Rural Life Sunday set for April 23


Rural Heritage Sunday:

For a complete a complete order of worship for Rural Life Heritage Sunday, contact: Doyce W. Gunter at or at 2800 West Main Street, No. 201-B, Tupelo, MS 38801; telephone 662-844-5166

By Doyce Gunter

Special to the Advocate

Spring is here, flowers are blooming and the farmers are well on their way to getting another crop started. 

Without farmers, we would have no food to buy, and without family farms food would cost us two to three times what it now costs. This might be a good time to give thanks to God for those who farm and produce the food that we eat. 

The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church directs each annual conference to set a date each year for Rural Life Sunday to be observed. In its report to the 2005 Mississippi Annual Conference session, the Rural Life Committee of the Mississippi Conference requested that Rural Life Heritage Sunday be held on one of the Sundays connected to Soil Conservation Week — April 23 and 30 in 2006. The committee urges every church in the conference to observe this special Sunday on April 23 if possible.

The committee also requests that on Rural Life Heritage Sunday the order of worship include at least two hymns that highlight God’s creation, and God’s control over all the world. Suggested hymns include:

All Creatures of Our God and King, page 62, United Methodist Hymnal

For the Beauty of the Earth, page 92

For the Fruits of This Creation, page 97

This is My Father’s World, page 144

All Things Bright and Beautiful, page 147

Hymn of Promise, page 707  

The committee suggests that the responsive reading for that Sunday be Psalm 104:1-13, 24-35. This responsive reading is found on pages 826-827 of the United Methodist Hymnal.  The committee also requests that worshippers remember in prayer those who make their living, or part of their living, operating a family farm.