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I’m often surprised by how busy the Fall is in the church.  In some ways, I find it to be an even busier time than Christmas or Easter!  But when I consider that our liturgical name for this time is the Harvest Season, it makes sense.  Harvest time has always been a busy one.  It’s a time to get hands-on, go out into the field, gather the bounty together, and put the restored energy from our time of Sabbath into action.  It’s time to get to work!

This year, our work is guided by our Harvest theme, “Preparing for the Feast.”  We remember that, in scripture, feasts are a large part of how God’s people celebrate.  They are signs of coming together and unity.  They are symbols of bounty and plenty.  And they stand as an image for how God feeds us, and how Christ asks us to feed each other.

Before we can feast together, we must prepare for the feast.  We have to go into the field to see what fruits are ripe, and do the work of gathering them together.  We have to prepare the food and mix the recipes well.  We have to set the table and send the invitations.  And we have to say the blessing.  Only then are we ready to feast.

These images will be especially important to us this season as we continue into the next stage of our New Beginnings process, and follow God’s lead into the future story of TCPC.  We know that God’s Spirit is well and active at Twelve Corners, and so we know that part of our future story includes a feast – a great celebration at finding God’s new beginning for us.  Before we can celebrate that feast together, we must first prepare for the feast.  And so, we’ll spend time this Fall in congregational gatherings and House Groups, exploring the ripe fruits of faith in our congregation, going into the field of our local community to see where we find unexpected bounty, and to wonder about how the spiritual ingredients of church and culture can come together in new recipes for the glory of God.

Luke 10:2 says, “These were his instructions to them: ‘The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.’”  As we respond faithfully to our holy work of preparing for the feast through New Beginnings, we answer that call for more workers.  We become those who God sends into the field to harvest new ways of connecting church and culture.  And, with the confidence that the Lord of the Harvest is with us, there is a great feast in our future!

May God’s Spirit of community and plenty fill us all this season.

Peace in the Grace of Christ,
Kevin

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