The Spirit Came, As Promised

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1 The Spirit came, as promised,
in God's appointed hour;
and now to each believer
he comes in love and power.
And by his Holy Spirit,
God seals us as his own,
and through the Son and Spirit
makes access to his throne.

2 The Spirit makes our bodies
the temple of the Lord.
He binds us all together
in faith and true accord.
The Spirit in his greatness
brings power from God above,
and with the Son and Father
dwells in our hearts in love.

3 He bids us live together
in unity and peace;
employ his gifts in blessing,
and let base passions cease.
We should not grieve the Spirit
by open sin or shame,
nor let our words and actions
deny his holy name.

4 The word, the Spirit's weapon,
will bring all sin to light;
and prayer, by his directing,
will give new joy and might.
Be filled then with his Spirit,
live out God's will and word;
rejoice with hymns and singing,
make music to the Lord.

Author: J. E. Seddon

James Seddon was born August 24, 1915 at Scarisbrick. and died September 19, 1983. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The Spirit came as promised
Title: The Spirit Came, As Promised
Author: J. E. Seddon (1973)
Meter: 7.6.7.6.7.6.7.6
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1973, Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission

Notes

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Eph. 1:13, 17-19, Eph. 2:18
st. 2 = Eph. 2:21-22, Eph. 3:16-19, 1 Cor. 6:19
st. 3 = Eph. 4:3-4, 11-13, 29-31
st. 4 = Eph. 5:8-20, Eph. 6:17-18

James E. Seddon (PHH 15) based this Pentecost hymn entirely on references to the Holy Spirit in Ephesians. Essentially a teaching hymn about the Holy Spirit (see also 415 and 416) the text was first published in the British Psalm Praise (1973).

Liturgical Use:
In any service as a teaching hymn about the work of the Holy Spirit, especially with sermons from Ephesians; as a sermon summary, response, or confessional hymn (sung confession of faith); select stanzas in many different places in the order of worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

BEFIEHL DU DEINE WEGE (Bastiaans)

Dutch organist Johannes G. Bastiaans (b. Wilp, the Netherlands, 1812; d. Haarlem, the Netherlands, 1875) composed BEFIEHL DU DEINE WEGE as a setting for the Dutch translation (by Bernard ter Haar) of Paul Gerhardt's (PHH 42) German text "Befiehl du deine Wege." Each of the tune's four lines are melo…

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ELLACOMBE

Published in a chapel hymnal for the Duke of Würtemberg (Gesangbuch der Herzogl, 1784), ELLACOMBE (the name of a village in Devonshire, England) was first set to the words "Ave Maria, klarer und lichter Morgenstern." During the first half of the nineteenth century various German hymnals altered the…

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