Sunday, 27 May 2007

Holy Spirit, sudden gust

A hymn by Kim Fabricius

(Tune: Kelvingrove)

Holy Spirit, sudden gust
     and darting tongue of flame,
one whose presence is a must
      or worship’s limp and lame,
as we gather here to meet,
come and sweep us off our feet,
where we’re cold, turn up the heat –
      it’s new creation time!

Holy Spirit, gentle dove,
      all-animating breath,
you bear fruit in peace and love,
      you bring life out of death,
draw together those apart
with your reconciling art,
stimulate the stony heart –
      it’s new creation time!

Holy Spirit, one of three,
      the God who goes between,
you declared the Jubilee
      through God the Nazarene,
through the church communicate
words and deeds that liberate,
and the world will be a fête –
      It’s new creation time!

Note: You can also read Kim’s Pentecost sermon, The Anonymous Spirit.

1 Comment:

charlescameron said...

My attention was drawn to this hymn because of the tune - Kelvingrove. I was brought up near Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow. I had to walk through the park each school day to get to my school and,later on, to university. I know the tune so I sang it through. Good words and - with the Kelvingrove connection - it brought back memories from a dim and distant past (my early visits were in the 1950s, my journeys to secondary school were in the 1960s and my journeys to university were in the 1970s). On a more spiritual connection, I recall sitting on a park bench in Kelvingrove Park (during my lunch break from my work which was nearby), reading John Stott's Keswick lectures , "Men Made New" (Romans 5-8). Soon after this, I was called to the ministry. So much for personal nostalgia - and learning from John Stott about "Men Made New", I will look at Kim's sermon to learn more about "new creation time"!

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