Harvest Festival Celebrations 2013

Our harvest festival celebrations began with an augmented choir singing the John Rutter anthem, Look at the World and the verses of this anthem provided the structure for our service, with each section being introduced by the reading of the next verse of the anthem. Here are the words:

Look at the world, everything all around us
Look at the world and marvel every day.
Look at the world: so many joys and wonders,
So many miracles along our way

Chorus: Praise to thee, O lord for all creation.
Give us thankful hearts that we may see
All the gifts we share, and every blessing,
All things come of thee.

Look at the earth bringing forth fruit and flower,
Look at the sky the sunshine and the rain.
Look at the hills, look at the trees and mountains,
Valley and flowing river, field and plain.

Think of the spring, think of the warmth of summer
Bringing the harvest before winter’s cold.
Everything grows, everything has a season,
till it is gathered to the Father’s fold:

Every good gift, all that we need and cherish.
Comes from the Lord in token of his love
We are his hands, stewards of all his bounty
His is the earth and his the heavens above.

The service included contributions from many of the children and a short dramatic dialogue and a variety of music.

The church and vestibule were beautifully decorated and afterwards pot plants were taken out to some of the more elderly members of the congregation and the harvest produce shared between Framework and The Friary.

 

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