A Child, a Woman and a Man – poignant Brian Wren lyrics, my new setting

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Yesterday in preparing for coming Sunday’s worship and its Interfaith September focus, I came across these most powerful and poignant words by iconic contemporary hymn writer – Brian Wren. The song: A Child, a Woman and a Man.   As I wrestle with the discipleship implications of hospitality with other faiths, the ever-present refugee/asylum-seeker issue, Christ’s call via Matthew 25 to attend to the hungry, naked and homeless … as Mother Teresa was “sainted” by the Roman Catholic Church, a new melody came to me.  It does use a common chord sequence.  So what!  It works for me in this song.  See what you think.  Eventually I’ll arrange a vocal track – not sure when – busy times. Anyhow, after this song, the way I engage the dispossessed or discarded people of this earth might never be quite the same.

David

score  mp3 backing demo

Taking a copyright risk or two here, but are Wren’s full lyrics. I just ask that if you’re reproducing his lyrics somehow in worship, you record it via your licence (CCLI I know covers it).

A child a woman and a man
Are people dear and close to me
A name a smile a voice I know
A hand I touch a face I see
And more than I can see or know
I know that Jesus knows and loves
That very woman child and man

A child a woman and a man
Are people in a foreign land
Whose word I doubt whose hopes I fear
Whose ways I cannot understand
And yet I need to feel and know
How deeply Jesus knows and loves
That very woman child and man

For if I somehow shift the blame
For all my pride and guilt within
The foreign people Jesus loves
Will be the scapegoat for my sin
As they look evil I feel good
And I can righteously destroy
What Jesus loves in Jesus’ name

Yet Jesus also was reviled
And branded as the enemy
The scapegoat who embraced the cross
In love for all and love for me
And when I meet the Lamb of God
I find myself convicted loved
Forgiven healed and reconciled

Then love us Jesus as You can
Until I see confess condemn
More than the evil others do
The evils we might do to them
Come humanize our speech and thought
Till we are looking through Your eyes
At every woman child and man

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2 Responses to “A Child, a Woman and a Man – poignant Brian Wren lyrics, my new setting”


  1. 1 sandydalzell September 6, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    I love it David!! Brian Wren’s words are great and your music is beautiful.


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