Dear Christ, Uplifted from the Earth

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Brian Wren

Lyrics as Poetry

Dear Christ, uplifted from the earth,
your arms stretched out above
through every culture, every birth,
to draw an answering love.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.Where age and gender, class and race,
divide us to our shame,
you see a person and a face,
a neighbour with a name.May we, accepted as we are,
yet called in grace to grow,
reach out to others, near and far,
your healing love to show.

Words by
Brian WrenCopyright © 1973, 1996 by Hope Publishing Company
(Carol Stream, Illinois) for USA,
Canada, Australia and New Zealand.Copyright © 1973, 1996 by Stainer & Bell Limited
(London, England) for all other territories

Comments About Song

from his book “Piece Together Praise” (p 43):

“October 1970, revised 1995. Prompted by a long-forgotten tension in the congregation I served, probably connected with the 1960s generation gap. Since hymns should not be used for preaching or polemic, I shelved the original utterance, moderated it, and pruned it from six stanzas to four.”

Piece Together Praise
(A Theological Journey)
is co-published by:Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, IL USA
(for USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand)Stainer & Bell, Limited
London, England
(for all other countries)

Scripture References

  • Exodus 33:11
  • Psalm 103:12
  • Luke 10:27
  • Luke 10:29
  • John 3:14
  • John 8:28
  • John 12:32-34
  • John 15:14
  • Romans 13:9-10
  • Romans 15:7
  • Galatians 3:20-28
  • Galatians 5:14
  • Ephesians 2:14-19
  • James 2:23

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Evangelism
  • Free, Freedom
  • Friend, Friendship
  • Grace
  • Heal, Healing
  • Jesus∶ ascension
  • Jesus∶ love
  • Liberation
  • Mission
  • Unity

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