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Hymns for Sunday Service for Pentecost 31st May

Click here for the words of our hymns, so that you can sing along! Make sure you have your bubbles and a candle ready for our 11am service (live-streamed on facebook). A video of the service will appear on this website at about noon.

Come down, O Love divine

1 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.

2 O let it freely burn,

till 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.

3. Let holy charity

mine outward vesture be,

And lowliness become my inner clothing;

True lowliness of heart,

Which takes the humbler part,

And o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing

4. 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 a dwelling.

Italian, Bianco da Siena d.1434 Tr. R.F. Littledale (1833-90)

Breathe on me breath of God

1 Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew, that I may love what thou dost love, and do what thou wouldst do.

2 Breathe on me, Breath of God, until my heart is pure, until with thee I will one will, to do and to endure.

3 Breathe on me, Breath of God, Till I am wholly thine,

Until this earthy part of me

Glows with thy fire divine.

4 Breathe on me, Breath of God, so shall I never die, but live with thee the perfect life Of thine eternity.

Edwin Hatch 1(835-89)

Spirit of the Living God

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me;

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me;

Break me, melt me, mould me, fill me,

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Michael Iverson

Love divine all loves excelling

1 Love divine, all loves excelling,

Joy of heav'n to earth come down:

fix in us thy humble dwelling,

all thy faithful mercies crown:

Jesu, thou art all compassion,

pure, unbounded love thou art;

visit us with thy salvation,

enter ev'ry trembling heart.

2 Come, Almighty to deliver,

let us all thy life receive;

suddenly return, and never,

never more thy temples leave.

Thee we would be always blessing,

serve thee as thy hosts above,

pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,

glory in thy perfect love.

3 Finish, then, thy new creation;

pure and spotless let us be:

let us see thy great salvation

perfectly restored in thee;

changed from glory into glory,

'til in heav'n we take our place,

'til we cast our crowns before thee,

lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Charles Wesley (1707-88)

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