Do you have a “Harvest” service in the autumn? If not, might you consider it? It’s not healthy to get too removed from the reality of God’s provision. It seems to me rather healthier to stop every now and again and consider the fact that we should not take for granted what we eat and drink.

This is one of the reasons I really love our outdoor allotment service twice a year in Watford (spring and autumn). We have an autumn harvest service in Thames Valley which has also become a focus for an annual food bank collection.

However, we do not have many songs with a harvest connection. I found two new ones this year which we used in Watford earlier in September, and we will use in Thames Valley on October 6.

The links are below. Let me know what you think of them.

“God the maker of the heavens”
“We see the fruitful harvest”

Both songs use familiar tunes, and one adds a new chorus. A brand-new song involving new lyrics and new music is great. But, less work for a worship leader and a congregation, is to learn new lyrics to a familiar tune.

This week two questions:

1. What harvest songs do you use?
2. What songs do you sing which involve new lyrics to an old tune?

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John