Harvest Festival Sunday 8th October

Hymn Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,

  1. Come, ye thankful people, come,
    Raise the song of harvest home;
    All is safely gathered in,
    Ere the winter storms begin;
    God our Maker doth provide
    For our wants to be supplied;
    Come to God’s own temple, come,
    Raise the song of harvest home.
  1. All the world is God’s own field,
    Fruit unto His praise to yield;
    Wheat and tares together sown,
    Unto joy or sorrow grown;
    First the blade, and then the ear,
    Then the full corn shall appear:
    Lord of harvest, grant that we
    Wholesome grain and pure may be.
     
  1. For the Lord our God shall come,
    And shall take His harvest home;
    From His field shall in that day
    All offenses purge away;
    Give His angels charge at last
    In the fire the tares to cast;
    But the fruitful ears to store
    In His garner evermore.
     
  1. Even so, Lord, quickly come,
    Bring Thy final harvest home;
    Gather Thou Thy people in,
    Free from sorrow, free from sin,
    There, forever purified,
    In Thy garner to abide;
    Come, with all Thine angels come,
    Raise the glorious harvest home
    .   (by Henry Alford, 1844)

Preparation

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us; let us pray with one heart and mind.

Grace mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All: And also with you.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

All:  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We have come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving  to hear and receive God’s holy word, to pray for the needs of the world, and to seek the forgiveness of our sins, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may give ourselves to the service of God.

All: We say Sorry

Jesus says, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.’

So let us turn away from our sins and turn to Christ, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

All: Lord God, we have sinned against you;

We have done evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent.

Have mercy on us according to your love.

Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.

Renew a right spirit within us and restore to us the joy of your salvation;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from our sins, and restore us in His image to the praise and glory of His name through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

All: Amen.

Blessed is the Lord,

All: For He has heard the voice of our prayer;

Therefore shall our hearts dance for joy

All: And in our song will we praise our God. 

Blessed are you, Lord our God, creator and redeemer of all;

to you be glory and praise for ever.

From the waters of chaos you drew forth the world, and in your great love fashioned us in your image. Now, through the deep waters of death, you have brought your people to new birth by raising your Son to life in triumph.

May Christ your light ever dawn in our hearts as we offer you our sacrifice of thanks and praise.

Blessed be God, Father Son and Holy Spirit.

All: Blessed be God for ever. 

Hymn – To Thee, O Lord, Our Hearts We Raise

  1. To thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise
    in hymns of adoration,
    to thee bring sacrifice of praise
    with shouts of exultation.
    Bright robes of gold the fields adorn,
    the hills with joy are ringing,
    the valleys stand so thick with corn
    that even they are singing.
     
  1. And now, on this our festal day,
    thy bounteous hand confessing,
    Upon thine altar, Lord, we lay
    the first fruits of thy blessing.
    By thee the souls of men are fed
    with gifts of grace supernal;
    thou, who dost give us earthly bread,
    give us the bread eternal.
     
  1. We bear the burden of the day,
    and often toil seems dreary;
    but labour ends with sunset ray,
    and rest comes for the weary.
    May we, the angel reaping over,
    stand at the last accepted,
    Christ’s golden sheaves, forevermore
    to garners bright elected.
     
  1. O blessèd is that land of God
    where saints abide forever,
    where golden fields spread fair and broad,
    where flows the crystal river;
    the strains of all its holy throng
    with ours today are blending;
    thrice blessèd is that harvest song
    which never hath an ending
    . (by William C. Dix 1864)

Collect for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

Almighty and everlasting God,

increase in us your gift of faith

that, forsaking what lies behind

and reaching out to that which is before,

we may run the way of your commandments

and win the crown of everlasting joy;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever..

.All: Amen 

.Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

All: And Christ shall give you light.

You have died and your life is hid with Christ in God.

All: Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

Set your minds on things that are above,

not on things that are on the earth.

All: And Christ shall give you light.

When Christ our life appears

you will appear with him in glory.

All: Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light. 

Hymn – Fair waved the golden corn

1 Fair waved the golden corn
in Canaan’s pleasant land,
when, full of joy, some shining morn,
went forth the reaper-band.

