September 02, 2018 - #4642 Music and the Spoken Word

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Conductor: Mack Wilberg
Organist: Andrew Unsworth
Announcer: Lloyd Newell
Guest Soloist: Patrice Tipoki

“Morning Has Broken”
Gaelic melody
Lyrics: Eleanor Farjeon
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

Music: Giulio Caccini
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound” (Organ solo)
Walker’s Southern Harmony, 1835
Arrangement: Robert Hebble

“Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel”
by Will L. Thompson
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“When You Wish upon a Star”1,3 from Pinocchio
Music: Leigh Harline
Lyrics: Ned Washington
Arrangement: Michael Davis

“The Lord Bless You and Keep You”2,3
Music: John Rutter
Lyrics: Scripture
Guest Soloist: Patrice Tipoki

“Press Forward, Saints”
Music: Vanja Y. Watkins
Lyrics: Marvin Gardner
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. On the CD Showtime!
  2. On the CD Consider the Lilies.
  3. In the CD set Encore Collection.“Song Title” 

The Spoken Word

"A Life without Work Is a Life without Growth"

Some years ago, a 17-year-old boy spent a long, hot summer doing landscape work. It was a hard, sweaty job—not the kind of thing most 17-year-old boys enjoy doing with their summer. He dug trenches, laid sod, spread rock and bark, planted trees and shrubs, and mowed and trimmed lawns. One by one, his friends who worked alongside him were worn out by the work and quit. It wasn’t their idea of summer vacation. But this young man stuck it out until summer’s end.

Today, he looks back at that summer of hard work and is grateful he endured. He learned he could do hard things—not only that, he learned that doing hard things is actually quite satisfying. He returned home at the end of each day exhausted but content. He had done his best and had contributed to the world around him. One shovelful at a time, he had made the world a better place.

In our world full of labor-saving devices, it’s common to think of work as something to avoid. Success is sometimes defined by how much leisure time one achieves. While it’s good to be efficient in our work, and a little leisure is healthy, the truth is that a life without work is a life without growth. There really is no substitute for it. Work strengthens our determination and stretches us as nothing else can. Honest labor improves our lives in every aspect—physically, emotionally, even spiritually. Some work with their hands, others with their mind, but all good workers labor with their heart.

Former U.S. president Calvin Coolidge praised work with these words: “All growth depends upon activity. Life is manifest only by action. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”1  Everything good that happens in this world happens because someone worked at it. Whether it’s mowing lawns or inspiring minds, building a house or building a relationship; whether it’s in an office, a storefront, a classroom, or a conversation, honorable work builds us and our future. 

  1. [Adequate Brevity: Mental Processes of Calvin Coolidge, comp. Robert J. Thompson (1924), 45.