Mother’s Day and Pentecost Sunday

Mom There are years that Pentecost Sunday and Mother’s Day land on the same Sunday, presenting a bit of a conflict issue for American churches.  I mean, pitting Mom versus the the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the church – really?

Good News!!!  This year, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12, and Pentecost Sunday is May 19.  This provides opportunity for celebration of both Motherhood, and worship singing that celebrates the visitation of the Holy Spirit upon that church meeting in the Upper Room.  I encourage you Worship Ministers to recognize each with appropriate worship opportunity through song and singing for your people.  See the following:

Song for Mother’s Day

I love this song.  Granted it is sung by one of my favorite singers and one of my favorite people, Kristyn Getty, but I hope you will hear its message.  When the CD, Hymns for Christian Living, was recorded, Keith shared the recording with me.  I cry every time I hear the song, including when I see the video linked below with little Eliza Joy Getty pictures.  The emotive connections for me now, I think, are memories of my own children who are now grown and discovering their own callings and roads of life, but also as I consider my relation to my grandchildren, some of whom are about the age of Eliza.  I think about the opportunities I have to influence their lives, and the prospect of planting seeds of faith in Christ.  Kristyn’s sung prayer in this song reminds me that our time with children and grandchildren are limited.  I find myself praying the prayer with Kristyn as she sings, remembering my own grown children as they parent our grandchildren.  Listen to see if you don’t find an appropriate prayer here to share with moms on or around this Mother’s Day.

3. A Mother’s Prayer Music Video for your inspiration:

Our friends at Getty Music have made available a four-part setting of a wonderful song, Holy Spirit, that is perfect for use on Pentecost Sunday.  If you would like a pdf file of this hymn you can email me, and I will forward to you this special gift the Gettys have made available to us.  As usual, it provides a great match of text and tune, as well as a rich theologically reflective lyric.  Send me an email and I will gladly forward you this gift from Keith & Kristyn.

Song for Pentecost Sunday

Getty Music has shared with us sheet music for ‘Holy Spirit Living Breath of God’  for you to consider using on Pentecost Sunday.

You can watch a live version of the song here:

While as Music Minister you may not have perogative to set thematic emphasis for these Sundays, you likely do have opportunity to plan the music for each day.  Programming these songs and/or others that fit the special emphasis of Mother’s Day and Pentecost Sunday will offer your congregation opportunity to worship in concert with a large portion of Christian worshipers on each of these Sundays.

About Paul Clark Jr

Worshiper, student of worship. Graduate of Robert E Webber Institute for Worship Studies (DWS), Director of Worship & Music Ministries for Tennessee Baptist Convention. Musician, Clinician, Conference Leader, Teacher, Author, Worship Music Leader, Husband, Father, Grandfather, fellow traveler.

Posted on May 11, 2013, in Tennessee Music Ministers, Tennessee Pastors, Worship Leaders, Worship Renewal, Youth Choir. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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