Today we celebrate Harvest & Thanksgiving Service. We note that, in the bible, several thousand years ago, God spoke directly to Moses and instituted a new festival for His people. In Exodus 23:16, according to Moses’s record, God said, “Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the first fruits of the crops you sow in your field.
To understand the fitting goal of a harvest celebration, we visit Noah right after the flood. God reminded Noah and his family—and us— of His provision for our flourishing existence on the earth. Earth would have seasons, daylight and darkness and “seed-time and harvest” (Gen. 8:22). Our gratitude for the harvest, which sustains us, goes to God alone. Furthermore, Thanksgiving to God, according to Psalm 100:1-5 says; “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. ………give thanks to Him and praise
His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through allv generations.” The psalmist calls on all the earth to come to God and shout for joy. Nations are to recognize who the Lord is and ascribe to Him the glory due His Name. Today faith communities around the world do something similar by celebrating annually, harvest and thanksgiving service.
Members bringing forth perishable and non-perishable food items in alleviating the scourge of poverty in our communities. It is in this spirit, that I urge all members of the church to consider, giving generously to any course (mission outreach) that Welties Methodist Church is involved in. Please ask any leader about where you can make a difference and pledge yourselves for the greater Kingdom.