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Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent…
Matt. 27:51



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Harvest Podcast

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COME, YE THANKFUL PEOPLE, COME.
Introduction:Come ye thankful people, come To hear the audio file, please click right mouse, then left click to open new tab. Our harvest service begins with the well known hymn ‘Come ye thankful people, come’, Words by Dr Henry Alford, b. London, Oct. 7, 1810, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is acclaimed for his edition of the Greek Testament.
The first verse of this hymn is written as a celebration of the harvest, calling for people to give thanks to God for it .The last two verses are based on the Parable of the Tares, and discuss the last harvest at the Second Coming of Jesus

The music was written by Sir George Job Elvey (1816–1893) who was a vey gifted English organist and composer.

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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. 
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All the world is God's own field, 
fruit as praise to God we yield; 
wheat and tares together sown 
are to 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 the harvest home; 
from the field shall in that day 
all offences purge away, 
giving angels charge at last 
in the fire the tares to cast; 
but the fruitful ears to store 
in the garner evermore. 
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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 presence to abide; 
come, with all thine angels, come, 
raise the glorious harvest home.


PRAYER
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Almighty God, creator of our world and worlds afar we come before you to worship you, to acknowledge our dependence on you and to thank you for your continued provision for us.
We will never forget that your love for us resulted in you allowing Jesus to release us from the penalty of sin.
We are so grateful that we can be confident in our trust in you, dear God. We are mindful that it is by your hand that the miracle of sowing and harvest happens. Forgive us, we pray that so often we accept such
an essential provision without that it is your continuing gift to us. Without such a miracle we would simply not be able to exist. Thank you, dear God for caring for us in such a practical way.

We confess we do not always understand why things happen in this world. We think of those on our prayer list where illness and suffering comes on some people and there seems to ne no explanation. We ask, Lord, that those who are researching what to us are incurable illnesses will be given the blessing of discovering methods to alleviate the suffering and guidance to cure the incurable. Particularly in these days of the coronavirus pandemic we need to see your hand, dear God. Already we are seeing your love in neighbours who are rallying around to care for those who are vulnerable, elderly and frail and we thank you for that. We thank you for those in the care sectors who are unselfishly giving of their time and ability to treat those who are so very ill. We pray, too, for those who are ministering to the relatives of those who because of the contagious nature of the illness are denied access to their loved ones in hospitals.

Above al, we ask that as we give you our thanks for your goodness to us, it will be obvious that our lives are so enriched by trusting you that others will urgently seek you, too.

These things we ask in the worthy and precious name of Jesus. Amen


HYMN: NOW THANK WE ALL OUR GOD
Intro Now thank we all our God To hear the audio file, please click right mouse, then left click to open new tab.
Words by Martin Rinkart, who was born at Eilenburg, April 23, 1586. After passing through the Latin school at Eilenburg, he became, in Nov., 1601, a foundation scholar and chorister of the St. Thomas's School at Leipzig.
The words were translated into English by Catherine Winkworth (b. Holborn, London, England, 1827. She is well known for her English translations of German hymns and was a pioneer in promoting women's rights.

The tune, ‘NUN DANKET’
was composed by Johann Crüger who studied theology at the University of Wittenberg. He moved to Berlin in 1615, where he published music for the rest of his life.

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Now thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom his world rejoices;
who from our mothers' arms
has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.
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O may this bounteous God
through all our life be near us,
with ever joyful hearts
and blessed peace to cheer us,
to keep us in his grace,
and guide us when perplexed,
and free us from all ills
of this world in the next.
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All praise and thanks to God
the Father now be given,
the Son and Spirit blest,
who reign in highest heaven
the one eternal God,
whom heaven and earth adore;
for thus it was, is now,
and shall be evermore. 

BRASS: AUTUMN (Kenneth Cook)
Intro Intro Autumn To hear the audio file, please click right mouse, then left click to open new tab.
We have now an excerpt from ‘Songs Of The Seasons’ by Kenneth Cook. This is the movement depicting Autumn and I’m sure you will recognise the familiar harvest melodies.

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CHORAL:
GREAT IS HE
Intro Great is He To hear the audio file, please click right mouse, then left click to open new tab. A choral arrangement. Sometimes the simplest of musical expressions can carry a reminder of some wonderful truths and here is one such choral offering- ‘Great Is He.’

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Great is He

HYMN: ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING
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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 at the time was rector of a Church of England parish church at Adel near Leeds. 
The hymn tune  originated from Germany in 1623. Its English title is ‘Let us rejoice most heartily’ and which found widespread popularity after The English Hymnal published a 1906 version.
The tune's oldest published version that still exists is from 1625. The original 1623 hymnal was edited by Friedrich Spee, an influential Jesuit priest, professor, and activist against witch-hunts, who is often credited as the hymn's composer .


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All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam:

Chorus O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


2.
Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise him, alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice:
3.
Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest man both warmth and light:
4.
Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise him, alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them his glory also show:
5.
Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship him in humbleness,
O praise him, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One:

GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS

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May you feel richly blessed by your obedience to God’s guidance to financial support the ministries he lays on your heart.


HYMN: BRINGING IN THE SHEAVES
Introduction: Intro Bringing in the sheaves To hear the audio file, please click right mouse, then left click to open new tab. 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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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.

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.

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Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows,
Fearing neither clouds nor winter's chilling breeze;
By and by the harvest, and the labor ended,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

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.

3

Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master,
Tho' 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.

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.


BIBLE READING
JOHN 4: 31-38

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Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman
Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
The Disciples Rejoin Jesus
27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”
28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”
33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”
34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”
Many Samaritans Believe
39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Saviour of the world.”


HYMN: WE PLOUGH THE FIELDS AND SCATTER
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I wonder how many are taken back to our school days when in school assemblies we sang 'We plough the fields and scatter. This hymn of German origin commonly associated with harvest festival was written by poet Matthias Claudius, and was published in 1782. It was set to music in 1800 attributed to Johann A. P. Schulz. It was translated into English by Jane Montgomery Campbell in 1861. It is amongst the most performed of hymns in the United Kingdom.

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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.

All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above,
then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
for all his love.
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He only is the maker
of all things near and far;
he paints the wayside flower,
he lights the evening star;
the wind and waves obey him,
by him the birds are fed;
much more to us his children,
he gives our daily bread.
All good gifts...
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We thank you, 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 your love imparts;
and that which you most welcome,
our humble, thankful hearts.
All good gifts...



POEM: “THE WONDER OF GOD”

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I see in all creation
That you, my God, are real;
The sunrise and the sunset
Your might and power reveal;
I do not doubt you’re able
Miraculous deeds to do,
The galaxies and planets
Confirm your word is true.
The cry of new born babies,
The swallows in the sky,
The colours in the rainbow
Remind me you are nigh;
The beauty in a painting,
The poet’s careful rhyme
Convince me there’s a heaven,
Incredibly sublime.
I hear in so much music
Angelic sounds divine,
It speaks of a creator
Who covers space and time;
The sowing and the harvest,
The rain and then the sun;
If all of this is random,
How was it all begun?
It was in the beginning
When there was just a void,
God spoke and he created
A perfect world, unspoiled;
Everything was possible,
There was no trace of sin;
Restore to us that wonder,
And Lord, in me, begin!

(MW)




VOCAL SOLO: “LITTLE FLOWERS”
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Our soloist, Sandra Entermann, brings to us today a lovely simple, gentle song which reminds us of the lesson we can learn from nature that no matter what happens, if we trust in God we will grow stronger.

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Sandra Entermann


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Little flowers never worry
When the wind begins to blow.
And they never, never cry
When the rain begins to fall.
though, it's wet and oh so cold,
Soon the sun will shine again.
Then they'll smile unto the world,
For their beauty to behold.

So, let it rain, let it rain, let it pour,
Let trouble keep knocking at my door,
If we'll learn the right from wrong,
It will help to make us strong.

When the clouds begin to gather
And the wind begins to blow,
Little flowers don't complain,
Though they're tossing to and fro.
O I guess they've learned the secret,
They don’t fret because they know
If it never, never rains,
Then they'd never, never grow.

So, let it rain, let it rain, let it pour,
Let trouble keep knocking at my door,
If we'll learn the right from wrong,
It will help to make us strong.

So, let it rain, let it rain, let it pour,
Let trouble keep on knocking at my door,
If we'll learn the right from wrong,
It will help to make us strong.

Lord, please help us learn this secret
Even little flowers know
If it never, never rains
Then we’ll never, never grow.


SERMON

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Dr Malcolm Westwood


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Travelling from Judea to Galilee through Samaria was about 125 miles.
From Judea to Samaria to where Jacob’s well was sited would be about 64 miles, and that would take about 22 hours to walk. No wonder we read, ‘Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well.’ We’re told it was about the sixth hour-that’s noon and the sun was probably at his hottest.
Along came a Samaritan woman to draw water from the well. The well was about half a mile from Sychar from where she seemed to have come. Why she would come that far to get water when there would have been water in Sychar was probably that she was so much of a moral outcast that the women in the town wouldn’t have wanted her around when they went to draw water later when it was cooler.

Arriving at the well she found Jesus resting there.
To her amazement, this man -who she rightly recognised as a Jew- spoke to her. That in itself was quite extraordinary causing the woman to gasp in amazement that a Jew would ever speak to a Samaritan, let alone a Samaritan woman.
John makes it clear to the Greeks for whom he’s writing how the Jews kept their distance from any Samaritan. The Samaritans had intermarried with their Assyrian conquerors and in the eyes of the Jews had lost their racial purity and were looked upon with contempt by the Jews who although they suffered a similar defeat and were taken into Babylon, they kept their identity, remaining purely Jewish. It was a quarrel, which had been raging for over 400 years! It’s little wonder that the Samaritan woman was astonished to be address by the Jewish man. A strict Jewish Rabbi wouldn’t even talk to his wife or daughter or sister in public and certainly wouldn’t greet a woman who was not related if he wanted to keep his reputation intact. To speak with a woman of loose morals would have been completely out of the question. This woman had everything against her-she was a woman, a Samaritan and an adulteress. How wonderful to remember there is no-one beyond the pale as far as Jesus is concerned.

