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Brian A. Wren

Short Name: Brian A. Wren
Full Name: Wren, Brian A., 1936-
Birth Year: 1936

Brian Wren (b. Romford, Essex, England, 1936) is a major British figure in the revival of contemporary hymn writing. He studied French literature at New College and theology at Mansfield College in Oxford, England. Ordained in 1965, he was pastor of the Congregational Church (now United Reformed) in Hockley and Hawkwell, Essex, from 1965 to 1970. He worked for the British Council of Churches and several other organizations involved in fighting poverty and promoting peace and justice. This work resulted in his writing of Education for Justice (1977) and Patriotism and Peace (1983). With a ministry throughout the English-speaking world, Wren now resides in the United States where he is active as a freelance lecturer, preacher, and full-time hymn writer. His hymn texts are published in Faith Looking Forward (1983), Praising a Mystery (1986), Bring Many Names (1989), New Beginnings (1993), and Faith Renewed: 33 Hymns Reissued and Revised (1995), as well as in many modern hymnals. He has also produced What Language Shall I Borrow? (1989), a discussion guide to inclusive language in Christian worship.

Bert Polman

Wikipedia Biography

Brian A. Wren (born 1936 in Romford, Essex, England) is an internationally published hymn-poet and writer. Wren's hymns appear in hymnals of all Christian traditions and have been influential in raising the awareness of theology in hymns. Brian Wren is married to Rev. Susan M. Heafield, a United Methodist pastor.

