In ancient Israel, the people regularly brought the first pickings of their harvests to places of worship and gave thanks to God for food that the earth provides (Exodus 23:16-17; Leviticus 23:15-21). Today we continue that tradition with an annual Harvest Thanksgiving service in which we remember not only the sustenance that God provides, but also all the other good things we enjoy.
At Scots, our practice is to bring packaged foodstuffs to symbolise the fruits of the earth. In this service, these are placed around the communion table. After the service, they are given to Uniting Communities Adelaide East for use as emergency supplies for people in need. Our Harvest Thanksgiving service will take place this year on 17th April
Rev Dr Peter Trudinger
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