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HARVEST
OCTOBER 2019


HYMN: COME YE THANKFUL PEOPLE, COME.
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As harvest hymns are naturally sung mainly at harvest time, we have the opportunity of singing and hearing them only at that time of the year so in our harvest service today, I’ve included more hymns than usual so that we can use the lovely harvest hymns. The first one is "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" which was written in 1844 by Henry Alford. It is often sung to this tune- St George’s, Windsor written by George Elvey. 

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1.
Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin.
God, our maker. doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest home.

2.
All the world is God's own field,
Fruit unto his praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown,
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be!

3.
For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take his harvest home;
From his field shall in that day
All offenses purge away,
Give his angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
In his garner evermore.

4.
Even so, Lord, quickly come,
Bring thy final harvest home;
Gather thou thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin;
There, forever purified,
In thy garner to abide;
Come, with all thine angels, come,
Raise the glorious harvest home!

PRAYER
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Our Father God, we come into your presence by the merit of your Son, Jesus.
We are so grateful for allowing him to come to be our Saviour and making it possible to come into your presence as we do, dear God.
We join together in this modern way, made possible by technology, to worship you together and we are encouraged to remember that in many countries of the world so many are sharing in this service.
We come before you to petition for a world which has much unrest. Indeed some people of the world are suffering greatly. We pray that the leaders of the nations will make decisions to address the situations which are causing so much distress.
And for all individuals who are experiencing anxiety because of their circumstances we ask that they might remember that you have given your angels charge over them.
Grant to all your disciples a continuing sense of wonder of being redeemed.
We lift up our hearts in praise and adoration in thankfulness for the harvest, and we will find opportunities to share the blessings of your provision with all whom we meet.
These things we ask in the name of Jesus.
Amen.


HYMN: BRINGING IN THE SHEAVES
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The lyrics were written in 1874 by Knowles Shaw, who was inspired by Psalm 126:6, "He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." Shaw also wrote music for these words, but they are now usually set to a tune by George Minor, written in 1880.

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1
Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness,
Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve,
Waiting for the harvest and the time of reaping —
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

Refrain:
Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
Bringing in the sheaves,
bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

2
Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows,
Fearing neither clouds nor winter's chilling breeze;
By and by the harvest and our labour ended -
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves. [Refrain]

3
Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master,
Though the loss sustained our spirit often grieves;
When our weeping's over He will bid us welcome -
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.


BRASS: THE CALL OF THE RIGHTEOUS
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Leslie Condon, Salvation Army officer, was largely a self taught composer but one who possessed a wide range of skills. He was a gifted vocalist as well as a tuba soloist of note. This particular work displays his innate melodic and harmonic gifts, his sense of drama and his brilliant orchestration. The featured songs are ‘When the roll is called up yonder’ and ‘Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb?’
The work portrays the mystical procession of Christian heroes, saints and martyrs and reminds us that the saved of earth are those washed in the Blood of the Lamb.

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HYMN: WE PLOUGH THE FIELDS
Introduction: Intro We plough To hear the audio file, please click right mouse, then left click to open new tab.‘We Plough the Fields and Scatter’ is a hymn of German origin commonly associated with harvest festival. Written by poet Matthias Claudius, the words were published in 1782 and set to music in 1800 attributed to Johann A. P. Schulz. It was translated into English by Jane Montgomery Campbell in 1861.

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1
We plough the fields and scatter
The good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered
By God's almighty hand:
He sends the snow in winter,
The warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes and the sunshine,
And soft, refreshing rain.

Refrain:
All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord,
O thank the Lord,
For all his love.

2
He only is the maker
Of all things near and far;
He paints the wayside flower,
He lights the evening star;
The winds and waves obey him,
By him the birds are fed;
Much more to us, his children,
He gives our daily bread.

3
We thank thee then, O Father,
For all things bright and good,
The seed time and the harvest,
Our life, our health, our food.
Accept the gifts we offer
For all thy love imparts,
And what thou most desirest,
Our humble, thankful hearts.
Refrain

GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS
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At this, the time of harvest, we become so aware of God’s provision. And as God gives bountifully to us, we are reminded that there are those in the world who are in real need. Yet while man continues to use his ingenuity to provide us with all kinds of wonderful inventions to make life easier for us, there are still obstacles for those who have to share with those who have not. Basically the problem is the lack of will to remove the problems. How the world needs to hear the gospel of Jesus -caring and sharing. Perhaps we are not where world-wide decisions can be made but we can provide finance to ensure the Word of God reaches those who can make a difference. Let us prayerfully do that by allocating funds to whichever Church or ministry God lays upon our hearts.


HYMN: ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING
Introduction: Intro All creatures To hear the audio file, please click right mouse, then left click to open new tab.The words of the hymn were initially written by St. Francis of Assisi in 1225 in the Canticle of the Sun poem, which was based on Psalm 148. The words were translated into English by William Draper, who set the words to music and it was published sometime between 1899-1919. Draper was rector of a Church of England parish church at Adel near Leeds. 

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1
All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing
O praise Him, allelujah
Thou, burning sun with golden beam
Thou, silver moon with softer gleam
O praise Him, O praise Him
Allelujah, allelujah, allelujah

2
Let all things their Creator bless
And worship Him in humbleness
O praise Him, allelujah
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son
And praise the Spirit, Three-in-One
O praise Him, O praise Him
Allelujah, allelujah, allelujah

3
All the redeemed washed by His blood
Come and rejoice in His great love
O praise Him, allelujah
Christ has defeated every sin
Cast all your burdens now on Him
O praise Him, O praise Him
Allelujah, allelujah, allelujah

BIBLE READING
Exodus 16:1-8

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The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”
So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?” Moses also said, “You will know that it was the Lord when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.”


HYMN: SING TO THE LORD OF HARVEST
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John Monsell was born in 1811, the son of an Irish clergyman, and was educated and ordained at Trinity College, Dublin. Sadly, he died in 1875 as the result of an accident that occurred while building work was being carried out at his church in Guildford, Surrey, U.K. Although John Monsell lived only sixty-four years, he wrote about three hundred poems and hymns, this one showing his exuberant gratitude for all God had given. That was in spite of the fact he would have lived through the “Irish Potato Famine” in 1852. Perhaps that is why, once life had improved again, he felt so thankful for the abundance he described.
The tune St. Theodulph was written by Melchior Teschner who was born in what is now Poland studied philosophy, theology, and music at the University of Frankfurt.

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1.
Sing to the Lord of harvest,
Sing songs of love and praise,
With joyful hearts and voices,
Your hallelujahs raise;
By him the rolling seasons
In fruitful order move;
Sing to the Lord of harvest
A song of grateful love.

2.
By him the clouds drop fatness,
The deserts bloom and spring,
The hills leap up in gladness.
The valleys laugh and sing;
He filleth with his fulness
All things with large increase;
He crowns the year with goodness,
With plenty and with peace.

3.
Heap on his sacred altar
The gifts his goodness gave,
The golden sheaves of harvest,
The souls he died to save;
Your hearts lay down before him,
When at his feet you fall.
And with your lives adore him
Who gave his life for all.

Repeat verse 1


POEM: AUTUMN HARVEST

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AUTUMN HARVEST

As leaves their coloured carpets make
And branches empty seem,
We realise the summer sun
Is now a distant dream;
The russet autumn colours show
That summer has now passed,
Time now to reassess the year
Based on the recent past;
The fruit borne of the seeds we've sown
We celebrate today,
Yet worry that some seeds have failed
And fallen by the way.


My child,
The fertile soil in which you've sown
Which caused the seed to grow
Perhaps was tilled by someone else
Someone you may not know;
Preparing soil, the hidden task
Unheralded may feel
But left undone the harvest fails
Despite the sowing zeal;
But if the seeds when faithf'lly sown
In ground which seems just right
Yield nothing when the harvest comes
That is man’s human sight.
There is a greater harvest yet
When all things will be known,
And seeds which may seem dormant now
if sown in grace I'll own,
And at the final harvest home
Your sowing you will see
Increased the harvest I have reaped
For all eternity.

(c) MW




CHORAL: GREAT IS HE
Introduction: Intro Great is He To hear the audio file, please click right mouse, then left click to open new tab.Sometimes the simplest of musical expressions can carry a reminder of some wonderful truths. Here is one such choral offering –Great is He.

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Great Is He who's the King of Kings
Great is he who's the King of kings and the Lord of lords He is wonderful
Hallelujah x3
He is wonderful Great is he who's the King of kings
and the Lord of lords He is wonderful

VOCAL SOLO: HOW DEEP IS THE FATHER’S LOVE

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Our resident soloist, Sandra Entermann , brings to us a contemporary song which expresses the deep and moving thought that it is the wounds of Jesus which have paid our ransom.

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How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory
2
Behold the Man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
3
I will not boast in anything
No gifts no pow’r no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

SERMON

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Dr Malcolm Westwood

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There are many lessons we could learn when we read of the Exodus of the Israelite community from Egypt but perhaps none more important than the provision of God.
We’re told in the 16
th chapter of Exodus that it wasn’t long after the miraculous release of the Israelites by Pharaoh that the gloss of freedom started to lose its attraction! In fact it was just 75 days before they started to grumble against their leaders, Moses and his brother Aaron. They moaned about being brought into the desert to ‘starve’. That was probably an exaggeration because when they left Egypt, Pharaoh was so glad to get rid of them that in the night he ‘summoned Moses and Aaron and said, ‘Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. Take your flocks and herds, as you have said and go. And bless me.’ (Exodus 12:31-32)
The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!”

So the Israelites took their dough before the yeast was added and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in clothing.
Pharaoh and his people believed the plagues which they had suffered were a direct result of keeping the Israelites prisoners. They were glad to get rid of them! And in today’s colloquial language, Pharaoh said ‘For goodness sake go-and make it fast and give me a bit of peace!’

So when the Israelites complained they were
starving, they actually had the wherewithal to feed themselves when they left Egypt. They had flocks and herds and yeast-certainly enough to eat for the 1l day journey but perhaps while they had been in captivity, did they I wonder, gradually take on themselves some of the customs of the Egyptians, one of which was sacrificing certain animals as part of a religious belief. If so, that would have reduced the food stock of the Israelites and feeding 600,000 people on the Exodus they would need that stock. It’s not an insignificant point actually as the reduced stock would have been caused by their disobedience to God. And it’s here that we begin to see why instead of taking 11 days to get the Promised Land it took them 40 years! (You would think God’s people would learn the disadvantages of disobeying God in Egypt, yet even today we find that the tendency to disobey still exists!)
400 years before, God had promised Abraham a land flowing with milk and honey and there it was for Moses and his Israelites-just a few miles away. They were camped in the land of the Moabites overlooking Jericho and the plain of Jordan, on the eastern border of Canaan.

But they had spent year after year complaining about their conditions. Instead of trusting God to lead them through the difficulties, they wallowed in their self-imposed misery, so much so that the first generation had died before the Promised Land was reached. Only Moses, Joshua and Caleb from that generation remained.
It’s a sermon in itself to remember that all too often God’s people go without receiving what God wants them to have because despite saying they are his followers they simply disobey his leadings.
We are rightly amazed at the tolerance of God on a people who seem so intent on pursuing their own ways rather than God’s.

It’s a valid point, too, to remember that the influence the Israelites could have had in Canaan for 40 years giving testimony to the miracle of God’s deliverance was lost in the mire of their whingeing and demanding calls for what they thought they had given up in Egypt. Freedom or food! At first, they would have given everything for their freedom. But it wasn’t long before they remembered the so-called ‘good’ times in captivity and forgot they were slaves. At least, they said, they were well fed slaves!

Eventually, their complaining really got to Moses and he reminded them, “You’re not complaining against Aaron and me. You’re complaining against God!’ It was a reminder that it was by the power of God that they had been allowed to leave Egypt. Did they not think God could provide for their 11-day journey?
But God had a special place for his chosen people and promised that despite getting stuck in the wilderness for much longer than they needed to have been there, he was willing to provide food for them.
(Exodus 16:11-20) 11 The Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘at twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”
13 That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.
Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. 
16 This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.’”
17 The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. 18 And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.
19 Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.”
20 However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them.
I’m not surprised, are you!

Each person had about one and half kilos of ‘God’s bread’. It was enough to satisfy anyone’s hunger especially as they would also be enjoying the delicacy of quails in the evening. We might have expected the Israelites to realise God’s provision and they would be grateful enough to obey his instructions and to trust him for future days. But no, no sooner had they been offered, by the grace of God, an answer to their over exaggerated claim about being starving, some of them couldn’t last a day without ignoring his instructions. They kept some of the bread overnight. Did they not believe God’s promise that there would be supplies each day or were they just too lazy to go and gather it the next day or…….-and this is the reason that I have chosen this particular passage of Scripture for our harvest service- the fact that they gathered more than they needed was down to plain and simply …
greed.
Greed can make people feel immune to the poverty of others

Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That's about one in nine people on earth. The vast majority of the world's hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 percent of the population is undernourished.
Yet globally, there are now more people who are obese than who are underweight. An estimated 2.1 billion adults are overweight. Of adults who are overweight, 31% are obese.

It simply cannot be beyond the inventiveness of a people who can put a man on the moon to be able to devise a system to share from the ‘haves’ to the ‘have nots’
Jesus said we are to love each other as he loves us.
Perhaps we can be a bit ‘woolly’ in our thinking if we think that we, in the affluent West, by halving our plate of chips, can feed an undernourished child in a country where there is a famine. But where a country can over produce food so that, for instance, in the UK, 1.9 million tonnes of food is wasted by the food industry every year, ought we, as Christians, to be vocal in lobbying to find ways of sharing what we have before we fill our dustbins to overflowing with ‘out of date’ food.
As God said to his people, ‘I’ll provide what you need’. And indeed he has. And he expects us to honour his commandment to love one another. And one way we can do that is make sure we can share so that no one is in need.

We would all agree that it is naïve in the extreme to think that shipping a box of cornflakes to Yemen where 8 million are at risk of starvation is the answer to sharing what we have. In the short term, thousands of tonnes of non-perishable food from the affluent West needs to be sent. But the ultimate resolution is that the gospel of Jesus Christ to love one another by sharing what we have needs to be heard and accepted by the leaders of countries where, again for instance, the Yemen has been caught up in continuous brutal conflict for so long. Money spent on arms needs to be spent on feeding programmes. The leaders of such countries need to accept the life changing experience of meeting with Jesus so that their citizens are fed with the bread of life. Once that happens the leaders of the nations AND the citizens will never go hungry again.
As we celebrate our harvest let us pray that by our example of caring by sharing we will influence those who can make a difference.

Let’s share Jesus who said,
"I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
And that will mean he who receives Jesus will have their lives changed by his sacrifice and his grace and his love that that will be seen in how he shares what he has with those who haven’t.
And the spiritual change will result in our actions being like those of Jesus.


CHORAL: ALL FOR THEE
Introduction: A lovely modern arrangement of the words of Frances Ridley Havergal

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1.
Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

2.
Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of thy love;
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for thee.

3.
Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from thee.

4.
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as thou shalt choose.

5.
Take my will, and make it thine,
It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is thine own,
It shall be thy royal throne.

6.
Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At thy feet its treasure-store;
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for thee.

BENEDICTION
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May the wonderful provision of God remind us that sharing it brings pleasure to God who sees that we love one another. My God’s love continue to be seen in you; may the way you imitate Jesus be the evidence of that love and may the empowerment of the Holy Spirit help you to love those who would reject the love God offers to them through you. Amen.




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