I'm probably due to get flamed on this, but does anyone else wish that we could have straightforward services of celebration sometimes. I'm fed up of Harvest Festivals where most of the service is taken up with reminding the congregation of how bad things are in the 3rd world, and environmental issues. Why can't we, just once, have a 'happy' service without beating oursleves up. I'm sure this put's people off who might otherwise come.
We had a happy harvest yesterday where, in line with that day's readings, we were exhorted to "Don't worry, be happy". Even services concerned with the unevenness of "harvest" in the world usually have strong elements of thankfulness in them.