Harvest Thanksgiving, Year A

Here are the resources you need for Harvest Thanksgiving. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs. You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

Note: The Harvest Thanksgiving festival may be celebrated on any day of the church year, as is appropriate in the local context. It is customary in many places to commemorate the festival on one of the Sundays after Epiphany, normally before the beginning of Lent.

  • Sermons:
    Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon.

    Based on gospel: Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on second reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; Pr Roger Atze
  • Orders of service:
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf/ ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf/ rtf/ ppt)
    Service without communion (pdf / doc /ppt )
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Lord God, heavenly Father,
    as you have graciously permitted us once more to gather in the fruits of the earth:
    Let your blessing continue to rest upon us,so that we may at all times
    gratefully receive whatever we need;through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,one God, now and forever.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Lord God, heavenly Father,
    we thank you that you have again shown your kindness
    by giving us the fruits of the earth in their seasons.
    Help us to use them rightly, to your glory,
    for our own well-being, and for the relief of those in need.
    We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

    For use in times of a failed harvest
    Heavenly Father,
    when you brought drought upon the land in the time of Elijah the prophet,
    you provided for the widow and her son, so that the little they had was sufficient for them.
    Comfort us and provide for us in this time of drought (/failed harvest).
    Give us patience, so that we may not despair of your help. Preserve the little which we have,
    and by your blessing let our present need work for our good.
    We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: Deuteronomy 8:7-18

    562    Lord, Thou hast blessed us (alt tune 282)
    811    Praise and thanksgiving GS
    814    For the fruits of his creation G6
    114    Come, my brother, come, my sister
    149    This is my Father’s world
    168    For the fruits of all creation
    627    Praise and thanksgiving
    743    Praise and thanksgiving let everyone bring

    Second reading: 2 Corinthinians 9:6-15

    356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
    374    O Lord of heaven and earth and sea G9
    377    Take my life, and let it be*
    568    O Lord, whose bounteous hand again G9
    186    Give it all
    265    Take us now, we are yours
    154    Great is your faithfulness
    174    Morning glory, starlit sky
    439    What shall we offer our good Lord?
    599    Take my life, and let it be
    717    Give thanks with a grateful heart

    Gospel: Luke 17:11-19

    560    O Lord, I sing with mouth and heart G6
    568    O Lord, whose bounteous hand G9
    Also from ‘Praise’ sections
    431    My soul, now bless thy Maker!* G6
    437    Now thank we all our God* G6
    442    Praise to the Lord, the almighty, the king of creation
    451    When all Thy mercies, O my God G9
    880    How shall I call you? Maker of heaven GS
    43    How shall I call you?
    189    Thank you for life
    325    Sing to God, with joy and gladness
    361    Here we are
    429    Praise the Lord, O my soul
    64    O bless the Lord, my soul
    106    Now thank we all our God
    111    Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation

    See the following.
    814    For the fruits of his creation G6
    887    We praise you, O God, our redeemer, creator
    123    Morning has broken (Especially appropriate as an opening hymn)
    182    Christ is changing everything
    243    Wander in the sun
    365    Lord of all
    456    Everything we got

    While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
    Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
    Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
    Song Select: you can search for more modern songs (eg. Hillsongs) by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
    Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.

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