O Spirit of the Living God   3 comments


Above:  The Right Reverend Keith Whitmore, Assistant Bishop of Atlanta, at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia, May 23, 2010

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1966), of The Methodist Church (1939-1968) and The United Methodist Church (1968-)

Words by Henry Hallam Tweedy (1868-1953), U.S. Congregationalist Minister, Liturgist, and Hymn Writer


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 men 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 brotherhood

By whom thy will is done.

4.  So shall we know the power of him

Who came mankind 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!

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