Have No Fear, Little Flock

Author (st. 1): Heinz Werner Zimmermann

(no biographical information available about Heinz Werner Zimmermann.) Go to person page >

Author (st. 2-4): Marjorie Jillson

Marjorie Jillson was born in 1931 in Detroit and graduated from the College of Wooster, Ohio (B.A. in Religion, 1953). She was employed in various secretarial positions by the U.S. Government, Washington, D.C. She returned to Detroit and worked as a dental secretary (1973-1980) until she became ill. A member of Grosse Point Memorial Presbyterian Church, Jillson wrote the texts for Three Simple Melodies (1972) and Five Hymns (1973). The music for both collections was composed by Zimmermann. --The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion, 1993  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Have no fear, little flock
Title: Have No Fear, Little Flock
Author (st. 2-4): Marjorie Jillson (1972)
Author (st. 1): Heinz Werner Zimmermann
Meter: 6.6.7.6.6
Language: English
Copyright: Text and music © 1972, Concordia Publishing House.

Notes

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Luke 12:32
st. 1-4 = Matt. 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8

Heinz W. Zimmermann (PHH 177) chose the words of Jesus from Luke 12:32 as his basis for writing stanza 1 in 1971. Marjorie A. Jillson (PHH 177) wrote stanzas 2-4 in 1972. The complete hymn, published by Concordia in Five Hymns (1973), features unison and SATB stanzas, which choir directors and organists will want to consult as alternate settings.

The text has the character of a benediction: the Father has chosen to give you the kingdom (st. 1); the Father will keep you in his love forever (st. 2); the Lord stoops down to heal, uplift, and restore you (st. 3); God stays close beside you to work with you (st. 4). Stanza 3 has special significance for Jillson who says, "What I learned from my own illness is that God will restore you, even if your body has to die first."

Liturgical Use:
Use as a sung benediction; in conjunction with "Sermon on the Mount" preaching; for services with a theme of encouragement.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

LITTLE FLOCK

Composed by Zimmermann in 1971, LITTLE FLOCK features the syncopations typical of his jazz-flavored church music. Sing in unison accompanied by bright organ tones with crisp articulation to help carry the syncopations. Play on manuals only and add pedal for the final short phrase. Or use two manuals…

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