As I prepare locally grown pumpkin and apples for pie and review my mom’s crescent roll recipe today, I am grateful for harvest of all sorts — agricultural, generational, spiritual. And part of that is being grateful for you, our All Saints family.
We can’t be together as we are used to but we are still church, and you are still in my heart and prayers as we worship and meet virtually, whether you are able to connect that way or not. I pray that you are well, well fed, and safe, and feel God’s unfailing presence in your life. Please reach out if you are in any need.
As our Alternative Gift Market was virtual this year, I do not yet have firm numbers to report on all its parts, though I can tell you that the Equal Exchange preorder (which is on its way here) totaled nearly $1425 and will bring just under $425 for All Saints, and that the Alternative Gifts International crowdfund online reaped $1272 for a variety of charitable causes worldwide. Thank you to all who took part in this harvest, a fruit of our generous parish.
We are on the verge of Advent, that season of light in the darkness, of anticipation and hope. May we continue to share that light with each other and the world!
For the Harvest
Most gracious God, by whose knowledge the depths are
broken up and the clouds drop down the dew: We yield thee
hearty thanks and praise for the return of seed time and harvest,
for the increase of the ground and the gathering in of its fruits,
and for all other blessings of thy merciful providence
bestowed upon this nation and people. And, we beseech thee,
give us a just sense of these great mercies, such as may appear
in our lives by a humble, holy, and obedient walking before
thee all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom,
with thee and the Holy Ghost be all glory and honor, world
without end. Amen.
-BCP pg 840
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