Texts by Brian A. Wren (129)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
A Prophet-woman broke a jarBrian A. Wren, 1936- (Author)English8
A Stranger knocking on a doorBrian A. Wren (Author)English2
[A Woman in the Crowd]Brian Wren (Author)English2
[Abraham, Sarah Too]Brian A. Wren (Author)English2
Amor, que por amor me amaste (Dear God, your love is all around me)Brian Wren (Translator (English))English, Portuguese2
Are shepherds good?Brian A. Wren (Author)2
Arise, shine out, your light has comeBrian Wren (b. 1936) (Author)English5
As man or woman we were madeBrian A. Wren (Author)English15
At the table of the worldBrian A. Wren (Author)English2
Baptise us with your SpiritBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)English2
Beautifully moving, ceaselessly formingBrian A. Wren (Author)English2
Because Jesus feltBrian Wren (Author)English2
Believers, make a joyful noiseBrian Wren (Author)2
Bring many names, beautiful and goodBrian Wren (Author)English18
Christ is alive! Let Christians singBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)English47
Christ is risen! Shout Hosanna!Brian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)22
Christ loves the church, with grace beyond all measureBrian Wren (Author)English3
Christ will come againBrian A. Wren (Author)English2
Christians everywhere shall sing now and alwaysBrian Wren (Author (English verses))English, Muscogee3
Come, build the Church – not heaps of stoneBrian A. Wren (Author)3
Come, Celebrate the Call of GodBrian Wren (Author)English4
Come, let us love the unborn generationsBrian A. Wren (Author)English2
Come, let us praise what God has doneBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)English3
Come, welcome Christ in every faceBrian Wren (Author)English2
Con gozo vengo, hijo/a soyBrian A. Wren (Author)Spanish2
Deep in the shadows of the pastBrian A. Wren (Author)English9
[Doom and Danger]Brian Wren (Author)English2
Dust and ashes touch our faceBrian Wren (Author)English9
Enthroned upon the cherubimBrian Wren (Author)English2
Faith looking forward from the crossBrian Wren (Author)2
Fill our mouths with laughterBrian Wren (Author)English2
For the bread that we have eatenBrian Wren (b. 1936) (Author)English4
Give thanks for music-making artBrian Wren (Author)1
Glory to God, all-pervading, all-knowing, all-seeingBrian Wren (Author)English2
[Go Forth in Faith]Brian A. Wren (Author)English2
Go now in peace; though friends must partBrian A. Wren, 1936- (Author)English4
God, as we merge, bid us emergeBrian A. Wren (Author)English2
God is One, unique and holyBrian Wren, 1936- (Author)English6
God of Jeremiah, grieving with an aching heartBrian A. Wren (Author)English2
God of many namesBrian Wren, 1936- (Author)English8
God remembers painBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)English5
God, the All-HolyBrian A. Wren (Author)2
Lord God, your love has called us hereBrian A. Wren, b. 1936 (Author)English26
Grief of ending, wordless sorrowBrian Wren (Author)English4
Her baby, newly breathingBrian A. Wren (Author)2
Here am I, Where underneath the bridgesBrian Wren (Author)English8
Here hangs a man discardedBrian A. Wren (Author)English8
Hidden Christ, alive for everBrian Wren (Author)English3
Hiking in the hills, hot and thirstyBrain Wren (Author)English2
Holy Spirit, storm of loveBrian A. Wren (Author)English3
Hope is a star that shines in the nightBrian A. Wren, 1936- (Author)English6
How can we name a LoveBrian A. Wren (Author)English2
How deep our Maker's griefBrian Wren (Author)English2
How great the mystery of faithBrian Wren (Author)English3
How shall I sing to GodBrian A. Wren (Author)English4
How wonderful the Three-in-OneBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)English11
I am going to Calvary, Would you like to come with MeBrian Wren (1936- ) (Author)2
I come with joy to meet my LordBrian Wren (Author)English63
If I Could Visit BethlehemBrian Wren (Author)English3
In God we Trust, That God is justBrian Wren (Author)English2
In the fields of this world Brian Wren (b. 1936) (Transaltor)English6
In water we grow, secure in the wombBrian Wren, 1936- (Author)English5
Jehová es mi pastor; nada me faltará (Sure as the Lord's my Shepherd)Brian A. Wren (Translator)English, Spanish2
Christ, upon the mountain peakBrian Wren (b. 1936) (Author)English36
Jesus, tu reuniste os teus amigosBrian Wren, n. 1936 (Translator (English))Portuguese1
Joyful is the dark, holy, hidden, GodBrian Wren (Author)English8
Let all creation dance Brian Wren (b. 1936) (Author)English6
Let hope and sorrow now uniteBrian A. Wren (Author)English5
Life is great! so sing about itBrian Wren (b. 1936) (Author)English4
Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates, Behold the King of glory waitsBrian Wren (Author (B))English1
Lord Christ, the Father's mighty SonBrian A. Wren (Author)English8
Lord Jesus, if I love and serve my neighborBrian Wren (b. 1936) (Author)English3
Lord of the boundless curves of spaceBrian Wren (Author)English2
Lord, when You came to JordanBrian A. Wren (Author)English2
Love makes a bridge from heart to heartBrian Wren, 1936- (Author)English2
May the living God be with you, my friendsBrian A. Wren (Alterer)English2
May the Sending One sing in youBrian A. Wren (Author)English4
Meko sapvke (Sisters and brothers)Brian A. Wren (Versifier (English))English, Muscogee2
Mekoahapahlket maymahn ahpokeezBrian Wren (Versifier (English))Muscogee1
Naizdaan bee zezay (Mother earth is my home)Brian Wren (Paraphraser (English, st. 2)))English, Navajo1
Nombres sin fin, buenos bellos sonBrian Wren (inglés, n. 1936) (Author)Spanish5
Not only acts of evil willBrian Wren (Author)English3
Nuevos comienzos trae el día Brian Wren (Author)Spanish5
O how joyfully, O how hopefullyBrian Arthur Wren, 1936- (Adapter)English6
On the day I die; straight awayBrian A. Wren (Versifier (English))English2
Once from a European shoreBrian Wren (b. 1936) (Author)English2
Our God, our help in ages pastBrian Wren (Adapter)English2
Praise God for the harvest of farm and fieldBrian Wren (born 1936) (Author)English11
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow. Praise God, all creatures high and low(Wren)Brian Wren (Author)English5
Praise the God who changes placesBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)English7
Praise the Lover of CreationBrian Wren (Author)English2
[Praising God]Brian Wren (Author)English2
Remember the children by God named and knownBrian Wren (Author)English2
Sing my song backwards from end to beginningBrian Wren (Author)2
Sing praises old and newBrian A. Wren (Author)2
Sing together on our journey!Brian A. Wren (Author)English2
Sing with joy to the AuthorBrian Wren (Author (text A))2
Spirit of Jesus, if I love my neighborBrian A. Wren (Author)4
Takwaiénh:a (Father in heaven)Brian Wren (Versifier (English))English, Mohawk2
Thank you God, for water, soil, and airBrian Wren, 1936- (Author)English15
There's a spirit in the airBrian A. Wren, 1936- (Author)English30
This is a day of new beginningsBrian A. Wren (Author)English22
This is a story full of loveBrian A. Wren (Author)English5
This we can do for justice and for peaceBrian Wren (b. 1936) (Author)English2
Three things I promise, Holy God (Ce que je promets ô Dieu saint)Brian Wren (Author)English, French2
[Transfiguration (Wren)]Brian A. Wren (Author)English2
Trav'ling, trav'ling over the worldBrian A. Wren (Author)English2
Unbounded Spirit, breath of GodBrian Wren (Author)English4
We are not our own. Earth forms usBrian Wren (Author)5
We are your people, Lord, by your graceBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)English13
[We Bring, You Take]Brian Wren (Author)English2
We Meet as Friends at TableBrian A. Wren (Author)English2
We offer Christ to all the world around usBrian Wren (Author)English2
Weep for the dead. Let tears and silence tellBrian Wren (Author)2
[Welcome the Wild One]Brian Wren (Author)English2
What was your vow and visionBrian A. Wren (Author)English3
When all is ended, time and troubles pastBrian Wren, 1936- (Author)4
When Christ was lifted from the earthBrian Wren, 1936- (Author)English13
When grief is raw and music goes unheardBrian Wren (Author)English6
When illness meets denial and rejectionBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)English2
When Jesus, went to CalvaryBrian Wren (Author)2
When love is found and hope comes homeBrian Arthur Wren, 1936- (Author)English33
When minds and bodies meet as oneBrian Wren (Author)English3
When pain and terror strike by chanceBrian A. Wren (Author)English2
Will you come and see the light from the stable door?Brian A. Wren (Author)2
With humble justice clad and crownedBrian A. Wren (Author)English3
Woman in the nightBrian Wren, 1936- (Author)English9
Wonder of wonders, Life is beginningBrian Wren (Author)English6
"You are my body!" Joy and wonder!Brian Wren (Author)English2

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