Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday – 4th October 2009

Posted by Sarah on October 16, 2009
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Pet Service Sunday morning saw us return to the more traditional thanksgiving of the Harvest Service.  As usual food gifts were brought for St Josephs, continuing the tradition of hundreds of years of giving food as a symbol of a successful harvest.

However, the highlight of the weekend for many was the Pet Service on Sunday afternoon. Although this was not the first time the Church had run such an event, it was the first for many years and no one knew how well it would be supported. In the end, over 70 people came with their pets, ranging from man’s best friend, to rabbits, guinea pigs, and even a couple of chickens.

The service was a thanksgiving for not only pets, or even just animals, but for all of God’s creation, and continued the work that has seen St Paul’s obtain an Eco Congregation Award and become a Fair Trade church. The stress of the service was to thank god for all that animals and creation has given us, and to remind all that we are custodians of that creation Each pet was brought forward for a personal thanksgiving prayer, for them and their owners. As one member of the congregation put it “Pets can give us so much, unconditional love, companionship, and even hope, it’s only fair we thank God for giving them to us.”