can a/o post ideas for Harvest prayers for children to read aloud

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by shelbo, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. shelbo

    shelbo New Member

    in Church during our harvest service.
    The children (aged 8-13) are making posters illustrating things we should be grateful to God for ie. different seasons, farmers/fishermen/ home and clothing etc. The theme is 'Giving thanks to God (and remembering those less fortunate than ourselves). Can any one help? Any one creative out there? :)
  2. MusicTeacher

    MusicTeacher New Member

    Why not let the kids write their own? Even if they just put together two or three sentences such prayers, in their simplicity, can be really beautiful. In my book I'd far rather hear kids saying "thank you" in their own way to God than trying to read "wordy" adult prayers that don't mean much to them.

    Just my own view - others may think differently!

    Take care
    Music Teacher (UK)
  3. dash

    dash New Member

    Father We Thank Thee

    For flowers that bloom about our feet,
    Father, we thank Thee.
    For tender grass so fresh and sweet,
    Father, we thank Thee.
    For song of bird and hum of bee,
    For all things fair we hear or see,
    Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

    For blue of stream and blue of sky,
    Father we thank Thee,
    For pleasant shade of branches high,
    Father we thank Thee,
    For fragrant air and cooling breeze,
    For beauty of the blooming trees,
    Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

    For this new morning with its light,
    Father we thank Thee,
    For rest and shelter of the night,
    Father we thank Thee,
    For health and food, for love and friends,
    For everything Thy goodness sends,
    Father in heaven, we thank Thee.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

    Johny Appleseed

    Oh, the Lord is good to me,
    And so I thank the Lord,
    For giving me, the things I need,
    The sun, and the rain and the apple seed,
    Oh, the Lord is good to me


    Opening Statement
    Creator God, breathing your own life into our being, you give us the gift of life. You placed us on this earth with its flowers and fruits, minerals and waters, living creatures of grace and beauty. At harvest time the earth reaches the peak of its fruitfulness. It depends on us to praise you by harvesting its goods in ways which ensure there will be harvests in the future.
    You gave us the care of the earth.
    Today you ask us: “Where are you? What have you done?”

    Psalm 65
    You crown the year with your goodness,
    and your paths overflow with plenty.
    May the pastures of the wilderness flow with goodness,
    and the hills be girded with joy.
    May the meadows be clothed with flocks of sheep;
    and the valleys stand so thick with corn
    That they shall laugh and sing.

    Prayer for Forgiveness
    When we are unkind to people,
    and forget they are God’s children’
    When we are careless with the beasts
    and forget they are God’s creation;
    When we ill treat the land, -
    and forget it is the splendour of God’
    Forgive us, O God of love, and reconcile us to yourself,
    to one another and to the Creation.
    Teach us, that the earth and all its fullness is yours,
    the world and those who dwell in it.
    Remind us that your Son too
    enjoyed the fruits of harvest in Galilee
    And joins us now as we celebrate your good gifts together.
    Call us yet again to safeguard the gift of life,
    now and forever.

    Hope it helps.

  4. shelbo

    shelbo New Member

    Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. I have given the children 'themes' and have allowed them to write their own. Della, I plan to use your 'we thank Thee' prayer which is beautiful!
    Thanks again. I will let you know how the service goes - the children are very excited.
  5. MusicTeacher

    MusicTeacher New Member

    Delighted to hear it's going well with the prayers Shelbo. I feel your children's excitement as I read your message. You're right, Della's prayer was lovely and if it's OK by her, I may well use it for our Harvest celebrations this coming weekend?

    I shall tell my children it's a prayer that's come across the Atlantic for them!

    Take care all and have a really blessed Harvest celebration.

    God is good!

    Music Teacher (UK)