The Enormous Turnip

Sermon for Harvest, 24 October 2021 (Year B).

Readings: 1 Timothy 6:6-10; Matthew 6:25-33

One of my highlights this week was a spontaneous invitation to visit the Little Acorns Nursery for their Harvest Festival. With all the joy of Harvest (and the excited cries of “That’s my mummy!”) The children acted out the story of the enormous turnip. The story goes like this:

A farmer planted a turnip. The turnip grew and grew. It grew to be the enormous turnip. The farmer started to pull the turnip out of the ground. He pulled and pulled, but couldn’t pull it out. So he called over his wife.

The farmer’s wife took hold of the farmer, the farmer took hold of the turnip, they pulled and pulled, but couldn’t pull it out. So the farmer’s wife called over their daughter.

The daughter took hold of the farmer’s wife, and she took hold of the farmer, the farmer took hold of the turnip, they pulled and pulled, but couldn’t pull it out. So the daughter called over the dog.

The dog took hold of the daughter, the daughter took hold of the farmer’s wife, she took hold of the farmer, the farmer took hold of the turnip, they pulled and pulled, but couldn’t pull it out. So the dog called over the cat.

The cat took hold of the dog, the dog took hold of the daughter, the daughter took hold of the farmer’s wife, she took hold of the farmer, the farmer took hold of the turnip, they pulled and pulled, but couldn’t pull it out. So the cat called over the children playing nearby.

The children took hold of the cat, the cat took hold of the dog, the dog took hold of the daughter, the daughter took hold of the farmer’s wife, she took hold of the farmer, the farmer took hold of the turnip, they pulled and pulled –and finally–out came the enormous turnip!

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