On The Day Of Pentecost
On the Day of Pentecost, is conceived as a lively folk song rooted in Acts 2, with reference to the Great Commission in Luke 24:44-49, the story of The Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-10, and the account of the Ascension in Acts 1:6-9. References to the following Scriptures are found in the text: Acts 2:1; Acts 2:2-4; Acts 2:17-19a; Luke 24:44-49; Genesis 11:1-10; Acts 2:5-11; Acts 1:6-9. Included is a PowerPoint slide presentation.
- The first verse pictures the people gathering together for prayer on the festival Day of Pentecost. As they remembered their loss in the death of Jesus, then marveled in his resurrection and ascension, what happened to them filled them with hope.
The second verse is a description of the Holy Spirit, bringing power from on high to fulfill the purposes of the resurrection.
The third verse recalls the story of the Tower of Babel where the people ignored God and thought to make a name for themselves by building a city and a tower that would reach into the heavens. God confused their language and scattered them. With the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the people were inspired to tell of the mighty works of God in many languages. With the gift of the Spirit, they spoke of love and shared the living Word.
The last verse is a prayer for the power of the Spirit to come again to renew the people and the church, as was promised by Jesus on Ascension Day. The chorus after each verse is a continuing prayer that the Holy Spirit will come again, moving in our hearts and inspiring our souls today.
Alan Brown is a lifelong musician, mostly in the amateur status. He has spent many years singing in church choirs, and providing instrumental accompaniment and performances during church services, gatherings and retreats. He especially enjoys Irish and Scottish music, and can often be found at local pub sessions or playing the occasional gig - singing, and playing guitar, harmonica, tin whistle and button accordion. This melody is his first attempt at writing a hymn.
F. Richard Garland's photo, biography, contact information and links to additional songs and choral music are available on the Discipleship Ministries website.