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A Service of Thanksgiving for Harvest

A Service of Thanksgiving for Harvest was held for members and guests of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists on 15th October 2009.

Bidding Prayer:
The Bidding was delivered by Guild Chairman Nicholas Bond.

Address:
Air Commodore Stephen Skinner, Chief Executive of the Farmers Club, spoke of the need for leadership and support at all levels of the farming industry, and drew parallels with his own experience of life in the Royal Air Force during the Falklands War in 1982.

Readings:
John Thorley, Director of the Pastoral Alliance, read Deuteronomy 8. 7-18.
Adrian Bell, Guild Council Member, read Acts 14. 8-18.
Mike Gooding, Guild Council Member, read 'Harvest' by John Charles MacNeill.

Music:
St Bride's Choir performed the following Anthems:
Psalm 121 - Walford Davies
Laudate Dominum - Mozart
'Flower Duet' from Lakmé - Delibes
Hallelujah - Cohen
'Easter Hymn' from Cavalleria Rusticana - Mascagni

Hymns:
The Lord's My Shepherd
We Plough The Fields And Scatter
Jerusalem

Harvest
John Charles McNeill, 1874-1907

Cows in the stall and sheep in the fold;
Clouds in the west, deep crimson and gold;
A heron's far flight to a roost somewhere;
The twitter of killdees keen in the air;
The noise of a wagon that jolts through the gloam
On the last load home.

There are lights in the windows; a blue spire of smoke
Climbs from the grange grove of elm and oak.
The smell of the Earth, where the night pours to her
Its dewy libation, is sweeter than myrrh,
And an incense to Toil is the smell of the loam
On the last load home.

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