by Melissa Guthrie —
I don’t want to brag, but let me brag: we’ve got a great music director here at First Christian. I’ve enjoyed working with Woody this month to shape worship. His knowledge of music and his song selections have enhanced my own worship. Prayer, scripture, and song are intentionally woven together.
I may not be able to carry the tune, but I spend time each week reading the words of our hymns. The words of this Sunday’s hymn of praise inspire me:
Like the murmur of the dove’s song, like the challenge of her flight, like the vigor of the wind’s rush, like the new flame’s eager might: come, Holy Spirit, come.
To the members of Christ’s body, to the branches of the Vine, to the church in faith assembled, to our midst as gift and sign, come, Holy Spirit, come.
With the healing of division, with the ceaseless voice of prayer, with the power to love and witness, with the peace beyond compare: come, Holy Spirit, come.
Come, Holy Spirit, come.
Oh how we need a spirit that is gentle and eager. How we need the healing of division.
I wonder what the world hears through our song. What is the murmur of the song we sing?
Are we a dynamic community of faith that is engaged in “prophetic, redemptive and reconciling ministries of love”? Those words come from The Chalice Hymnal’s Litany of the Spirit, No. 246:
From out of our silent depths into visible corporate acts, Come, Holy Spirit, come!
Gathering the fragments of our church into a living icon of the redeeming, reconciling, prophetic Christ, Come, Holy Spirit, come!
Bonding together the dissenter, the affirmer and the questor, Come, Holy Spirit, come!
Radiating the power and the light of our rainbow-hued people, Come, Holy Spirit, come!
Revealing your presence in and among each perceived or self-defined minority, wounded, lonely or angry, Come, Holy Spirit, come!
Gathering the fragments of our church into dynamic communities of faith engaged in prophetic, redemptive and reconciling ministries of love, Come, Holy Spirit, come!
May the Holy Spirit come. May the world hear our song.
Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song, words by Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1981. Music by Petter Cutts, 1968.
Litany of the Spirit, Harold Johnson, 20th century Disciples church executive, 1990.