Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land

Scripture References


Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land


God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him
may not perish but may have eternal life.
—John 3:16, NRSV
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance,
that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross,
so that we, free from sins, might live for righteousness;
by his wounds we have been healed.
—from 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 Peter 2:24, NRSV
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two


Hear these words of promise from your God:
“Those who love me, I will deliver;
I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them;
I will be with them in trouble,
I will rescue them and honor them.
With long life will I satisfy them,
and show them my salvation.” Amen.
—from Psalm 91:14-16
[The Worship Sourcebook]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Additional Prayers

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
Teach us, Lord, to count our days
that we may gain a wise heart.
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
—based on Psalm 90, NRSV
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land

Tune Information

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Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land

Composer Information

Glenn Burleigh (b. Guthrie, Oklahoma, July 5, 1949; d. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, December 11, 2007) was born into a family of ministers. He was a renowned pianist, conductor, composer and clinician. Burleigh’s music has been performed in churches and on the classical concert stage, also making an appearance in the movie remake of “The Preacher’s Wife” starring Denzel Washington. Burleigh was best known for his ability to take disparate musical styles and weave them together. 
— Laura de Jong

Religious leader, activist, and author, Wyatt Tee Walker (b. Brockton, Massachusetts, August 16, 1929) is internationally known for his contributions to the Civil Rights and anti-apartheid movements. A chief strategist for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Walker was one of the key architects of the 1960-1964 civil rights campaigns.
Walker was the tenth of eleven children. While he was an infant, the family moved to Merchantville, NJ, a town renowned at that time for rampant racism and segregation. At nine years-old, Walker staged his first civil rights protest when he and his siblings refused to be turned away from a segregated movie house and instead entered the theater and took their seats.
While studying at Virginia Union University, Walker met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The two built a lasting relationship, and Walker soon became King’s key strategist for the civil rights campaigns.
After graduating from Virginia Union with bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Walker became minister of the Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg, Virginia. During this time, Walker began actively supporting the major civil rights organizations, working with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and serving as a member of the board for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). In 1960, Dr. King appointed Walker Executive Director of SCLC, and during his four-year tenure, Walker helped the organization fund-raise over one million dollars, built the SCLC staff from five to 100 employees, and served as King’s top strategist. Walker also orchestrated some of the key events of the Civil Rights Movement, including student sit-ins, freedom rides, and protests and marches in Albany, Georgia; Atlanta; and Birmingham. He is most well-known for his success with “Project C,” which was a strategic plan for the mass marches in Birmingham and served as a blueprint for subsequent civil rights campaigns. During these early civil rights events, Walker stood on the front lines, getting arrested over 17 times.
Walker has held numerous influential positions both in and out of the ministry. He has served as president of the Negro Heritage Library, a minister at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City, and Special Assistant on Urban Affairs to Governor Nelson Rockefeller. In 1967, at King’s behest, Walker eventually took the Chief Minister position at Harlem’s Canaan Baptist Church, a position he held for 37 years. Walker earned a Ph.D. in African American studies with a specialization in music in 1975, and has since published 27 books on topics including human rights, the ministry and African American musical traditions. In Walker’s later career, he turned his attention to Africa, working in the Anti-Apartheid Movement and helping to bring about free elections in South Africa. Walker, who has preached on every continent in the world with the exception of Australia, is internationally known as a key member of the world’s religious community and as a tireless advocate for human rights.
Walker retired from Canaan Baptist Church in 2004. He now lives outside of Richmond, Virginia with his wife of 55 years, Theresa. The couple has four children and two grandchildren.
— National Visionary Leadership Project Bio (http://www.visionaryproject.org/walkerwyatt/)
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