Dear St. John’s,
Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, as the days continue to lengthen, the weather cools, and students and teachers prepare to return to school. Some folks take a last trip to the Shore or host a family gathering. In Boonton, the weekend brings the annual firemen’s parade and carnival.
As we enjoy the holiday festivities, let us also pause to remember and give thanks for the accomplishments of American workers, which Labor Day was created to honor. Let us give thanks for individuals like Episcopalian Frances Perkins, U.S. secretary of labor from 1933 to 1945, who worked to improve conditions for America’s workers. And let us pray for those who are unemployed or underemployed, that they, too, may find meaningful work and sufficient wages.
Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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