Christ is alive! Let Christians singAuthor: Brian Wren (1968, 1978, alt.)
Published in 25 hymnals
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1 Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.
His cross stands empty to the sky.
Let streets and homes with praises ring.
His love in death shall never die.
2 Christ is alive! No longer bound
to distant years in Palestine,
he comes to claim the here and now
and conquer every place and time.
3 Not decked with gold, remotely high,
untouched, unmoved by human pains,
but daily, in the midst of life,
our Savior with the Father reigns.
4 In every insult, rift, and war
where color, scorn, or wealth divide,
he suffers still, yet loves the more,
with healing hands and aching side.
5 Christ is alive! His Spirit burns
through this and every future age,
till all creation lives and learns
his joy, his justice, love, and praise.
|First Line:||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing|
|Title:||Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing|
|Author:||Brian Wren (1968, 1978, alt.)|
|Copyright:||© 1975 Hope Publishing Company|
|Article:||"Christ is Alive" Mine, or Ours? by Brian Wren (from "The Hymn")|
st. 1 = Zech. 8:18-23
Brian A. Wren (PHH 311) wrote the text in Hockley, Essex, England, during April of 1968. Wren writes:
It was written for Easter Sunday, two weeks after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I could not let Easter go by without speaking of this tragic event which was on all our minds. . . . The hymn tries to see God's love winning over tragedy and suffering in the world. . . . There is tension and tragedy in these words, not just Easter rejoicing.
First published in the British supplement New Church Praise (1975), the text was revised by Wren in 1978.
"Christ Is Alive" is a joyful celebration of Christ's resurrection (st. 1) and of his personal rule in a human world in which pain, war, and injustice abound (st. 2-4). Christ’s transcendent and immanent reign is empowered by the Holy Spirit and will ultimately bring about a new creation (st. 5).
Easter; Ascension; other worship services that focus on contemporary human conditions.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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|Instances (23)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #173||Christ Is alive! Let Christians sing||Christ Is Alive||Brian Wren||22.214.171.124||Matthew 28:6||TRURO||C Major||1991|
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #205||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Christ Is Alive||Brian Wren||126.96.36.199||TRURO||C Major||2010|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #260||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||2000|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #416||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Brian Wren (b. 1936)||Olwen Wonnacott (b. 1930)||188.8.131.52||Acts 9:5; Ephesians 1:19-23; John 14:6; John 19:18; Luke 24:23||OLD CLARENDONIAN||F Major or modal||English||2005|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old & New #98||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||2000|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #389||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Brian A. Wren, b. 1936||184.108.40.206||TRURO||D Major||2006|
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #246||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Christ Is Alive!||Brian Wren||220.127.116.11||Romans 6:5-11||TRURO||C Major||English||2013|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #182||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Brian A. Wren, b. 1936||Lowell Mason, 1792-1872||18.104.22.168||TRURO||C Major||English||1985|
|Hymnal Supplement II #32||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Christ Is Alive!||TRURO||1987|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #206||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing||Brian A. Wren, b. 1936||22.214.171.124||Zechariah 8:18-23||TRURO||C Major||2013|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #108||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Christ Is Alive!||Brian Wren||Thomas Williams; Lowell Mason||126.96.36.199||TRURO||C Major||English||1990|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #413||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing||Brian Wren||188.8.131.52||Zechariah 8:18-23; Revelation 19:1-8; Revelation 20:15; Revelation 19:8||TRURO||C Major||English||1987|
|Renew! #300||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Christ Is Alive!||Brian Wren||184.108.40.206||TRURO||C Major||English||1995|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #182||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||TRURO||1985|
|Sing and Rejoice!: new hymns for congregations #12||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing||Brian Wren||TRURO||C Major||English||1979|
|Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #32||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||220.127.116.11||1999|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #259||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Christ Is Alive!||Brian Wren, 1936-||18.104.22.168||TRURO||C Major||1996|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #318||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Christ is Alive||Brian Wren||22.214.171.124||TRURO||C Major||English||1989|
|The Worshiping Church #243||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Christ Is Alive!||Brian Wren||126.96.36.199||Hebrews 4:15; Isaiah 11:9; Mark 16:19; Colossians 3:1; Revelation 1:18||TRURO||C Major||English||1990|
|Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #387||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||188.8.131.52||1999|
|Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #393||Christ is alive, with joy we sing||1999|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #158||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Christ Is Alive||Brian Wren||Thomas Williams; John Wilson||184.108.40.206||TRURO||C Major||English||1996|
|Worship and Rejoice #312||Christ is alive! Let Christians sing||Christ Is Alive!||Brian Wren, 1936-||220.127.116.11||Colossians 3:1; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:1-3; Matthew 28:2; John 20:2; Isaiah 11:9; Revelation 1:18; John 14:6; Job 19:25; Hebrews 4:15; Luke 24:23||TRURO||C Major||2001|