s most welcome guest,

of our peace thou art the sign.

In our labor, be our aid;

in our summer, cooling shade.

Every bitter tear refine.

3.  Brighter than the noonday sun,

fill our lives which Christ has won;

fill our hearts and make them thine.

Where thou art not, we have nought:

all our word and deed and thought

twisted from they true design.

4.  Bend the stubborn heart and will;

melt the frozen, warm the chill;

rule us by the judgment’s line.

Cleanse us with thy healing power;

what is barren bring to flower;

to thy love our sins consign.

5.  To thy people who adore

and confess thee evermore,

thy blest seven-fold gift assign.

Grant us thy salvation, Lord,

boundless mercy our reward,

joys which earth and heaven entwine.

Posted May 30, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Easter

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Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!   6 comments

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

Words (1866) by William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898)

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1.  Alleluia! Sing to Jesus! his the scepter, his the throne;

Alleluia! his the triumph, his the victory alone;

Hark! the songs of peaceful Zion thunder like a mighty flood;

Jesus out of every nation hath redeemed us by his blood.

2.  Alleluia! not as orphans are we left in sorrow now;

Alleluia! his is near us, faith believes, nor questions how:

though the cloud from sight received him, when the forty days were o’er,

shall our hearts for forget his promise, “I am with you evermore”?

3.  Alleluia! Bread of heaven, thou on earth our food, our stay!

Alleluia! here the sinful flee to thee from day to day:

Intercessor, friend of sinners, earth’s Redeemer, plead for me,

where the songs of all the sinful sweep across the crystal sea.

4.  Alleluia! King eternal, thee the Lord of lords we own:

Alleluia! born of Mary, earth thy footstool, heaven thy throne:

thou within the veil hast entered, robed in flesh, our great High Priest;

thou on earth both Priest and Victim in the eucharistic feast.

5.  Alleluia! sing to Jesus! his the scepter his the throne;

Alleluia! his the triumph, his the victory alone;

Hark! the songs of holy Zion thunder like a mighty flood;

Jesus out of every nation hath redeemed us by his blood.

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Come to Our Poor Nature’s Night   5 comments

Above:  Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumming, Georgia, June 12, 2011

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/114749828757741527421/EpiscopalChurchOfTheHolySpirit#5617455589905054482)

Hymn Source = The New Psalms and Hymns (1901), of the Presbyterian Church in the United States (1861-1983)

Words (1853) by George Rawson (1807-1889)

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1.  Come to our poor nature’s night

With Thy blessed inwad light,

Holy Ghost the infinite,

Comforter divine.

2.  We are sinful, cleanse us, Lord;

Sick and faint, Thy strength afford;

Lost, until by Thee restored,

Comforter divine.

3.  Like the dew Thy peace distil;

Guide, subdue our wayward will,

Things of Christ unfolding still,

Comforter divine.

4.  With us, for us, intercede,

And with voiceless groanings plead

Our unutterable need,

Comforter divine.

5.  In us, “Abba, Father,” cry;

Earnest of the bliss on high,

Seal of immortality,

Comforter divine.

6.  Search for us the depths of God;

Upwards, by the starry road,

Bear to us Thy high abode,

Comforter divine.

Welcome, Thou Victor in the Strife   6 comments

Above:  Easter Vigil, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Dunwoody, Georgia, April 25, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/114749828757741527421/EasterVigilStPatrickS#5735503150412863874)

Hymn Source = Lutheran Common Service Book (1917)

Original German words (1712) by Benjamin Schmolck (1672-1737)

English translation (1855) by Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878)

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1.  Welcome, Thou Victor in the strife,

Welcome from out the cave!

Today we triumph in Thy life

Around Thine empty grave.

2.  Our enemy is put to shame,

His short-lived triumph o’er;

Our God is with us, we exclaim:

We fear our foe no more.

3.  The dwellings of the just resound

With songs of victory;

For in their midst, Thou, Lord, art found,

And bringest peace with Thee.

4.  O let Thy conqu’ring banner wave

O’er hearts Thou makest free;

And point the path that from the grace

Leads heavenward up to Thee.

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