We gather at this time of harvest, to give thanks for the many blessings we receive, and to acknowledge the work which has made them possible. So much of our lives is disconnected from the earth which sustains us, and we pause now to remember its bounty. 

Along with the bounty, life on earth meets much hardship. At this time of harvest, as the weather turns, we prepare for the coming winter. We pray for the strength to endure the coming cold and we give thanks for the food and the fuel which will help us to survive it. 

As we prepare for the future, we remember also the past. All of us hold in our hearts the memories both of joy and of sorrow. We give thanks for the happiness we have known, and we pray that we may survive the hardships of the spirit as well as of the body. As the winter is made easier by the harvest stores and the knowledge of the following spring, so may our spiritual winters be made easier by the memory of joy and the good things still to come. 

So may it be. 


If you'd like to use this material…

Public Domain licence


The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighbouring rights, to the extent allowed by law.

You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.


In no way are the patent or trademark rights of any person affected by this licence, nor are the rights that other persons may have in the work or in how the work is used, such as publicity or privacy rights.

Unless expressly stated otherwise, the person who associated a work with this deed makes no warranties about the work, and disclaims liability for all uses of the work, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

When using or citing the work, you should not imply endorsement by the author or the affirmer.