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Christ Among the Poor

Composer Peter Cutts
Text Brian Wren
SATB and keyboard
Topics Christian Life, Discipleship
2' 20" Price $1.35 (U.S.) Released 2/00
Catalog no. 420-717 Difficulty Moderately easy

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A deeply moving work with a challenging text by Brian Wren. Each stanza puts Christ among society's poor and downtrodden, and then asks, "Where are you?" Peter Cutts's musical setting is appropriately direct, yet highly expressive: these are words that can and should be sung wherever Christians gather.

Here am I,
where underneath the bridges
in our winter cities
homeless people sleep.
Here am I,
where in decaying houses
little children shiver,
crying at the cold.
Where are you?

Here am I,
with people in the line-up,
anxious for a handout,
aching for a job.
Here am I,
where pensioners and strikers
sing and march together,
wanting something new.
Where are you?

Here am I,
where two or three are gathered,
ready to be altered,
sharing wine and bread,
Here am I,
where those who hear the preaching
change their way of living,
find the way to life.
Where are you?

--Brian Wren
© 1983, 1995 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, Ill. 60188 (for permission to reprint this text contact Hope at All rights reserved.

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