September 2013

Harvest For All

We thank you, Lord, for our world
with all its rich and wonderful variety,
for your gift of life
constantly being renewed by your loving hand,
for all that you have made to grow and flourish around us,
all that provides our food and clothing,
all the bountiful resources of our astonishing planet.

You have blessed us in so much:
help us to respond.

We thank you, Lord, for those to whom we owe this harvest -
workers on farms and in agriculture,
sailors and fishermen who risk their lives on the seas,
miners and engineers who help supply the raw materials for industry,
scientists and technicians who help develop better crops,
employees in shops and factories who labour to satisfy our demands.

You have blessed us in so much:
help us to respond.

Living Lord, help us to appreciate all so many do
to bring us the fruits of creation,
and teach us the part we must play
in ensuring future generations can enjoy it in turn.
Teach us to use your gifts wisely, responsibly, effectively
so that nothing may be needlessly wasted
or foolishly squandered.

You have blessed us in so much:
help us to respond.

Help us to remember, Lord, those who do not share equally
in the rewards of harvest -
those people who are poor and hungry,
those who have been forced to leave their home,
those overwhelmed by disaster,
and those whose crops have failed.
At all times, save us, we pray,
from thinking only of our own comfort
and ignoring their needs.
Inspire us to share from our plenty with all who cry out for help.

You have blessed us in so much:
help us to respond.

Living Lord, you have provided beyond our needs,
enough for all in every place
to have enough and more than enough.
Forgive us that some still go hungry,
and forgive our part within that.
Stir our hearts so that we may challenge
the consciences of governments and nations,
until the time comes at last
when your gifts are shared and enjoyed by all.

You have blessed us in so much:
help us to respond.

Taken from the prayers of intercession led by Margaret Boyne and Sue Brown, at the Harvest Festival All Age Worship held on Sunday 28th September 2013. The offering of food and produce has been given to the Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank.

Fareham in Bloom

Mrs Molly Freeman proudly accepts the Silver Medal awarded to Fareham United Reformed Church in the Community Floral Section, Fareham in Bloom Presentations at the Ferneham Hall on Thursday 12th September 2013Fareham in BloomFareham in Bloom