"The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season" (Psalm 145:15)

The end of the harvest is a joyful time in all cultures, and for thousands of years people have come together to celebrate and to thank the Lord for the bounty of the earth. But the Lord's gifts are not only those of the natural world; He provides us with what we need to nourish our spirits as well as our bodies. The Lord's love and wisdom are the spiritual food which will sustain us to eternity. And one of the important ways we can open ourselves up to receive the Lord's gifts is by acknowledging that they are, indeed, from Him, and not of our own doing. In this frame of mind, the Lord can flow into us and implant those seeds of truth and good will lead to a heavenly harvest, both in this world and in the life to come.

Highlights include

Quotes from the Lord's Word about the Lord's Fruitful Harvest

Concept Article: "Thanksgiving and Rejoicing for the Harvest"
by the Rev. W. Cairns Henderson. Today, most people are far removed from the life of a farm, but there are many harvests in which we are directly concerned, for there are other harvests besides the yearly ingathering of the fruits of the earth.

An Overview of Projects and Activities for Families
Projects and activities about Giving Thanks for the Harvest, Spiritual Nourishment, The First Fruits, Celebrating the Harvest, The Feast of Ingathering and Being Fruitful.

"The Lord's Greatest Gift"
a talk for young children by the Rev. Frank S. Rose

Blessings for the Harvest (PDF)

Family Discussion on the Blessing "O Give Thanks Unto the Lord (PDF)
In the New Church, families often say this blessing before meals. What do these words mean? By reflecting on this common prayer, we can open our hearts and minds to give true thanks to our Lord for His many natural and spiritual gifts. Here are some ideas that you may wish to discuss with your family.

An Offering to the Lord Coloring Page (PDF)

"The Fruits of Creation" examines how the vegetable kingdom reflects its Creator. The fruit that we eat contains many seeds for future plants and fruit. In this way, the Lord has endowed each plant with His own quality of infinite giving.

The Feast of Ingathering Project (PDF)
A panoramic picture of the Children of Israel celebrating the Feast of Ingathering to color and assemble.

"Enjoying the Fruits of Your Neighbor's Vineyard" a sermon by the Rev. Grant Odhner