Spirit, working in creation,
Bringing order out of strife:
Come around God’s gathered people,
Giving harmony and life.
Spirit, speaking through the prophets
So the voice of God was heard:
Come, inspire, alert your people
To today's prophetic word.
Spirit, overshad’wing Mary
As the Christ-child in her grew:
Come, so that the Christ within us
May today be born anew.
Spirit, coming from the Father
As a dove upon our Lord:
Come upon your favored people
And your blessings be outpoured.
Spirit, driving to the desert
Even God’s Anointed One:
Come to us in trial and testing
That God’s will in us be done.
Spirit, bringing freedom, blessing,
Help to poor and health to lame:
Come anoint us, that such wonders
May be done in Jesus’ name.
Spirit, taking, breaking, making
Bread and wine our heav’nly food:
Come and take us, break us, make us,
Live Christ’s life in us renewed.
Spirit, breathed on the disciples,
Giving peace where there was fear:
Come amongst us, touch us, send us,
Making Jesus’ presence near.
Spirit, wind and flame, empow’ring
Fearless witness to the lost:
Come, unite, “renew your wonders
As of a new Pentecost.”
Praise and glory, Holy Spirit,
For your love on us outpoured:
Giving honor to the Father
And proclaiming Jesus Lord.
Text by John Richards, b. 1939