A service of Holy Communion for Harvest

Welcome to this week’s Windmill United Benefice online service of Holy Communion to celebrate Harvest Festival and to give thanks for the work of our local farmers, food producers and food retailers. The three clergy of the benefice, Nicholas, Charles and Tony, all filmed their parts in the service at Hookhouse Farm, Outwood. Other parts were recorded remotely and at previous services. The words are all below

This service has been put together as a continuous film, so just click below to take part:

If you prefer to join in the service bit by bit, please click on the audio links below:

The hymn ‘Come, ye thankful people, come’ is sung

Come, ye thankful people, come,
raise the song of harvest-home!
All is safely gathered in,
ere the winter storms begin;
God, our maker, doth provide
for our wants to be supplied;
Come to God’s own temple, come;
raise the song of harvest-home!

We ourselves are God’s own field,
fruit unto his praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown,
unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade and then the ear,
then the full corn shall appear:
Grant, O harvest Lord, that we
wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come,
and shall take his harvest home,
From his field shall purge away
all that doth offend that day;
Give his angels charge at last
in the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
in his garner evermore.

Then, thou Church triumphant, come,
raise the song of harvest-home;
All be safely gathered in,
free from sorrow, free from sin,
There for ever purified
in God’s garner to abide:
Come, ten thousand angels, come,
raise the glorious harvest-home!

The Greeting, Welcome and Confession

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

The land has yielded its harvest.

God, our God, has blessed us.

Introduction to service leading into:

The Confession

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace with all.

God our Father, we are sorry for the times when we have used your gifts carelessly and acted as though we were not grateful.

Father, forgive us.        

Save us and help us

When we enjoy the fruits of the harvest but forget that
they come from you, Father, forgive us.

Save us and help us

When we are thoughtless and do not care enough for the world you have made, Father, forgive us.

Save us and help us.

Almighty God, have mercy upon us,
pardon and deliver us from all our sins,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and keep us in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

The Gloria is sung

Glory in the highest to the God of heaven!
Peace to all your people through the earth be given:
Mighty God and Father, thanks and praise we bring,
Singing alleluia to our heavenly king.

Jesus Christ is risen, God the Father’s Son:
Seated now and reigning from your Father’s throne,
Lamb of God the Saviour, all our sin to bear,
Show us now your mercy, now receive our prayer.

Christ the world’s true Saviour, high and holy One,
With the Holy Spirit, you are Lord alone!
Lord and God, we praise you; Highest heaven adores:
In the Father’s glory, all the praise be yours!

The Collect and readings

Collect for Harvest
Eternal God, you crown the year with your goodness and 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.

A reading from Psalm 8

by Abigail Phillips,
1st Burstow Brownies

The Gospel reading from Matthew 6: 25-33

by Rowenna Woodward BEM
GSL, 1st Burstow Scouts

Talk by the Rev Charles Sargent

The Creed, Intercessions and Peace

The Creed
Let us declare our faith in God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist?

We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son
who took our human nature, died for us and rose again?

We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world?

We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.

This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

The Intercessions
led by James and Carole Wells,
Hookhouse Farm

The response to the intercessions is:
Lord of thee harvest:
Hear our prayer

Merciful Father:
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

The Peace

Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

The Celebration of Holy Communion

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

The Eucharistic prayer begins.

We all sing:

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord,
holy is the Lord God almighty.
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord,
holy is the Lord God almighty.
Who was, and is, and is to come.   
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord.        

The Eucharistic prayer continues.

The next response is:

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died;
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

All sing:

Let us break bread together on our knees,
Let us break bread together on our knees.
When I fall on my knees
With my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

After the Celebration, you are invited to make your spiritual communion by using the following prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, since I cannot now receive you sacramentally
I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.
O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother,
may I know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly, day by day.

The anthem is ‘Thou visitest the earth’
(Words from Psalm 65 vv 9 and 12; music by Maurice Greene, 1696-1755)
Sung by the choir of St Mary’s, Horne on 8 September 2019;
soloist David Spruce

Thou visitest the earth, and blessest it.
Thou crownest the year with thy goodness

Closing prayers and Blessing

God our creator,
who clothes the lilies of the field and feeds the birds of the air,
bestow on us your care and teach us to see your hand
in the beauty of the earth, in your love that surrounds us
and in all your good gifts to us.

Lord Jesus, live in us so that we may live in the world
with your light in our eyes,
your word on our lips and your love in our hearts.
May all that we are, and all that we do
be for the glory of your name. 

May God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is the source of all goodness and growth,
pour his blessing upon all things created,
and upon you his children,
that you may use his gifts to his glory
and the welfare of all peoples.

And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

The hymn ‘We plough the fields and scatter’ is sung

We plough the fields and scatter
the good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered
by God’s almighty hand:
He sends the snow in winter,
the warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes and the sunshine,
and soft, refreshing rain.

All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord,
O thank the Lord,
for all his love.

He only is the maker
of all things near and far;
He paints the wayside flower,
he lights the evening star;
He fills the earth with beauty,
by him the birds are fed;
Much more to us, his children,
he gives our daily bread.

All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord,
O thank the Lord,
for all his love.

We thank thee then, O Father,
for all things bright and good:
The seed-time and the harvest,
our life, our health, our food.
Accept the gifts we offer
for all thy love imparts,
And, what thou most desirest,
our humble, thankful hearts.

All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord,
O thank the Lord,
for all his love.

Organist: Peter Nye
Hymn words reproduced under CCLI: 845257