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The abundance of God’s earth.

The Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning reflects on the gifts of Harvest.


IN my previous parish in Cupar, on Harvest Sunday, we used to receive wonderful gifts of flowers and produce in the Church to decorate the building for the Harvest Thanksgiving service.

I remember fondly not only the colours and textures of the gifts on that day, but the incredible fragrance as I came into Church on the Sunday morning. I also remember on one occasion, when we were sending out the gifts to share around the community after the service, one distressed elder returned holding in his hands half a cabbage. A rather forthright parishioner had looked at it and had said: “And exactly what am I to do with half a cabbage?”

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