Saint Barnabas Church

Sutton

Harvest Festival Parade Service
2 October 2022

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2000.

A field of corn

A field of corn

Please join in the songs and in saying the words in bold.
A collection of money towards the repair of the church roof will be taken during the last hymn.

Welcome

The service begins with a greeting:

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Please stand to sing as the colours are brought into church.

Song

   All things bright and beautiful,
   All creatures great and small,
   All things wise and wonderful:
   The Lord God made them all.

  1. Each little flower that opens,
    Each little bird that sings,
    He made their glowing colours,
    He made their tiny wings.
       All things bright and beautiful,
       All creatures great and small,
       All things wise and wonderful:
       The Lord God made them all.
  2. The purple headed mountains,
    The river running by,
    The sunset and the morning
    That brightens up the sky.
       All things bright and beautiful,
       All creatures great and small,
       All things wise and wonderful:
       The Lord God made them all.
  3. The cold wind in the winter,
    The pleasant summer sun,
    The ripe fruits in the garden,
    He made them every one.
       All things bright and beautiful,
       All creatures great and small,
       All things wise and wonderful:
       The Lord God made them all.
  4. He gave us eyes to see them,
    And lips that we might tell
    How great is God Almighty,
    Who has made all things well.
       All things bright and beautiful,
       All creatures great and small,
       All things wise and wonderful:
       The Lord God made them all.

Cecil F. Alexander

Facing up to our faults

Please sit or kneel to speak to God.

Jesus told us, “ 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

We confess our sin, and the sins of our society,
in the misuse of God’s creation.

God our Father, we are sorry
for the times when we have used your gifts carelessly,
and acted ungratefully.
Hear our prayer, and in your mercy:
forgive us and help us.

We enjoy the fruits of the harvest,
but sometimes forget that you have given them to us.
Father, in your mercy:
forgive us and help us.

We belong to a people who are full and satisfied,
but ignore the cry of the hungry.
Father, in your mercy:
forgive us and help us.

We are thoughtless,
and do not care enough for the world you have made.
Father, in your mercy:
forgive us and help us.

We store up goods for ourselves alone,
as if there were no God and no heaven.
Father, in your mercy:
forgive us and help us.

May God who loved the world so much
that he sent his Son to be our Saviour
forgive us our sins
and make us holy to serve him in the world,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Bible Reading

Please sit to hear the Bible reading: Psalm 100 (NIV)

1Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
 come before him with joyful songs.
3Know that the Lord is God.
 It is he who made us, and we are his;
 we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter his gates with thanksgiving
 and his courts with praise;
 give thanks to him and praise his name.
5For the Lord is good and his love endures for ever;
 his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Talk

by the Revd David Billin.

Belief

Please stand.

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us with power from on high.

We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Prayers

Please sit or kneel as we are led in our prayers.

Each prayer ends:

Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

The prayers include the Collect Prayer for Harvest Festival:

Eternal God, you crown the year with your goodness and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season: grant that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in need and for our own well-being; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

And lastly the Lord's prayer:

Believing the promises of God, as our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Our shared life

Please sit to hear about news and events in the parish.

Song

Please stand for the song, during which money is collected for the repair of the church roof

  1. Now thank we all our God,
     with heart and hands and voices,
    Who wondrous things has done,
     in Whom this world rejoices;
    Who from our mothers' arms
     has blessed us on our way
    With countless gifts of love,
     and still is ours today.
  2. O may this bounteous God
     through all our life be near us,
    With ever joyful hearts
     and blessèd peace to cheer us;
    And keep us in His grace,
     and guide us when perplexed;
    And free us from all ills,
     in this world and the next!
  3. All praise and thanks to God
     the Father now be given;
    The Son and Him Who reigns
     with Them in highest Heaven;
    The one eternal God,
     whom earth and Heaven adore;
    For thus it was, is now,
     and shall be evermore.

Martin Rinkart

Receiving of the gifts of the people

Let us pray.

Gracious God, accept these gifts,
and with them our lives,
to be used in your service;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Blessing

The Lord bless you and watch over you,
the Lord make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you,
the Lord look kindly on you
and give you peace;
Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

National Anthem

  1. God save our gracious King!
    Long live our noble King!
    God save the King!
    Send him victorious,
    Happy and glorious,
    Long to reign over us,
    God save the King.
  2. Thy choicest gifts in store
    On him be pleased to pour,
    Long may he reign.
    May he defend our laws,
    And ever give us cause,
    To sing with heart and voice,
    God save the King.

The colours depart

Thank you for worshipping with us today.
We hope you will stay for refreshments,
and worship with us again soon.