Do Not Fear, I Have Redeemed You


This beautiful melody based on Isaiah 43:1 was written by Adele Crawford at a Music that Makes Community workshop in New York City.

She often uses the song during a time of prayer, repeating the refrain between petitions so it can sink in deeply. It could also be effective for baptism or renewal of baptism liturgies, in moments of crisis or trauma, or when we need to be reminded we are not alone.

"Do not fear, I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name.
You are mine."

Sheet music can be found in Singing In Community, our latest songbook published by Augsburg Fortress.

Here's a video of Adele sharing the song as she might with a congregation. Notice how she models the shape of the song with her hand. And to support the group's memory she gently reminds us of the upcoming text in the space between each phrase.

 


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