A service of Holy Communion for Harvest Thanksgiving

Opening Hymn/Song

The Greeting

The Lord be with you.
And also with you

Words of Welcome and Introduction

Unity Prayer

We Say the Unity Prayer together where-ever we might be worshiping today.

Prayer of Preparation

Faithful one, whose word is life:
Come with saving power 
To free our praise, 
Inspire our prayer
And shape our lives
For the kingdom of your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord Amen


We have come together as God’s family
to offer our penitence and our thanks,
and to pray for the unity of Christ’s Church.
This harvest time, let us confess our forgetfulness
of the needs of the poor
and repent of the ways in which
we waste the resources of the world.

God has blessed us,
but still God’s children go hungry.
Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

God has blessed us,
but still the poor cry out for justice.
Christ, have mercy
Christ, have mercy

God has blessed us,
but still we see inequality and oppression in the earth.
Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy


Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Song(s) of Praise

The Collect

This week’s Collect can be found here.


This week’s old and new testament readings can be found here.

At the end the reader says:
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

This week’s Gospel Reading can be found here.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,
according to N.
Glory to you, O Lord.

At the end:
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.



Let us give thanks to God,
the God of all peoples of the earth.
For the colour and forms of your creation
and our place within it,
we bring our thanks, good Lord:
your mercy endures for ever.

For our daily food,
and for those whose work and skill
bring your good gifts to us,
we bring our thanks, good Lord:
your mercy endures for ever.

For the gifts and graces inspired in human minds and hearts;
for insight and imagination,
for the skills of research
which bring healing and fulfilment to the lives of many;
we bring our thanks, good Lord:
your mercy endures for ever.

For the light and shades of the changing seasons,
and their variety and dependability;
for new life and growth out of barrenness and decay;
we bring our thanks, good Lord:
your mercy endures for ever.

For new hope and strength in our communities,
especially in your Church and among all you call to serve you,
we bring our thanks, good Lord;
your mercy endures for ever.

For all in whose lives we see
goodness, kindness, gentleness, patience and humility,
and all the fruit of the Spirit,
we bring our thanks, good Lord:
your mercy endures for ever.

For the life we have been given,
and for all those whom you have given us to share it,
we bring our thanks, good Lord:
your mercy endures for ever.

Prayers of Intercession

We pray for the needs of the world, our community, the Church and for those who suffer or who are in any difficulty.

Prayers will include responses as led, and are on-line here

The following response may be used:
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer


Lord, hear us 
Lord, graciously hear us 

And at the end:

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Peace

The Peace is introduced with these or other suitable words.

The harvest of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you 

We exchange a sign of peace

Offertory Hymn/Song

 Blessing of the Harvest Gifts

Loving Father,
we thank you for loving us so much that you gave us your Son. 
Bless + these most generous gifts,
bless those who have given them and
bless those who will receive them. 
Let them be a sign of our love for others and glory to you. 

Prayer at the Preparation of the Table

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation;
you bring forth bread from the earth.
Blessed be God forever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation;
you create the fruit of the vine.
Blessed be God forever.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
For you have created the heavens and the earth,
and formed us in your own image.
In the fullness of time you sent forth your Son, your eternal Word,
who laid down his life for our salvation
and rose from the grave, the first-fruits of your new creation.
You send forth your holy and life-giving Spirit
to give life to our mortal bodies
and to renew the face of the earth.

Therefore with all the heavenly hosts,
we give voice to everything that you have made,
and say the eternal hymn of praise.

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and God of might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. 
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
hosanna in the highest.

Lord God, you are the most holy one,
enthroned in splendour and light,
yet in the coming of your Son Jesus Christ 
you reveal the power of your love 
made perfect in our human weakness.

Embracing our humanity,
Jesus showed us the way of salvation.
Loving us to the end,
He gave Himself to death for us.
Dying for His own,
He set us free from the bonds of sin,
that we might rise and reign with Him in glory.
Amen. Lord, we believe.

On the night He gave up himself for us all
He took bread and gave you thanks;
He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
He took the cup and gave you thanks;
He gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you; 
this is my blood of the new covenant
which is shed for you and for many 
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.
Amen. Lord, we believe.

Therefore we proclaim the death 
that He suffered on the cross,
we celebrate His resurrection, 
His bursting from the tomb,
we rejoice that He reigns at your right hand on high
and we long for His coming in glory.

As we recall the one, perfect sacrifice of our redemption,
Father, by your Holy Spirit 
let these gifts of your creation 
be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;
form us into the likeness of Christ
and make us a perfect offering in your sight.
Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.

Look with favour on your people
and in your mercy hear the cry of our hearts.
Bless the earth, heal the sick,
let the oppressed go free
and fill your Church with power from on high.
Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.

Gather your people from the ends of the earth
to feast with St Andrew and all your saints
at the table in your kingdom,
where the new creation is brought to perfection
in Jesus Christ our Lord;
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins 
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, 
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.  Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.
Jesus Christ is holy,
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Please feel free to join in the music during communion.

Prayer after Communion

Lord of the harvest,
with joy we have offered thanksgiving for your love in creation
and have shared in the bread and the wine of the kingdom:
by your grace plant within us a reverence for all that you give us
and make us generous and wise stewards of the good things we enjoy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty God,
we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him,
we offer you our souls and bodies
to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory.

Closing Hymn.

The Blessing and Dismissal

An appropriate ending and blessing will be used.

May God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is the source of all goodness and growth,
pour his blessing upon all things created,
and upon you his children,
that you may use his gifts to his glory and the welfare of all peoples;

and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.  Amen.

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