"A Hymn (Invocation) for Pentecost"

Text and Musical Setting by Beth Hilgartner

[Moderator's Note: The following, forwarded to me by Frank Baldwin, seems particularly appropriate for the coming Pentecost - also "National Day of Dissent" - and for the reformation and transformation, through the Spirit, currently underway in the PC(USA).]


 

Come as the wind, come as the dove,

come as fierce refining fire;

come fill my soul with your wild presence:

renew, transform, inspire;

Spirit, come.

 

Come, Holy Spirit, come with power;

come burst all my walls apart.

Sparks which ignite the splintered tinder

of my poor, broken heart

come from you.

 

You give me words to sear my lips,

visions to appall my eye.

You overwhelm my failing courage.

The tears which wring me dry

come from you.

 

I am a clinging, withered leaf

held to winter's branch by fear.

The wind which rips me from my safety

to dance upon the air

comes from you.

 

Come as the wind, come as the dove,

come as fierce refining fire;

come, fill my soul with your wild presence:

renew, transform, inspire;

Spirit, come.

 


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