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This years harvest decorations, put together by the incredible Gill Wardell, was inspired by Brian Wrens 1974 song ‘Praise God for the Harvest’. Each window display represents one of two of the verses as can be seen below.

Praise God for the harvest of orchard and field,
praise God for the people who gather their yield,
the long hours of labor, the skills of a team,
the patience of science, the power of machine.

Praise God for the harvest that comes from afar,
from market and harbor, the sea and the shore:
foods packed and transported, and gathered and grown
by God-given neighbors, unseen and unknown.
Praise God for the harvest that's quarried and mined,
selected and smelted, or shaped and refined:
for oil and iron, for copper and coal,
praise God, who in love has provided them all.

Praise God for the harvest of science and skill,
the urge to discover, create, and fulfill:
for plans and inventions that promise to gain
a future more hopeful, a world more humane.
Praise God for the harvest of mercy and love
from leaders and peoples who struggle and serve
with patience and kindness, that all may be led
to freedom and justice, and all may be fed.

SECMA has some exciting new projects to share with you. Here are two of them.

A Tea-Shop in South Sudan

In the Diocese of Wau in South Sudan, the Mothers’ Union has asked SECMA to help them set up a tea shop. Tea drinking is popular in South Sudan. It provides a moments rest and social interaction, but also an opportunity to get out of the sun. Tea is usually drunk in glasses and is taken black with plenty of sugar.
The Mothers’ Union will use the profits from their tea shop to help some of the many destitute women and children living around the city of Wau to start their own businesses.

Botswana’s Elderly Project

A new project in Botswana is helping local
Christians look after the elderly who are
living alone.

Many are in very poor accommodation, in small huts with no furniture. Fetching wood and water for cooking is tiring and impossible for those with mobility problems.

Volunteers have been running a “meals-on-wheels” service and helping the elderly with personal care. To ensure that everyone who needs care is reached, international charity, Aglow, has built a Day Care Centre – but it is unfurnished.
SECMA has been able to help furnish lightweight plastic chairs and folding tables so that the centre’s elderly clients can eat hot meals in comfort.

How can you help?

We receive a very enthusiastic email from SECMA Provincial Secretary thanking us for the package of stamps we sent recently. Please remember to save your stamps cutting off at least a quarter of an inch of envelope around them. Unwanted First Day Covers are also most welcome. If you are unable to get them to Fay Cuthbertson, Anne Rivers has kindly agreed to pop them round.

These prayers were written by the whole of the YF when asked to think about harvest and the environment prior to the Global Climate Strike last Friday that some of our congregation attended. The young church lead the wonderful, thought provoking powerful all age service.

This years harvest service

Jesus, bread of life, teach us to appreciate all the talents we have and use them faithfully to connect with your church worldwide; open our hearts and minds to develop the talents we have and to discover new things we can bring for the building up of Christ’s body in service to the world.
Lord of creation hear our prayers

Generous God, at this harvest time we thank you for all the good things you give us. As we thank you for our food, we remember all those who do not have enough. We give thanks for the harvest donations today for the foodbank and the time, money and talents of those working to provide food for the people who need it most. We pray for farmers, fishermen and all those who work in the food industry; we give thanks for their work in yielding the crops God provides. We especially consider our oceans and seas that provide a great harvest and make up 71% of our world. We haven’t given it the respect it deserves, and man-made pollution threatens this delicate but wonderful eco- system. We pray for local farmers and that more of us shop local when we can to reduce food miles and limit the use of plastic packaging. Lord, bless all those who suffer because of the greed of others. Help us to share the harvests of the world more fairly, so everyone can be fed and there will be no more starvation.
Lord of creation hear our prayers

We thank God for the world God created for us and ask that the hearts and hands of all can be moved to be responsible stewards of the world we need to look after. We pray for all the human responsibility in the destruction of God’s creation and the impact of climate change experienced through natural disasters. We pray for those affected by forest fires and for the people that have had to leave their homes. We pray for the recent hurricane and devastation it caused. We pray for the climate emergency to be addressed as hurricanes are now lasting longer and more destructive as a direct result with 68% of extreme weather events in the last 20 years were made more likely or more severe by human-caused climate change.
Lord of creation hear our prayers

