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HARVESTING THE WORLD (BKLT)

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Wild Goose Resource Group

WGRG liturgy booklet 10

A liturgy for harvest festivals

Harvesting The World is the tenth in the series of WGRG Liturgy Booklets. It contains a full liturgy which is ideal for Harvest, celebrating the gifts of the earth and its people.

Additionally, it includes elements specifically designed, in collaboration with The Balmore Trust and Just Trading (Scotland), who together have initiated a project  to aid the education of the children of rice farmers in Malawi: The 90kg Of Rice Project. Material specific to the project can be found at the end of the booklet.

However the liturgical material stands on its own independent of whether or not a local church is involved in the 90kg Of Rice Project and provides an excellent resource for reflection on the inter-dependent nature of our contemporary world, raising awareness of the implications of our lifestyles and the demands of justice.

 

 

(2009)

44 pages

ISBN: 9781909469099

 

Contents

Foreword
a) Pattern of Worship
b) Space & layout
c) Leadership
d) Suitable music

HARVESTING THE WORLD: Leaders’ Version

HARVESTING THE WORLD: Assembly Version

Appendix A: Songs

Appendix B: Materials Specific to the 90kg Of Rice Project

Appendix C: Copyright & Sources

 

Order of worship

THE GATHERING OF GOD’S PEOPLE

Introduction (Suggestions for words of welcome)

Conversation (A conversation about what we had for breakfast, to illustrate how much we are linked to and dependent on different parts of the world)

THE PRAISE OF GOD

Opening responses (read responsively): In the beginning, God made the world…

A Song of Praise

Prayer (responsive prayer, with sung or spoken KYRIE/ LORD, HAVE MERCY): Before the sunlight, before the mountains…

ENGAGING WITH GOD’S WORD

Giving & receiving – what happens (with optional activities, to illustrate the places the congregation have identified during the conversation)

a) Pass The Parcel passed activity

b) Guessing the location activity

c) 90kg Of Rice Project activity

Song or chant/ chorus

Giving & receiving: a Biblical perspective (Leader’s introduction to the following section on Proverbs)

Proverbial sayings (Responsive reading of 6 selected Proverbs)

Conversation (Discussion of the selected Proverbs)

Song

The Gospel: John 15: 1-4

Reflection or discussion (Optional conversation about cutting back or becoming more fruitful still)

Song

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

Prayers (Five prayers, one from each of the five continents… followed by the Lord’s Prayer, to be spoken in mother languages)

The offering

Prayer: Accept, Lord, the gift of money we offer in your presence…

Affirmation: And now on this day on which we celebrate the harvest of the earth…

Song

Blessing: Now may God, who gives seed for the sower…

Benediction or Grace (according to custom)

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