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Contemporary Music for Pentecost

Contemporary Music for Pentecost

Holy Spirit painting

Holy Spirit painting (Photo credit: hickory hardscrabble)

Acts 2:1-21:

“Holy Spirit” by Keith and Kristen Getty

“Awakening” by Chris Tomlin and Reuben Morgan

“Breathe on Me” by Charlie Hall and Kendall Colmes

“Fires” by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin

“Holy Spirit Rain Down” by Russell Fragar

“Spirit Fall” by Jason Ingram, Louie Giglio, Kristian Stanfill and Daniel Carson

“Where the Spirit of The Lord Is” by Chris Tomlin, Nathan Nockels and Christy Nockels

Ezekiel 37:1-14:

“Days of Elijah” by Robin Mark

“Dry Bones” by Jon Egan and Mia Fields

“Awake, My Soul” by Chris Tomlin

The Spirit Continues the Work of Christ

The Spirit Continues the Work of Christ

He determines itineraries|
Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. – Acts 16:6

He distributes spiritual gifts
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. – 1 Corinthians 12:7–11

He selects church leaders
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. – Acts 13:2

He teaches
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. - John 14:26

He guides
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  - John 16:13

He comforts
But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.  -John 16:7

He dwells with you and will be in you
the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. - John 14:17

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

Contemporary Song Choices for Pentecost

Contemporary Song Choices for Pentecost

Scripture References:

Pentecost

Pentecost (Photo credit: Fr. Stephen, MSC)

Gen 11:1-9, Eze 37:1-14, Joel 2:28-29, Jn 14:25-27, Jn 15:26-27, Jn 16:5-11, Acts 2:1-21

Contemporary Song choices for Pentecost

Song Title Author / Songbook Comments
Days of Elijah Robin Mark Eze 37:1-14
Blessed are the Peacemakers http://www.truevinemusic.com Jn 14:27
Holy Spirit, the Dove Sent from Heaven CWS 723 Jn 14:25-27, Jn 15:26-27, Jn 16:5-11
“How Shall They Hear”, Who Have Not Heard CWS 778 especially verse 5 Jn 15:26-27
There is a Time for Everything CWS 764 especially verse 4 Jn 14:25-27, Jn 15:26-27 and Jn 16:5-11
Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled CWS 759 Jn 14:25-27
Holy Spirit Keith Gettyhttp://www.gettymusic.com/pentecost.aspx?aff=apr2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DHO–lI6Rw

CWS = Christian Worship Supplement

These are all good sites to find music:
www.worshiptogether.com
www.musicnotes.com
www.sheetmusicplus.com
www.praisecharts.com
www.lifewayworship.com

May the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with You

Holy Spirit painting

Image by hickory hardscrabble via Flickr

May the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with You

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. – 2 Cor 13:14

This is a benediction, and a wonderful one at that.

Isn’t it amazing that it is the fellowship of the Holy Spirit that is being wished upon us?

It could have said, the power of the Spirit or the wisdom of the Spirit, but no, it’s the fellowship; the companionship, the company, the family, the communion, the koinonia, the partnership, the togetherness, the close relationship, the sharing, the bonding, the enjoyment of each other’s company, the interchange, the binding together, the friendship, and the helping that goes with the word fellowship.

It is a divine and spiritual fellowship that you are being blessed with.
Worshipers, the next time that you hear this at the close of worship, take heart, take comfort, and smile for God loves you and is with you.

Pastors, maybe you could consider using this passage of scripture to close your Pentecost worship.  Pentecost is on June 12 this year.

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

Come Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit

The following is a responsive reading that uses scripture passages, hymn lyrics and commentary.

Worship Leader: The Holy Spirit is not an “it.” He has knowledge.
Pastor: For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. (1 Cor. 2:11).
All: Come, Holy Fire, Comfort true; Grant us the will your work to do. (CW 176:v3)

Worship Leader: He has a mind.
Pastor: And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. (Rom. 8:27)
All: Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest, and make our hearts your place of rest. (CW 177:v1)

Worship Leader: He has affections.
Pastor: I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. (Rom. 15:30)
All: Come, Oh, Come, Life-Giving Spirit, God from all eternity; May your power never fail us; dwell in us constantly. (CW 181:v1)

Worship Leader: He comforts the saved.
Pastor: But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. (John 16:7)
All: Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord; May all your graces be poured out. (CW 176:v1)

Worship Leader: He convicts the lost.
Pastor: When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment. (John 16:8)
All: Come, Holy Light, Guide divine; and cause the Word of life to shine. (CW 176:v2)

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of International Bible Society

Unction and Chrism

Unction and Chrism

That’s one of the great things about hymns – unction & chrism.

