What will you sing on Pentecost?




Your congregation can sing Carolyn Winfrey Gillette’s hymn “Pentecost Had Come.”

Pentecost Had Come

ARGENTINA refrain “Canto de Esperanza/Song of Hope” (PH # 432)

Pentecost had come and in that time of grace,
Jesus’ friends were gathered in a meeting place.
Suddenly the Spirit came in wind and flame,
Sending men and women out in Jesus’ name.
Spirit, come upon us, too!
Give us gifts to share for you.
We live in a world in need;
Send us where you daily lead!

All around the city joy was in the air;
People gathered in the streets from everywhere.
Soon they heard some preaching and the news was good!
There, in every language, they all understood.
Spirit, move through every land
Till all know and understand:
Jesus died and rose– it’s true!
Now we have new life in you.

Peter told the crowd to turn and be baptized;
Thousands heard the words he spoke and changed their lives.
Daily they sold what they owned to help the poor;
Day by day the church was growing more and more.
Spirit, change the way we live.
Teach us how to gladly give
Guide us, as we seek to be
Faithful in our ministry.

Acts 2:1-47
Tune:  Argentine folk melody
Text: Copyright © 2010 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.  All rights reserved.

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is the author of Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor (Upper Room Books, 2009)  and Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today’s Worship (Geneva Press, 2000). She recently completed The Sermon on the Mount: A Service of Lessons and New Hymns, a creative worship service of biblical readings (Matthew 5-7), prayers and new hymns celebrating Jesus’ teachings. Carolyn and her husband Bruce are the co-pastors of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware. A complete list of her hymns can be found at, including links to the hymns for Advent that she wrote for The Presbyterian Outlook.

New Hymn for Pentecost with the hymn text and music together. “Pentecost Had Come” to the tune of “Canto de Esperanza/Song of Hope” for your congregation’s use. Lyrics may be downloaded and printed for free. Or for just $9.95 you can download a print master of the new hymn with all the musical notes needed for everyone to sing along. This is a full 8.5 by 11 inch format, so the print is clear and bold.