Jesus on the Mountain Peak

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Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Stanza 3 says that the nations “cry aloud in wonder.” In the same spirit, Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 21 confesses that the Lord promised to bless “the nations” through Abraham and his seed, and God chose Israel to be “a light to the nations.”


Our Song of Hope, paragraph 5 testifies that the “Holy Spirit is with us, calling nations to follow God’s path...”


Jesus on the Mountain Peak

Words of Praise

A prayer especially mindful of children
Jesus, today we celebrate your transfiguration.
You remind us that you are powerful and holy.
We cannot completely understand you,
but you do teach us that you are our God and you love us.
We praise you, holy Lord!
We glorify you, almighty King!
We exalt you, Son of God!
Thank you for showing us who you are.
In your name we pray. Amen.
Additional Resources
[The Worship Sourcebook]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Additional Prayers

Optional prayer of praise
Triune God of glory,
we marvel at the splendor
and majesty of Jesus,
whom saints and angels,
priests and prophets worship as Lord.
We marvel that this Lord
set his face toward Jerusalem
and chose the way of suffering and death.
We marvel that this way
of suffering and death
would become, for us,
the way of life and hope.
Oh, the depths of the riches
of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How marvelous are your ways, O Lord,
surpassing all human understanding.
We worship and glorify you,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
— Lift Up Your Hearts (http://www.liftupyourheartshymnal.org)

2 In splendor and majesty
your Word was revealed,
the hope of Israel,
transfigured in glory.
In splendor and majesty
he set his face toward Jerusalem,
choosing the way of suffering and death
that would be majestically transfigured
into the way of life and hope.
[The Worship Sourcebook]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Jesus on the Mountain Peak

Tune Information

F Major

Jesus on the Mountain Peak

Author Information

Brian Wren (b. 1936) is English by birth, American by choice, Reformed by Tradition, Presbyterian by membership, United Methodist by marriage and Emeritus Professor of Worship, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He is a writer, preacher, worship leader and designer, and internationally published hymn-poet, with entries in most recent denominational hymnals in North America, Britain and Australia. Some of his hymn poems have been translated into Finnish, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish and Korean.

Brian holds undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Oxford University. He is a Minister of the United Reformed Church (UK). His publications include Education for Justice (1979), What Language Shall I Borrow? - God-Talk in Worship: A Male Response to Feminist Theology (1989- reissued 2009), Piece Together Praise - A Theological Journey: Poems and Collected Hymns Thematically Arranged (1996), Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song (2000), Advent, Christmas and Epiphany: Liturgies and Prayers for Public Worship (2008), Hymns for Today (2009) and seven hymn collections totaling 250 hymns, the most recent being Love's Open Door (2009). He is a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Most of his hymns are published through Hope Publishing Company (USA) and Stainer & Bell (UK) 
— Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Brian-A.-Wren/e/B001IQW922])

Composer Information

Cyril V. Taylor (b. Wigan, Lancashire, England, 1907; d. Petersfield, England, 1992) was a chorister at Magdalen College School, Oxford, and studied at Christ Church, Oxford, and Westcott House, Cambridge. Ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1932, he served the church as both pastor and musician. His positions included being a producer in the religious broadcasting department of the BBC (1939­1953), chaplain of the Royal School of Church Music (1953-1958), vicar of Cerne Abbas in Dorsetshire (1958-1969), and precentor of Salisbury Cathedral (1969-1975). He contributed twenty hymn tunes to the BBC Hymn Book (1951), which he edited, and other tunes to the Methodist Hymns and Psalms (1983). He also edited 100 Hymns for Today (1969) and More Hymns for Today (1980). Writer of the booklet Hymns for Today Discussed (1984), Taylor was chairman of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland from 1975 to 1980.
— Bert Polman
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