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St. David’s Church,  Broom Leys

“Out of the believer’s heart shall flow streams of living water”

‘Growing in Christ, living in faith’

Vicar - Revd. Andrew Rhoades

01530 834210

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As we move from the warmth and light of the summer, for many of us our thoughts turn towards autumn and the celebrations to come. Chief amongst them for many of us is probably the Harvest Festival that we celebrate on the weekend of 30th September and 1st October.

Harvest has for many thousands of years been an important time of the year and was designated in the earliest parts of scripture as a time for celebration, a tradition we gladly carry on today. But more importantly this is also a time when we give thanks to God for all we receive, not only through the harvest but throughout the year. This is why in Leviticus chapter 23 the first fruits of the harvest are to be given to God as the Israelites give thanks to God and remember that all they have comes from God!

The same message also applies to us, everything we have comes from God our creator, but this might be more difficult for us to remember in our modern world, as we tend to be much less connected to the production of the food we eat. We drive to the supermarket to buy our groceries, or sit at our computer to order them over the Internet. But I wonder, how often do we think about the people who have been involved in the production of the things we have bought. How often do we think of those who have grown the wheat for the bread we have bought, those who looked after the chickens that have laid the eggs we have bought, or those who looked after the beef or lamb that goes into our Sunday roast?

Our heavenly Father is the source of all life and provides all the things that we have and rely on so much. But in many of these things God invites humans to join in and we should give thanks for the skills and dedication of everyone involved in the production and delivery of the food we enjoy.

This is also a time when we can think and remember before God the people who don’t have the things that they need for a healthy and fulfilling life.

Those people who struggle to buy all the food that they need, those who struggle to provide the home and warmth that they need and those who struggle to make full use of the opportunities they have. But we also remember those across this globe who rely on having a good harvest and are so often at the mercy of the weather.

This is why when we celebrate the harvest and give thanks to God for all we have received, we also pray for those who struggle to live full lives and we take practical action to help.

So at this time of harvest, as we celebrate all that we have been given and praise God for all that has been created, let’s also remember those unable to celebrate with us, and let’s commit once more to doing all we can to help them in their situation.

With love and prayers,

Reverend Neil Griffiths

Message for October 2017