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The Harvest Festival 10.10.14

“Love God and Love Thy Neighbour”

Today was the Harvest Festival at St. Paul’s Church.

Our theme for Harvest this year is Harvest of the Sea.

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We made Rainbow Fish in our art lessons and explored the use of colour.

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Thank you for all of the wonderful contributions to our Harvest food collection.

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We sang some Harvest hymns: ‘Big Man Standing’, ‘The Harvest Samba’ and ‘We Plough the Fields and Scatter’DSC_0053

We performed the reading of ‘Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish’: A reading taken from the gospel of St. John.

Not long afterward, Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.

It happened when  Simon Peter, Thomas , Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.

 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them,

and they said, “We’ll go with you with, Peter”

So they went out and got into the boat to go fishing, but that night they caught nothing. They were so dejected!

“Aaaaahhh! What a complete disaster!” they exclaimed.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus.

 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you caught any fish?”

“No, it’s rotten luck!” they answered, feeling very downhearted.

“Oh, what rotten luck!”

 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.”

When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the huge number of fish in it.

 Then Nathaniel, whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “Oh, my days! It is the Lord!”

“Oh my days, it’s the Lord!”

As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.

 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards away.

When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, like a modern-day barbecue, and some tasty- looking bread.

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 

 So, Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of around 150 large and wonderful fish, but even with so many the net was not torn. 

 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast together, my friends!”

None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?”

Now, they all knew it was the Lord. 

 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. They shared them together and enjoyed it.

“What a Harvest of fish! DE-LISH!”

 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

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Overall, it was a huge success and we have had a wonderful time celebrating the Harvest of the Sea this year. We give huge thanks to everyone involved who made this year’s Harvest so brilliant!

 
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