At Affpuddle today we celebrate the Harvest.    Our 9.15 service will be a thanksgiving for all that the land produces to keep us in food. Our service is structured around our Parish Eucharist. There is lunch for all who have made a reservation at 12.30 in Briantspuddle Village Hall.
At Bere Regis we share an early Holy Communion at 8am and later there is our 11am monthly Family Service which follows Junior Church (10am on the theme of ‘Harvest’).
    A warm welcome to our services today in the benefice.
Collect for today  
    God, our light and our salvation: illuminate our lives, that we may see your goodness in the land of the living, and looking on your beauty may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Old Testament Reading: Deuteronomy 8,  verses 1 to 10  
  Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your ancestors.  Remember how the LORDyour God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.  He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.  Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.  Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.
  Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him.  For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land – a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig-trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey;  a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.
   When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.
The Holy Gospel:  Luke 12, verses 22 to 31
    Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?   Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
 ‘Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.     If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you – you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.  For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.  But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
For the Church and the community of Christ                                                                                                                                                                                     
We give a prayer of thanks for the produce of land and sea which nourishes and sustains us physically        ~but Lord, guide us in our lifestyles as all of us here are rich Christians in an age of hunger and you warn us how hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of Heaven         ~and as we learn of the threat to our planet from our ways of living may we make those changes we should to preserve life and reflect your love of all living things
~we continue to pray for Charles and Felicity as they contemplate a move from the benefice         ~and for our  leaders for the future in worship, spiritual guidance and parish care         ~we pray for the Church in the Sudan and South Sudan: for all involved in our Diocesan link and for the Diocese of Wad Madani, and for the Rt Revd Samaan Farjalla its bishop.
For the world and its leaders
We ask  that state leaders, military commanders and civil administrators work for peace not violence, liberty not oppression and equality not discrimination                ~ we pray for effective action in response to natural disasters and threats from climate                ~and our prayers are for all short of food, clean water and decent sanitation and for those who provide aid where the conditions may be dismal and the prospect of change for the better  modest
For our parishes and community   
We pray for any coming to terms with change in their lives- move of job, of house, marriage, birth of a child  or other major change           ~for quality of spirit and community in those groups bringing us together: Purbeck Films, Artsreach, bulb planters and nature groups, Harvest Lunch         ~ for decent and affordable housing for those who want to settle here and for public transport for those who live here but have no transport of their own
For the sick and their carers                                                                                                                                               
We pray for all who are ill or in pain, those awaiting operation or treatment and for those in hospital             ~ in our parishes for Ted Cox, Margaret Bartlett, Edna Marsh, Jo Powell, Benny Hazlehurst, John Dewey, Linda Thomas, Mary Fegan, Kirstin Duffield and Rene Philips               ~for all carers, spouses, family and those who give support            ~for all with issues of the mind and especially those with dementia in any of its variant forms      
For the deceased and those who mourn                                                                                                        
We lift to God, our father in Heaven, the souls of all who have died whom we have known, including recently from our parishes Dennis Bentley, Nigel Woodward, Jane Woodward, Christine Robinson and Alan Godden         ~we celebrate their lives and those of others we have known               ~ we pray for all  in grief at the loss of those close to them, Lord give comfort and strength
Post Communion  Prayer  
God our Father, whose Son, the light unfailing, has come from heaven to deliver the world from the darkness of ignorance: let these holy mysteries open the eyes of our understanding that we may know the way of life, and walk in it without stumbling; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Services Next Sunday  21st  October       
8am Holy Communion at Affpuddle
10am  Parish Eucharist  at Bere Regis        
6pm  Evensong at Bere Regis