The congregation post their written prayers for the world

At this special thanksgiving time of the year we thank God for all creatures that inhabit the earth. We pray for the animals and living organisms that climate change impacts, wildlife populations have dropped by 60 per cent in just over 40 years; it’s their planet too! We pray for the animals that face extinction due to their habitats being destroyed. We pry for the bees and butterflies that play such an important role in our ecosystem that more natural meadows and flowers can be planted to save their habitat. We pray for the polar bears and penguins and that action can be taken before the temperature increases so high that the melting icecaps and water temperatures mean they will no longer be able to live and exist. We pray for the people, companies and organisations working to save them and raise awareness.
Lord of creation hear our prayers

We pray Governments and society can stand in solidarity to listen to the voices of its young people to support and take action from the climate strikes. It’ll affect our generation and the ones after us most. We pray for renewable energy and the reduction in dependence on fossil fuels that cause damage to environment and the air we breathe. We pray Scotland can meet or exceed the target of a 75% cut in emissions by 2030 and to be a net-zero society by 2045 made in the new Climate Change bill passed this week.
Lord of creation hear our prayers

We pray that businesses and organisations reduce the impact they have on the environment and lead the way in moving towards greener technology. We pray that companies find ways to use more renewable energy and ethical manufacture. We pray that retailers take a lead from the shift to ethical consumption and move away from single use plastic using less packaging as it is damaging to the environment. We pray companies continue to provide incentives to be more environmentally friendly like money off coffee for reusable mug and consumers continue to support this.
Lord of creation hear our prayers

We pray for education for all the worlds people to acknowledge the climate emergency and how they can make changes in their life to limit it. We pray God will open our minds that if we all make small changes, we can help save the planet we won’t save the world overnight, but we can maybe stop it from getting worse.
Lord of creation hear our prayers

We are conscious of so much that we get wrong. We give thanks too, for your grace and patience with us, when we fail to look after your world as we should. Help us to change so that we too become a new creation walking in the light of your Gospel. We pray for Holy Trinity Dunfermline and the diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane that we can make positive changes for our community. At this harvest time we ask for your blessing on our families, friends and neighbours, and on those who are sick. May we follow Bishop Iain’s example and take a moment away from the political upheaval to focus on the world all our brothers and sisters share. Let us acknowledge the fruits of the harvest that we bring to this community our talents and gifts to create a welcoming home here. Please take a moment to reflect on our own gifts and those we know and love around us and the positive impact on our world.
Lord of creation hear our prayers

The congregations gifts to the Foodbank

God of the Harvest, we thank you and praise your name for your creating, loving power. Give us insight to see your hand at work in our lives and enable us to taste the goodness which comes from knowing you in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

This month our Youth Fellowship (YF) lead our area council service, bringing congregation members and clergy from across Fife.

After Dunfermline’s doors open day when many visitors popped in for a look around the church brought many together. (Like in all good churches everyone sits at the back so whilst can’t be seen you can hear their singing). We hope you will enjoy listening and singing along with our service. We would like to thank the YF for writing, preparing and leading the service and hope they enjoyed their pizza! We also need to thank all those who provided the excellent buffet we all enjoyed together after the service.

Whilst this recording is a test we are looking at streaming and podcast capability at the church in the near future so please give us feedback on what works for you. Do you want audio clips you can listen to on the move? Or video clips of sermons and talks? Maybe the whole service would allow you to feel part of the community from your own home. Let us know!

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Coming up …
  • 17 November 2019 11:00 am Sung Eucharist
  • 17 November 2019 12:15 pm Choir
  • 17 November 2019 6:15 pm YF: Yabba Dabba Doo

More details at this link

 

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1100 Sung Eucharist

1st Sunday in month

0800 Holy Communion

Thursdays

1015 Eucharist