Resources for a Series in the Book of Acts

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Hope College has been worshipping their way through the book of Acts this year and I’ve been collecting and curating resources to support and encourage our journey. Many of these resources, especially music, is geared specifically towards my current context but I’ve also found some liturgical gems as well.  Especially powerful have been the prayers we’ve been writing around the major scriptural metaphors of the Holy Spirit.

Our staff read John Stott’s illuminating little book Baptism And Fullness: The Work of the Holy Spirit Today to begin the year.

Our Song List:

Holy Spirit – Jesus Culture
Light a Fire – The Royal Royals
Spirit Break Out – Worship Central
Let the Spirit of the Lord Come Down – Nigerian Traditional
Breathe – The Brilliance
Come Holy Ghost – Bruce Benedict

Prayers to/for the Spirit

A Prayer to the Holy Spirit (St. Augustine)

Breathe in me O Holy Spirit
that my thoughts may all be holy;
Act in me O Holy Spirit
that my works, too, may be holy;
Draw my heart O Holy Spirit
that I love but what is holy;
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit
to defend that is holy;
Guard me then O Holy Spirit
that I always may be holy.


PRAYERS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT (HOPE COLLEGE)

Holy Spirit as Dove – Grace Claus
Holy Spirit as Breathe/Wind – Bruce Benedict
Holy Spirit as Re:Creator – Grace Claus
Holy Spirit as Fire – Trygve Johnson
Holy Spirit as Water – Bruce Benedict
Holy Spirit as Tongues – Grace Claus

Prayer of an Artist – David Taylor

Liturgy and the Holy Spirit

Confession (worship sourcebook)

Spirit of the Living God,
All nations, tribes, and tongues belong to you.
All glory, honor, and praise are due your name.
Therefore, we confess that we have been a divided people—
Mother from child, Brother from sister, And neighbor from friend.
Have mercy on us and send your power upon the church,
That we may know, once more, that you have
Baptized us in one baptism, one faith, one Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Tear down the walls of hatred and the towers of sin in our lives.
May your Spirit descend upon our lives and make us holy and one.
In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Epiclesis – Prayer of Richard Baxter

Collect – Prayers for Pentecost

Collected Prayers for the Feast of Pentecost

“O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.”
– Saint Augustine

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