9 Jun 2019

Hymns on Sunday, 9 June 2019

From Hymns On Sunday, 2:30 am on 9 June 2019

Our Pentecost Sunday selection begins with plainchant from the 9th century - Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire - and moves through the centuries to Bernadette Farrell's 20th century hymn Spirit of God, rest on your people.

Tewkesbury Abbey, nave lierne vault boss: 'Pentecost'

Tewkesbury Abbey, nave lierne vault boss: 'Pentecost' Photo: CC 2.0 BY-SA / Michael Garlick

SONG: COME, HOLY GHOST, OUR SOULS INSPIRE

Artist: Choir of Portsmouth Cathedral, David Price (Master of the Choristers)
Words/Music: Anon trans Cosin/Anon
Recording: Herald HAVPCD 205

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
and lighten with celestial fire;
thou the anointing Spirit art,
who dost thy seven-fold gifts impart.

Thy blessed unction from above
is comfort, life, and fire of love;
enable with perpetual light
the dullness of our mortal sight.

Teach us to know the Father, Son,
and thee, of both, to be but one,
that through the ages all along
this may be our endless song:

Praise to thine eternal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Amen.

SONG: SING TO HIM IN WHOM CREATION

Artist: Choir of Ely Cathedral, Paul Trepte (dir), Scott Farrell (organ)
Words/Music: Hewlett/Dearnley
Recording: Priory PRCD 703

Sing to him in whom creation
found its shape and origin;
Spirit, moving on the waters,
troubled by the God within;
source of breath to all things breathing,
life in whom all lives begin.

Sing to God, the close companion
of our inmost thoughts and way;
who, in showing us his wonders,
is himself the power to gaze;
and his will, to those who listen,
by a still small voice conveys.

Holy men, both priest and prophet,
caught his accents spoke his word;
his the truth behind the wisdoms
which as yet know not our Lord;
he the love of God eternal,
which in Christ was seen and heard.

Tell of how the ascended Jesus
armed a people for his own;
how a hundred men and women
turned the known world upside down.
to its dark and furthest corners
by the Wind of Whitsun blown.

Pray we then, O Lord the Spirit,
on our lives descend in might;
let thy flame break out within us,
fire our hearts and clear our sight,
till, white-hot in thy possession,
we, too, set the world alight.

Praise, O praise the Holy Spirit,
praise the father, praise the Word,
source, and truth, and inspiration,
trinity in deep accord:
through thy voice which speaks within us
we thy creatures own thee Lord.

SONG: BE STILL, FOR THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD

Artist: Huddersfield Choral Society
Words/Music: David Evans
Recording: Signum 2006

Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
the holy one, is here;
Come bow before him now
with reverence and fear:
In him no sin is found
we stand on holy ground.
Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
the holy one, is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord
is shining all around;
He burns with holy fire,
with splendour he is crowned:
How awesome is the sight
our radiant king of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord
is shining all around.

Be still, for the power of the Lord
is moving in this place;
He comes to cleanse and heal,
to minister his grace
No work too hard for him
In faith receive from him
Be still, for the power of the Lord
is moving in this place.

SONG: SPIRIT OF GOD, REST ON YOUR PEOPLE

Artist: The St Thomas More Group
Words/Music: Bernadette Farrell
Recording: OCP

Refrain:
Spirit of God, rest on your people
waken your song deep in our hearts


Spirit of the quiet earth,
Spirit breathing hope to birth,
sustaining us, the fire of your love.
Refrain

Spirit blowing through creation
love that cannot be contained
bring forth for us the wonders you proclaim.
Refrain

Song that echoes through our story
music of our restless souls
resound with joy in those who call your name.
Refrain

Spirit moving through our lives,
work in our memories.
healing and restoring, teaching and revealing,
strengthening and bringing to life.
Refrain

Spirit breaking through our cellphone,
Spirit tearing down our walls,
challenge and discern us, in a voice that questions and calls.
Refrain

SONG: O FOR A THOUSAND TONGUES

Artist: Huddersfield Choral Society
Words/Music: C Wesley/Jarman
Recording: Signum 2006

O for a thousand tongues to sing
my great Redeemer's praise,
my great Redeemer's praise,
the glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of his grace! [last line x 4]

My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim,
assist me to proclaim,
to spread thro' all the earth abroad
the honours of thy name. [last line x 4]

Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
that bids our sorrows cease,
that bids our sorrows cease,
'tis music in the sinner's ears,
'tis life and health and peace. [last line x 4]

Hear Him, ye deaf, His praise, ye dumb
your loosened tongues employ,
your loosened tongues employ
ye blind, behold your Saviour come,
and leap ye lame for joy! [last line x 4]

In Christ, your head, you then shall know,
shall feel your sins forgiven,
shall feel your sins forgiven,
Anticipate your heaven below
And own that love is heaven. [last line x 4]

I’M GONNA SING WHEN THE SPIRIT SAYS SING

Artist: New Zealand Youth Choir (2009)
Words/Music: Trad
Recording: TVNZ 398174

I'm gonna sing when the Spirit says sing,
I'm gonna sing when the Spirit says sing,
I'm gonna sing when the Spirit says sing,
and obey the Spirit of the Lord.

I'm gonna pray when the Spirit says pray,
I'm gonna pray when the Spirit says pray,
I'm gonna pray when the Spirit says pray,
and obey the Spirit of the Lord.

I'm gonna shout when the Spirit says shout,
I'm gonna shout when the Spirit says shout,
I'm gonna shout when the Spirit says shout,
and obey the Spirit of the Lord.

SONG: PRAISE THE LORD, YE HEAVENS ADORE HIM

Artist: Jubilate Singers
Words/Music: Anon, Osler/Redhead
Recording: RNZ CD 809

Praise the Lord! ye heav'ns, adore Him;
Praise Him, angels, in the height.
Sun and moon, rejoice before Him;
Praise Him, all ye stars of light.

Praise the Lord! for He hath spoken;
Worlds His mighty voice obeyed.
Laws that never shall be broken
For their guidance hath He made.

Praise the Lord for He is glorious;
Never shall His promise fail.
God hath made His saints victorious;
Sin and death shall not prevail.

Praise the God of our salvation!
Hosts on high, His power proclaim,
Heav'n and earth and all creation
Laud and magnify His name.
Amen

SONG: COME DOWN, O LOVE DIVINE

Artist: Choir of Wells Cathedral, Malcolm Archer (dir), Rupert Gough (organ)
Words/Music: da Siena/Vaughan Williams
Recording: Griffin GCCD 4010

Come down, O love divine,
seek thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with thine
own ardour glowing.
O comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
And kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn,
til earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes
in its heat consuming;
And let thy glorious light
shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity
mine outward vesture be,
And lowliness
become mine inner clothing;
True lowliness of heart,
which takes the humbler part,
And o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

And so the yearning strong,
with which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass the power
of human telling;
For none can guess its grace,
till he become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling.