Vicar's October 2012 Letter

Harvest Supper Season

 

As I write this, I have just enjoyed the first Harvest Festival and Harvest Supper of the season, at Woodbury Salterton.  Over the period covered by this issue of the magazine, all the other churches in our group will hold their own celebrations of one kind or another; some at normal service times, and some in the evening; including some kind of lunch or supper to which all are invited.

 

With seven churches, it is one of the times of year in which I begin to feel a little bit like TV’s Vicar of Dibley, but I wouldn’t miss it for the world, and attend as many as possible.  There is something very special about gathering to thank God for the harvest and the work of all who bring it to our tables, and then putting our prayers into action, as it were, by sharing a meal together.

 

It is really taking us back to our roots, as the first ‘church services’ were actually shared meals.  The early Christians met together early in the morning before the work day started to sing psalms and hymns, to hear either in person or by letter from those who had known Jesus personally, to encourage one another and to eat and drink in a shared thanksgiving meal that recalled the last time Jesus ate with his disciples before his death and resurrection. 

 

Saying ‘thank you’ is at the very heart of the Christian faith; the word ‘Eucharist’ that is sometimes used to describe a Communion service is in fact the Greek word for ‘Thanks’.  It is in thanking God for our blessings that our hearts are opened to recognise how great those blessings are, even in the most difficult times of our lives.  It is no accident that the Bible tells us to ‘give thanks in all circumstances’; God knows that an ‘attitude of gratitude’ is the best protection against letting life’s sorrows and difficulties wear us down.

 

Whether or not you come regularly to your village church, do think about joining us at one of these celebrations.  The details will be in this magazine and displayed in the various churches and it would be lovely to see as many as possible there. 

 

And just a note for future thought; are there any topics that you would like to see covered here in the magazine or elsewhere over the coming months?  One of our ideas is that we might start an occasional discussion group, over a meal or coffee, where we could listen to me or Rev’d. Chris or some other speaker to start us off on some subject of interest and then have a chance to talk about it in an atmosphere of friendship and encouragement.  So if you have any burning questions about Christian or ethical matters, or any other ‘Starting Points’ for discussion or magazine articles, please let us know.

 

Rev’d Karen Spray                             01392 877400             church@revdkaren.org.uk


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