The word “Pentecost” is Greek, translated as “fiftieth” or “fiftieth day.” In the Jewish tradition, it marks the festival of Shavuot, traditionally celebrated fifty days after Passover. For the early Church, it represents fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection when the Spirit of God descents. It has come to be a jubilant celebration of the Church’s founding — its birthday! Wind chimes, symbolizing the “wind” and “fire” of the Spirit, is suggested with the refrain and also verses two, three, and four. Another common symbol of the Holy Spirit is a flame, or fire.
Price: $5.00 (USD)Window: “People of Faith” Faith UCC, Bryan, TX Image: A depiction of the Holy Spirit as the disciples were gathered.
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Biblical sources: Psalm 126:1-2, Acts 2:1-2:24
Tune name: SHOUTS OF JOY
Meter: 188.8.131.52. with refrain
Hymn content: 4 verses and refrain
Hymn arrangement: SATB, organ or piano, with wind chimes. Triangle and tambourine may also be added for the refrain
Sample text: Verse 1 and refrain
Verse 1 (We celebrate this festive day)
Let us this day rejoice be celebrating.
Let us this day redeem by consecrating.
Let us this day recall the Christ’s ascending.
Let us this day relive the Dove’s descending.
Spirit, turn silent prayers to loud shouts of joy!
Spirit, take loving hearts and all hate destroy!
Spirit, turn timid tongues to bold speech and mirth!
Spirit, bless sacred space, and Your Church’s birth!
Collection(s): Bible/Church History
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