The music program presented on October 18 is the middle movement of a three part symphony of the Divine. Last year was presented the "Power and Glory of God". This first movement symbolized God the Father, dwelling in glorious and powerful majesty. This year, part 2 presents "The Fount of Blessing", focusing on God the Holy Spirit. With this presentation we show God the Omnipresent, the Spirit of all creation, and the Still, Small Voice of the comforter.
The Holy Spirit, present with the Father and the Son since the beginning, moved upon the face of the deep at creation; He gently confronted Elijah in the cave; alighted on Christ as a Dove; descended upon the disciples as tongues of fire; and is with us today as an ever present help and comfort in times of need—a wellspring of joy that, through us, becomes a Fount of Blessing to others.
God the Father dwells upon the high throne of heaven, and Christ is exercising His role as savior on our behalf in the heavenly temple. But the Holy Spirit is all around us in incalculable forms. He is the most difficult of the Godhead around which to wrap the imagination. While He is not experienced through our primary senses, His work is ever present in innumerable ways—companion; comforter; a blessing. The music of this program is a musical offering, attempting to encompass a few of these qualities in their vast and colorful array.
Part 1 - The Holy Spirit a Companion
“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2) The Holy Spirit has been with us since the dawn of creation. He is our companion, possessing the most intimate knowledge of our current home and of us. Giving us vision to comprehend God’s works, and leading us through the dark places and times, the Holy Spirit is our ever present companion and strength.
Part 2 - The Holy Spirit a Comforter
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26). Through the Holy Spirit we see in the darkness, and receive divine inspiration. When in need, the Spirit is our comforter. Through Him we receive the power to push through to the end. It is because of this we gladly offer whatever we have been given as an offering for His service.
Part 3 - The Holy Spirit a Blessing
“What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:9) Asked by the Still, Small Voice of the Spirit to Elijah, this same question echos through history to us today. Elijah was hiding in a cave, but after this question went forth and did mightily for God. We in this day and age can also go forth and, with the Holy Spirit working through us, become a fount of blessing to others—a reflection of the of the fount of blessing God is too us and through us.