Fruit of the Spirit


Chorale Preludes for Organ

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, 5:22–23

From the Publisher:

quotation marksThis simple concept—write a hymn setting based on each of the fruits of the Spirit from Galatians—has led to this collection of deeply imaginative settings for organ.


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Fruit of the Spirit (2020)

10 Chorale Preludes
Organ solo
Christmas; Easter; General; Lent & Holy Week; Pentecost
Published by Augsburg Fortress.


Love (Greek: agape)

DOWN AMPNEY, LBW 508 “Come down, O Love divine / Seek Thou this soul of mine . . . .” D major. 2/2

Joy (Greek: chara) Listen

HYMN TO JOY “Joyful, Joyful, We adore Thee” LBW 551 G major. 4/4

Peace (Greek: eirene)

KUORTAN, LBW 339 “O Lord, now let your servant ? Depart in heavenly peace.” E-flat major. 2/2

Patience (Greek: makrothumia)

SEELENBRÄUTIGAM LBW 341 “Jesus still lead on, Till our rest be won” G major. 3/2

Kindness (Greek: chrestotes)

Bringing in the Sheaves “Sowing seeds of kindness” D-flat major. 3/4

Goodness (Greek: agathosune) Listen

ST. COLUMBA, LBW “The King of Love my shepherd is / whose goodness faileth never.” C major. 3/4

Faithfulness (Greek: pistis)

FOUNDATION LBW 507 “How firm a foundation, O saints of the Lord, / Is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!” G major. 2/2

Gentleness (Greek: prautes)

In the Bleak Midwinter, 1940 44 “I would bring a lamb” F major. 4/4. Another arrangement of this tune is found in Wassail! Christmas Carols for Piano.

Temperance (Greek: egkrateia)

ST. DUNSTAN’S LBW 498 “All who would valiant be ‘Gainst all disaster, / Let them in constancy Follow the master.” G major. 3/2


VILLE DU HAVRE (It is Well With My Soul) D-flat major. 4/4
Listen to performances by Marilyn Biery at Third Reformed Church, Holland, Michigan:



Fruit of the Spirit: Chorale Preludes for Organ, David Evan Thomas (Augsburg Fortress). I am a fan of this composer, and though it is not a choral piece I want to call it to your attention. These ten hymn tunes range from familiar to new, with all of them having a unique focus. I was particularly taken with his thoughts for ODE TO JOY, CRANHAM, and VILLE DU HAVRE. Definitely worth having in your library! – Philip Brunelle, The American Organist, September 2020




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