Exodus 23: 16b “Celebrate the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field”

September is one of my favourite months; the intense heat of the summer has passed but there are still plenty of warm days to be enjoyed and the light in September bathes so much in a glorious golden colour. God’s beautiful Creation lies spread out before us, and September is the month we traditionally give thanks for our harvest (this year with a joint service on 20th September at Trinity)

The Christian Harvest Festival has many roots in the Old Testament festival of Sukkot or Ingathering; it is the time when the produce of the field, orchard and vineyard is gathered in. The granaries, threshing floors and wine and olive-presses are full to capacity. Weeks and months of toil and sweat have finally been amply rewarded. The farmer feels happy and elated. No wonder Harvest is the “season of rejoicing”.

So when we hear that many harvests around the world, including our own, are being affected by Climate Change we need to take notice. Due to the importance of international trade, crop failure is an issue that affects everyone on the planet, not just those in crop-growing regions. More extreme weather events are expected to occur in the coming years due to climate change, and research by many leading universities around the world have shown that these events are likely to lead to more crop failures.

This September we are privileged to have Rev Dr Susan Durber, Theology Advisor for Christian Aid, coming to give a talk on how this important charity is urging each of us to respond to the challenge of Climate Change. She will also share some insight on the devastating effects of Climate Change on the poorest and most vulnerable people across the world. So as we celebrate Harvest this year please do try and join with us on Tuesday 29th September at 7.30 at Trinity to hear Susan’s talk.