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18th October 2020

posted 15 Oct 2020, 10:50 by Church Office   [ updated 15 Oct 2020, 10:59 ]

Sunday 18th October 2020

 Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity – Harvest Thanksgiving

 

PRAM SERVICE:  HARVEST TIME!

DO UNDERPANTS GROW ON TREES?

We are thinking this week about harvest, planting and picking; cooking and eating.

As well as the harvest we enjoy we will ponder what fruits of the harvest our homeless friends at Ace of Clubs might like to pick.

Together we will make a giant harvest basket collage full of fruit and vegetables; pants and socks, toothpaste and shampoo.

 

Today’s Harvest readings ask us to think about where our security lies: the Deuteronomy passage warns the people of God not to treat their goods as their own, gained by their own efforts, but to remember that all the blessings that they receive come from God.  Similarly, the gospel reading gives us the parable of the rich fool who spent all his life accumulating wealth, life is about more than material security.  Winston Churchill said that “you make a living by what you get, but you make a LIFE by what you give”.  Harvest festival is not a time just to give thanks for what we have but to consider what we don’t have: do our lives, like that of the rich fool, lack relationship, community, and an understanding that all that we have and all that we are is for God to use on behalf of the world.

 

Readings

First Reading:  Deuteronomy 8:7-18

7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, 9 a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. 10 You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you.

11 Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. 12 When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15 who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid wasteland with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock, 16 and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good. 17 Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today.

Luke 12:16-30

16 Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17 And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

 

22 He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. 30 For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them.

 

Prayer – The Collect

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 forever.

Amen

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Church Office,
15 Oct 2020, 10:58
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