Today on a rainy day St Giles met to give thanks for the Harvest Safely gathered in and to bring all manner of foods in tins, bottles, packets and cartons for distribution through the Food Bank.
Nothing it seems, can dampen the spirits of the Lord’s people – the warmth of hearts could be felt and although Covid19 has silenced our physical voices it could not silence the Spirit’s voice the ‘noiseless’ songs of praise positively echoed around us
Reverend John gave a very apt talk illustrated with various tins of food, such as strawberries and passion fruit reminding us of the story of Christ the Bread of life, the Bread that feeds us and gives life to the world.
The captions beneath the flowers, arranged by Vera Round and Carole Annetts are words taken from the Canticle of the Creatures by St Francis, here are a few more words….
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
In heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind, and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather,
Through whom You give sustenance to your creatures.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water, who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom You light the night,
And he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth,
Who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praised be You, my Lord, through those who give pardon for Your love,
And bear infirmity and tribulation.
Blessed are those who endure in peace
For by You Most High, shall they be crownedCanticle of the Creatures/St Francis of Assisi
Who ever you are and wherever you are in God’s great world, your brothers and sisters in the Parish Church of Rowley Regis send you their love and pray that the Lord bless you with every good gift and peace.