Today, September 4th, is the celebration of Labor Day in the United States.
I realize that each country commemorates this on different days and times, but is a time to remember and give thanks for all those who labor and work, hopefully on behalf of the greater good.
At this time, many Americans are feeling deep concerns about the direction that our country is taking.
We pray that all our work, effort and prayers may bring unity and peace during this time of strife, worry, and concerns of many kinds.
This hymn is new to me, but it is solid and easy to sing with wonderful sentiments and hopes.
The music was composed by Thurlow Weed. The name of the hymn-tune is "Threddingworth".
Thurlow Weed was born in 1966 is a composer and organist living in Lancaster, Ohio. He was organist for Whitehall United Methodist Church in Whitehall, Ohio (suburb of Columbus) from 1996 until 2011. He is currently affiliated with St Johns' Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Ohio. He also occasionally plays the Mobile Millennium Carillon for events around Lancaster. This is the largest and heaviest of three travelling carillons in North America, and is based just outside Lancaster. Before moving to Ohio, he had lived his entire life in Key West, Florida, where his father was the minister of a small Bahamian Presbyterian congregation. He was confirmed as an Episcopalian at St. Paul's Church in Key West and served there in numerous capacities, including cantor and sub-organist. At the same time, he served as Minister of Music at St. Peter's Episcopal Church (Key West), a small Bahamian Anglo-Catholic parish. He is Bishop of the Diocese of the West of the Progressive Episcopal Church, and Vicar of St Luke’s Progressive Episcopal Mission in Lancaster, Ohio.
The words are by Michael Morgan, who was born in 1948.
The score is attached below, as well as two photos of Thurlow Weed.
May God bless ALL who labor for the good of all creation!