picture of combine harvester

Harvest Thanksgiving

10.30 am, Sunday 25 September 2016

All Age Service

Children and youth will stay in for all the service, instead of having their own groups, and it will be made suitable for all ages.

Note - this is a past event

Harvest

Harvest seems remote to modern life in a town or city. Our food comes already prepared and packed from a large supermarket. Fruit and veg all so uniform in shape and size, you wonder if it can be real. All nicely presented, with looks taking precedence over genuine quality. And we take it all for granted, without stopping to think about where it comes from.

Only following bad weather, or some other farming problem, which results in shortages causing price increases, do we remember where our food comes. Or realise that some things are outside our control.

Foodbank

While the celebrations in a town or city will never match those in a rural village, this is still a good opportunity to gives thanks to God for all that he provides. Instead of fresh fruit and vegitables, we bring donations of in-date non-perishable food for the Basingstoke Foodbank (their website lists current needs).

Basingstoke Foodbank website: basingstoke.foodbank.org.uk

 

Traditional hymn

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.

Matthias Claudius, 1740-1815
translated by Jane Montgomery Campbell, 1817-78

updated 26 September 2016