This year help your congregation make the connection between God’s creation and something very near and dear to them — their food! A worship service that celebrates and gives thanks to God for the bounty of the earth will also remind parishioners of the seasons of the year, the cycle of life, the value of farms, the need for sustainable care of creation, and the source of our nourishment. What local agriculture can you bring in? Here are some websites with great worship resources, ideas or links.
Harvest Worship Resources – all sorts of material is available at the Church of England’s website for rural congregations,
Harvest Celebration Sermon and Worship Resources – from DesperatePreacher.com, an assortment of resources and links to more
Two Liturgies for Harvest Festivals – from Faith & Worship.
Prayers and Resources for Harvest – from Faith & Worship, resources and links.
The Agricultural Year – a free booklet from the Church of England has a great worship section on harvest, and also seedtime and other seasons.
God is a Faithful Gardener – Ideas for harvest worship and activities with children from Barnabas in Churches.
A Form of Thanksgiving for Blessing of the Harvest – resource from the Prayer Book Society of Canada.
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