From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all the volunteers that showed up to help unload pumpkins! Our truck arrived slightly before 4 p.m. on Sunday, and we had around 3 dozen volunteers show up to unload the trailer. Thankfully this year, the workers were not few when it came to unloading.
I marvel each year at how many pumpkins there are. Our courtyard is packed full of pumpkins. So many pumpkins.
I know that the patch is a fundraiser for the church, but it is also an opportunity to be Christ to our neighbors. It is a chance to be friendly, welcoming, and invite people back to the church for more than pumpkins.
Matthew 9:35-38 says, “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’”
We are God’s laborers. We are called to harvest more than pumpkins. I read a statistic recently that said that the majority of people go to church because they are invited by someone. (And that someone is not usually the pastor.) It’s time to start asking people to church again because it’s harvest time! The world needs the church, even if it doesn’t know it yet.