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July 2, 2023 - #4894 Music & the Spoken Word

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Conductor: Mack Wilberg
Organist: Richard Elliott
Special Guest: Emmet Cahill
Announcer: Lloyd D. Newell

“I Think the World Is Glorious”1
Music: Alexander Schreiner
Lyrics: Anna Johnson
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“The Holy City”2
Music: Stephen Adams
Lyrics: Frederick E. Weatherly
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Praise and Thanksgiving” (organ solo)
Music: Gaelic melody
Arrangement: Richard Elliott

For the Beauty of the Earth”3
Music: John Rutter
Lyrics: Folliott S. Pierpoint

“O Danny Boy”
Music and lyrics: Irish folk song
Arrangement: Joshua O’Dell and Emmet Cahill
Orchestration: Matt Riley

“God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand”4
Music: George W. Warren
Lyrics: Daniel C. Roberts
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Battle Hymn of the Republic”5
Music: William Steffe
Lyrics: Julia Ward Howe
Arrangement: Peter J. Wilhousky

  1. From the albums Teach Me to Walk in the Light and America the Beautiful.
  2. From the album Glory! Music of Rejoicing.
  3. From the album Consider the Lilies.
  4. From the album Hymns of Faith.
  5. From the albums The Sound of Glory, Spirit of America, America’s Choir, and Homeward Bound.

The Spoken Word

The Essentials of Freedom

July 2, 2023
Lloyd D. Newell

Much of the world was at war in 1941, when United States president Franklin D. Roosevelt prepared to give his annual State of the Union Address. As he thought about the fears and concerns of his fellow citizens—concerns shared by many around the world—Roosevelt presented to his speechwriters an idea for the conclusion of his speech. One of the writers remembered the moment this way: “He leaned far back in his swivel chair with his gaze on the ceiling. It was a long pause. … Then he leaned forward again in his chair” and dictated what he wanted to say.1 It came to be known as the “Four Freedoms Speech.”

Roosevelt declared: “We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way. … The third is freedom from want. ... The fourth is freedom from fear."2

All these years later, we’re still looking forward to the world Roosevelt foresaw. For too many people in the world, those Four Freedoms are more a hope than a reality. But hope is a great place to start.

At times when freedom seems fragile, it helps to remember that freedom is always best defended by individuals—each of us doing our part, wherever we live, whatever our circumstances.

Freedom, it is often said, is not free—either to obtain or maintain. And what is the price of freedom? Well, certainly freedom of expression comes with the price of kindness and civility, even toward those who express views we don’t share. The price of freedom of worship must include respect for religions and faiths besides our own. The price of freedom from want includes sacrificing and serving those in need. And the price of freedom from fear surely includes facing our fears with faith and courage.

Freedom is not just a feeling or an institutional pronouncement. Freedom is found in what we do each day, in the efforts and actions of free people: respect, compassion, peacemaking, and understanding. It’s true, freedom is not free. But as long as you and I are still willing to pay the price, the future of freedom is bright.

  1. Samuel I. Rosenman, in “FDR and the Four Freedoms Speech,”
  2. Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Message to Congress, 1941,” 20–21,