2 To God so good and great
their cheerful thanks they pour;
then carry to his temple-gate
the choicest of their store.

3 Like Israel, Lord, we give
our earliest fruits to thee,
and pray that, long as we shall live,
we may thy children be.

4 Thine is our youthful prime,
and life and all its pow’rs;
be with us in our morning time,
and bless our evening hours.

5 In wisdom let us grow,
as years and strength are giv’n,
that we may serve thy Church below,
and join thy saints in heav’n.  
(By John Hampden Gurney – 1802 to 1862)

Our First Reading is taken from Deuteronomy Chap: 8

7 The Lord your God is bringing you into a fertile land – a land that has rivers and springs, and underground streams gushing out into the valleys and hills;

8 a land that produces wheat and barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and honey.

9 There you will never go hungry or ever be in need. Its rocks have iron in them, and from its hills you can mine copper.

10 You will have all you want to eat, and you will give thanks to the Lord your God for the fertile land that he has given you.

11 “Make certain that you do not forget the Lord your God; do not fail to obey any of his laws that I am giving you today.

12 When you have all you want to eat and have built good houses to live in

13 and when your cattle and sheep, your silver and gold, and all your other possessions have increased,

14 be sure that you do not become proud and forget the Lord your God who rescued you from Egypt, where you were slaves.

15 He led you through that vast and terrifying desert where there were poisonous snakes and scorpions. In that dry and waterless land he made water flow out of solid rock for you.

16 In the desert he gave you manna to eat, food that your ancestors had never eaten. He sent hardships on you to test you, so that in the end he could bless you with good things.

17 So then, you must never think that you have made yourselves wealthy by your own power and strength.

18 Remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you the power to become rich. He does this because he is still faithful today to the covenant that he made with your ancestors. 

This is the Word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God

Here the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to – Luke Chap: 12

16 Then Jesus told them this parable: “There was once a rich man who had land which bore good crops.

17 He began to think to himself, “I don’t have a place to keep all my crops. What can I do?

18 This is what I will do,’ he told himself; “I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, where I will store the grain and all my other goods.

19 Then I will say to myself, Lucky man! You have all the good things you need for many years. Take life easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself!’

20 But God said to him, “You fool! This very night you will have to give up your life; then who will get all these things you have kept for yourself?’ ”

21 And Jesus concluded, “This is how it is with those who pile up riches for themselves but are not rich in God’s sight.”

22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “And so I tell you not to worry about the food you need to stay alive or about the clothes you need for your body.

23 Life is much more important than food, and the body much more important than clothes.

24 Look at the crows: they don’t plant seeds or gather a harvest; they don’t have storage rooms or barns; God feeds them! You are worth so much more than birds!

25 Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?

26 If you can’t manage even such a small thing, why worry about the other things?

27 Look how the wild flowers grow: they don’t work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers.

28 It is God who clothes the wild grass – grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven. Won’t he be all the more sure to clothe you? What little faith you have!

29 “So don’t be all upset, always concerned about what you will eat and drink.

30 (For the pagans of this world are always concerned about all these things.) Your Father knows that you need these things. 

This is the Word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God 

Benedicitus

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,

All: who has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,

All: born of the house of his servant David. 

Through his holy prophets God promised of old  

All: to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us, 

To show mercy to our ancestors,

All: and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:

All: to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear,

All: holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. 

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,

All: for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation

All: by the forgiveness of all their sins. 

In the tender compassion of our God

All: the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,

All: and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

All: Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever.

Amen. 

Sermon Notes

The first records of harvest festivals are in the 16th century. People were celebrating that the hard work of the past year had resulted in enough food for the coming winter.

The Pilgrim Fathers who left for America in 1620 celebrated their first Harvest Thanksgiving in 1621 and in America it is still a well celebrated festival..

In 1843 there was the first Harvest Festival in church. A tradition that has continued. In past years people brought what they had grown in their gardens and allotments, as well as the fields.

Today very little is home grown, but shop bought and become part of a global challenge to feed the world.

