Wednesday, November 2, 2022

416. Pentecost (Series B)

The lessons for this service are Ezekiel 37:1-14, Acts 2:1-21 (naturally) and John 15:26-27 skipping to 16:4b-15. The tune is ST. AUGUSTINE by John Goss (1854), which the Lutheran Hymnary mated with "Jesus, my strength, my hope" and "Not what these hands have done." It's an unusual hymn-tune, beginning in a major key and ending in the relative minor; it also has something of a "Slavonic Dance"/fiddle tune/folk song thing going on.

O Holy Spirit, come
Breathe life into our bones!
From Israel to heathendom,
In every heart that groans,
In every conscience soiled,
In weakness and disease,
Let Satan's treasure be despoiled
And death brought to its knees!

Come, Helper, that the truth
We, having heard, believe;
Choose us, that Jesus we may choose
And to His bosom cleave.
Convict the world of sin,
Though it has Christ denied;
For righteousness and judgment win
Those He has justified.

Convict us of the Lord,
Him who the captive saves,
Whose living and life-giving word
Will call us from our graves.
Whate'er command He gives,
You Spirit, will perform,
Till each who by His promise lives
The gates of heaven storm.

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