The days are cooler and we look forward to cosy fires and warming comfort food.
The harvest is in and the trees are turning lovely shades of orange and red and we 
give thanks for Gods wonderful creation.
Dear Lord, we thank you for our bountiful harvest in the fields,
for the autumn nuts and fruits on our trees and in the hedgerows,
the changing hardy flowers in our gardens, the sight of the Robin's return. 
We thank you for our many blessings Lord. Amen
As we praise you for the good things in our lives we must never forget that 
many countries do not share our joy at this time.
The devastating hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes and floods which have 
recently happened in various countries.
We pray for the people who have to endure these natural disasters on an 
annual basis, in poorer countries, families have so little and do not have the 
means to survive without help,
We pray Lord that the emergency teams from more well off countries will be 
able to help them rebuild their lives.
The hurricanes that hit America and caused such dreadful flooding were 
anticipated and warnings were given and the people were able to escape with 
very little loss of life. 
This is a place where help and equipment are readily available and once again 
showed the great divide between the countries with money and resources and 
those who barely survive day by day.
We most earnestly pray that one day all will be equal in every corner of our world.
Lord we pray for our farmers which this year have suffered though extreme changes of weather. 
The heatwave was enjoyed by many but coming at a time when the crops and livestock needed
some rain they had a very worrying time. This has led to shortages in the harvest which will 
be felt by all.
Be with your suffering planet, comfort everyone in all countries where these 
natural disasters are happening.
May their faith sustain them and give them hope for a better future.

A prayer from St. Benedict
O gracious and Holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
intellect to understand you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen