|First Line:||For your gift of God the Spirit|
|Title:||For Your Gift of God the Spirit|
|Author:||Edith Margaret Clarkson (1959, 1976, 1984)|
|Copyright:||© 1960, 1976, Margaret Clarkson. Assigned 1987 to Hope Publishing Co.|
st. 2 = Gen. 1:2
st. 3 = Rom. 8:26-27
st. 5 = Eph. 4:30, 1 Thess. 5:19
Margaret Clarkson (PHH 238) wrote this text about the work of the Holy Spirit during the summer of 1959 at the Severn River, Ontario, Canada. Requested by Stacey Woods, General Secretary of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in Canada and the United States, the text was first published in Anywhere Songs (IVCF songbook, 1960). Clarkson revised the text for use in IVCF's Hymns II in 1976 and made final revisions in 1984.
If "Veni, Creator Spiritus" (425 and 426) is the classic prayer text to the Holy Spirit, "For Your Gift" is the best teaching text on the Holy Spirit. Inspired by biblical passages about the work of the Spirit in creation, the church, and our personal lives, this text reads like a study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. It is a splendid example of sung theology, which brings our heart's confession onto our lips.
Pentecost; appropriate for many other services.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook