Harvest Festival, an Ancient Tradition with a New Splash, October 12 at Epworth
September 17, 2014
Harvest Festival is always a highlight of the autumn season at Epworth. We began celebrating God's bounty with a special service in 2004, based on a traditional festivals going back to the Old Testament.
But this year, in addition to the bountiful decorations, traditional hymns, food offerings for the poor and the joyful harvest feast we have come to expect at Epworth, we'll experience something new.
Abstract expressionist artist Lisa Marten will be painting live during the service. Never undertaken as a show or an event, Lisa's goal is to deepen our worship experience and lead us to encounter the liturgy in a new way, much as worshiping in the presence of an icon is intended to be an act of prayer. Lisa's prayer is that worshipers will "look beyond and see what God is showing them."
An invitation will be sent to some three thousand homes in our parish so we hope to offer a bounty of hospitality to our friends and neighbors as well.
Make plans now to join in this celebration of God's goodness to us:
* Invite your friends and neighbors to share this ancient custom with us on October 12 as we give thanks for God's bounty.
* Enjoy worship with Lisa Marten's painting, traditional harvest decorations, music and liturgy which will reflect the theme of the day.
* Bring your food gift for the poor and participate in carrying it to the altar in our Great Thanksgiving march.
* Rejoice and feast with fellow Epworthies and our guests at the potluck dinner in the Parish Hall following the morning service.