Just a Little Helper

Many are the deeds that I can never do

Author: Haldor Lillenas
Tune: [Many are the deeds that I can never do]
Published in 5 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Many are the deeds that I can never do,
For my strength is small, and insufficient too;
But unto the Lord I ever would be true,
And be a little helper for Jesus.

Just a little helper for Jesus anywhere,
Gladly doing service for Him here and there;
Patiently I will work, my duty I will not shirk,
I’m just a little helper for Jesus.

2 Speaking words of kindness to the troubled heart,
Shining for the Master till the shades depart,
With a sunny smile new courage impart,
I’m just a little helper for Jesus. [Refrain]

3 Working for the Master joyfully I go,
Wheresoe’er He sends me here on earth below,
Doing as He orders, letting others know
I’m just a little helper for Jesus. [Refrain]

Source: The Modern Hymnal #402

Author: Haldor Lillenas

Rv Haldor Lillenas DMus Norway/USA 1885-1959. Born at Stord, near Bergen, Norway, his father sold their 15 acre farm in Norway and emigrated to the U.S., buying a farm in Colton, SD. After he built a sod house, the family (wife and three chldren) also came to SD in 1887. They moved to Astoria, Oregon in 1889, where Lillenas learned English and began writing song lyrics at an early age. In 1900 the family moved again to Roseville, MN, where he worked as a farm laborer and began attending a Lutheran high school at Hawick, MN. He sold a few songs at age 19. At age 21 he began writing more songs, encouraged by some earlier ones becoming popular (“He set me free” was one). His mother died in 1906 and his father returned to ND, but Li… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Many are the deeds that I can never do
Title: Just a Little Helper
Author: Haldor Lillenas
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Just a little helper for Jesus anywhere
Publication Date: 1920
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

Gospel Melodies #d128

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Harvest Hymns #213

Kingdom Songs #d151

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The Modern Hymnal #402

The Pilot #d121

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