Thursday, 10 October 2013

Harvest Festival pewsheet

Colour: Green

Welcome to St Peter’s-in-the Forest

All Age Communion

Harvest Festival

29th September 2013

Presiding today is Fr Paul Trathen

Our welcomers today are Sarah Collins and Iona Trathen

All stand

Hymn:    We plough the fields and scatter
Following the procession, please bring your harvest gifts up and place them in front of the altar


We plough the fields and scatter
the good seed on the land,
but it is fed and watered
by God’s almighty hand:
he sends the snow in winter,
the warmth to swell the grain,
the breezes and the sunshine,
and soft, refreshing rain.


He only is the maker
of all thing near and far;
he paints the wayside flower,
he lights the evening star;
he fills the earth with beauty,
by him the birds are fed;
much more to us, his children,
he gives our daily bread.

All good gifts around us …..

All good gifts around us
are sent from heav’n above;
then thank the Lord,
O thank the Lord,
for all his love.


We thank thee then, O Father,
for all things bright and good:
the seed-time and the harvest,
our life, our health, our food.
Accept the gifts we offer
for all thy love imparts,
and, what thou most desirest,
our humble, thankful hearts.

All good gifts around us …..



Priest:   In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit;

All:         Amen.


Priest:   The Lord be with you.

All:         And also with you.

All:         Father we thank you for your goodness to us.
Now we give back to you what we have and what we are.
Please take these gifts that we have offered
and use them for your glory.   Amen.

Priest:   Today is our Harvest Festival – a time of celebration – a time to give thanks to God for all he provides for us.  But we also need to remember to say sorry to God for those things which we have done wrong. 

We’ll intersperse the New Testament lesson for today (Philippians 4:4-9) with our confession and a hymn.

Reader:                Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.

All:                         Forgive us, Lord, when we think there is nothing worth rejoicing, help us to remember all you give us and how blessed we are.  Help us to be loving and gentle to all creation.

Sing:                      A song rings out through earth and sky
                                across the flowing water
                                “My life is given, the gift of heaven,
                                to every living creature.”

Reader:                Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

All:                         Forgive us, Lord, when we forget to come to you in prayer.  Help us to bring any worries to you.

Sing:                      As strands within a fragile world,
                                a web so gently woven,
                                we seek today to understand
                                the pattern God has chosen.

Reader:                And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

All:                         Forgive us, Lord, when we fight and argue.  Help us to live peacefully with each other and all your creation.

Sing:                      O Lord, forgive what we have done
                                our greed and domination.
                                O Lord, restore in us again
                                respect for your creation.

Reader:                Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

All:                         Forgive us, Lord, when we do not follow your example.  Help us live as your disciples.

Sing:         Peace of the Maker and the Son,
                   his love to touch and heal us;
                   peace of the Spirit to increase
                   the bond we have between us.

Reader:   Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.


Priest:      Creator and life giving God, who gives us more than we need or deserve, and forgives us when we are truly sorry, have mercy on us and forgive us all our sins.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Gloria – Majesty, worship his majesty

Majesty, worship his majesty;
unto Jesus be glory, honour and praise.
Majesty, kingdom, authority
flow from his throne unto his own: his anthem raise.
So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus;
magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus the King.
Majesty, worship his majesty,
Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all kings.

Gospel Reading: John 6:25-35

Drama – “Branching Out”

The Creed

We believe in God whose goodness is more than enough for all:
filling the universe with gifts of love
and resounding through our lives in praise.
We will take hold of all that God gives with reverence and joy;
we will make God known in the breaking of bread,
we will share the life-giving wine,
so that all may see and experience God’s love.

We believe in Jesus the Christ, God’s greatest gift of all:
who takes the smallest of seeds, a mere whisper of faith,
and brings forth a harvest of good things.

We will take all that Christ has given us;
our gifts, our talents, our very selves,
so that Christ can walk our streets once more.

We believe in God’s Spirit of Truth,
bringing to fruition all that has been given:
gentle as a breeze or shocking as a storm,
we will allow God’s gifts to be stirred to life in us;
breathing, laughing, living in our world,
so all may know of God’s harvest of love.

Prayers – a Harvest rhyme
The response is “all the world give thanks to God”

Priest:                                   Jesus is the Bread of Life and the Prince of Peace. 
Let us share with one another, a sign of God’s peace.  The peace of the Lord be with you always.
All:                                         And also with you.
Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

We shake hands, saying “Peace be with you

All sing:              Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise him all creatures here below;
praise him above ye heavenly host,
praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Hymn:  Let us sing the God of glory
During this hymn, a collection will be taken.  If you would like information on how to gift-aid your donation, please see Peter Shrubsole after the service.  Information on setting up standing orders is also available from Peter.

Let us sing the God of glory
who has set the stars in place,
with the planets in their courses
as they cross the heavens’ face,
and the constellations shining
to the boundaries of space,
our God whose Name is love!

