Sunday 18th October is Harvest Thanksgiving at St Michael’s, Mount Dinham, in the heart of the city of Exeter, and we have Sung Mass at 10.45am, with seasonal music, decoration and refreshments. The Mass Setting is Missa Brevis, by Lotti, and the Motet, God Looks on Nature, music by our own Graham Keitch to words by the rural poet John Clare.
In fact, it’s a bit of a “rock, paper, scissors” Sunday, as Trinity XX defers to St Luke’s Day in most churches, but to Harvest here, and anyone travelling across Exeter this morning needs to be aware of the Great West Run too.
In the afternoon the Choir heads out into rural West Devon to practise and then to sing Choral Evensong & Benediction for St Luke’s Day at 6.30pm at St Peter’s Church, Lamerton, one of the churches now ministered to by Fr Andy Atkins, our former Curate, a few miles north-west of Tavistock.
Our Evensong music will include:-
You are most welcome to join us at either location or both for traditional Liturgy, fine Music and good Fellowship. (Map below set for Lamerton.)
Many thanks to Fr Andy and the congregation of St Peter’s for a warm welcome and wonderful cakes, and a special thank you to Gabrielle for playing the organ for us so expertly at such short notice. A most enjoyable time for us all at a beautiful village church with a superb new mural of St Peter caring for the Lord’s sheep on Dartmoor.
God looks on nature with a glorious eye
And blesses all creation with the sun
Its drapery of green and brown earth ocean lie
In morning as Creation just begun
That saffron east foretells the rising sun
And who can look upon that majesty
Of light brightness and splendour nor feel won
With love of him whose bright all seeing eye
Feeds the days light with Immortality.
John Clare (1793-1864)
St Peter's Church, Lamerton, Devon, PL19 8RJ