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Harvest Festival

Sunday 24th October 2021, 9:30am BST




Welcome to our Harvest Festival here at Holy Trinity Church this morning. We are a loving, welcoming church family, serving everyone, in the name of Jesus Christ.


For your safety and the protection of those around you, we strongly recommend you wear a mask at all times while inside the building. Masks must be worn while singing. When the service is over, please disperse quickly once you are outside. Thank you for being responsible during these difficult times.


The time before the service starts is there for you to pray quietly to God about anything on your mind. If you wish, you can write a prayer for a part of God's creation on the raindrop you have been given. Please bring your prayer up to the front at the start of the Prayers of Intercession.


Children are invited to join in with the activities at the front table to the right any time during the service.


Please join in with any text printed in bold in this book.


If you would normally receive Holy Communion in any Christian church, we welcome you to receive bread at our altar today. If you don’t wish to receive communion, you are still welcome to receive a blessing. If so, please carry your service booklet or news sheet with you so the ministers know your choice.


Children are invited to join our special celebration at the back of church after they have received a blessing.



Please stand.


PROCESSION: Prelude on "Come Ye Thankful People Come" - Tim Attride



As we give thanks at Harvest for all your gifts to us, help us to share what we have and what we are: to offer the life you have given us as a gift to others. 



1. 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!


2. 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.


3 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.


4. 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!


HON 133 Come Ye Thankful People Come

Text: Henry Alford (1810 – 1871)

Tune: ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR (7’s); George J. Elvey (1816 – 1893)

Please sit or kneel.

Confessing your sins to God and being forgiven by Him are a key part of the Christian Faith. The Minister will lead you in prayer for forgiveness using these words:

Jesus said: ‘Before you offer your gift, go and be reconciled.’ As brothers and sisters in God’s family, we come together to ask his forgiveness.


We confess to you our lack of care for the world you have given us.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

We confess to your our selfishness in not sharing the earth’s bounty fairly.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.



We confess to you our failure to protect resources for others.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


The Lord God have mercy on you, forgive you your sins, and bring you to everlasting life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Please stand.


Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.


Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks

we praise you for your glory.


Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.


For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father.






You give so much to us, Lord, and we receive it with gratitude. Help us to give to others the way you give to us.  Amen. 

Please sit.

Old Testament Reading: Joel 2:21 – 27: Read by Mike Briggs

21 Fields, don’t be afraid

but be joyful and glad

because of all the Lord has done for you

22 Animals, don’t be afraid.

The pastures are green;

The trees bear their fruit,

And there are plenty of figs and grapes

23 Be glad, people of Zion

Rejoice ate what the Lord your God has done for you.

He has given you the right amount of autumn rain

He has poured down the winter rain for you

And the spring rain as before.
24 The threshing places will be full of corn;

The pits beside the presses will overflow with wine and olive oil

25 I will give you back what you lost

In the years when swarms of locusts ate your crops.

It was I who sent this army against you.

26 Now you will have plenty to eat, and be satisfied.

You will praise the Lord your God

Who has done wonderful things for you.

My people will never be despised again.

27 Then, Israel,  you will know that I am among you

And that I, the Lord, am your God

And there is no other.

My people will never be despised again.


This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


New Testament Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-7:  Read by Stella Dunwell

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.


This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Please stand.


The Gospel reading is read from the Chancel step.


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 6:25-34

Glory to you, O Lord.


25 “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 than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 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? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 30 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—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Please sit.

REFLECTION: Given by Carol Cressall


Please stand.


We believe in God the Father, maker of the universe, the earth, and me.

We believe in Jesus his Son, who came to set us free.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, a gift from God above;

Who came to live inside of us, to show us truth and love.


Please sit or kneel.

If you have a prayer on a raindrop, please bring it to the front and hang it on the prayer tree.

On your separate sheet is a list of people who have asked for our prayers. If you know someone who you would like us to pray for over the coming weeks, please come and find a sidesperson after the service.

Please stand.

Children are invited to the front to lead us in the peace.

To crown all things there must be love, to bind all together and complete the whole.  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of Peace.

Everyone exchanges a sign of Peace.


OFFERTORY:  Fantasia in C Major, BWV 570 - J. S. Bach

If you have brought any items of food, please bring it up to the front during the offertory music.  All donations will be given to the local Food Bank.


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.


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.


[Question:       Why is it right to give thanks and praise?

Answer:           Listen, and we will hear.]

Lord of all life,

you created the universe,

where all living things reflect your glory.

You give us this great and beautiful earth,

to discover and to cherish.


You give us friends and families

busy streets for young and old,

the life of an earthly city

fulfilled in your city to come.


You made us all,

each wonderfully different,

to join with the angels

and sing your praise:


Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


Please sit.


We thank you, loving Father,

because, when we turned away,

you sent Jesus, your Son.

He gave his life for us on the cross

and shows us the way to live.


Send your Holy Spirit

that these gifts of bread and wine

may be for us Christ’s body and his blood.


[Question:       Why do we share this bread and wine?

Answer:           Listen, and we will hear.]


On the night before he died,

when darkness had fallen,

Jesus took bread.

He gave thanks, broke it,

and shared it with his disciples, saying:

‘This is my body, given for you.

Do this to remember me.’


After they had eaten, he took the cup of wine,

gave thanks, and shared it with his disciples, saying:

‘This is my blood, poured out for you and for many,

for the forgiveness of sins.’


So, Father, with this bread and this cup

we celebrate his love, his death, his risen life.

As you feed us with these gifts,

send your Holy Spirit,

and change us more and more

to be like Jesus our Saviour.


[Question:       How do we follow Jesus Christ?

Answer:           Listen, and we will hear.]


Help us, Father, to love one another,

as we look forward to that day

when suffering is ended,

and all creation is gathered in your loving arms.

And now with all your saints

we give you glory,

through Jesus Christ,

in the strength of the Spirit,

today and for ever.







As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

Our Father in heaven

Hallowed be your name

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread,

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours

now and for 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.



Come to this table, not because you must but because you may.

Come not because you have all faith, but because you have some faith and would like to grow in it.

Come because you love the Lord a little and would like to love him more.

Come because he loves you, and wants to give you everything.

Come because all is ready, and we are his body.


MUSIC DURING COMMUNION - Communion, from L'Office Catholique, Op. 148 No. 40 - Louis J.-A. Lefébure-Wély


Post Communion

Creator God,

You give us seed to sow

And bread for us to eat:

Make us thankful for your gifts

And help us always to think of the needs of others,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let us pray:

May the love of God our Father be in all our homes today.

May the love of the Lord Jesus keep our hearts and minds always.

May his loving Holy Spirit guide and bless the ones I love.

Father, mother, brothers, sisters, keep them safely in his love.



Please stand.



1. 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.



2. 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.


3. 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.


HON 714 We Plough The Fields And Scatter

Text: Matthias Claudius (1740 – 1815), trans. Jane M. Campbell (1817 – 1878)

Tune: WIR PFLÜGEN (76.76.D + Refrain); J. A. P. Schultz (1747 – 1800)


May the Father from whom every family in earth and heaven receives its name strengthen you with His Spirit in your inner being.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you always. Amen.


Go in the light and peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God. Amen.


RECESSION - Dankt, Dankt Nu Allen God - Dick Sanderman





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