May This Be a Working Alleluia

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
unison children's choir, SATB and piano (opt. flute & 2 trumpets)

A festive piece for combined adult and children's choirs, with a thought-provoking lyric celebrating the progression from Gratitude to Work, Healing, and our shared Joy. Opening with a simple unison line sung by the children, this hymn of praise builds to an irrepressible outpouring of alleluias. This 5-minute work may be performed with piano accompaniment alone, or with the addition of flute and two trumpets.

Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
SEA-098-00
Commissioned By: 
American Composers Forum - Faith Partners Residencence, Watertown, MN. For Watertown Free Evangelical Church and Trinity Lutheran Chuch of Watertown, Minnesota. Commissioned with funding from Bremer Bank.
Performances: 

Choirs from Trinity Lutheran, Watertown Free Evangelical and Immaculate Conception Churches; Elizabeth Alexander, conductor. Community Thanksgiving Eve Service, Watertown, MN

Text
Text Author or Source: 
Elizabeth Alexander
Language: 
English
Text: 

"May This Be a Working Alleluia"
Lyric by composer Elizabeth Alexander

As we celebrate the bounty we've been given this hour,
May this be a grateful alleluia.
For this day and this bread, for each seed and each flow'r,
May this be a grateful alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Let this be our prayer as we raise our voices to the Lord:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia,
May this be a grateful alleluia.

As our praises overflow and as our voices right out,
May this be a working alleluia.
Let us roll up our sleeves; send it up with a shout!
May this be a working alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Let this be our prayer as we raise our voices to the Lord:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia,
May this be a working alleluia.

As we work to make this world a more compassionate place,
May this be a healing alleluia.
Bridging painful divides, bearing comfort and grace,
May this be a healing alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Let this be our prayer as we raise our voices to the Lord:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia,
May this be a healing alleluia.

As we work to make this world a more compassionate place,
May this be a joyful alleluia.
Bridging painful divides, bearing comfort and grace,
May this be a joyful alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Let this be our prayer as we raise our voices to the Lord:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia,
May this be a joyful alleluia,
May this be a healing alleluia,
May this be a working alleluia.

© 2010 by Elizabeth Alexander. All rights reserved.