How important it is that Christians are alert to the opportunities which come our way to tell those who don’t know about the living water, especially when their curiosity is aroused as the woman’s was. She was at first puzzled by the reference of Jesus to ‘living water’. They were at the site of a well which was not a spring well. The water in Jacob’s well was water that percolated through the subsoil. The woman, rather confused asked, "And where are you going to get ‘running’ water? You don’t even have a bucket to draw water even from this well!” She doubted his ability to even give of the well’s water let alone water that would mean she would never have to do that daily half-mile trip from the town to Jacob’s well.
She knows her lifestyle is suspect. And as this man seems to be willing to listen to her, not something she’s often found anywhere else, she doesn’t argue or attempt to lie her way out the situation when Jesus reminds her of her relationship with 5 men plus the one with whom she’s now living. She recognises that there’s something about Jesus which is prophetic and, as she admits her sinful lifestyle, she’s happy to question him about the right place to worship.
Jesus explains that as God is a Spirit, it’s not the place that is important where God is worshipped. Being a Spirit, God is everywhere.
The woman may not fully understand yet but she’s seen enough in Jesus to know he is offering something her lifestyle isn’t giving her. We might be tempted to think that she’s half jesting when she says to Jesus, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water” but there is a longing in people to have a life which gives satisfaction, a life which is different to the life in which there are needs which seem to be continually unmet. And suddenly the truth dawns on the woman and she’s determined to share it with those who know her, O so well! She leaves her water jar at the well, a sure sign she’s coming back very soon, and hurries to Sychar and so forceful is her testimony she unashamedly says she’s been talking with someone who knows all about her and her reputation yet was prepared to share with her how what God wanted to give her would give satisfaction on earth and the joy of eternity with him.
“ They came out of the town and made their way toward him.”
“Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Jesus because of the woman’s testimony when she said, ‘He told me everything I ever did.'
“But some of them said, we no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves and we know that this man really is the Saviour of the world.”

Meanwhile, the disciples had returned from fetching food and urged Jesus to eat. But Jesus takes to opportunity to tell them that there is a satisfaction in doing God’s will which is incomparable to anything else-even to the satisfaction of physical hunger being satisfied. He’s not saying that physical food isn’t satisfying. He’s saying that there is nothing which can compare with sharing God’s Word and leading people into a relationship with God.
I recall a man called Alastair Smith who was a firebrand of a preacher. Every word he spoke from the pulpit seemed to have been delivered directly from heaven to him. There were times when he was not preaching and his need to be fed physical food was obviously as real as it is for you and I but I have absolutely no doubt that if had been given the choice of a four course meal or an opportunity to ascend the pulpit steps he would have chosen those steps. To be convicted and blessed by the privilege of sharing God’s Word there is no experience which comes close to giving the same fulfilment. When Jesus said ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” he was stating a truth which each of us are invited to experience -even the woman of dubious reputation whose simple testimony resulted in convincing many in her town of Sychar to come to Jesus.

Could it be possible that anyone who has received the living water from Jesus, the infilling of the Holy Spirit, could contemplate thinking it could be left to someone else to tell others about their experience! There can be nothing more satisfying and exhilarating than telling others of our meeting with Jesus and leading others to the Saviour.
Every day is a day to sow the seed of the gospel; every day can be a day when we will have the joy of reaping some of the harvest of someone who has faithfully sown the seed of the gospel.
If you have led someone to faith in Christ you will know that nothing can ever be as satisfying. If you then see that person leading others to the Saviour, you will realise that sowing and reaping-doing the will of God- is to be drinking continually of the living water Jesus promised. If the woman at the well could bring a town to Jesus what kind of harvest might
our words offering living water bring about?
Every blessing on you as you do the work of God who has entrusted you with the task of sowing and reaping.


HYMN: TO THEE, O LORD, OUR HEARTS WE RAISE
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To Thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise
In hymns of adoration,
To Thee bring sacrifice of praise
With shouts of exultation;
Bright robes of gold the fields adorn,
The hills with joy are ringing,
The valleys stand so thick with corn
That even they are singing.

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And now, on this our festal day,
Thy bounteous hand confessing,
Before Thee thankfully we lay
The first-fruits of Thy blessing.
By Thee the souls of men are fed
With gifts of grace supernal;
Thou Who dost give us earthly bread,
Give us the bread eternal.

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We bear the burden of the day,
And often toil seems dreary;
But labour ends with sunset ray,
And rest comes for the weary:
May we, the angel-reaping o'er,
Stand at the last accepted,
Christ's golden sheaves forevermore
To garners bright elected.

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O blessed is that land of God
Where saints abide forever,
Where golden fields spread far and broad,
Where flows the crystal river.
The strains of all its holy throng
With ours today are blending;
Thrice blesséd is that harvest-song
Which never hath an ending.



BENEDICTION
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May God’s presence and power within you enable you
to lead others to Jesus and may you have the joy of knowing
his blessing because you are obeying his commands. Amen.