HARVEST FESTIVAL IN ENGLAND

I went to a wonderful Harvest Festival on Friday evening.

After some hymns and readings, Sally stood wearing wellingtons and a farming outfit. She had a spade in one hand. In the her other she had a mustard seed – which of course we could not see. She ‘planted’ this seed and covered it with imaginary soil. She wanted to show us how one small seed can spread and grow.

Out of a cloth bag she pulled some green material. The school children each got hold of this green material which miraculously in our imagination was the mustard tree fully grown. The happy children pulled and pulled the material – this green cloth mustard tree up the Church ailse past all the congregation. So there was a long, thin green strip on the floor on the Church aisle with children pulling it. This green mustard tree had long green shoots coming off the side and the children passed these long green shoots (green cloth) to members of the congregation sitting in the seats. We each passed the shoot to our neighbour and the ‘mustard tree branches’ were spread out along the rows of the congretation.

Everyone in the Church was involved and the green mustard seed became a wonderful green tree with branches spreading to every member of the congregation.

Then children with cardbird birds on poles ran up the aisle and sat at the top with their birds in their hands. Then Carol asked the children why the birds rested in the tree. A variety of answers were given.

One seed can make so much difference. If you plant one seed it can in time spread and help many other people, animals or nature.

We sang some lovely hyms and had some readings that the children and adults could understand.
Here are some of the Hymns.

FOR THE FRUITS OF HIS CREATION

For the fruits of his creation
thanks be to God;
for his gifts to ev’ry nation,
thanks be to God;
for the ploughing, sowing, reaping,
silent growth while we are sleeping,
future needs in earth’s safe-keeping,
thanks be to God.

If you would like to read the whole of this Hymn please click this link –
FOR THE FRUITS OF HIS CREATION

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Here is the first verse of THINK OF A WORLD WITHOUT ANY FLOWERS –

THINK OF A WORLD WITHOUT ANY FLOWERS
Think of a world
without any flowers,
think of a world
without any trees,
think if a sky
without any sunshine,
think of the air
without any breeze.
We thank you Lord,
for flowers and trees and sunshine,
we thank you, Lord,
and praise your holy name.

Doreen Newport (b. 1927)

If you would like to read the whole of this hymn please click this link 

THINK OF A WORLD WITHOUT ANY FLOWERS

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Here is the first verse of WE PLOUGH THE FIELDS AND SCATTER

WE PLOUGH THE FIELDS AND SCATTER
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.

Mathias Claudius (1740-1815)
trans. Jane Montgomery Campbell (1817 – 1878) alt

If you would like to read the whole of the Hymn please click this link –

WE PLOUGH THE FIELDS AND SCATTER THE GOOD THINGS ON THE GROUND

 

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There was then another hymn. This was one verse. I don’t know if I can put this hymn on Bird Table News. The title was – YOU SHALL GO OUT WITH JOY

There was clapping as well as singing in this Hymn. We sang it three times and each time we were asked to clap and sing louder. Adult voices mingled with childrens voices.

Birds were mentioned in this hymn as well.  It was lovely to give thanks for our food and think how we are all tied into nature and to be one congregation in one community.

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Do we take food for granted?  Do we take our Churches for granted?  Do we often think how we are linked to nature?

 

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