Online Service 3rd October 2021

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Online Service 3rd October 2021

Morning Prayer for Harvest from St Andrew’s Church, Burnham on Sea Sunday 3rd October 2021

 

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Hymn

 

 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 
for our wants to be supplied; 
come to God's own temple, come, 
raise the song of harvest home. 

 

2 All the world is God's own field, 
fruit as praise to God we yield; 
wheat and tares together sown 
are to joy or sorrow grown; 
first the blade and then the ear, 
then the full corn shall appear; 
Lord of harvest, grant that we 
wholesome grain and pure may be. 

 

3 For the Lord our God shall come,
and shall take the harvest home; 
from the field shall in that day 
all offenses purge away, 
giving angels charge at last 
in the fire the tares to cast; 
but the fruitful ears to store 
in the garner evermore. 

 

4 Even so, Lord, quickly come,
bring thy final harvest home; 
gather thou thy people in, 
free from sorrow, free from sin, 
there, forever purified, 
in thy presence to abide; 
come, with all thine angels, come, 
raise the glorious harvest home.


INTRODUCTION

Welcome to our service this morning. Today we give thanks for the Harvest and offer our prayers of gratitude to God. 

(+) We meet in the name of the living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

O Lord, open our lips
All: and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

 

 

Collect for Harvest

Let us pray. 

Eternal God, 

you crown the year with your goodness and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season; grant that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in need and for our own wellbeing; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit.  One God now and forever. Amen.

Confession

Prayers of Penitence

We confess our sin, and the sins of our society, in the misuse of God’s creation.    God our Father, we are sorry for the times when we have used your gifts carelessly, and acted ungratefully.                               Hear our prayer, and in your mercy:                                      

All: Forgive us and help us. 

We enjoy the fruits of the harvest, but sometimes forget that you have given them to us.       Father, in your mercy:                 

 All: Forgive us and help us. 

We belong to a people who are full and satisfied, but ignore the cry of the hungry.      Father, in your mercy:                                           

 All: Forgive us and help us. 

We are thoughtless, and do not care enough for the world you have made. Father, in your mercy:                                       

All: Forgive us and help us. 

We store up goods for ourselves alone, as if there were no God and no heaven.      Father, in your mercy:                    

 All: Forgive us and help us. 

Kyrie Eliason (sung. Listen to)

The Words of God’s forgiveness

The Lord enrich us with his grace, and nourish us with his blessing; the Lord defend us in trouble and adversity, the Lord accept our prayers and forgive us our sins, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Word of GodMark 10:2-16

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ

St. Mark 10:2-16

2Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 5But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 10Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” 13People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection 

“O, Lord open my lips and my mouth shall declare thy praise”

At the heart of the religious celebration of Harvest stands the single word “THANKSGIVING”.  Indeed, in any pattern of worship, and in any pattern of prayer thanksgiving is the central theme.    The words “Think and Thank” are inscribed in many Cromwellian churches and are a reminder that at all times our duty is to give thanks for the many blessings both material and spiritual we enjoy every day of our lives.  Harvest is special in that it focuses our attention on one single aspect of being thankful, thankfulness for the supply of the necessities for our physical existence.  Thankfulness for the wonder and recurring miracle of natural growth, thankfulness for those who labour and toil to give us the food we eat.  Thanksgiving to our God who in creation reveals himself as a bountiful God and thanksgiving to all those in this country and throughout the world who work to use God’s creative power and processes to meet the needs of humankind.  And while we are celebrating the season harvesting those who live in the southern hemisphere are busy sowing.  So, harvest at this time of year is not a universal celebration.  Equally while we celebrate harvest in a kindly and fertile land and have an abundance of produce, there are many places where the climate is hard and harsh, droughts and deluges threaten the harvest causing famine and great suffering.  Harvest is never just about gathering in all the produce.  Our thanksgiving harvest makes us aware of our dependence and inter-dependence both on the process of God’s natural creation and on the wise use of such processes in meeting the needs of our world and our starving world.  At this time Sunday 3rd October 2021 there are 30 million people experiencing alarming hunger, severe levels of food insecurity and malnutrition in north-eastern Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. Harvest thanksgiving is ever a process of becoming aware, aware of those in need, aware of those who we depend upon to sew, reap and bring to us in an edible form the Harvest.  It is the first step towards the awareness that we all have a responsibility to care for those who labour and share our produce and those starving and in desperate need. Our Harvest thanksgiving brings us to the point of being conscious of our dependence upon God and the many processes that allow us to enjoy the supply of our material needs each and every day of our lives.  Harvest focusses our attention in a single moment on a divine and a human process of humankind working in co-operation together with God and with one another to fulfil the divine will and purpose that we should be acting responsibly and generously to meet the daily needs of all peoples. It is good, right, wholesome and proper to rejoice and be glad at the festival of harvest.  Let us thank God and each other for the plenty we enjoy, but at the same time let us be ever and increasingly aware of our responsibility to act generously that all may be able to rejoice and thank God that their needs are also adequately and fully met day by day.   Thank you for listening”

 

 

Hymn

Now Thank We All our God

Now thank we all our God,
With heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done,
In whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers' arms
Has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God
Through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts
And blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us still in grace,
And guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills,
In this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given;
The Son, and him who reigns
With them in highest heaven;
The one eternal God,
Whom earth and heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.

Intercessions - 

Let us become aware that life itself is infused by God, and enter into the Holy mystery with humility, thankfulness and awe, as we offer prayers for the Church and for the World. 

 

  • We pray for the people, nations and churches of God’s world - remembering our Bishop Ruth and our Archdeacons Ann, Adrian and Simon. 
  • We pray for our Queen and the royal household that they may find comfort and strength in the firm knowledge of your Kingdom. (pause)
  • We pray for our town of Burnham on Sea, may its trade reflect the harvest from the local land and sea.  (pause)
  • We pray for the wellbeing of those who work in the fields and the sea and air, bringing our Harvest home.  (pause)
  • We pray for those areas of the world which are particularly suffering from drought or deluge, from starvation and need. May they be freely given relief and renewed strength to cope. (pause)
  • We pray for our families and homes and all who are in need, trouble, sickness in this community. (pause)
  • Finally, we name before God those friends and family who we love but no longer see. (pause).               May they rest in peace and rise again in Glory, Amen.

 

Merciful Father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.   Amen

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

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.

The Conclusion

Blessing                                                               

God the Father, who created the world, give you grace to be wise stewards of his creation. Amen. 

God the Son, who redeemed the world, inspire you to go out as labourers into his harvest.   Amen. 

God the Holy Spirit, whose breath fills the whole of creation, help you to bear his fruits of love, joy and peace.  Amen. 

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son

and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen. 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, tend the earth, care for God’s creation, and bring forth the fruits of righteousness.      Amen.

 

Let us bless the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God

© The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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