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Readings, Prayers and Music
Harvest
26 September 2021

 

Welcome to our all age Eucharist as we celebrate Harvest Festival and bring our gifts to support the work of Greenwich Foodbank in our community.

Our service is led by David McEvoy, Reader and Revd Henry Whyte. The preacher is Peter Kinnison, Reader. Children’s Church will be reading and leading the prayers.

St Alfege Choir is directed by Director of Music Stephen Dagg with assistant organist Ben Newlove.

The service will be broadcast via 'Zoom'. Please contact Wendy Foreman if you would like to receive the email newsletters with the links for the services: wendy.foreman@st-alfege.org.uk

Tile, Pugin
Tile, Augustine Welby Northmore Pugin, 1842-44,  Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Hymns

Praise, O praise our God and king
Come , ye thankful people, come
We plough the fields and scatter
To thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise
 
 

Collect

Creator God,
you made the goodness of the land,
the riches of the sea
and the rhythm of the seasons;
as we thank you for the harvest,
may we cherish and respect
this planet and its peoples, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord

First Reading

Joel 2: 21-27     

Do not fear, O soil;
    be glad and rejoice,
    for the Lord has done great things!
Do not fear, you animals of the field,
    for the pastures of the wilderness are green;
the tree bears its fruit,
    the fig tree and vine give their full yield.
O children of Zion, be glad
    and rejoice in the Lord your God;
for he has given the early rain for your vindication,
    he has poured down for you abundant rain,
    the early and the later rain, as before.
The threshing-floors shall be full of grain,
    the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
I will repay you for the years
    that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
    my great army, which I sent against you.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
    and praise the name of the Lord your God,
    who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
    and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other.
And my people shall never again
    be put to shame.
 
Gospel

Matthew 6. 25-33

‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Sermon

Peter Kinnison, Reader, is preaching.

Prayers for the week

We ask God's blessing on Diver Gee, Zachary Munro Kinman and David Peter Lowerson who are being baptized here on Sunday afternoon and rejoice with their parents, godparents and supporters.

We pray for all who are ill or in need:  Phyllis Belton, Ryan Bull, Philip Caine, Barbara Cann, Colin Carr, John Cuthbert, Ariana Gabbitas, Margy Gorton, Harriet, Anne Howe. John Kelly, Pamela Macleod, Lydia Morgan, Gregory Neild, Sue Ralfe, Moira Skingley,  Luca Theisen, Francesca Toson Moore, Lindsay Walker, Christian Wenk, and Ross Wilson.

We pray for all those who have died recently. We remember Dave Roberts asking comfort for  his wife Karen and their two children, James and Natalie. We also remember Sabina Nessa, murdered in Kidbrooke last week.  We ask God's comfort and strength for all who are mourning the loss of loved ones. 

Anthem

The Heavens are telling. Chorus from ‘The Creation’ – Franz Joseph Haydn

Sanctus


Communion Motets

Thou visitest the earth – Maurice Green
Turn our captivity – William Byrd

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. 

Acknowledgements

Liturgical texts taken from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, Church House Publishing 

 
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