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CELEBRATION OF VOCATIONS (LABOR DAY)

MUSIC & WORSHIP RESOURCES

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Nolan Williams, Jr., Lectionary Team Liturgist; Kenneth Mosley, Assistant Liturgist; and J. Anthony Plenty, Assistant Liturgist

Worship Planning Notes

As we celebrate the nobleness of work for this moment on the calendar, we also lift the needs of those who struggle to work and receive low pay.

This Labor Day, think of ways to salute in worship those in your congregation and community who are working hard on jobs that do not pay well. They help keep society going and their labor is worthy of our recognition. This year honor teachers, maids, grocery baggers, etc.

1. Call to Worship, Centering Prayer, and Litany

Call to Worship
Deuteronomy 24:14-15
Do not take advantage of a hired man who is poor and needy, whether he is a brother Israelite or an alien living in one of your towns. Pay him his wages each day before sunset, because he is poor and is counting on it. Otherwise he may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin.

Centering Prayer
O God, you gave each of us talent and skill by which we are able to provide for ourselves and our families. We acknowledge you as the source of all of our provisions, both spiritual and material. Bless now those who are in need, those who labor much but still experience lack, and those who have suffered financial loss. In all of our work, we will labor as a service to you and your kingdom, as your Word says we should. In your blessed name we do pray. Amen.

Litany
Reader:
We gather today to salute all who labor to provide for their families and make our world a better place.
People: Work is a noble enterprise. And all lawful professions are worthy of recognition.
Reader: Through our work, we teach others, care for the affairs of our community, and cultivate our world and our land.
People: Through our work, we uplift the brokenhearted and we fend for the underrepresented, each of us fulfilling our role in Godís grand design.
Reader: All who work are to be compensated honorably, and their contributions to our society are not to be diminished.
All: We bless the Lord, who gives us strength to work, grace to achieve, compassion to serve, and favor to excel.

2. Hymns and Congregational Songs
(a) A Charge to Keep I Have (meter). By Charles Wesley. Tune, African American
spiritual

(b) If Jesus Goes with Me. By C. Austin Miles. Tune, (IF JESUS GOES), by C. Austin
Miles

3. Spirituals or Traditional Songs 
(a) This Little Light of Mine. Traditional

(b) Ainít Got Time to Die. Arr. by Hall Johnson

(c) Iíll Stand. By Raymond Wise

4. Gospel Songs for Choirs, Ensembles, or Praise Teams 
(a) God Wants a Yes. By James Hall

(b) Jesus Promised. By Tim Carpenter

(c) Noah. By Michael Grady, Anthony Grady, and Major Robinson

5. Liturgical Dance Music
(a) Iím Going On. By William Ragland

(b) Order My Steps. By Glen Burleigh

(c) Walk with Me. Traditional

6. Anthems
(a) God Be Praised. By Kevin Bond

(b) Come Unto Me All Ye That Labor. By Rosephanye Powell

(c) Reach the World. By Mark Bishop. Arr. by Richard Kingsmore

(d) Walk Worthy. By J. Paul Williams and Joseph Martin

7. Modern Songs (Songs Written after 1989)
(a) For the Rest of My Life. By Timothy Wright

(b) Work the Work. By Steven Food, Rodney J. Harris, and Marcus Herring

(c) Canít Give Up Now. By Erica Atkins, Trecina Atkins, Curtis Burrell, and Warryn
Campbell

8. Offertory Song or Instrumental
(a) I Will. By Joe Pace, II

(b) Youíre All I Need. By Jason Clayborn

(c) Itís Another New Day. By Milton Biggham

9. Song or Instrumental for the Period of Prayer
(a) Thank You, Lord. Traditional

(b) Here I Am to Worship. By Tim Hughes

(c) Jesus Be a Fence Around Me. By Sam Cooke. Arr. by Fred Hammond

10. Sermonic Selection
(a) Working on the Building. By Byron Cage

(b) Be Ye Steadfast. By Arthur Jones

(c) No Ways Tired. By Curtis Burrell

11. Invitational Song or Instrumental 
(a) On the Other Side of Through. By Harry Cooper and Isaiah Jones

(b) Iím Available to You. By Carlis Moody

(c) Saved, Saved! Text and tune by Jack P. Scholfield

12. Benediction Song or Instrumental
(a) We Must Work. By Keith C. Laws. Arr. by Nolan Williams, Jr.

(b) Be Ye Steadfast. By Arthur Jones. If you minister the entire song earlier in service,
only sing the chorus for benediction.

Cites and Additional Information for Music and Material Listed

1. Call to Worship, Centering Prayer, and Litany. By Nolan Williams, Jr., and
Kenneth Mosley

2. Hymns and Congregational Songs
(a) A Charge To Keep I Have (meter). By Charles Wesley. Tune, African American
spiritual
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 2001. #467

African Methodist Episcopal Zion Bicentennial Hymnal. Nashville, TN: A.M.E. Zion Publishing House, 1996. #439

National Baptist Publishing Board. The New National Baptist Hymnal. Nashville, TN: National Baptist Pub. Board, 1981. #190

Church of God in Christ. Yes, Lord! Church of God in Christ Hymnal. Memphis, TN: Church of God in Christ Pub. Board in association with the Benson Co., 1982. #330

(b) If Jesus Goes with Me. By C. Austin Miles. Tune, (IF JESUS GOES), by C. Austin
Miles
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #555