I say this because our choir practiced a new hymn from the hymnal supplement the other night titled: “Holy Spirit, the Dove Sent from Heaven” (CWS 732).  After singing our way through the song, we all kind of had a quizzical look on our faces then someone finally asked the question that was on all our minds: “what does unction & chrism mean?”  They are actually words used in the song lyrics.  Not one of us knew the answer so our choir director hopped over to the church library and grabbed a dictionary.  Here’s what they mean:

Unction:

1 : the act of anointing as a rite of consecration or healing

2 : something used for anointing : ointment, unguent

3 a : religious or spiritual fervor or the expression of such fervor

b : exaggerated, assumed, or superficial earnestness of language or manner : unctuousness

Chrism:

consecrated oil used in Greek and Latin churches especially in baptism, chrismation, confirmation, and ordination

Now here’s my point – hymns teach.   They do contain many words and phrases that we do not know the meaning of.  Some think of this as a detriment to hymns.  I do not.  I see it as a way of getting smarter and that’s one thing that our music is supposed to do.  It says in Colossians 3:16:

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

May your Pentecost services be unctuous.

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

What Does the Holy Spirit Do?

What does the Holy Spirit do?

 

P:  The Holy Spirit lives within Christians.  (John 14:17)
C:  The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.  But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

 

P:  He teaches.  (John 14:26)
C:  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

 

P:  He convicts us of sin.  (John 16:8)
C:  When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.

 

P:  He guides us.  (John 16:13)
C:  But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

 

P:   He glorifies Christ.  (John 16:14)
C:  He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.

 

P:  He strengthens and encourages (Acts 9:31)
C:  Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.

 

P:  He assures us that we are God’s children (Romans 8:16)
C:  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

 

P:  He helps us in our weakness.  (Romans 8:26)
C:  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

 

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

 

Acts 2: 1-21: a Dramatic Reading for Pentecost

Here’s a narrative interpritation of Acts 2:1-21 to be used at a Pentecost service.

NOTES FOR OUR READERS:

 

  1. Each reader should seek Pastor before hand for help with pronunciations if needed.
  2. Animation is absolutely necessary.  Remember this is an excited crowd.  This does not necessarily mean that the rate of speech is increased, but that the emotional overtones of this dynamic event are relayed.
  3. For those of you reading the different regions, do not end your reading with a “period” because this needs to come off as one continuous flow of thoughts.
  4. Pastor will be the only one standing in the front of the church.
  5. Readers who have “lines” should rise while speaking.  Everyone else who is reciting a region should do so while seated.

Pastor:

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

 

Reader 1:

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Utterly amazed, they asked:

 

Reader 2:

Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans?

 

Reader 3:

Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?

 

Reader 4:

Parthians,

 

Reader 5.:

Medes,

 

Reader 6:

Elamites;

 

Reader 7:

residents of Mesopotamia,

 

Reader 8:

Judea,

 

Reader 9:

and Cappadocia;

 

Reader 10:

Pontus

 

Reader 11:

and Asia,

 

Reader 12.:

Phrygia

 

Reader 13:

and Pamphylia,

 

Reader 14:

Egypt

 

Reader 15:

and the parts of Libya near Cyrene;

 

Reader 16:

visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism);

 

Reader 17:

Cretans

 

Reader 18:

and Arabs—

 

Reader 19:

we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!

 

Reader 1:

Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another,

 

All:

What does this mean?

 

Pastor:

Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

 

Reader 1:

Then Peter stood up with the eleven, raised his voice, and addressed the crowd:

 

Peter (Reader 20):

Fellow Jews and all of you who are in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.  These men are not drunk, as you suppose.  It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by God through the prophet Joel:

 

Joel (Reader 21):

In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.  Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.  I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.  The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.  And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

 

Notes:

1.  Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

2.  Arranged by “author unknown” – adapted by S. Brown

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