Harvest Festival – (almost) complete liturgy

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Grace, mercy and peace from God Our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit be with you all
and also with you

Entrance Antiphon (said together by the whole congregation)

‘For at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up’ Galatians 6:7

My dear friends in Christ we come together today to worship almighty God our heavenly Father and to give thanks for his abundant harvest: not only the harvest from the fields and the seas which feed and sustain us, but also the harvest of faith which he continues to reap in this place, drawing people from all over Elson and further afield to share in the life of faith and be sustained by his living word and his holy sacrament.

We pray therefore for the life, work and witness of this parish: it’s mission and outreach into schools and the community and that we, as labourers in God’s Vineyard may be able to sow seeds of faith in this furtile ground and continue to grow the faith of all those around us.

Harvest Thanksgiving calls us to look around the wonderful world of creation and give thanks to God for it all, but in doing so, we also may see where we have failed to do our best, for our world or for those in the world.

So, Let us confess our forgetfulness of the needs of the poor,
and repent of the ways in which we waste the resources of
the world.

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 in the earth.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, who has left power to his Church to
absolve all sinners who truly repent and believe in him, of
his great mercy forgive you all your offenses; and by his
authority committed to me, I absolve you from all your sins:
+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Spirit.
Amen.

The Lord has put away all your sins, and of your Charity, pray for me, a sinner also.
Thanks be to God.

The Collect

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 well-being;
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 for ever.

Amen.

Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia.

Lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are ripe for harvesting.
Gather the fruit for eternal life. cf John 4.35,36

Alleluia.

Harvest Festival – Creed and Intercession

The heavens declare the glory of God
The skies display the work of his hands

God of light and God of night
Creator of seed and mountain
raindrop and fountain
We bring our offering of praise.
God of right and God of might
Lover of child and childless
rich and homeless
We bring our offering of praise.

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth (Isaiah 40:28)

‘As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.’ (Gen 8:22)

By faith
I gaze up to the heavens
and know
within its vastness
that this is your creation
planned and effected within eternity

By faith
I pluck an ear of corn
and know
within its symmetry
lies the chemistry of life
the potential of creation within my hand

By faith
I listen for your voice
and know
the whisper that I hear
breathed a world into existence
yet listens to the prayer within my soul

By faith
I strive to do your will
and know
the door that I approach
may lead me to shadows
where my roll is to become your light

By faith
I cling to your word
and know
the strength that I receive
has it’s source within the love
that is at the centre of all things

Listen to these words from Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

‘Lord, purge our eyes to see
within the seed a tree,
Within the glowing egg a bird,
Within the shroud a butterfly,
Til, taught by such, we see
beyond all creatures, thee.’

For the beauty of a country scene
We praise you Lord for sight
For the coolness of a flowing stream
We praise you Lord for touch
For nightingale in tuneful flow
We praise you Lord for ears
For the taste of fruit that we have grown
We praise you Lord for senses

Creator God, for daily bread
and all who work
to bring your harvest home
we bring our thanks today.

(pause)

Forgive our ingratitude
we who have so much
yet waste what you have given.

(pause)

For those whose harvest is poor,
whose crops have withered,
water tainted, children starve,
help those who bring relief
and bestow on us
an unaccustomed generosity,
that all might share from your garden
and all might sing your praise.

(pause)

Creator God, provider of all
we bring our thanks today.
And we bless each other
that the beauty of this world
and the love that created it
might be expressed though our lives
and be a blessing to others
now and always
Amen

The Peace

The harvest of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. cf Galatians 5.22,23

The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you

Prayer over the gifts

Lord, make holy the gifts we offer
with gratitude from the produce of the earth.
As you have made our land bear a rich harvest,
make our hearts fruitful with your life and love.
Grant this through Christ our Lord
Amen

Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Father, you made the world
and love your creation.
You gave your Son Jesus Christ to be our Saviour.
His dying and rising have set us free
from sin and death.
And so we gladly thank you,
With saints and angels praising you and singing:

Thorne Sanctus

Yes, Lord, you are holy;
you are kind to us and to all people, for this we thank you.

We thank you above all
for your Son, Jesus Christ.
You sent him into this world
because people had turned away from you
and no longer loved each other.

He opened our eyes and our hearts
to understand that we are brothers and sisters
and that you are Father of us all.
He now brings us together to one table
and asks us to do what he did.

Father, we ask you to bless these gifts of bread and wine and make them holy. Change them for us into the body + and blood of Jesus Christ, your Son.

On the night before he died for us,
he had supper for the last time with his disciples.
He took bread and gave you thanks.
He broke the bread and gave it to his friends, saying:

Take this, all of you, and eat it:
this is my body which will be given up for you.

In the same way he took a cup of wine.
He gave you thanks
and handed the cup to his disciples, saying:

Take this, all of you, and drink from it:
this is the cup of my blood,
the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.
It will be shed for you and for all people
so that sins may be forgiven.

Then he said to them Do this in memory of me.

God our Father,
we remember with joy that Jesus died to save us.
In this holy sacrifice,
which he gave as a gift to his Church,
we remember his death and resurrection.

Father in heaven,
accept us together with your beloved Son.
He willingly died for us,
but you raised him to life again.
We thank you and say:

Glory to God in the highest!

Jesus now lives with you in glory, but he is also here on earth, among us. We thank you and say:

Glory to God in the highest

One day he will come in glory
and in his kingdom
there will be no more suffering,
no more tears, no more sadness.
For this, we thank you and say:

Glory to God in the highest

Father in heaven, you have called us
to receive the body and blood of Christ at this
Table and to be filled with
the joy of the Holy Spirit.
Through this sacred meal give us strength to please you more and more.

Lord, our God, remember
Ian our commissary bishop before you
Help all who follow Jesus to work for peace and to bring happiness to others.

Bring us all at last together with Mary, the Mother of God, Saint Thomas the Apostle, our Patron and all the saints, to live with you and to be one with Christ in heaven.

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, Almighty Father, for ever and ever.

Amen

Prayer after Communion

Lord of the harvest,
with joy we have offered thanksgiving for your love in creation
and have shared in the bread and the wine of the kingdom:
by your grace plant within us a reverence for all that you give us
and make us generous and wise stewards
of the good things we enjoy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing

May God the Father,
who clothes the lilies of the field
and feeds the birds of the air,
provide us with all we need for life in its fullness.
Amen.

May God the Son,
who fed the five thousand and turned water into wine,
feed us with his life and transform us in his love.
Amen.

May God the Holy Spirit,
who hovered over the waters of creation
and formed the world from chaos,
form us in the likeness of Christ and renew the face of the earth.
Amen.

and the blessing of God almighty,
the +Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

Tend the earth, care for God’s good creation,
and bring forth the fruits of righteousness.

The mass is ended. Go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.