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The abundance of God’s earth.

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

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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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