Last weekend the Congregation at Tenth Presbyterian, Philadelphia, were told that Philip Ryken was leaving the pastoral ministry there to take up a position as President of Wheaton College (a US university).
As part of the announcement Ryken read these words: “Father, grant your Holy Spirit
in our hearts may rule today, grieved not, quenched not, but unhindered, work in us his sovereign way.”
Thanks to the wonder of the internet, a quick search revealed they are part of the fifth verse of the hymn ‘For Your Gift Of God The Spirit’, written by Margaret Clarkson. Sung to the tune ‘Blaenwern’ the hymn praises God for the person and work of the Holy Spirit. A number of other tunes in the 87.87.D meter could be used to give it a folk or formal setting.
We sang the full hymn tonight at mgpc to ‘Blaenwern’ a favourite tune of mine.
Here are the lyrics:
For your gift of God the Spirit,
pow’r to make our lives anew,
pledge of life and hope of glory,
Savior, we would worship you.
Crowning gift of resurrection
sent from your ascended throne,
fullness of the very Godhead,
come to make your life our own.
He, who in creation’s dawning
brooded on the lifeless deep,
still across our nature’s darkness
moves to wake our souls from sleep,
moves to stir, to draw, to quicken,
thrusts us through with sense of sin;
brings to birth and seals and fills us–
saving Advocate within.
He, himself the living Author,
wakes to life the sacred Word,
reads with us its holy pages
and reveals our risen Lord.
He it is who works within us,
teaching rebel hearts to pray,
he whose holy intercessions
rise for us both night and day.
He, the mighty God, indwells us;
his to strengthen, help, empower;
his to overcome the tempter
ours to call in danger’s hour.
In his strength we dare to battle
all the raging hosts of sin,
and by him alone we conquer
foes without and foes within.
Father, grant your Holy Spirit
in our hearts may rule today,
grieved not, quenched not, but unhindered,
work in us his sovereign way.
Fill us with your holy fullness,
God the Father, Spirit, Son;
in us, through us, then, forever,
shall your perfect will be done.
Text © 1960, 1976, Margaret Clarkson.
Assigned 1987 to Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved.
This YouTube is a congregational recording.