When Christ Was Lifted from the Earth

When Christ was lifted from the earth

Author: Brian A. Wren
Published in 13 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

Wren is an internationally published hymn writer. He was ordained in Britain’s United Reformed Church and holds BA and PhD degrees from Oxford University. In 2000 he was appointed the first John and Miriam Conant Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. © The Cyber Hymnal™. Used by permission. (www.hymntime.com) Go to person page >




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 - 13 of 13)

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


Hymnal 1982 #603


Hymnal 1982 #604

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #525

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

Sing Glory #453

The Covenant Hymnal #596

Together in Song #248

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Worship and Rejoice #601

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