Monday, 11 December 2017

Harvest is time for us all to give thanks

THIS Sunday is Harvest Thanksgiving at our chapel (and at many more throughout our land). An exciting celebration of “all

THIS Sunday is Harvest Thanksgiving at our chapel (and at many more throughout our land). An exciting celebration of “all good gifts around us”!

Let’s take the time to pause deliberately and look around us, to wonder at our world and give thanks. I love this special worship service as we gather to give our thanks to God collectively for all the ways He provides and sustains us.

At Stoke Row we still have a beautiful, traditional harvest-themed decorative display with borrowed hay bales, fruits and vegetables in abundance, lots of home and local produce next to the more exotic from all around the world, jams and chutneys, pickles and preserves. What a feast for the eyes — all to encourage us to be thankful to a faithful God.

But we are mindful of those who do not have this constant supply of wonderful foods. We collect and display tinned goods and dried foods which will be packed and will provide food to be given out through a local food bank. Yes, God provides in abundance but our privilege and responsibility is to be willing to share what we have with others so that there will be enough for everyone and no one needs to go hungry. (This is taught in the Bible, for example, in 2 Corinthians, chapter 9 verses 6-15).

As we give thanks for our daily food, we also take time to be thankful for many other gifts and skills that God has given us, for our pleasure and His. For the last two years we have followed our Harvest Thanksgiving with an arts and crafts exhibition and sale and we shall do the same this year: October 1 to 5.

It is truly amazing how much local artistic talent there is and the beautifully crafted pieces in our exhibition are a delight to see. All are invited — entrance is free and refreshments are served. We remember the hard times and how God has been with us in our journey, so we celebrate God’s goodness to us in every way. Why not join with others at your local church and give thanks?

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