When Christ Was Lifted from the Earth

When Christ was lifted from the earth

Author: Brian A. Wren
Published in 15 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Dear Christ, uplifted from the earth,
your arms stretched out above
through every culture, every birth,
to draw an answering love.

2 Still east and west your love extends
and always, near and far,
you call and claim us as your friends
and love us as we are.

3 Where age and gender, class and race,
divides us to our shame,
you see a person and a face,
a neighbour with a name.

4 May we, accepted as we are,
yet called in grace to grow,
reach out to others, near and far,
your healing love to show.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #620a

Author: Brian A. Wren

Brian Wren (b. Romford, Essex, England, 1936) is a major British figure in the revival of contemporary hymn writing. He studied French literature at New College and theology at Mansfield College in Oxford, England. Ordained in 1965, he was pastor of the Congregational Church (now United Reformed) in Hockley and Hawkwell, Essex, from 1965 to 1970. He worked for the British Council of Churches and several other organizations involved in fighting poverty and promoting peace and justice. This work resulted in his writing of Education for Justice (1977) and Patriotism and Peace (1983). With a ministry throughout the English-speaking world, Wren now resides in the United States where he is active as a freelance lecturer, preacher, and full-time h… Go to person page >



ST. BOTOLPH (Slater)

ST. BOTOLPH was composed by Gordon A. Slater (b. Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, 1896; d. Lincoln, England, 1979) and first published in Songs of Praise for Boys and Girls (1930). The tune was named for St. Botolph's Parish Church in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, where Slater was organist from 1919…

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MC KEE has an interesting history. According to a letter from Charles V. Stanford (PHH 512) to Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (who arranged the tune for piano in his Twenty-Four Negro Melodies, 1905), MC KEE was originally an Irish tune taken to the United States and adapted by African American slaves. It…

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Instances (1 - 15 of 15)

Ancient and Modern #620a


Ancient and Modern #620b


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #562

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #142a

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #142b

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #525

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #335

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Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #585

Sing Glory #453

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The Book of Praise #702

The Covenant Hymnal #596


The Hymnal 1982 #603


The Hymnal 1982 #604

Together in Song #248

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Worship and Rejoice #601

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