The aim to reduce air miles, versus the challenge of drought, storms when today 250 million in 58 countries need food aid an increase of 30% in 2 years.

In many lands people walk miles for water which is dirty, but they still take time to thank God.

God does answer prayer and there is enough for all. It is our duty to SHARE what we have, our food, our time and talents.

We must share.

Amen

Hymn – Great is Thy Faithfulness

  1. Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
    there is no shadow of turning with thee.
    Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
    as thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.

Refrain:
Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

  1. Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
    sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
    join with all nature in manifold witness
    to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Refrain:
Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided.

  1. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
    thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
    strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
    blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Refrain:
Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided.
(by Thomas O. Chisholm – 1923)

 Time of Silence ….. 

We Say Together:

The Creed.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. 

All: Amen.

Prayers and Intercessions

Prayers for King Charles III

Through this tritium of prayer we ask God’s continuing blessing on our new King Charles 111

Prayer

O God, to whom every human power is subject,
grant to your servant our sovereign Charles 111
success in the exercise of his high office,
so that, always revering you and striving to please you,
he may constantly secure and preserve
for the people entrusted to his care
the freedom that comes from civil peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

All: Amen

Prayer for the Royal

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness,

we humbly beseech thee to bless

Queen Camilla, William Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, and all the

Royal Family:

Endue them with thy Holy Spirit; enrich them with thy heavenly

grace; prosper them with all happiness;

and bring them to thine everlasting

kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

We pray for God to fill us with his Spirit.

Generous God,

we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit.

We ask that we may be strengthened to serve you better.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to make us wise to understand your will.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to keep us confident of your love wherever you call us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness

where there is division, sickness and sorrow.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to equip us for the work which you have given us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to reveal in our lives the love of Jesus.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit,

given us by the risen Lord.

We ask you to keep the whole Church, living and departed,

in the joy of eternal life.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit. 

All: Generous God,

hear our prayer,

and make us one in heart and mind

to serve you with joy for ever.

Amen.

We gather our thoughts and prayers in the words our Saviour gave us 

All: Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen. 

Hymn – We Plough the Fields, and Scatter

  1. We plough the fields, and scatter
    the good seed on the land,
    but it is fed and watered
    by God’s almighty hand;
    he sends the snow in winter,
    the warmth to swell the grain,
    the breezes and the sunshine,
    and soft refreshing rain.

Refrain:                

All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above,
then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
for all his love.
 

  1. He only is the Maker
    of all things near and far;
    he paints the wayside flower,
    he lights the evening star;
    the winds and waves obey him,
    by him the birds are fed;
    much more to us, his children,
    he gives our daily bread.

Refrain:
All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above,
then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
for all his love.

  1. We thank thee, then, O Father,
    for all things bright and good,
    the seed time and the harvest,
    our life, our health, and food;
    no gifts have we to offer,
    for all thy love imparts,
    and, what thou most desirest,
    our humble, thankful hearts.
  2. Refrain:

All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above,
then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord

for all his love.         (by Matthias Claudius – 1782) 

Closing Blessings

May God give to you and to all those you love

his comfort and his peace,

his light and his joy,

in this world and the next;

and the blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ

and the Love of God

and the fellowship  of the Holy Sprit

be with us all evermore. 

All: Amen.

Hymn – Now thank we all our God )

  1. Now thank we all our God
    with heart and hands and voices,
    who wondrous things has done,
    in whom his world rejoices;
    who from our mothers’ arms
    has blessed us on our way
    with countless gifts of love,
    and still is ours today.
  1. O may this bounteous God
    through all our life be near us,
    with ever joyful hearts
    and blessed peace to cheer us,
    to keep us in his grace,
    and guide us when perplexed,
    and free us from all ills
    of this world in the next.
  1. All praise and thanks to God
    the Father now be given,
    the Son and Spirit blest,
    who reign in highest heaven
    the one eternal God,
    whom heaven and earth adore;
    for thus it was, is now,
    and shall be evermore.                               (by Martin Rinkart, 1640s)

The Grace 

All: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

And the love of God,

And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

Be with us all evermore.

Amen

Go in joy and peace to love and serve the Lord

All: In the name of Christ Amen.

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