"Fear Not!" the Angel Said

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“Fear not!” the angel said, “God’s joy is in the air!
Now go to Bethlehem and see a newborn baby there.
A Savior, yet a child! So young, and yet the Lord!”
God’s grace astounds, God’s love surrounds this sinful, hurting world.

Fear not, you hungry child, you homeless refugee,
You battered woman, burdened down—God came to set you free.
For God’s own Son was poor; He cried and suffered, too.
God’s grace astounds; God’s love abounds for people just like you.

Fear not when questions come: “How can I know God’s way?”
“Do my possessions weigh me down?” “Can God change me today?”
For Jesus came to be true bread that satisfies;
And in his birth, God touched the earth; Christ saves, forgives, and guides.

Fear not, you church of Christ, distracted and distressed,
For long ago in troubled times, Christ came, and we were blest.
Our Prince of Peace is born—our light, our life, our song!
In him we see our unity; in him God makes us strong.

Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #11

Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is a hymn writer and Presbyterian pastor. Carolyn and her husband Bruce have been the co-pastors of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware since August 2004. Carolyn's hymns have been sung by congregations in every state of the USA and in several other countries; they have been on national PBS-TV three times and the BBC-TV in the United Kingdom. Noel Paul Stookey of "Peter, Paul and Mary" made a music video with Emmy winner Pete Staman of Carolyn's hymn, "O God, Our Words Cannot Express," which was written on September 11. Her hymns are found on the national websites of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, UMCOR, the Presbyterian Church (USA), American Baptist Church… Go to person page >

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First Line: "Fear not!" the angel said, "God's joy is in the air!
Title: "Fear Not!" the Angel Said
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (1999)
Meter: D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1999
Copyright: Copyright © 1999 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved



TERRA BEATA was originally a traditional English folk tune, a variant of which, entitled RUSPER, appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906. Franklin L. Sheppard (b. Philadelphia, PA, 1852; d. Germantown, PA, 1930) arranged the tune for Babcock's text and published it in the Presbyterian church school h…

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