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As Saints of Old Their First-Fruits Brought

As saints of old their first-fruits brought
       of vineyard, flock, and field
to God, the giver of all good,
       the source of bounteous yield;
so we today our first fruits bring:
       the wealth of this good land,
of farm and market, shop and home,
       of mind and heart and hand.

A world in need now summons us
       to labor, love, and give,
to make our life an offering
       to God, that all 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.

With gratitude and humble trust
       we bring our best to you,
not just to serve your cause, but share
       your love with neighbors too.
O God, who gave yourself to us
       in Jesus Christ your Son,
help us to give ourselves each day
       until life's work is done.

Frank von Christierson
Words © 1961, renewed 1989 The Hymn Society (admin. Hope Publishing Company)

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Product Code: 1097, 8020

Collections: 100 Top Hope Hymns|Holding in Trust - The Hymn Society|Worship & Rejoice

Scriptural Reference: Exodus 23:16, 19; Malachi 3:10; Proverbs 3:9; Romans 12:1-2; James 1:17

Theme: Compassion, Giving, Harvest, Offering, Stewardship, Thanksgiving & Gratitude

Author(s): Christierson, Frank von (More Hymns | Biography)

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Date Uploaded: Fri Sep 12 14:00:01 2008

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