WE give thanks for the Harvest at St Mary’s on October 4th.
8am Holy Eucharist
9.30am All Age Worship
11am Sung Eucharist, Preacher: Bishop David Thomas
12.45pm Harvest Lunch (book in advance)
DEACON SARAH WRITES:
W e’ve reached the end of our stewardship campaign, and just in time for Harvest! A time when we stop and reflect on the generosity of God in his creation. For me Harvest has wonderful memories as a child. My grandfather had a smallholding in Undy where as children we would visit every weekend and be put to work on the land helping in the cultivation of vegetables and flowers and looking after his chickens. Our Harvest produce always came from his garden and would be sold in an auction in the local school in our home parish with a rather generous harvest supper. The proceeds would be fed back into the parish. But harvest for those who work the land is a time of hard work and community, farmers and their workers pulling together to gather in the crops before they go over or the weather turns bad. I wonder whether in our communities there is this great sense of fellowship? Are you happy to turn your had to gather in the harvest God has given us? In chapter 10 of Saint Luke’s gospel we read: “Jesus said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.” As the church communities of this town we are asked to pull ourselves together to be harvesters for the Lord. And while it may ok to go out there individually to do so, the farming community teach us that we will be much more effective together to gather in the plentiful harvest that Jesus tells his disciples of. We are so much better together!