Vicar's letter August/September2017
“Lord of all, to thee we raise, this our joyful hymn of praise.”
As I write this our Harvest Festival celebrations seem a long way off but for those who tend our surrounding farms, and for gardeners, the harvest is fast approaching. It is a time of uncertainty, often weather dependent, and where the hope of spring planting is tested as the fruits appear. For our ancestors it meant life or death for the winter months. To our modern farmers and commercial growers it remains an important consideration in maintaining a livelihood.
Jesus often used agricultural ideas in his teaching. Like us, those he talked to lived in areas reliant on the fruit of the land and the sea. Whatever his story he spoke always of God the giver, the one who provides for our needs. Harvest may be a useful time for us to reflect on the differences between the things that we want and the things that we need. It may also be an opportunity to give thanks for all that we have - even if we are not sure who it is that we are thanking.
During our harvest celebrations in church this year, amongst the marrows and the wheat sheaves, we will be giving thanks for the harvest of our gifts. For all the wonderful things that flower in our communities and for those who make them happen. Everyone is very welcome to come along and give thanks at one of our Harvest Festival services, which take place at the end of September. I shall look forward to seeing you there.
May your harvest be rich and fruitful,
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