What a delight it was to see the creativity on display at Widford Church’s Harvest Festival celebration on Sunday. We thank God for the beauty of the flowers and for making human beings in his image – to be creative as he is.

The St Albans diocesan vision encourages us to Live God’s Love with generosity and joy, imagination and courage. The floral displays (see image gallery below) certainly demonstrated wonderful imagination, and the singing of the harvest hymns (skilfully accompanied by our guest organist) was full of joy. There wasn’t much cause for courage during our worship, but generosity was definitely in view as the congregation gave to support the Bishop of St Albans’ Harvest Appeal, Water is Life. More information on this appeal is available at this link.

Our reading was from the book of the prophet Isaiah:

For as the soil makes the young plant come up

and a garden causes seeds to grow,

so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness

and praise spring up before all nations.

Isaiah 61:11

We prayed with gratitude for all those involved in the food production, distribution and retail industries, and for the work of TEARFund and their partner churches in the Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing clean water to communities which are an hour’s walk from the nearest water source. If you would like to support this vital work, please visit our donations page, here.

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