Reason to be Thankful

Our grandchildren have been to the Mill at Skidby and have brought home some flour which they have seen milled and it is now being turned into bread as it bakes in the bread making machine. The smell is delicious and there will be a sharing of the crust with lots of butter and jam on it when it is ready and still warm. Smells can recreate memories and I am reminded how when I was a child I was told that eating crusts would make my hair curly – it never did and oh how I wished for curly hair! Whenever I have a loaf, still hot from the machine, I am a small child again, waiting for that buttered crust. One memory leads to another and I can hear my Mum’s voice after I have taken that first bite, "What do you say?"

Please and thank-you were probably among the first things we ever learned to say and Harvest is a time set aside for saying a special thank-you. As I wrote in the last magazine we have so many blessings to be thankful for and this is a thank you that someone has been busy ploughing the fields and scattering the seed, so that, after what seemed a long winter and has been a lovely warm summer the grain has swelled so it is being harvested and processed, allowing us to pop out to the supermarket, or wherever we shop, to buy food neatly packaged and possibly even ready-to-serve for us to eat.

Harvest Festival gives us an opportunity to be thankful for the work of everyone involved in the food production process and especially to celebrate all that God provides for us: ‘first the grain, and then the ear and then the full seed shall appear.’ This cycle of life in the natural world is one of nature’s miracles. We so easily take it for granted until floods or drought threaten our supplies; then we’re reminded that food supplies are often uncertain for many people across the world. So Harvest is also a time when we bring a gift to church; tinned or fresh food to be passed on to somebody who has a need of it.

Many of our harvest hymns also remind us that giving thanks for food and farmers might not be the only thing we need to think about. A crop of quite a different kind will be gathered by the Lord of Harvest, when he comes to bring us into his eternal barns.

One of the prayers we use at our Sunday Holy Communion Service expresses the hope that each one of us will be a part of the Harvest that God will gather into His everlasting kingdom when life on earth is over.

‘Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms and bring us with all your Saints to feast at your table in Heaven’

In some of our churches we celebrate Harvest Festival within the context of a service of Holy Communion. The spiritual food we receive at Holy Communion provides the energy we need to sustain our lives as Christians in this world, and it prepares us for our eternal home.

So in the words of the hymn, ‘Come, ye thankful people come’ and join us for our annual Harvest Thanksgiving on Friday October 11th at 7.30p.m. followed by wine and nibbles. Mrs. Dorothy Prescott will be our speaker, she and her husband Andrew farm at Lund. We have so much to thank God for.

Peace to you all.

Ruth

The Parochial Church Council have received a request for copies of the PCC Accounts to be made available, which we will certainly do for anyone who may be interested. Copies may be obtained from The Secretary, Mrs Amanda Danforth, telephone number 01964551742.

Services Times for September and October.

Date

Time

Service

1st Sept

11.00a.m

Matins

8th Sept

11.00a.m

Holy Communion

15th Sept

11.00a.m.

Morning Prayer

22nd Sept

11.00a.m.

Holy Communion

29th Sept

11.00a.m

Matins

6th Oct

11.00a.m

Matins

11th Oct

7.30p.m

Harvest Evensong

13th Oct

11.00a.m

Holy Communion

20th Oct

11.00a.m.

Morning Prayer

27th Oct

11.00a.m.

Holy Communion

From the Registers.

Celebration of Holy Matrimony Victoria Pearson and Wayne Fratson, Victoria used to sing in the choir here at All Saints.

Celebration of Holy Baptism for Emily Grace Stephenson.

We pray for God’s blessing on them and their families.

Sponsored Walk

All Saints Church are doing a sponsored walk. The walk is about 5.5 miles around Little Weighton starting and ending at The Black Horse.

All the proceeds are for the church funds.

The walk is on 19th October at 10.00 am. It is undemanding along country lanes, bridleways and footpaths that amble along a chalky rim of the Wolds.

Sponsor forms will be available and we hope you will join us.

Thank you on behalf of All Saints Church.

Ann Cherry

Date

Cleaning

Flowers

1 Sept

Mrs S Thomas

Mrs A Cherry & Mrs J McDonald

8 Sept

Mrs S Brooks & Mrs J Biden

Mrs J Oxtoby

15 Sept

Miss H M Swann

Mrs J Oxtoby

22 Sept

Mrs A Danforth

Mrs J Oxtoby

29 Sept

Mrs H Hayward

Mrs A Danforth

6 Oct

Mrs M Wray

Mrs A Danforth

13 Oct

Mrs M Cutland

Mrs A Danforth

20 Oct

Mrs S Thomas

Miss H M Swann

27 Oct

Mrs S Brooks & Mrs J Biden

Miss H M Swann

3 Nov

Miss H M Swann

Miss H M Swann

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