Trinity United Methodist Charge
Friday, December 06, 2019

Message from Pastor Sam

                                                                        I looked up, I caught my breath! – a white cloud and one like

the Son of Man sitting on it. He wore a gold crown and held a

sharp sickle.  Another Angel came out of the Temple, shouting

to the Cloud-Enthroned, “Swing your sickle and reap.  It’s

harvest time.  Earth’s harvest is ripe for reaping.”  The

Cloud-Enthroned gave a migty sweep of his sickle, began

harvesting earth in a stroke.

                                     (Revelation 14:14-18 The Message)

 

Thanksgiving Greetings from Pastor Sam and Family,

      Happy Thanksgiving my friends. It is indeed that time of year already.  Where has 2019 gone?  It seems a few short weeks ago we were making New Year’s resolutions; and now we are preparing for Thanksgiving. Yet we must remember that there must be a season: a season for things to grow so they can be ripe for harvest.

     The above passage is from the book of Revelation. It tells us that it is harvest time. The fields are ripe for reaping. Of course, John, the author, isn’t speaking about the type of reaping we usually associate with Thanksgiving. He is talking about the Lord our Savior reaping the harvest of his Church. We need to be preparing for the harvest; for the great and glorious day of the coming of Our Lord and Savior.

     Every year new statistics come out about Churches and Church growth or decline. For the past several years, the group that has grown most is “None”; not as none at all, but rather those who are not connected to religious affiliation or denomination. Church, as we look around, indeed the harvest is ripe. It is said that in West Virginia, only 16% of people faithfully attend church. Church, we have a daunting task before us. The harvest is ripe for the Church to be winning souls.

     I think a lot about harvest. Growing up I always loved the harvest. There is nothing better than harvesting a new crop, whether it be fruit or grain. Church, I wonder are we ready for the harvest? This means are we personally ready, indeed. Yet it also implies is the Church ready. It also means that there is work to do to get ready for the harvest.  Let me ask you a personal question: when was the last time you were invited to Church? Or when was the last time you invited someone to Church?

     At harvest time in days gone by, everyone played a part. It is no different in the Church. Everyone needs to play a key role for the Church to be effective. Workers of all kinds are needed. We indeed need those to guide us daily by praying for our Church and its ministries. We need workers to share God’s story, and our story. Finally, we need those who support the Church through the blessing of the Harvest they have received. Please remember to support your Church financially, so that God’s work may continue.

Many Blessings

Pastor Sam