The Eighteenth Sunday After Trinity (Harvest Festival) – Sung Eucharist

Date: October 15, 2017 - 11:00 am

Sunday 15 October
In conjunction with the Addington Fund
11am Sung Eucharist
Hymns 259, 262, 265
Readings Deuteronomy 8:7-18
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Luke 12:16-30
Psalm 65
Sermon The Right Reverend John Flack

It is a pleasure to welcome the trustees and supporters of the Addington Fund to mark Harvest Festival. The Fund is a charity that specifically directed towards helping the farming community. The Fund provides homes for farming families living in England and Wales who have to leave the industry and by doing so will lose their home and also offers emergency grants in times of hardship. The Fund was set up as the Churches’ response to Foot and Mouth Disease when it distributed grants totalling £10.3 million to over 22,000 applicants. Today, the Fund continues to support viable farming families experiencing financial hardship due to circumstances affecting the business which are completely out of their control. The rural idyll is captivating, and easily persuades us to think that the countryside is a wonderful place in which to live and work. It conceals the very real extent of rural poverty and the high rate of depression and suicide which afflicts the farming community. The collection on this Sunday will be given to the Addington Fund. The sermon will be given by The Right Reverend John Flack, Bishop of Huntingdon (1997-2003) and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome (2003-08).