God of the harvest,
at this time we usually come to celebrate earth’s plenty,
but this year we still find ourselves anxious and with faltering hope.
Things were so much better two years ago!
Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like a river changing from trickle to flood.
After tears of sadness
we pray that you will bring us times of hope and joy.
Restore our fortunes and bless us, O Lord.
At this harvest time
we pray for people locally and globally
who are hungry, thirsty or destitute.
We pray especially for Palestinian farmers
whose olive groves are laid waste,
and for our local food bank:
that our harvest offerings
will bring both relief and hope.
God of Creation,
we pray for the world you have given us,
and bring to you in sorrow,
the harm we have done,
and the harm we continue to do.
We thank you for the modern day prophets
who challenge us to change our ways.
We pray for our political leaders
coming to COP26,
that they will change the things that we cannot –
the structural changes needed for our survival.
Sometimes we feel helpless:
show us how we can make a difference too.
As we celebrate harvest
we give heart felt thanks for all that we have:
for our daily food,
for clean water on tap,
for warm clothes,
for our homes,
our families and our friends.
Give us eyes to notice those who don’t have enough,
ears to hear the prophets of our times,
hands and feet to act
and hearts to be bearers of hope.