Thursday, March 02, 2017

Cotterill: Let songs of praise fill the sky

Thursday, March 2, 2017
    Feast of Chad, Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of Lichfield, Missionary, 672
    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.
    —Acts 2:1-4 (NIV)
Let songs of praises fill the sky!
    Christ, our ascended Lord,
Sends down his Spirit from on high,
    According to his word.

The Spirit by his heavenly breath,
    New life creates within:
He quickens sinners from the death
    Of trespasses and sin.

The things of Christ the Spirit takes,
    And shows them unto men;
The fallen soul his temple makes,
    God’s image stamps again.

Come, Holy Spirit, from above,
    With thy celestial fire:
Come, and with flames of zeal and love
    Our hearts and tongues inspire.
    ... Thomas Cotterill (1779-1823), included in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, Isaac Watts & ed. Samuel Melanchthon Worcester, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1834, p. 672 (see the book)
    See also Acts 2:1-4; Matt. 3:11; Luke 3:16; John 20:22; Acts 1:8-9; 5:20; Rom. 6:4
Quiet time reflection:
    Fill my heart, Spirit of God.

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