Past Services

St Mary’s Harvest Service 18/10/2020

Opening Prayer

The earth is the Lord’s

And everything within it!

Let us come near to the Lord with thanksgiving

and sing his praises!

 God of our days and years,

we set this time apart for you.

Form us in the likeness of Christ

so that our lives may glorify you.


Hymn (133)                         Come ye thankful people come


Let us confess our forgetfulness of God, our failure to give thanks and the ways in which we have wasted the gifts of creation.

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

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 We confess to you 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.


May God show us his mercy, restore us in his likeness and give us generous hearts and lives.



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.



 Lord of all creation, you give us the fruits of the earth in their season and crown the year with your goodness:

help us so to receive your gifts with thankful hearts that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in want and to meet our daily needs; through Jesus Christ the Bread of life, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


First Reading

Deuteronomy 8.7-18

Second Reading

2 Corinthians 9.6-15

Hymn (719)    We Plough the fields

The Gospel

Listen to the Gospel of Christ according to Saint Matthew

Glory to you, O Lord

Luke 12.16–30

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ

The Sermon

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.



The Peace

The harvest of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness , and self-control.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

Let us share with one another a sign of God’s peace.

Hymn  (6) All creatures of our God and King

Eucharistic Prayer

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation; you bring forth bread from the earth.

Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation; you create the fruit of the vine.

Blessed be God for ever.

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 our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right and good to give you thanks and praise, almighty God and Father, through Jesus Christ your Son.

Through him you have created us in your own image and made us stewards of your good creation.      Through him you teach us to exult in the birds of the air, the lilies of the field, the precious and life-giving crops of the earth.

Through him you free us from the slavery of sin, giving him to die upon the cross and to rise again for our salvation.

Through him, you begin your work of new creation, as we look for a new heaven and a new earth in which your righteousness dwells.

Therefore, we join with angels and archangels, and give voice to every creature under heaven,

forever praising you and saying:

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.

We praise and bless you, loving Father, through Jesus Christ, our Lord; and as we obey his command, send your Holy Spirit, that broken bread and wine outpoured may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

On the night before he died he had supper with his friends and, taking bread, he praised you.

He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;do this in remembrance of me.

When supper was ended he took the cup of wine. Again, he praised you, gave it to them and said:

Drink this, all of you;  this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did, in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross.

Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation, we proclaim his death and resurrection until he comes in glory.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus:

Dying you destroyed our death,

Rising you restored our life:

Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day when your kingdom comes and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms and bring us with St Mary and all the saints to feast at your table in heaven.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father, for ever and ever.


Let us pray with confidence to the Father:

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. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.


The Communion

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

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


Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world: give us your peace.

God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

Jesus Christ is holy,

Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

Communion song               (674)           This is my body

The Sending Out

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


Final Hymn  (332)   I the Lord of sea and sky

The Blessing

God the Father, who created the world, give you grace to be wise stewards of his creation.


God the Son, who redeemed the world, inspire you to go out as labourers into his harvest.


God the Holy Spirit, whose breath fills the whole of creation, help you to bear his fruits of love, joy and peace.


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



Tend the earth, care for God’s creation And go in peace to serve the Lord In the name of Christ.