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Celtic Cross

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Eternal Spirit of the Living Christ:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/eternal-spirit-of-the-living-christ/

As Saints of Old Their First Fruits Brought:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/as-saints-of-old-their-first-fruits-brought/

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Posted September 4, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Sources C

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As Saints of Old Their First Fruits Brought   3 comments

A Farm

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Words by the Reverend Frank von Christierson (1900-1996), who wrote this hymn in 1960

I found the original words, which follow, in Volume Three B of The Hymnal 1982 Companion (1994).  All 1972-2006 that hymnals I checked and which included this hymn included altered words, usually with “saints” becoming “men” or “those,” or “Thou” transforming into “You.”   The hymn has been in print since 1961.  1961-1971 hymnals I consulted did not contain this hymn.

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1.  As saints of old their first fruits brought

Of orchard, flock, and field

To God the Giver of all good,

The Source of bounteous yield;

So we today first fruits would bring–

The wealth of this good land,

Of farm and market, shop and home,

Of mind, and heart, and hand.

2.  A world in need now summons us

To labor, love, and give;

To make our life an offering

To God, that man may live;

The Church of Christ is calling us,

To make the dream come true:

A world redeemed by Christ-like love;

All life in Christ made new.

3.  In gratitude and humble trust

We bring our best to thee

To serve thy cause and share thy love

With all humanity.

O Thou who gavest us thyself

In Jesus Christ thy Son,

Teach us to give ourselves each day

Until life’s work is done.

Eternal Spirit of the Living Christ   1 comment

Mosaic of Jesus

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Hymn Source = Lutheran Worship (1982), of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

The Reverend Frank von Christierson (1900-1996) was a Presbyterian minster and a member of the Hymn Society of America.

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1.  Eternal Spirit of the living Christ,

I know not how to ask or what to say;

I only know my need, as deep as life,

And only you can teach me how to pray.

2.  Come, pray in me the prayer I need this day;

Help me to see your purpose and your will

Where I have failed, what I have done amiss;

Held in forgiving love, let me be still.

3.  Come with the strength I lack, bring vision clear

Of human need; oh give me eyes to see

Fulfillment of my life in love outpoured;

My life in you, O Christ; your love in me.