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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 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 (115)sort descendingAsInstances
A Prophet-woman broke a jarBrian A. Wren (Author)7
[A Stranger, Knocking on a Door]Brian Wren (Author)2
[A Woman in the Crowd]Brian Wren (Author)2
[Abraham, Sarah Too]Brian Wren (Author)2
Are shepherds good?Brian Wren (Author)2
Arise, shine out, your light has come, Unfolding city of our dreamsBrian Wren (Author)4
As man or woman we were madeBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)13
At the table of the worldBrian Wren (Author)2
Baptise us with your SpiritBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)2
Because Jesus feltBrian Wren (Author)2
Believers, make a joyful noiseBrian Wren (Author)2
Bring many names, beautiful and goodBrian Arthur Wren, 1936- (Author)14
Christ is alive! Let Christians singBrian Wren (Author)42
Christ is risen! Shout Hosanna!Brian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)21
Christ loves the church, with grace beyond all measureBrian Wren (Author)3
Christ, upon the mountain peakBrian Wren (Author)34
Christ will come againBrian Wren (Author)2
Christians everywhere shall sing now and alwaysBrian Wren (Author (English))3
Come, build the Church – not heaps of stoneBrian A. Wren (Author)3
Come, Celebrate the Call of GodBrian Wren, 1936- (Author)4
Come, let us love the unborn generationsBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)2
Come, welcome Christ in every faceBrian Wren (Author)2
Con gozo vengo, hijo/a soyBrian Wren (b.1936) (Author)2
Deep in the shadows of the pastBrian Wren (Author)7
[Doom and Danger]Brian Wren (Author)2
Dust and ashes touch our faceBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)9
Enthroned upon the cherubimBrian Wren (Author)2
Faith looking forward from the crossBrian A. Wren (Author)2
Fill our mouths with laughterBrian Wren (Author)2
For the bread that we have eatenBrian Wren (b. 1936) (Author)4
Give thanks for music-making artBrian Wren (Author)1
Glory to God, all-pervading, all-knowing, all-seeingBrian Wren (Author)2
[Go Forth in Faith]Brian Wren (Author)2
Go now in peace; though friends must partBrian Wren, 1936- (Author)3
God, as we merge, bid us emergeBrian A. Wren (Author)2
God is One, unique and holyBrian Wren (Author)6
God of Jeremiah, grieving with an aching heartBrian A. Wren (Author)2
God of many namesBrian Arthur Wren, 1936- (Author)6
God remembers painBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)5
God, the All-HolyBrian Wren (Author)2
Lord God, your love has called us hereBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)25
Grief of Ending, Wordless SorrowBrian A. Wren (Author)3
Her baby, newly breathingBrian A. Wren (Author)2
Here am I, Where underneath the bridgesBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)7
Here hangs a man discardedBrian Wren (Author)8
Hidden Christ, alive for everBrian Wren (Author)3
Hiking in the hills, hot and thirstyBrain Wren (Author)2
Holy Spirit, storm of loveBrian A. Wren (Author)3
Hope is a star that shines in the nightBrian Wren (Author)5
How can we name a LoveBrian Wren (Author)2
How great the mystery of faithBrian A. Wren (Author)2
How shall I sing to GodBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)3
How wonderful the Three-in-OneBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)9
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)59
If I Could Visit BethlehemBrian Wren (Author)3
In God we Trust, That God is justBrian Wren (Author)2
In the fields of this world Brian Wren (Translator (stanzas))6
In water we grow, secure in the wombBrian Wren, 1936- (Author)5
Jesus, tu reuniste os teus amigos (Dear Jesus, when you gathered all your friends to eat)Brian Wren, n. 1936 (Translator (English))2
Joyful is the dark, holy, hidden, GodBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)6
Let all creation dance Brian Arthur Wren, 1936- (Author)6
Let hope and sorrow now uniteBrian A. Wren (Author)4
Life is great! so sing about itBrian Wren (b. 1936) (Author)4
Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates, Behold the King of glory waitsBrian Wren (Author (B))1
Lord Christ, the Father's mighty SonBrian Wren (Author)8
Lord Jesus, if I love and serve my neighborBrian Wren (Author)3
Lord of the boundless curves of spaceBrian Wren (Author)2
Lord, when You came to JordanBrian Wren (Author)2
May the Sending One sing in youBrian A. Wren (Author)4
Nombres sin fin, buenos bellos sonBrian A. Wren, b. 1936 (Author)3
Not only acts of evil willBrian Wren (Author)3
Nuevos comienzos trae el día</Font>Brian Wren (Author)3
O how joyfully, O how hopefullyBrian Wren, 1936- (Author)5
Once from a European shoreBrian Wren (b. 1936) (Author)2
Our God, our help in ages pastBrian Wren (Adapter)2
Praise God for the harvest of farm and fieldBrian Wren (Author)10
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow. Praise God, all creatures high and low(Wren)Brian Wren, 1936- (Author)4
Praise the God who changes placesBrian Arthur Wren, 1936- (Author)7
Praise the Lover of CreationBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)2
[Praising God]Brian Wren (Author)2
Remember the children by God named and knownBrian Wren (Author)2
Sing my song backwards from end to beginningBrian A. Wren (Author)2
Sing praises old and newBrian Wren (1936-) (Author)2
Sing together on our journey!Brian Wren (Author)2
Spirit of Jesus, if I love my neighborBrian Wren (b. 1936) (Author)4
Thank you God, for water, soil, and airBrian Wren (Author)15
There's a spirit in the airBrian Wren (Author)28
This is a day of new beginningsBrian Wren (Author)21
This is a story full of loveBrian A. Wren (Author)4
This we can do for justice and for peaceBrian Wren (b. 1936) (Author)2
Three things I promise, Holy God (Ce que je promets ô Dieu saint)Brian Wren (Author)2
[Transfiguration (Wren)]Brian Wren (Author)2
Trav'ling, trav'ling over the worldBrian A. Wren, b. 1936 (Author)2
Unbounded Spirit, breath of GodBrian Wren (Author)2
We are not our own. Earth forms usBrian A. Wren (Author)4
We are your people, Lord, by your graceBrian Wren (Author)13
[We Bring, You Take]Brian Wren (Author)2
We Meet as Friends at TableBrian Wren, 1936- (Author)2
We offer Christ to all the world around usBrian Wren (Author)2
Weep for the dead. Let tears and silence tellBrian Wren (Author)2
[Welcome the Wild One]Brian Wren (Author)2
What was your vow and visionBrian A. Wren (Author)2
When all is ended, time and troubles pastBrian A. Wren (Author)4
When Christ was lifted from the earthBrian A. Wren, b. 1936 (Author)12
When grief is raw and music goes unheardBrian Wren (b. 1936) (Author)5
When Jesus, went to CalvaryBrian Wren (Author)2
When love is found and hope comes homeBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)31
When minds and bodies meet as oneBrian A. Wren (Author)2
When pain and terror strike by chanceBrian Arthur Wren, 1936- (Author)2
Will you come and see the light from the stable door?Brian Wren (Author)2
[With Humble Justice Clad and Crowned]Brian Wren (Author)2
Woman in the nightBrian Wren (Author)8
Wonder of wonders, Life is beginningBrian Wren, b. 1936 (Author)5
"You are my body!" Joy and wonder!Brian Wren (Author)2

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