Glory, glory, alleluia,
glory, glory, alleluia,
glory, glory, alleluia,
our God whose Name is love!
Let us sing the God of beauty
in the mountains and the seas,
all the colours of the rainbow
and the tracery of trees,
in the thunder of the breakers
and the whisper of the breeze,
our God whose Name is love!

Glory, glory, alleluia,
glory, glory, alleluia,
glory, glory, alleluia,
our God whose Name is love!

Let us sing the God of bounty
for a fruitful earth and fair,
who provides for us in plenty
so that all may have a share,
and who loves his human family
and has us in his care,
our God whose Name is love!

Glory, glory, alleluia,
glory, glory, alleluia,
glory, glory, alleluia,
our God whose Name is love!

Let us sing the Saviour Jesus
as he makes the Father known,
let us hear his Spirit's call to us
to come and be his own,
and to worship him in glory
on his everlasting throne,
our God whose Name is love!

Glory, glory, alleluia,
glory, glory, alleluia,
glory, glory, alleluia,
our God whose Name is love!
Let us sing the God of mercy
for the wonders he has done,
how he loved us in our sinfulness
and sent to us his Son,
who has died for us, and lives for us,
and life and freedom won,
our God whose Name is love!

Glory, glory, alleluia,
glory, glory, alleluia,
glory, glory, alleluia,
our God whose Name is love!

Eucharistic prayer

Priest    The Lord is here.                             
All          His Spirit is with us.

                Lift up your hearts.
                We lift them to the Lord.

                Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
                It is right to give him thanks and praise.

When we turned away you did not reject us,
                but came to meet us in your Son.
You embraced us as your children
                and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.

In Christ you shared our life
                that we might live in him and he in us.

                He opened his arms of love upon the cross
                and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.

On the night that he was betrayed,
                at supper with his friends he took bread, and gave you thanks;
                he broke it and gave it to them, saying:
                Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
                do this in remembrance of me.

                Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
                his body is the bread of life.

At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,
                he gave you thanks, and said:

                Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
                which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins;
                do this in remembrance of me.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
                his blood is shed for all.

As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory,
                send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine
                may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.

As we eat and drink these holy gifts
                make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.

With your whole Church throughout the world
                we offer you this sacrifice of praise
                and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

                Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
                Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
                Hosanna in the highest.


Voice 1:   Our Father in heaven
Voice 2:   Creator of good, may your fatherly care protect and sustain all people
All:            May your kingdom come
Voice 1:   Hallowed be your name
Voice 2:   Grant us the grace of honouring you through our love shown in practical action.
All:            May your kingdom come.
Voice 1:   Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Voice 2:   May your passion for righteousness and justice become the pattern for life on earth.
All:            May your kingdom come.

Voice 1:   Give us today our daily bread.
Voice 2:   Help us to ensure that no child of God is hungry, and that there is enough for all to be fed.
All:            May your kingdom come.
Voice 1:   Forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Voice 2:   We recognise the human greed which contributes to human need.
All:            May your kingdom come.
Voice 1:   Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
Voice 2:   Challenge us to strive for change and transformation, for the vision of our world as you would have it be.
All:            May your kingdom come. 
                   For the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

The priest invites people to come forward to receive communion or a blessing.

Priest         On this day of Harvest, those who have accepted the Good News are called to unite at the Lord’s Table, and feed on the bread of life – the body and blood of Christ. 

                    This mystical food both nourishes and empowers the people of God, to walk together by faith, and witness their unity to the world.

All:             As we eat and drink these holy gifts
                    make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.

All who are baptised are welcome to receive Holy Communion. [For the younger baptised, do please refer to our ‘Children at Holy Communion Parish Policy’ and make use of the children’s guides, (copies of both in the porch)].  If you do not receive Holy Communion, please feel free to go forward for a blessing. 

Hymn:  Praise and thanksgiving                

Praise and thanksgiving,
Father we offer,
for all things living
you have made good;
Harvest of sown fields,
fruits of the orchard,
hay from the mown fields,
blossom and wood.
Lord, bless the labour
we bring to serve you,
that with our neighbour
we may be fed.
Sowing or tilling,
we would work with you;
harvesting, milling,
for daily bread.

Father, providing
food for your children,
your wisdom guiding
teaches us share
one with another,
so that rejoicing
with us, our brother
may know your care.

Then will your blessing
reach every people;
Each one confessing
your gracious hand.
When you are reigning
no one will hunger:
your love sustaining
fruitful the land.
Prayer after Communion
Lord of the harvest,
with joy we have offered thanksgiving
for your love in creation
and have shared in the bread and the wine of the kingdom:
by your grace plant within us a reverence for all that you give us
and make us generous and wise stewards
of the good things we enjoy:
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Hymn:    Come, ye thankful people, come,
During this hymn, the children are invited to come up and take one item from the Harvest gifts and go out with the procession to put their item in the basket at the back of church – as a symbol of sharing our harvest gifts.

