Daily Hymn Project: Pentecost Edition. Week 1, 2 Peter 3:10-14

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I (Cabe) have a distinct memory of the choir at the church I grew up in singing the song "Spirit of the Living God." I don't remember when or how often they would sing it, but I do remember this simple prayer floating gently from their voices and into my ears - and heart. This song is a prayer for the fresh action of God's Spirit to work in us and on us, and even through us. That makes it a great song to accompany you and your family through the month of May, the month when Pentecost often occurs.

Pentecost is both the day we celebrate the gift of the Spirit and mark the beginning of the church. A lot of congregations will read the story of Acts 2 this year on May 20 and hear how the Spirit first descended on those gathered in Jerusalem so many years ago with wind and tongues of fire. The hymn for this month  consider how the Spirit falls upon us afresh us. 

Sing "Spirit of the Living God" (Daniel Iverson)

Spirit of the living God,

Fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.

Spirit of the living God,

Fall afresh on me.

 

Read 2 Peter 3:10-14

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. 

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. 

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.” (2 Pet 3:10–14, NIV)

Devotional

Solid objects don’t change shape easily. You can bend metal sometimes by banging on it with a special kind of hammer. Rocks can be chipped and broken by a chisel. Ice can be crushed. But it is a lot easier to change the shape of things that are soft.

When we sing our song for this month, “Spirit of the Living God,” we actually ask God’s Spirit to melt us. Might this be because our hearts are hard, and they need to become softer if they’re going to be transformed to look more like Jesus? Think of the difference between a stick of butter, fresh out of the back of the fridge, and that same stick after just a few seconds in the microwave. Huge difference, right!

The book of Second Peter talks about what happens when Jesus returns to earth. This imagery sounds kind of alarming - mass destruction by fire, the earth laid bare, the melting of the elements. But notice what happens next. After destruction comes a new creation!

Group with Adults

Think about what it means to ask God’s Spirit to melt you. How do you think God might be trying to soften you up so he can remold you in His image?

Group with Kids

Get an ice cube from the freezer and put it in a bowl on your table and watch it melt. Pay attention to what happens!