Spirit of God
O QUANTA QUALIA (188.8.131.52) ("God of Compassion, in Mercy Befriend Us")
Spirit of God, you moved over the waters
Whisp'ring God's love to the whole of creation.
You breathe your life into God's sons and daughters.
Giving us talents and your inspiration.
Spirit of God, by the prophets you sought us,
Calling us back from our pride-filled behavior.
Through chosen leaders you reached us and taught us,
By your own gift we were given our Savior.
Spirit of God, like a dove you once rested,
Showing God's joy on the day Christ was baptized.
You sent Christ out to the hills to be tested,
Through you he called us to see God with new eyes.
Spirit of God, like a mighty wind blowing:
Suddenly Christians stopped hiding and fearing
You gave them courage and love overflowing,
So they proclaimed you to all in their hearing.
Help us to see you, still calling and caring,
Help us to know you among us, creating.
Spirit of God, give us courage and daring —
To share God's love with a world that is waiting.
Biblical References: Genesis 1-2; Micah 3:8; Luke 3:21-22; Acts 2:21
Tune: Paris Antiphoner, 1681; La Feillee's Methode du plain-chant, 1808 ("God of Compassion, in Mercy Befriend Us")
Text: Copyright © 1999 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Copied from Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today's Worship by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Geneva Press, 2000).
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