Harvest Festival, or Harvest Thanksgiving, has been a fixture of the calendar of the CHurch of England since the late 1800s, although celebrations of the bounty of the earth are of course very much older than that and go back to pagan times. Harvest Festivals in the modern time are often acknowledgments of and celebrations of the richness of the world not only of agriculture, but also of industry, commerce and technology, and a recognition that all of the bounty of the world is God's gift to us for which we ought to be properly thankful. In an age where so many go hungry, Harvest is also an opportunity for a proper note of penitence for the greed of the world. The Diocese of Salisbury is of course still a deeply rural community, and so on Sunday 9 October we joined our prayers with those of the farming communities of our Diocese in thanksgiving for all God's goodness to us.
Read 'Seeds of change', a sermon preached on Sunday 9 October by Canon Robert Titley, Treasurer here. Photos by Ash Mills.