The New National Baptist Hymnal. #416

Yes, Lord! Church of God in Christ Hymnal. #497

3. Spirituals or Traditional Songs 
(a) This Little Light of Mine. Traditional
Location:
First Church of Deliverance Choir. Surely the Lord Is in This Place
Chicago, IL: First Church of Deliverance
P.O. Box 802209
Chicago, IL 60680-2209
Phone: 773-373-7700

(b) Ainít Got Time to Die. Arr. by Hall Johnson
Location:
J. W. Pepper & Sons Incorporated
2480 Industrial Boulevard
Paoli, PA 19301
Phone: 1-800-345-6296

Online location: www.jwpepper.com

(c) Iíll Stand. By Raymond Wise
Location:
Raise Publishing Company
P.O. Box 247574
Columbus, OH 43221

Online location: www.raiseonline.com

4. Gospel Songs for Choirs, Ensembles, or Praise Teams 
(a) God Wants a Yes. By James Hall
Location:
Hall, James and Worship and Praise. Gospelís Greatest Hits, Vol. 5. Nashville, TN: Light, 2002.

(b) Jesus Promised. By Tim Carpenter
Location:
Wagner, Norman L. The Best for Last. New York, NY: Word, 1991.

(c) Noah. By Michael Grady, Anthony Grady, and Major Robinson
Location:
†The Gospel Wonders. The Gospel Wonders. Los Angeles, CA: Church Howse, 2004.

5. Liturgical Dance Music

(a) Iím Going On. By William Ragland
Location:
GMWA Mass Choir. GMWA Mass Choir Live in Dallas 2006. Nashville, TN: Light, 2007.

(b) Order My Steps. By Glen Burleigh
Location:
GMWA Women of Worship. Itís Our Time. Indianapolis, IN: Tyscot, 1994.

(c) Walk with Me. Traditional
Location:
Pearson, Carlton, featuring Beverly Crawford and Marvin Winans. Live at Azusa, Vol. 3. New York, NY: Atlantic, 1999.

6. Anthems

(a) God Be Praised. By Kevin Bond
Location:
Jakes, T. D. A Wing and a Prayer. Chicago, IL: Chordant, 2003.

(b) Come Unto Me All Ye That Labor. By Rosephanye Powell
Location:
Online location: www.rosephanyepowell.com/compositions.php

(c) Reach the World. By Mark Bishop. Arr. by Richard Kingsmore
Location:
J. W. Pepper & Sons Incorporated
Phone: 800-345-6296
Online location: www.jwpepper.com

(d) Walk Worthy. By J. Paul Williams and Joseph Martin
Location:
J. W. Pepper & Sons Incorporated
Phone: 800-345-6296
Online location: www.jwpepper.com

7. Modern Songs (Songs Written after 1989)

(a) For the Rest of My Life. By Timothy Wright
Location:
The 2003 Collection. Nashville, TN: Atlanta, 2003.

(b) Work the Work. By Steven Food, Rodney J. Harris, and Marcus Herring
Location:
Dallas Fort Worth Mass Choir. Iíd Rather Have Jesus. Downerís Grove, IL: CGI, 1998.

(c) Canít Give Up Now. By Erica Atkins, Trecina Atkins, Curtis Burrell, and Warryn
Campbell
Location:
Mary, Mary. Thankful. New York, NY: Columbia, 2000.

8. Offertory Song or Instrumental

(a) I Will. By Joe Pace, II
Location:
Pace, Joe. Joe Pace Presents: Sunday Morning Service. Mobile, AL: Integrity Gospel/Epic, 2004.

(b) Youíre All I Need. By Jason Clayborn
Location:
Walker, Hezekiah & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir. Souled Out. New York, NY: Verity, 2008.

(c) Itís Another New Day. By Milton Biggham
Location:
Georgia Mass Choir. They That Wait. Japan: Savoy, 1999.

9. Song or Instrumental for the Period of Prayer

(a) Thank You, Lord. Traditional
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #531

(b) Here I Am to Worship. By Tim Hughes
Location:
Smith, Michael W. Worship Again. Brentwood, TN: Reunion, 2002.

(c) Jesus Be a Fence Around Me. By Sam Cooke. Arr. by Fred Hammond
Location:
Pearson, Carlton. Live at Azusa, Vol. 3. Nashville, TN: Atlantic, 1999.

10. Sermonic Selection

(a) Working on the Building. By Byron Cage
Location:
Transparent in Your Presence. Nashville, TN: Atlanta, 1996.

(b) Be Ye Steadfast. By Arthur Jones
Location:
Florida Mass Choir. Fill Us, Lift Us. New York, NY: 1998.

(c) No Ways Tired. By Curtis Burrell
Location:
Burrell, Kim. Kim Burrell: No Ways Tired.† Newton, NJ: Shanachie, 2009.

11. Invitational Song or Instrumental
 
(a) On The Other Side of Through. By Harry Cooper and Isaiah Jones
Location:
Bignon, James. On the Other Side of Through. Nashville, TN: Atlanta, 1998.

(b) Iím Available to You. By Carlis Moody
Location:
Brunson, Rev. Milton & The Thompson Community Singers. Available to You. New York, NY: Sony, 1988.

(c) Saved, Saved! Text and tune by Jack P. Scholfield
Location:
The New National Baptist Hymnal. #139

Yes, Lord! Church of God in Christ Hymnal. #429

12. Benediction Song or Instrumental
(a) We Must Work. By Keith C. Laws. Arr. by Nolan Williams, Jr.
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #557

(b) Be Ye Steadfast. By Arthur Jones
Location:
Florida Mass Choir. Fill Us, Lift Us. New York, NY: 601 Records, 1998.
     

 

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