I come with joy to meet my LordAuthor: Brian Wren (1970)
Tune: DOVE OF PEACE
Published in 36 hymnals
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1 I come with joy to meet my Lord,
forgiven, loved, and free;
in awe and wonder to recall
his life laid down for me.
2 I come with Christians far and near
to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love
in Christ's communion bread.
3 As Christ breaks bread and bids us share,
each proud division ends;
the love that made us, makes us one,
and strangers now are friends.
4 And thus with joy we meet our Lord;
his presence, always near,
is in such friendship better known:
we see and praise him here.
5 Together met, together bound,
we'll go our different ways;
and as his people in the world,
we'll live and speak his praise.
|First Line:||I come with joy to meet my Lord|
|Title:||I Come with Joy|
|Author:||Brian Wren (1970)|
|Copyright:||© 1971, 1995; © 1971, 1995, Hope Publishing Co.|
|Article:||I Come With Joy by Brain Wren (from "The Hymn")|
st. 1 = Gal. 1:4
Brian A. Wren (b. Romford, Essex, England, 1936) wrote this communion hymn in Hockley, Essex, England, in July 1968 and revised it in 1970. The text was first published in the Canadian Anglican-United Hymn Book (1971); he revised it again in 1982 and 1995. Wren wrote this text to summarize a series of sermons on the meaning of the Lord's Supper, specifically as a post-sermon hymn to help illustrate the presence of Christ in the sacrament. He states that he wanted to express this
as simply as possible, in a way that would take the worshipper (probably without . . . recognizing it) from the usual individualistic approach to communion ("I come") to an understanding of its essential corporateness ("we'll go").
Wren has carefully worked out the progression from "I" to "we." This text contains themes of remembrance (st. 1), of sharing the bread and wine in communion with the saints (st. 2-3) and with Christ in his presence (st. 4), and of Christian service (st. 5), but the prevailing tone is one of joy and praise.
Wren 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.
Lord's Supper–sing entire hymn before or during the Lord's Supper; perhaps save stanza 5 for a doxology afterwards.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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|Instances (30)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #371||I come with joy to meet my Lord||I Come with Joy to Meet My Lord||Brian Wren||Annabel Morris Buchanan||22.214.171.124||Mark 14:22||LAND OF REST||G Major||1991|
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #456||I come with joy, a child of God||I Come with Joy||Brian Wren||Austin Lovelace||126.96.36.199||DOVE OF PEACE||F Major or modal||2010|
|Chalice Hymnal #420||I come with joy, a child of God||I Come with Joy||Brian Wren||Charles H. Webb||188.8.131.52||DOVE OF PEACE||F Major or modal||English||1995|
|Church Family Worship #16||I come with joy to meet my Lord||184.108.40.206||1988|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #421||I come with joy, a child of God||2000|
|Church Hymnary, Fourth Edition #656||I come with joy, a child of God||Brian Wren (b. 1936)||220.127.116.11.6||DOVE OF PEACE||F Major or modal||English||2005|
|Common Praise #60||I come with joy a child of God||I Come with Joy||Brian Wren (1936-)||Annabel Morris Buchanan (1889-1983); Charles H. Webb (1933-)||18.104.22.168||Matthew 13:44-46; John 15:1-17; John 16:16-24; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 1 Peter 1:3-9; Matthew 13:44-46; John 15:1-17; John 16:16-24; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 1 Peter 1:3-9||LAND OF REST||F Major or modal||1998|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old & New #310||I come with joy, a child of God||I come with joy, a child of God||2000|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #482||I come with joy, a child of God||Brian A. Wren, b. 1936||22.214.171.124.6||DOVE OF PEACE||F Major or Modal||2006|
|Gather Comprehensive #806||I come with joy to meet my Lord||I Come with Joy to Meet My Lord||Brian Wren, b. 1936||Annabel M. Buchanan, 1888-1983||126.96.36.199||1 Corinthians 11:23-26||LAND OF REST||F Major or modal||English||1994|
|Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #799||I come with joy, a child of God||I Come with Joy||Brian Wren, b. 1936||Annabel M. Buchanan||188.8.131.52||LAND OF REST||F Major or modal||English||2004|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #304||I come with joy to meet my Lord||Brian A. Wren, 1936-||Annabel Morris Buchanan, 1889-1983||184.108.40.206||LAND OF REST||F Major or modal||English||1985|
|Hymnal Supplement II #45||I come with joy to meet my Lord||DOVE OF PEACE||1987|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #473||I come with joy to meet my Lord||220.127.116.11||1983|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #227||I come with joy to meet my Lord||18.104.22.168||1996|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #533||I come with joy, a child of God||I Come with Joy||Brian Wren||Annabel Morris Buchanan, 1889-1983||22.214.171.124||Galatians 2:20||LAND OF REST||F Major or modal||2013|
|Presbyterian Hymnal #507||I come with joy to meet my Lord||I Come with Joy||Brian Wren||Austin C. Lovelace||126.96.36.199.6||DOVE OF PEACE||F Major||English||1990|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #311||I come with joy to meet my Lord||I Come with Joy to Meet My Lord||Brian Wren||Annabel Morris Buchanan||188.8.131.52||Galatians 1:4; Galatians 1||LAND OF REST||F Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #534||I come with joy to meet my Lord||I Come with Joy to Meet My Lord||Brian Wren||184.108.40.206||Matthew 8:11||LAND OF REST||F Major||English||1985|
|Renew! #195||I come with joy a child of God||I Come with Joy||Brian Wren||Annabel Morris Buchanan||220.127.116.11||LAND OF REST||F Major||English||1995|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #400||I come with joy to meet my Lord, Forgiven, loved and free||DOVE OF PEACE||1985|
|Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #469||I come with joy, a child of God||18.104.22.168||1999|
|Songs for Life #64||I come with joy to meet my Lord||I Come with Joy to Meet My Lord||Brian Wren||Annabel Morris Buchanan||22.214.171.124||LAND OF REST||F Major||English||1995|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #550||I come with joy, a child of God||I Come with Joy, a Child of God||Brian Wren, 1936-||Charles H. Webb, 1933-||126.96.36.199.6||DOVE OF PEACE||F Major or modal||1996|
|The New Century Hymnal #349||I come with joy, a child of God||I Come with Joy||Brian Wren||Austin Lovelace||188.8.131.52.6||DOVE OF PEACE||F Major or modal||1995|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #617||I come with joy to meet my Lord||I Come with Joy||Brian Wren||Charles H. Webb||184.108.40.206||1 Corinthians 10:16-17||DOVE OF PEACE||F Major||English||1989|
|The Worshiping Church #768||I come with joy to meet my Lord||I Come with Joy||Brian Wren||Austin C. Lovelace||220.127.116.11.6||1 Corinthians 11:28; Ephesians 2:19; John 15:13; Psalm 16:11; Psalm 35:9||DOVE OF PEACE||F Major||English||1990|
|Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #533||I come with joy to meet my Lord||18.104.22.168||1999|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #477||I come with joy a child of God||I Come with Joy||Brian Wren||Austin C. Lovelace||22.214.171.124.6||DOVE OF PEACE||F Major||English||1996|
|Worship and Rejoice #706||I come with joy a child of God||I Come with Joy||Brian Wren, 1936-||Austin C. Lovelace, 1919-||126.96.36.199.6||Psalm 35:9; Psalm 16:11; John 15:13; Hebrews 13:12; John 10:11-15; Ephesians 2:19; Isaiah 55:12; Galatians 3:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:28||DOVE OF PEACE||F Major or modal||English||2001|