Wind of God, Dynamic Spirit

Wind of God, dynamic Spirit by Michael Saward (1932- ) is a hymn on the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4), originally written in May 1966 as a one-verse hymn for a ‘People’s Service’ on BBC Radio 2 on Whitsunday 1966. Saward added two further verses in November 1968, ‘Voice of God, prophetic Spirit’, and ‘Fire of God, titanic Spirit’. It appeared as ‘Fire of God, titanic Spirit’ in Youth Praise 2 (1969). The word ‘titanic’ was later changed to ‘volcanic’, to meet objections from Saward’s Jubilate Hymns* colleagues, but retaining the ‘Fire’ imagery from Acts 2. It has been published in some 20 books.

May I nudge you to read Acts 2:1-4 from which this hymn was inspired, and then enter this prayer:

Wind of God, dynamic Spirit,
breathe upon our hearts today;
that we may your power inherit
hear us, Spirit, as we pray:
fill the vacuum that enslaves us
emptiness of heart and soul;
and, through Jesus Christ who saves us,
give us life and make us whole.

Voice of God, prophetic Spirit,
speak to every heart today
to encourage or prohibit
urging action or delay:
clear the vagueness which impedes us
come, enlighten mind and soul;
and, through Jesus Christ who leads us,
teach the truth that makes us whole.

Fire of God, volcanic Spirit,
burn within our hearts today;
cleanse our sin may we exhibit
holiness in every way:
purge the squalidness that shames us,
soils the body, taints the soul;
and through Jesus Christ who claims us,
purify us, make us whole.

— Copyright © Michael Saward/Jubilate Hymns Ltd.

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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