Harvest 27Sep2020

Harvest Festival - Sunday 27 Sep 2020

Services in Churches     9.15am St Levan     10.15am St Buryan    11.15am Sennen

Services on-line

Sun 27Sep2020 - 6pm - Compline Worship on Land's End Churches Facebook page led by Vanda Perrett
Sat 26Sep2020 - 6pm - Harvest Service on Land's End Churches Facebook page led by Vanda Perrett

Click here to download the Harvest Festival Service 27 Sep 2020

Welcome and Opening Prayer we sit

God you are at the centre of creation. Hear our prayer of thankfulness for the gift of land, the natural order, and the environment, and particularly, for the richness and diversity of the countryside of Cornwall. You give us a responsibility to work with you in maintaining this richness and diversity. Hear our prayer to encourage us all to play our part in preserving and sustaining it.

You bring us into partnership to work within creation and, through the efforts of the farmer and grower, bring forth fruitfulness and food from the land. Hear our prayer for the agricultural community in Cornwall, bearing the strain of the uncertainties of the weather, providing us with food for our well being, and enhancing the beauty of the countryside.

You call people to live and work in community with others, reflecting the kingdom. Hear our prayer for villages and rural towns across Cornwall; teach us how to build caring and supportive communities

so that we help and support one another and make us grateful for the joy of companionship. These prayers and thanksgivings we offer in the name of Jesus your Son. Amen.

A prayer for Harvest 2020

Loving God, we give thanks for those who produce our food: for farmers and fishermen, factory and shop workers. We pray for those for whom this has been a difficult year: farmers who have battled the weather to grow food, delivery drivers and shop workers who kept working despite the pandemic. Help us to value and support each other. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Those with a mask can hum to this harvest hymn. If there are 6 folk who would like to make a socially distanced choir we can arrange this.

We stand

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,     all our wants to be supplied;

Come to God’s own temple come,     raise the song of harvest home.

Then, thou Church triumphant come,     raise the song of harvest home

All be safely gathered in,     free from sorrow, free from sin

There forever purified in God’s garner to abide:     Come ten thousand angels, come,

raise the glorious harvest home!

Creator God, the whole earth proclaims your glory.

Field and forest, farm and garden all sing your praise!

As we gaze at the world around us, we see your handiwork; your fingerprint is everywhere.

This is your world; help us to enjoy it gently. In Jesus’ name. Amen

 

Confession we sit or kneel

God has blessed us. But still God’s children go hungry.     Lord have mercy Lord have mercy

God has blessed us. But still the poor cry out for justice.     Christ have mercy Christ have mercy

God has blessed us. But still we see inequality and oppression n the earth.   Lord h ave mercy Lord have mercy

May God show us his mercy, restore us in his likeness and give us generous hearts and lives. Amen.

We stand

Land’s End people and churches - bless the Lord. All you deaneries, parishes and farms, coast paths and seashore, meadows and trees – bless the Lord. Praise and extol him for ever and ever.

All you big things – bless the Lord. Cathedral and farms, seas and rivers bless the Lord. Praise and extol him for ever and ever. 

All you tiny things – bless the Lord. Goldfinch and harvest mouse, Pollen dust, grains of corn, Linseed, grass seed, wheat ears, barley awn, dragonfly and lady birds – bless the Lord. Praise and extol him for ever and ever.

All you sharp things – bless the Lord. Hayfork tines and rose thorns, Ploughshare, teasels, sword sharp stubble, Disc harrows, flails and barbed wire - bless the Lord. Praise and extol him for ever and ever.

All you soft things – bless the Lord. Fleeces, hay bales, silage bags, thistledown, November fog and summer rain - bless the Lord. Praise and extol him for ever and ever.

All you sweet things – bless the Lord. Blackberries and field bean flowers, Honey, vining peas and plums, Sugar beet and molasses -bless the Lord. Praise and extol him for ever and ever.

All you bitter things- bless the Lord. Crab apples and sloes, Home brewed beer and A sharp northerly wind – bless the Lord. Praise and extol him for ever and ever.

All you swift things – bless the Lord. Wild rabbit and weasel, Red deer, Red Arrows, Air ambulance, sparrow hawk and hares, -bless the Lord. Praise and extol him for ever and ever.

All you slow things – bless the Lord. A winter thaw, a garden snail, , Jersey, Guernsey and Friesian cattle - bless the Lord. Praise and extol him for ever and ever.

All you loud things – bless the Lord. Tractors and trailers, Combine drum, balers, A pheasant’s alarm, barking foxes and Chain saw engines – bless the Lord. Praise and extol him for ever and ever.

