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A harvest prayer

There must be thousands of churches celebrating harvest around this time. We had two of our Benefice harvest services today – one at Great Paxton and one at Diddington.

I was really  sorry to have had a cold this week-end and felt it best to ask a colleague to take a village wedding on saturday – bit better today though feeling poorly   takes the edge off what you are doing and I certainly wasnt 100% on the ball. Little Paxton had their ” Back To Church” Sunday service ( their harvest is nextt sunday)  and it was good to see some new people join us for informal worship.

Here is a prayer I was going to pray at one of the harvest services but didnt quite remember – but I think it is rather lovely:

Please be gentle with yourself and others

We are all children of chance

And none can say why some fields blossom

while others lay brown under the harvest sun.

Take hope that your season will come.

Share the joys of those whose season is at hand.

Care for those around you.

Look past your differences.

Their dreams are no less than yours,

their choices in life no more easily made.

And give

Give in any way you can

Give in every way you can

Give from the heart.

( Anon 17th century sermon)


Everyone who has seen the new facilities at Diddington Church is very appreciative of the result. On Tuesday night at 6pm Bishop David Thomson, the Bishop of Huntingdon will be dedicating the completed work and this service, open to all, will be followed by a Question and Answer session starting c 7.30pm also at Diddington Church – an opportunity for people to ask him and Canon Alan Hargarve anything —- about life, faith and the universe. Again, anyone will be very welcome.

August 15th 09 - east window - trees outside and  stained glass flower

For more information about the Paxton Benefice Mission Week – do go to the splendid web-site :

Monday September 28th Great Paxton Church will be open during the day if anyone wants to see how the work is progressing.

September 27, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. Yo Paxxy,

    I really do hope your’e feeling brighter, and like Keat’s clammy bee cells “brimmed over” with autumn joy.

    I love that prayer, ‘Please be gentle with yourself….’ had you have posted it earlier we would have used it at this church on Sunday for our ‘Back to Church’ service (which by the way was very good, we had 65 adults and 15 children. Brill). It says heaps about what a considered and considerate life is all about. Love it.

    I must say Tueday evening sounds fun, if you were not so far away then I’m sure I, and the Ayatollah would join you all. Bp. David and Alan will be an excellent combination.

    Anyway; … work!

    ps. I’ve just started a very good batch of Sloe Gin off for next year; it’s excellent for colds and sniffles, I’ll try to get some over to you, maybe by way of the Archdeacons pony experss. “Tally-Ho”


    Comment by wingy | September 29, 2009 | Reply

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