Church News | Sunday, 1 October 2017 |
St Mary’s church was packed this morning to celebrate Harvest Festival, a day when we can give thanks to God for all the wonderful gifts he gives us. The service began with an Anthem sung by the Choir. Following the Opening Responses and a hymn Rev’d Diana Garfield who was Ordained Deacon at Chelmsford Cathedral yesterday 30th September, was called forward to make her Declaration of Assent to the Vicar and the Congregation of St Mary’s Parish Church of Broomfield, witnessed by the Church Wardens, Mrs Margaret Powell and Mr Peter Baker, who duly signed the Declaration Certificate.
We had two readings, the first from 2 Corinthians 9: Entitled – God loves a cheerful giver, and the Gospel according to St Luke 12: telling us the parable of the rich fool. To remind us of all the good things we receive from God, Revd Carolyn called the children forward and asked them to find, from a big pile of coloured pictures, lots of different grains, fruits and vegetables to make up into a large collage for us all to feast our eyes on… Following this activity we listened to a lovely song called ‘Colours of the wind’ by Tom Kelly performed by the puppet crew, which showed us how a beautiful planet and nature can be spoiled by modern living and warfare which creates destruction and litter everywhere, but all was not lost for the final part of the story told of how we do enjoy nature, birds and flowers and that we really do love our beautiful planet.
Following the Harvest Litany, Revd Carolyn called for the congregation to offer their harvest gifts to place on the Altar. The choir sang a lovely, fitting Anthem called ‘This world you have made’. Then the congregation’s voice was heard singing in a round – This four-lined song conducted by Jill created a fabulous wave of sound all around the four sections of the church preparing us all to welcome two lovely young children who have been recently baptised and then to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to all those who will be celebrating in October. Our Harvest Festival Service ended with that delightful hymn ‘We plough the fields and scatter’. Ahh! Wonderful.