Sunday 30th September 2012 – Harvest Thanksgiving (2)

God of the seasons,

it was you who danced across the soil

in springtime

as seeds were planted,

and whispered to the ground

that you would provide all

that was needed for growth.

You promised nourishment and warmth

that the fruits of the earth

might burst to life.

In summertime,

You were to be found relaxing in the heat,

or sprinkling rain to refresh thirsty life.

Warming the air

You encouraged new shoots

to make their way

upwards and outwards

to become the fruits

sought in Autumn.

Celebrating Harvest with us

we wonder at how you have encouraged us

to be part of the stewardship

of the world we live in.

We bear the gifts

that you have rooted within the soil,

our work and our hearts

and bring them to Your table

for sharing beyond this building

and ourselves.

As winter draws close

may we not dwell in the dark and cold

of the things that have not grown

and the gifts that have not been used.

Nor may we make others feel the cold

by withdrawing our love and support.

Instead may we find

you in the Autumn colours brightening our world,

reminding us of your colourful presence

in every season of our lives,

and in the twinkling lights and warming fires

that speak of your love

transforming the bleak places

of life.

Amen.

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