Come, ye thankful people, come,
raise the song of harvest home!
All is safely gathered in,
ere the winter storms begin;
God, our maker, doth provide
for our wants to be supplied;
come to God’s own temple, come;
raise the song of harvest-home!

For the Lord our God shall come,
and shall take his harvest home,
from his field shall purge away
all that doth offend, that day;
give his angels charge at last
in the fire the tares to cast,
but the fruitful ears to store
in his garner evermore.


We ourselves are God’s own field,
fruit unto his praise to yield;
wheat and tares together sown,
unto joy or sorrow grown;
first the blade and then the ear,
then the full corn shall appear:
grant, O harvest Lord, that we
wholesome grain and pure may be.
Then, thou Church triumphant,
raise the song of harvest-home;
all be safely gathered in,
free from sorrow, free from sin,
there for ever purified
in God’s garner to abide:
come, ten thousand angels, come,
raise the glorious harvest-home!


Children’s Deanery Event – 19th October 2013, 2.00 – 4.30 pm at St Michael’s Church.  The title of this day is “Shake Rattle and Roll” – please take a flyer and see poster at the back of church; for more information, please speak to Sarah.

If you have any photos of Parish/Church life, send them to Paul or Sarah via email and they will be posted on the parish blog site.

Churchyard work party – 2nd November from 10.00 – 4.00 pm.  As before, no tools are required – please just come along. 

Parish Lunch – Sunday 6th October – sign up sheet is at the back of church.

Are you a Christian, keen to deepen and explore your life of prayer?
Come to the E17 School of Prayer!

The parish church of St Peter's-in-the-Forest, Walthamstow is privileged to be able to offer an invite to our forthcoming School of Prayer. This exciting 8-week course has been written - and will be led - by Sue Diplock, a member of the ministry team of St Peter's. The course will have a focus on many traditions within the contemplative strand of Christian prayer. (Sue has had a lifelong interest in this strand of prayer and is currently studying at the London Centre for Spirituality.)

Sessions will be held on Monday evenings, this autumn, commencing on 14 October 2013, in the Peterhouse Centre (122 Forest Rise, Walthamstow. E17 3PW): each session will begin at 7.45 pm and will finish between 9.00 pm and 9.15 pm.

All those in easy reach of Walthamstow are welcome. No prior knowledge is supposed.

Open Church – this afternoons from 2.00 – 5.00 pm.  There will be tea/coffee and cakes available.  Please do come!  From next week and through October, the church will remain open following the morning service, until 3.15 pm.  Again, please do stay or drop in – there will be cakes, coffee, tea, quiche and soup available!

Mothers’ Union – meeting on October 12th at 10.30 am at Peterhouse. 

There is also a Deanery MU event on October 26th at All Saints Highams Park in support of the Overseas Fund.  It starts with a Eucharist at 11.00 am, followed by lunch (£7.00) and Molly Hoyle giving a presentation on the work of the Literacy and Financial Education programme.  There is a sign-up sheet in church – please sign up if you are able to come.

Blessing and dismissal (given from the back of church)

Priest:   May God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the source of all goodness and growth, pour his blessing upon all things created, and upon you his children, that you may use his talents and gifts to his glory.  And the blessing of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always.
All:         Amen.

Priest:   Go in the name of Christ Jesus, the Bread of Life
All:         Thanks be to God.

Please stay after the service, to have a cup of coffee, tea or juice, and a biscuit, and chat with other people.  Our coffee, tea, sugar and biscuits are all fair-trade products.  Serving coffee today are Mary Eveleigh and Janet McLeod

Brenda’s Traidcraft Stall - To Dunk Or Not To Dunk?  I still have not got to the bottom of this question, I find it depends on the biscuit, some crumble, some absorb too much tea some do not even fit into the mug.  We have all these types of biscuit for you to buy and they all have one thing in common, they are fairly traded.

Prayers – this week please pray for:

Barbara & Stan Eager                      Rita & Colin Reid              Beryl Goodwin 
Lily Bollen                                           Ray Hepburn                      Les Hobart         
George and Phyllis Robbins        Richard Fayolle                 Michael Bailey
Fred Lennard                                     Eddie Hoad                         Nicole Middleton
Richard, Debbie, Claire and Grace Mainwaring

Next Week:   
6th October 2013
Nineteenth after Trinity – Parish Eucharist

Bridget Gibbs
Mike Gibbs


Sally Johnson

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

George Marshall

2 Timothy 1:1-14

Anita Doherty
Tony Doherty

Anne Smith
Sue Diplock

Mid-week service on TUESDAY 1st October at 9.30 am

From little acorns, mighty oaks do grow

Weekday evenings & weekends contact:
The Vicar: Fr Paul Trathen
St Peter’s Vicarage, 121 Forest Rise, E17 3PW
(Parish blog)
(Vicar’s blog)
Weekday office hours contact:
The Parish Administrator:
Sarah Collins
Peterhouse Centre
122 Forest Rise, Walthamstow
E17 3PW
020 8509 1811


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