Thursday, January 5, 2023

473. Pentecost Day (Series C)

The lessons for this Sunday are Genesis 11:1-9, Acts 2:1-21 (as also in Years A and B), and John 14:23-31. The tune is CHRISTE, DU BEISTAND by Matthäus Apelles von Löwenstern (1644), which the SELK hymnal paired with "Christe, du Beistand deiner Kreuzgemeine" (Lord of our life and God of our salvation) and "Herr, unser Gott, lass nicht zuschanden werden" (O Lord, our Father, shall we be confounded).

Lord, who confused men's tongues at Babel's tower,
Send forth Your word in clarity and power:
Gather from every culture, clan and nation
Your congregation,
And speak salvation.

Father, have mercy, peace upon us breathing;
Send us the Helper, Jesus' goods bequeathing.
Help us both speak and hear the word, revealing
Your grace, appealing
For mankind's healing.

Break through the walls that brother part from brother;
Stir up our hearts to understand each other:
One faith, one Christ to all the world declaring,
One body sharing
With love unsparing.

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