Each month our minister writes an editorial for our Church Magazine - Church Chat. If you would like a copy just pop into MBFC to collect one. Below are a selection of previous 'Graham's Gossip' articles. You can find other articles on our Old Gossip page.
At this time of year we traditionally come together to celebrate Harvest, with hymns and songs of praise and thankfulness for all that God has provided for us .
This year, things are strange and different. We can not have the traditional Harvest Displays and harvest activities. Indeed, I am thinking hard about how I will do a Harvest Assembly for Wheatfields Junior School on line, with me at home and the children in their classrooms and not being together in the school hall!!
Yet while things around us are different in so many ways , the celebration of Harvest reminds us that there are constants in our lives, there are things that are unchanging and that includes God’s love and provision for us. Year by year, season by season God blesses us with the beauty of the earth, with the wonder of his creation and the fruits of the earth.
Yes, shortening of days and the colours of the trees remind us that the seasons change but they do not do so randomly but are part of God’s plan.
Amidst the turmoil that is going around us, Harvest speaks to us of the unchanging presence and purposes of God; the source of creation, the provider of all that we need , the one whose love and presence reaches out to us in all times and places. It reminds us that we have much to Thank God for in our lives and in his world
As we celebrate Harvest in what ever way we can this year in the waving fields of corn and piles of fruit and veg , let us see afresh the presence our unchanging Lord and Creator with us.
18 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who alone does marvellous deeds.
19 Praise be to his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.
Psalm 72: 18-19 (NIV)