Good Morning Saints!
Today’s Bible Reading & Verse
For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. Romans 5:19
Today’s Song Story
Spirit of God Descend Upon My Heart
George Croly, an Anglican minister from Dublin, went to London as a young man to serve a small congregation. After serving there for twenty-five years, he was asked to re-open Saint Stephens Church in one of London’s worst slums. He did so, and soon began attracting large crowds. He had a powerful ministry in the slums for more than two decades.
While working in the slums, Croly wrote the hymn, "Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart." The hymn is a prayer for God to change us — to change us from the inside out — to teach us how to love God as we ought to love (v. 1) — to allow us to seek God and to find him (v. 3) — to teach us that God is always with us (v. 4) — and to teach us to love as the angels love (v. 5).
During the twenty years that he served in the heart of the slums, Croly saw many lives redeemed. This hymn reflects his conviction that redemption is an inside job — that it begins not when our surroundings change but when God changes our heart.
NOTE: Before using this hymn story, be sure to check to insure that the words in your hymnal correspond to the above. If not, adjust the above to fit the words in your hymnal.
1. Spirit of God, descend upon my heart; wean it from earth; through all its pulses move; stoop to my weakness, mighty as thou art, and make me love thee as I ought to love. 2. I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies, no sudden rending of the veil of clay, no angel visitant, no opening skies; but take the dimness of my soul away. 3. Has thou not bid me love thee, God and King? All, all thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind. I see thy cross; there teach my heart to cling. O let me seek thee, and O let me find. 4. Teach me to feel that thou art always nigh; teach me the struggles of the soul to bear. To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh, teach me the patience of unanswered prayer. 5. Teach me to love thee as thine angels love, one holy passion filling all my frame; the kindling of the heaven-descended Dove, my heart an altar, and thy love the flame.
Today’s Worship Songs
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It’s a New Day – Hillsong London
Life Light Up – Christy Nockels
Where I Began – Caedmon’s Call
Always – Hillsong United
Create In Me a Clean Heart – Martin Smith
Lord Have Mercy – Robin Mark
Your Love – Hillsong
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