Rector's Message

Dear Friends

What goes around comes around!

I can't help noticing, as a dog walker, that the seasons are changing, for the farmers anyway.  A few weeks ago I saw my first bales stacked one on top of the other, amongst a field of golden stubble.  The seasons go full cycle and now the farmers, gardeners and fishermen gather in the fruit of their labour some began many months ago.  It seems a precarious occupation dependent upon the weather and taking the right decisions at the right time, whatever that may be.  The harvester gives thanks for the miracle of growth.

For many today the harvest is far from our thoughts as we live in towns and cities which seem far removed from the gathering in of fruit and grain.  Today if we go into our shops we can find almost any produce we want throughout the year, flown or transported by boat or train to the places and communities we live amongst.  We do not realise the effect of bad weather, disease or climate change because for the most part we do not suffer for want of food.

In a recent new article I saw discarded plastic items riding a distant ocean, far away from land.  Over sometimes many decades this plastic breaks down into smaller almost invisible granules and is ingested by sea creatures, birds and sea fauna.  We are only just beginning to realise what such rubbish may mean to future generations.

The world holds much opportunity and promise if we treat it wisely, if we consider what effect our actions will have on those around us and those far away.

Our harvest is God given, let us give thanks.  You can join our thanksgiving services of harvest, see the website Calendar for service details in the churches and schools.  May our thankfulness turn us to consideration too, as we respect the world God has placed in our hands and the care he encourages us to give to others.

Yours

Richard Kirkman

 

"As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest .... will never cease. (Gen. 8:22)