LETTER FROM THE VICARAGE - SEPTEMBER 2021
We reproduce here the monthly letter from our Vicar as it appears in our parish magazine, the Parish News.
Letter from the vicarage
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. (Genesis 8:22)
It's easy to take the seasons for granted, spring, summer, autumn and winter, as the writer of the book of Genesis states, God has provided a pattern that governs our year. However, it seems in more recent decades that the traditional seasons have become less predictable regarding weather patterns. I remember my father had a gardening book, published in the 1930's that gave you a breakdown of what to expect of the weather for each month with the average rainfall and temperatures in different parts of the United Kingdom. Much that was taken for granted, 90-100 years ago in meteorological terms, may not necessarily be the same today.
We have the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in Glasgow between the 31st October and the 12th November, this year. Many of the delegates from across the world will be coming from countries and continents that have been impacted by extraordinary weather events from floods to fires, all over the world. Let us hope and pray that as discussions take place, a renewed commitment to reduce greenhouse gasses to urgently tackle what now seems accepted as climate change, will be the outcome.
All food producers from across the world, whether they survive on cash crops, as in many developing countries, or organically grown, sustainable farming can be impacted by the weather. So let us at this time of harvest give thanks for those who tend and care for what we eat, that they may be able to continue their livelihoods for the benefit of all of us. As the Psalmist states, 'May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. The land yields its harvest; God our God blesses us.' (Psalm 67, verses 5 and 6).
Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be on Sunday 26th September at 9.30am at Kirdford. I look forward to seeing you then.