All you quiet things –bless the Lord A swooping barn owl and a stalking cat, Sticklebacks, minnows, Drifting cloud, freshly harvested fields, And full stores of grain- bless the Lord. Praise and extol him for ever and ever.

‘Now all you creatures that never talk’ – still bless the Lord. Praise and extol him for ever and ever.


Collect

Creator God, You made the goodness of the land, the riches of the sea and the rhythm of the seasons; as we thank you for the harvest may we cherish and respect this planet and its peoples, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Reading from Deuteronomy 26: 1-11 we sit

26 When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, ‘Today I declare to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.’ When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God, you shall make this response before the Lord your God: ‘A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labour on us, we cried to the Lord, the God of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me.’ You shall set it down before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God. 11 Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house.

This is the word of the Lord.     Thanks be to God.


Reflection

From the Arthur Rank Centre

Creation, land, agriculture and farming are themes which run through the whole of the Bible. This passage that reveals different aspects of the way this writer explored and understood the relationship between God and his creation.

Revd Elizabeth Clark, National Rural Officer for the Methodist and United Reformed Churches, has offered a brief reflection on the passage, giving our whole church community the opportunity to reflect together on what the Bible has to say about harvest.

Deuteronomy 26:1-11 This passage reminds us that all food is a gift from God. The offering of the first fruits also reminds the people of Israel of their history and all that God has done for them. As a response they are instructed to make sure that everyone gets a share, including the widow, the orphan and the stranger.

Farmers today are often very aware of the history of their farm and see themselves in a line of fellow stewards wanting to leave the land better than they found it.

• How has your perspective on food and creation changed this year?

The things of the earth are important to God, so we should treat them and each other with respect.

• How has your view of food changed in the last months?

• Who would you like to thank today for the food that you’ve eaten?

• What do you have to praise God for?

• Have you experienced creation differently in the last few months?


 

Harvest 2020 TO OUR FARMERS! This year, many people have become aware – some for the first time – of the vital role UK farms play in feeding our nation, while the food shortages we experienced in the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown reminded us how fragile the supply chain can be. Unable to go out, many people have been cooking and baking more than in the past, and some are growing fruit and vegetables at home for the first time. All of this has resulted in a more conscious appreciation of the food we eat and where it has come from. As churches and communities across the UK prepare to celebrate harvest festivals, let’s embrace this opportunity to thank the farmers across the UK who grow our food for us. This has been a difficult year for many in the farming community which is negotiating a ‘triple threat’ of challenges.

The weather is, once again, proving to be problematic for many farmers; autumn and winter flooding meant some crops sown in the autumn were washed away, and the planting of spring crops was delayed. This was followed by a very dry spring which is having lasting effects: crops have been slower to grow, and some farmers are already having to feed their animals as there is insufficient grazing available. The shape of new agricultural policy and trade deals is beginning to emerge as Britain renegotiates many of its international relationships following its exit from the European Union, but there will be a significant lack of clarity around the details of this for some time to come.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for the farming community. As we know, the process of harvesting many of our crops is hugely reliant on migrant labour, with people coming to the UK for a season, living and working on local farms before returning home. Much of this travel has been curtailed by restrictions in response to COVID-19.

Other farms have sought to increase their income by diversifying into farm shops, holiday lets and other activities; again, COVID-19 restrictions have made much of this activity impossible over the last few months. This year, perhaps more than ever, the farming community in the UK needs our support!


The Offering of Soil

We bring topsoil, symbol of that which you have created and sun and rain have nurtured. You have laid the foundations of earth: and the heavens are the work of your fingers.

The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it:   The compass of the world and those that dwell therein.

 

The Offering of Seed

We bring the harvest of seeds for next year's crops. You bring forth grass for the cattle and all things green for us to use.

That they may sow their land to yield them fruits of increase:   He blesses them so that they multiply greatly.

 

The Offering of Grain

We bring the harvest of our cornfields. You prepare the corn, for so you provide the earth.

We cannot live by bread alone: But by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

 

The Offering of Fruit and Vegetables

We bring the harvest of fruit and vegetables, The tree bears her fruit, the earth has yielded its increase.

He gives food to all flesh: For his mercy endures for ever.

 

The Offering of Animal Produce

We bring the produce of our dairies, together with wool and leather. You cause the grass to grow for the cattle.

You open wide your hand: And fill all things with your bounteous gift.

 

The Offering of Flowers and Vineyards

We bring the harvest of flowers and of vineyards. The gardens and meadows bloom, the fig tree and vine yield their fruit.

You bring beauty out of the earth: And wine that makes glad the human heart.

