- O Spirit of the Living God, by Henry H. Tweedy (1868-1953)
- O Spirit of the living God, Thou light and fire divine,
Descend upon thy Church once more, And make it truly thine!
Fill it with love and joy and power, with righteousness and peace,
Till Christ shall dwell in human hearts, And sin and sorrow cease.
Blow, wind of God! With wisdom blow until our minds are free
From mists of error, clouds of doubt, which blind our eyes to thee!
Burn, winged fire! Inspire our lips with flaming love and zeal,
To preach to all thy great good news, God’s glorious commonweal!
Teach us to utter living words of truth which all may hear,
The language all men understand when love speaks loud and clear;
Till every age and race and clime shall blend their creeds in one,
And earth shall form one brotherhood by whom thy will is done.
So shall we know the power of him who came mankind to save,
So shall we rise with him to life which soars beyond the grave;
And earth shall win true holiness, which makes thy children whole,
Till, perfected by thee, we reach creation’s glorious goal!
- From an email sig line…
- A dead thing can go with the stream…
but only a living thing can go against it. -G. K. Chesterton