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417. Filled with the Spirit's Power

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Text Information
First Line: Filled with the Spirit's power, with one accord
Title: Filled with the Spirit's Power
Author: John R. Peacey (1967)
Meter: 10 10 10 10
Language: English
Publication Date: 1987
Scripture: ; ; ; ;
Topic: Commitment & Dedication; Pentecost and Holy Spirit; Church (7 more...)
Copyright: By permission of Mildred E. Peacey, admin. Hope Publishing
Tune Information
Composer: Henry Lawes (1638)
Meter: 10 10 10 10
Key: C Major

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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

Tune Information:

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 Horatius Bonar's communion hymn "Here, O My Lord, I See Thee," but now the tune is also often set to Peacey's text.

Lawes was a well-known composer, singer, and teacher in seventeenth-century England. His teaching career began with his appointment as music tutor to the daughters of the Earl of Bridgewater. Later he was a voice teacher to professional singers. In 1631 he was appointed musician in the court of Ring Charles I; he lost this position during Cromwell's reign but was reappointed at the Restoration. Lawes was known as a composer of some four hundred songs, many of which were used in stage productions. He and John Milton (PHH 136) collaborated on the famous masque Comus (1634). The writer of about twenty anthems, including one for the coronation of Charles II in 1660, Lawes also contributed tunes to George Sandys' Psalms (1638) and to Choice Psalms put into Musick for three Voices (1648), which he published with his brother. Lawes' tunes were reintroduced to modern hymnody when Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) included five of them in The English Hymnal (1906).

FARLEY CASTLE has a rather angular contour; its active harmony is suited to part singing. Use light accompaniment and a measured pace for this prayer hymn.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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