 

The Offering of Food

In this loaf of bread we bring the harvest of our lands. For bread is the source of human strength and the fruit of human hands.

Brothers and sisters, do not forget that God calls us to be good stewards of our land and our heritage. As we give thanks we commit ourselves to be good stewards of the earth and of our lives. We commit ourselves to share with our neighbours not only the food we produce and the land we tend but also the joy of knowing that all good things come from you, the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.

O God our Father, we thank you that once again you have fulfilled your gracious promise that, while earth remains, seedtime and harvest shall not fail. We bless you for the kindly fruits of the earth which you have given to our use. Teach us, when we pray, that it is not by bread alone that we live; and grant us evermore to feed on Him who is the true bread from heaven, even Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen

 

Prayers of Intercession - Prayers by Helen Briggs St Michael and All Angels, Harvest,

Dear Lord, at this season of St Michael and All Angels, we give you thanks for Michael, prince of angels, who contends by our side, for Gabriel, your herald, who brings glad tidings, for Raphael, the protector who ministers your healing. With them and the whole company of heaven we praise and worship you.   Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord God, whose son Jesus Christ understood people’s fear and pain before they spoke of them, we pray for all those who are suffering from Covid 19, both at home or in hospital. And we ask your blessing on all those who are caring for them and all those working so hard to develop a vaccine. We pray also for all who are ill at this time, for those waiting for treatment for other ailments, for those anxiously awaiting a diagnosis. Surround the frightened with your tenderness, give strength those in pain, hold the weak in your arms of love and give hope and patience to those who are recovering. We pray for the souls of all those who have died, who are now at peace and we ask your blessing on those who grieve that they may be comforted.  
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Generous God, at this harvest time, we thank you for all the good things that you give us. We thank you for our food and we remember all those who do not have enough to eat. We pray for the work of the local foodbanks, providing food for those so sorely in need. Help us to share the harvests of the world more fairly and to give to those who have so little. We thank you Lord for the hard work of all those who grow and prepare our food, for the farmers, the market gardeners, the fishermen, the shopkeepers and the delivery drivers. We give thanks for all that is good in your creation and ask you to bless all those who bring in the harvest of both land and sea.   Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

We thank you Lord at this time for the beauty of the natural world we see around us, for breathtaking landscapes and seascapes. During this period of uncertainly in our lives, the natural world has taken on an added importance for many of us. Help us to protect your creation by being careful about how we use the world’s resources, so that there will be clean water, clean air and a healthy and plentiful wildlife to maintain the ecological balance of our countryside for future generations. In the words of the hymn: “For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, Lord of all to thee we raise, this our joyful hymn of praise”   Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

Concluding with The Lord’s Prayer

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.

 

Prayers of Thanksgiving we stand

For fields that are harvested, and grain stores that are full.

For crops that that have achieved their potential and for those that are still to deliver their yield.

For the assurance of ample provision with enough to spare, and for the knowledge that we will know neither the fear nor the threat of hunger. Father, for all the good things of this life we give you thanks and praise.

For the opportunity to share our plenty with those who have little.

For the individuals and charities who exercise such care on our behalf. For compassion expressed and help that is given. Father, for all the good things of this life we give you thanks and praise.

For the skill and experience of those who till the land and care for the stock. For the proud tradition of agricultural and horticultural expertise, that characterises the life of this County. For the proficiency of its engineers and scientists, whose knowledge has brought increased efficiency and better yields. Father, for all the good things of this life we give you thanks and praise.

For the sharing of knowledge between one generation and another.

For those who have extended our horizons with their enthusiasm and commitment to learning. Father, for all the good things of this life we give you thanks and praise.

Those with a mask can hum to this harvest hymn. If there are 6 folk who would like to make a socially distanced choir we can arrange this. 

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.

All good gifts around us are sent from heav’n above

Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord for all his love.

 

We thank thee then O Father for all things bright and good

The seedtime and the harvest, our life, our health, our food.

Accept the gifts we offer for all thy love imparts,

And what thou most desirest, our humble grateful hearts.

All good gifts around us are sent from heav’n above

Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord for all his love.

 

Blessing

Bless to us, O God the sun that shines above us

The rain that falls upon us the earth that sustains us

The air that surrounds us the love that binds us. Amen

May God who has made us, who loves us and who gives us life

bless and keep us, now and always. Amen.

 

Acknowledgements: Liturgy from the Arthur Rank Centre (arthurrankcentre.org.uk)


Please give generously to the collection for the Food Bank in Penzance, they are struggling to cope with the increasing demands during this phase of the Pandemic.