Harvest Thanksgiving

3rd September 2021

Harvest Thanksgiving

Year B

 

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 for ever.

 

Joel 2.21-27

         Be not afraid, O land;
         be glad and rejoice.
     Surely the LORD has done great things.
         Be not afraid, O wild animals,
         for the open pastures are becoming green.
     The trees are bearing their fruit;
         the fig-tree and the vine yield their riches.
     Be glad, O people of Zion,
         rejoice in the LORD your God,
     for he has given you
         the autumn rains in righteousness.
     He sends you abundant showers,
         both autumn and spring rains, as before.
     The threshing-floors will be filled with grain;
         the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.
     “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten –
         the great locust and the young locust,
         the other locusts and the locust swarm –
     my great army that I sent among you.
     You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,
         and you will praise the name of the LORD your God,
         who has worked wonders for you;
     never again will my people be shamed.
     Then you will know that I am in Israel,
         that I am the LORD your God,
         and that there is no other;
     never again will my people be shamed.”

 

1 Timothy 2.1-7

I urge that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men – the testimony given in its proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle – I am telling the truth, I am not lying – and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles.

 

Matthew 6.25-33

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

 

Post Communion Prayer

Lord of the harvest,
with joy we have offered thanksgiving for your love in creation
and have shared in the bread and 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.

 

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

1 Timothy 2.1-7 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
Joel 2.21-27 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
Matthew 6.25-33 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
Collect (Harvest Thanksgiving) ©  1989 Church of the Province of Southern Africa: An Anglican Prayer Book
Post Communion (Harvest Thanksgiving) ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000