Fr David's Sermon
5nd October 2005
Harvest Festival in Oxhey always requires an exercise of imagination or memory of a more rural childhood living as we do in an urban area like Watford. There is a danger of a nostalgic rural romanticism but a greater danger is that we take everything for granted. We are unaware of God crowning the year with his goodness. No longer do we receive the fruits of the earth in their season. They are now available all the year round, flown in from around the world.
Yet if we do exercise our imagination and use our reason we soon realise that harvest is still vital and that we remain dependent on the complex yet fragile web of connections that supplies us with our daily bread. Harvest Festival remains important for albeit in different ways than in the past.
Our Harvest Collect gives us three ways to think about harvest. They embrace the material and the spiritual, the earthly and the heavenly. So let us look at those three things, three ways of using the harvest, to the glory of God, for the relief of those in need and for our own well-being.
We knew it already but harvest festival remains important. It reminds us of some fundamentals of human life. Those three ways of using the harvest, to God's glory, for the relief of those in need and for our own well being, are linked closely together in a kind of holy trinity. If we chew prayerfully over our readings later in the week we will receive God's gift of the harvest for ourselves.
Thanks be to God.
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