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SUNDAY 20th SEPTEMBER: HARVEST THANKSGIVING

 

READINGS

Deuteronomy 8: 7-18

Luke 12: 16-30

 

REFLECTION

 

Harry had the loveliest garden in the village and each time the vicar passed by he would call out to Harry, Your garden is a thing of beauty. The Lord and you must be partners!”

“Thank you, vicar,” Harry would reply with a slight bow.

This went on for weeks, even months. Every day – in fact sometimes twice a day – when the vicar passed to and from church, he would call out, “The Lord and you must be partners!”

This began to annoy Harry immensely. He knew that it was meant to be a compliment, but it still annoyed him.

So, the next time the vicar called out, “Your garden, it is truly fruitful. The Lord and you must be partners,” Harry shouted back, “That may be true, vicar! But you should have seen this garden when the Lord had it to himself!”

 

What a lovely story... there is a lot of truth in the idea that we humans and God are partners in the care and cultivation of creation. Yet I can totally agree with Harry's sentiments as Margaret and myself have been battling with the weeds in our garden, growing as quickly, if not more quickly than the plants. God makes everything flourish....and maybe that isn't a bad thing at all – especially when it comes to people.

 

Harvest Thanksgiving is one of the few times during the year when the church's focus is on the goodness of God's creation. It is a chance for each of us to be mindful of God's generosity to us, who provides us with food and nourishes us with all the good things of life.

 

Let us take a moment to bring to mind what we are grateful for, what good things we have been provided with in the past year – and especially what we are grateful for from creation – whether it is our garden, our food and drink, our family and friends or just the beauty of where we live.

 

 

PRAYER

 

Lord God, at this harvest time,

we acknowledge that all good gifts around us

are sent from heaven above.

Help us to receive them gratefully,

to us them wisely,

and to share them unselfishly,

as good stewards of your bounty,

for the sake of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

 

Every blessing to you,

Canon Dave Perkins                                             19th Sept. 2020

 

Canon Dave’s Weekly Message

Dear All

 

Many thanks to all who those who have donated gifts for the Harvest Festival at St. Peter's this Sunday. On Sunday 4th October a Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be held at St. Anne's and once again gifts will be gratefully received.

Everything you donate will be delivered to Padley House in Derby. This Homeless Hub is open 7 days a week, 365 days per year and comprises a 12 room hostel and a drop in day centre.     

To give you an idea of the size and scope of the operation at the Homeless Centre, over a year the following levels of activity take place;

26,000+ visits from people in need of services and/or support

21,900 meals are cooked and served

2,000+ emergency food parcels are prepared and issued

80 – 100 residents are accommodated and supported at the hostel

Homelessness is about more than rooflessness. It's not just about physical space, it has a legal and social dimension. A home provides roots, identity, a sense of belonging and it is a place of emotional well-being. Homelessness is about the loss of all these. It is an isolating and destructive experience and homeless people are some of the most vulnerable and socially excluded people in society.

The services Padley House offer are designed to help clients build the skills and capacity to address their issues and rebuild their confidence and resilience, to enable their move-on from homelessness and chaotic lives into a better future.

Every person visiting the Centre will have had a journey unique to them, they will have come from different backgrounds and sectors of society.

Let us thank God for those who work at Padley House and endeavour to make a difference to peoples lives.