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201. Fear Not, Rejoice and Be Glad

Text Information
First Line: The fig tree is budding the vine bearing fruit
Title: Fear Not, Rejoice and Be Glad
Versifier: Priscilla Wright (1971, alt.)
Publication Date: 1987
Meter: irregular
Scripture: ;
Topic: Holy Spirit; Joy; Light (3 more...)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Fear not, rejoice and be glad
Copyright: Text and music © 1971, 1975, Celebration/administered by Maranatha! Music. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.
Tune Information
Name: CLAY
Harmonizer: Dale Grotenhuis (1986)
Composer: Priscilla Wright (1971)
Meter: irregular
Key: e minor
Copyright: Text and music © 1971, 1975, Celebration/administered by Maranatha! Music. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

Text Information:

Scripture References:
ref. = Joel 2:21, 28-29
st. 1 = Joel 2:22-24 Joel 3:13a
st. 2 = Joel 2:26 Joel 3:18
st. 3 = Joel 2:27-28

Priscilla Wright (b. Dallas, TX, 1928) based this song on Joel 2:18-32 and 3:17-21, passages that record the blessings God promises to his repentant people: the blessing of a bountiful harvest and the blessing of his Spirit. Because the apostle Peter used part of Joel's prophecy in Acts 2:16-21, the Spirit's outpouring becomes the controlling theme of this song and finds effective expression in the refrain. Wright wrote that she composed the song in 1971 as "an expression of joy for what the Holy Spirit was doing among the body of believers of which I was a member, [at] the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Houston, Texas." It became popular when The Fisherfolk recorded it (1972), and it was published in Sound of Living Waters: Songs of the Spirit (U.S. edition, 1974).

Wright studied at community colleges in Denver and Dallas and also studied theology at Christ for the Nations Institute of Biblical Studies in Dallas. She worked in inner-city social services for the Church of the Redeemer in Dallas and was the house director for the Dallas Ronald McDonald House, a residence for families of hospitalized children. Wright cites her association with the Church of the Redeemer (Episcopal) as the most prominent influence in her life: “There was always the awesome awareness that God was orchestrating a new thing [in charismatic Christian worship], and in retrospect it is evident that the renewal which took place there was a catalyst for renewal in many other parts of the world."

Liturgical Use:
Pentecost; Thanksgiving; mission services.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

Like several Bible songs in the Psalter Hymnal, CLAY has a Jewish flavor. Wright designed the tune to flow without pause from the refrain into each stanza and on to the refrain again in continual motion. Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) harmonized the tune in 1986 for the Psalter Hymnal. Here are two performance suggestions: (a) everyone sing the refrain in unison, and one or more soloists or possibly a choir sing the stanzas; (b) everyone sing the refrain in parts, and antiphonal groups alternate on the stanzas. CLAY works well with tambourine, guitar, strings, or possibly hand clapping. The Fisherfolk often perform it with liturgical dance in the style of Hebrew folk dancing.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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