Listen Now for the Gospel!

Representative Text

Cantor: Listen now for the Gospel;
All: Alleluia!
Cantor: It is God's word that changes us;
All: Alleluia!

1 Come, Holy Spirit, melt and break our hearts of stone
until we give our lives to God and God alone.

2 Come, Holy Spirit, root in us God's living word,
that we may show the faithfulness of Christ our Lord.

3 Come, Holy Spirit, bind the broken, find the lost,
confirm in us the fire and love of Pentecost.

Source: Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #779

Transcriber: John L. Bell

John Bell (b. 1949) was born in the Scottish town of Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, intending to be a music teacher when he felt the call to the ministry. But in frustration with his classes, he did volunteer work in a deprived neighborhood in London for a time and also served for two years as an associate pastor at the English Reformed Church in Amsterdam. After graduating he worked for five years as a youth pastor for the Church of Scotland, serving a large region that included about 500 churches. He then took a similar position with the Iona Community, and with his colleague Graham Maule, began to broaden the youth ministry to focus on renewal of the church’s worship. His approach soon turned to composing songs within the identifiable traditi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Come, Holy Spirit, melt and break our hearts of stone
Title: Listen Now for the Gospel!
Transcriber: John L. Bell (2002)
Source: Zimbabwean liturgical acclamation
Language: English
Copyright: Transcr. © 2002 WGRG c/o Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc., agent



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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #779


Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #779

Sing a New Creation #188

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