Filled with the Spirit's Power

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Source: Worship and Rejoice #331

Author: J. R. Peacey

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Scripture References:
st. 1 = Acts 2:2-3, 2 Cor. 13:14
st. 2 = John 17:21, Acts 4:32, Eph. 4:3

Believing that there were too many hymns about the Holy Spirit that focused on the individual believer and too few about the work of the Spirit in the community of saints, John R. Peacey (PHH 325) wrote this text in 1967. Peacey's text includes two common biblical expressions about the Spirit's work: "the fellowship of the Holy Spirit" (2 Cor. 13: 14) and "the unity of the Spirit" (Eph. 4:3). Written after Peacey's retirement from missionary service in India, "Filled with the Spirit's Power" was first published in 100 Hymns for Today (1969), a supplement to Hymns Ancient and Modern.

The text is a prayer for true unity, for a spirit of servanthood, and for a genuine love that is able to "embrace the people of all lands and every race." But only the Holy Spirit can accomplish this work. Just as the New Testament church described in Acts 2:42-47 experienced "the fellowship of the Holy Spirit," we, too, can see the Spirit's work in the Christian community.

Liturgical Use:
Pentecost; worship that focuses on the church, its unity, and worldwide ministries.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook




FARLEY CASTLE, composed by Henry Lawes (b. Dinton, Wiltshire, England, 1596; d. London, England, 1662), was first published in treble and bass parts as a setting for Psalm 72 in George Sandys's Paraphrase upon the Divine Poems (1638). In the British tradition the tune is used as a setting for Horati…

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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #633a
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #633b
Catholic Book of Worship III #413
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #298
Common Praise (1998) #658Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #425
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #173
Hymnal Supplement II #42
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #359
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #233
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #184
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #131
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #417Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #373
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #593
Small Church Music #406Audio
Small Church Music #6981Audio
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #289
The New Century Hymnal #266TextPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #537Text
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #411
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #194TextPage Scan
Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982 #741Text
Worship and Rejoice #331TextScoreAudioPage Scan
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