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Friday, 5 June 2015

Harvest Service

In 1843 the Reverend Robert Hawker (1803-1875), the vicar of Morwenstow in Cornwall, south west England devised a special service for the first Sunday in October, as a thanksgiving for the good harvest his parishioners had experienced. During the service bread made from the first cut of corn was taken at communion.

This original Harvest Service proved popular and as time went by on the first Sunday in October other churches began to decorate themselves with a profusion of home-grown produce offering thanks to God for His plentiful provision.

In time relevant hymns such as "We Plough the Fields and Scatter", and "All Things Bright and Beautiful" helped popularize the idea of the Harvest Service throughout Britain.

Hawker was an eccentric fellow who was renowned for his love of bright colors and for walking the Cornish lanes with a huge pig he kept as a pet.

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