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As Saints of Old Their First Fruits Brought:


Posted September 4, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Sources C

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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.


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.

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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.


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.