Category: Video

In consideration of Labor Day, I am reminded of the old hymn “Come Labor On” (Ora Labora). The hymn tune was composed by T. Tertius Noble (1867 – 1953). Below is a recording of the late Gerre Hancock (1934-2012) giving a farewell improvisation on this hymn in 2004, as he was retiring from his post as organist and choirmaster at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. The performance was recorded by Dr. Alan van Poznak, and posted to YouTube by a YouTube community member named “contratromba858”. The words to the hymn are below.

Come, labor on.
Who dares stand idle on the harvest plain,
while all around us waves the golden grain?
And to each servant does the Master say,
“Go work today.”

Come, labor on.
The enemy is watching night and day,
to sow the tares, to snatch the seed away;
while we in sleep our duty have forgot,
he slumbered not.

Come, labor on.
Away with gloomy doubts and faithless fear!
No arm so weak but may do service here:
by feeblest agents may our God fulfill
his righteous will.

Come, labor on.
Claim the high calling angels cannot share–
to young and old the Gospel gladness bear;
redeem the time; its hours too swiftly fly.
The night draws nigh.

Come, labor on.
No time for rest, till glows the western sky,
till the long shadows o’er our pathway lie,
and a glad sound comes with the setting sun.
“Servants, well done.”

Introducing a new video:

We have stitched together two brief audio excerpts from prominent New York pastors Andrew Mead (Rector emeritus at Saint Thomas Church 5th Avenue) and Timothy Keller (Redeemer Presbyterian Church), that discuss the idea of Christian freedom versus bondage to sin. All the pertinent source materials are listed at the Youtube website.

From the 1928 Book of Common Prayer:
“Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us
the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known
to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns
with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.”

In honor of the recently passed milestone of 100 posts, I feel it a fine time to play the actual “Brother James Air” (the music by that name, not my airs). This is performed by the choristers of Canterbury Cathedral in England. The text is a variation of Psalm 23. The piece was written by Scottish minister and hymn writer James Leith Bain (1860–1925).

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Photo Credits

1. Partially Sealed tomb, from Renewal Journal blog, online at:…
2. Sealed tomb:…
3. Inside burial chamber:…
4. Mount Carmel tomb, from…
5. Image of empty grave: “Empty Tomb Picture, 6”, available at…
Shaft of Light, Westing, by Mike Pennington, UK, 2007, obtained from Wikimedia commons, used in accordance with creative Commons 2.0 license
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7. Mary Magdalene at the tomb, unknown original source, obtained from blog:…
8. Image of empty grave: “Empty Tomb Picture, available at…
9. Shaft of Light, Westing, by Mike Pennington, UK, 2007, obtained from Wikimedia commons, used in accordance with creative Commons 2.0 license

Audio effects and music

1. The Scripture is read from KJV, in public domain by LibriVox.
2. The Paschal Chant is public domain, obtained from
3. The other sound effects were from


The text is Ephesians 6:10-17, the famous “armor of God” passage, from the World English Bible.

10Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might.
11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13Therefore put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.
14Stand therefore, having the utility belt of truth buckled around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace;
16above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one.
17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

I should make one note about the text here; the World English Bible renders a portion of verse 12 as follows: “…against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age”. I omitted the word “world’s” because the text reader stumbled over it and the meaning of the text isn’t significantly changed by its omission. This is also identical to the wording of some versions, such as the New King James Bible.

The music is by Franz Liszt, from his Elegy, no. 2, op. 131bis, for piano and violin, performed by Mauro Tortorelli. We have used it under the terms of the Creative Commons 3.0 license, available here. You can listen to the entire work at MusOpen.

We are pleased to announce our second video offering, a bit of (respectful) whimsy that utilizes the creative game of Minecraft:

The Text here is from the King James version of the Holy Bible.

The images are screen shots from a minecraft game.

The music is by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), from his Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16: Adagio section. This is a public domain recording available on the musOpen website.  This is an early work, written when he was 24 while visiting Søllerød, Denmark, and is the only concerto completed by Grieg.  It is often compared to the piano concerto by Schumann.  It is scored for piano, woodwinds in pairs, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani, and strings.  The performers here are the Skidmore College Orchestra.

The Minecraft style titles are thanks to Textcraft:

And of course I am grateful to the inventive folks at Mojang for their creative game.