First, a brief public service announcement: remember that we return to our fall schedule for worship this weekend. We'll see you at 8:30 or 11:00 this week!
Labor Day isn't a holiday that naturally matches up with any hymns in an obvious or immediate way. Perhaps it's due to a fundamental separation between theology (which we sometimes limit to Sundays) and our everyday lives. It's too easy for the church and its music to get separated from our vocations. But particularly in this time of economic struggle, it's vital for the church to speak to workers, and we are all workers. Below is the text of a non-ELW hymn that reminds us that Jesus was a carpenter. After that he was a preacher. The Gospels tell us of his constant work, which should inspire us to do whatever work we have to the best of our abilities and with love.
Christ the worker, born in Bethlehem,
Born to work and die for every one.
Blessed manchild, boy of Nazareth,
Grew in wisdom as he grew in skill.
Skillful craftsman, blessed carpenter,
Praising God by labor at his bench.
Yoke maker, fashioned by his hands,
Easy yokes that made the labor less.
All who labor, listen to his call,
He will make that heavy burden light.
Heavy laden, gladly come to him,
He will ease your load and give you rest.
Christ the worker, love alive for us,
Teach us how to do all work for God.