On Sunday, 4 October, the people of St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Heavitree, gave thanks for the harvest.
People have always lived close to the land, and both Jewish and Christian scriptures show us a history of celebrating and giving thanks for agriculture, as well as prayer in times of trouble like drought and crisis.
This year people brought gifts of food which we will donate to Exeter Food Bank. We also had a collection and have raised over £200 for Christian Aid in India, a people hit particularly badly by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9)