calendar_todayTue 8th October - 10:27am
This month we celebrate Harvest. Not only is it a time for giving, but it is also a time for giving thanks. We give thanks not only for what God gives us, but also for who he is. In the famous words of John Jesus says “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
We give thanks that he is the bread of life.
Harvest falls within the season of Creationtide; a season in the church in which we not only give thanks for the harvest, but also celebrate God as creator and sustainer of all life – the bread of life!
In recent weeks, we have seen demonstrations from the movement Extinction Rebellion; raising awareness of the critical situation the earth is in. This has given many of us a fresh and urgent reminder of our need to care for and protect the environment that God has entrusted to us. Caring for the environment is not just a nice thing to do, but it is part of our duty as Christians to care for that which our creator has created. In doing so we are worshiping the creator and recognizing his role in all creation.
In these uncertain times, politically, environmentally and economically we need to not just give to good causes because it’s nice to be nice and help others. But, we need to trust in Jesus as the bread of life, and celebrate his role in all creation. In doing so we should then be led to action, to help others and to care for all creation.
So, this harvest please do give your tins and packets of food for the Foodbank, but there’s a few other things you could do to acknowledge Jesus as the bread of life and our Heavenly Father’s role in all creation:
- Find out more about the work of the Christian environmental charity A Rocha, both in the UK and worldwide at arocha.org.uk.
- Make a conscious effort to reduce your use of single use plastic, increase recycling, reduce home energy use, or use the car less.
- Find out more about the work of Christians Against Poverty (capuk.org) and their work to help people out of poverty.
- Take a walk along the New Cut Trail and give thanks to God for the amazing wildlife that we are privileged to live alongside.
Of, course, give your tins and packets to the Foodbank too, but this harvest also make an effort to engage with God the bread of life, creator and sustainer.