I write this with the Food Festival very much at the forefront of my mind – and looking forward to a month of Harvest Thanksgiving Services.
Food is of course an essentail of human exsistance, so not surprisingly it features a lot in the Bible. In the Gospels especailly Food Banquets are a symbol for heaven. Jesus calls himself “The Bread of life”, not the one who will give us food that sustains us for today, but for eternity.
The petition, “Give us each day our daily bread,” in the Lord’s Prayer puts food as sustenance in the context of worship and relates it to God’s action. In both Old and New Testaments, God is the clear source of food. Food is a part of divine grace and providence.
So Harvest Thanksgiving gives us an opportunity to say thanks to God not only in prayer but by our actions.
Our Harvest donations this year will go to the Abergavenny Foodbank. Holy Trinity have been contributing regularly to this for some months, and Anne Parr will now start collecting items from St Mary’s from now one.
Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to the foodbank. All food given out by foodbanks is donated.
Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it. ( Proverbs 15.170)
Harvest Festival October 12-14th
October 12th – Evensong Preacher: Canon Dorrien Davies (St Davids Cathedral) followed by Harvest Supper.
October 14th –
8am Holy Eucharist
9.30am All Age Harvest Worship
11am Sung Eucharist, Preacher: Revd Catherine Haynes (Chaplain Haberdashers School for Girls, Monmouth).