Set to the lovely Welsh melody, Ar hyd y nos, is the hymn “For the Fruit of All Creation” (Common Praise #259). This hymn came to mind as I admired the garden St. David’s planted for Edmonton Food Bank. Last year we had three garden boxes made from old garage doors; this year two more were donated by Jim Kadatz in memory of his mother, Grace Kadatz. Grace served on the altar guild, ACW, as a vestry secretary, and as newsletter editor among other things.
In our garden this year are potatoes, tomatoes, onions, beets, zucchini, carrots and chives! Parishioners take turns watering the beds; a necessity in this hot, dry season. We look forward to the fall when the harvest is ready to share. Submitted by the Rev. Dr. Renée Desjardins
For the fruit of all creation, thanks be to God;
for the gifts of every nation, thanks be to God;
for the ploughing, sowing, reaping,
silent growth while we are sleeping,
future needs in earth's safe-keeping, thanks be to God.
In the just reward of labour, God's will is done;
in the help we give our neighbour, God's will is done;
in our world-wide task of caring
for the hungry and despairing,
in the harvests we are sharing, God's will is done.
For the harvests of the Spirit, thanks be to God;
for the good we all inherit, thanks be to God;
for the wonders that astound us,
for the truths that still confound us,
most of all that love has found us, thanks be to God.
Words © 1970 Hope Publishing Company
Recording can be found on St. David’s YouTube channel.