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Renewed: Come, Holy Ghost

Introducing the worship song “Come, Holy Ghost / Be Not Afraid” by Bruce Benedict and Ray Mills.

In This Episode

In this episode of Renewed, Greg Scheer introduces a worship song that is truly “Ancient-Future” as it is rooted in the past, but looks forward to the future. The original text of “Come, Holy Ghost” was written in 8th century Germany and given a new tune and refrain in 21st century Indianapolis.

Renewed: Worship songs to refresh your church’s voice
Hosted by Greg Scheer 
With Larry Figueroa, piano 


"Come, Holy Ghost/Be Not Afraid"
Words: from Veni Creator Spiritus, attr. Rhabanus Maurus (776-856), Bruce Benedict, Ray Mills, 2005, © 2006 Cardiphonia Music/Raymond G. Mills

Music: Bruce Benedict, Ray Mills, 2005, © 2006 Cardiphonia Music/Raymond G. Mills; arr. Diane Dykgraaf © 2012 Cardiphonia Music/Raymond G. Mills.

Used by permission.

Learn More

Listen to the original recording of “Come, Holy Ghost” with Bruce Benedict singing.

Explore different versions of the music, including piano, choir, and string arrangements.

See the song’s entry at