Hertford Methodist Church seeks to serve God in Hertford and the wider world through love and fellowship
If you are asked to finish the sentence ‘you know it’s autumn when …’ I wonder what you would write.
For me it might have included damp morning grass and misty mornings; conkers - and apples - falling from the trees; or even that you have to put the lights on earlier as the days get shorter. I wonder what your own reply would be?
Or course there is one definite sign of autumn for me and that is that it is harvest festival season in church and schools. It is the time when I have to rack my brain and trawl books and internet for new and different ways to share the importance of harvest for all sorts of ages from infant schools to adult congregations. Like many things we ‘recognise’ annually or regularly there is the danger that we become a little numbed to the importance of what we are remembering or celebrating. In church we love to decorate our churches with flowers and foliage, with fruits and vegetables and, in thoroughly modern ways of celebrating, with tins and packets of all sorts produce. In doing so the most important part is to remember why we do this (the church looked beautifully decorated, thank you to all of you). We do so to thank God for his provision for us, to pray for his continuing provision, and also to remind and challenge us that part of those prayers are answered by the way we share from what we have with those, locally and globally, who don’t have enough. Our clearest offer of thanksgiving to God is how we show that in action.
Throughout the last 18 months or so we have become even more aware of the needs of the poor in our society, and around the world as the effect of the pandemic took hold. God continues to call us to care, and provide, for the poor, the needy and the foreigners in our midst. Harvest brings this call into stark focus.
And if you wonder how your small offering can possibly make any difference at all to the global need let us remember some of Jesus teaching when he told his listeners that they were to be yeast, salt and light to the world. He was challenging us to be completely in and amongst the world we inhabit is such a way as to make an incredible change and difference to the world, and helping us see that what seems so small and insignificant can become the ‘catalyst’ for amazing change and transformation.
‘Come, you thankful people, come. Raise the song of Harvest home
Minister - Revd. Debbie Hodgson - firstname.lastname@example.org