On Sunday, September 22, Incarnation United
Church of Christ at West Main Street, Emmitsburg, Maryland observed Harvest Home during its regular worship service at 10:00 a.m.
The church was seasonally decorated with local flowers, corn stalks and vegetables by members of
Incarnation. The congregation is asked to bring in canned foods, paper products and cleaning essentials to be donated to the
Emmitsburg Food Bank.
The Emmitsburg Food Bank has just relocated to its temporary quarters in the
Elias Lutheran Church until a
permanent site is ready. Thank you, Elias Lutheran!
Pastor Ted Haas' sermon was entitled "Sowing and Reaping." The scripture was Matthew 13: 3-9-the parable
of the sower. Pastor Ted has summarized his Harvest Home sermon with the following message:
"Harvest Home in the church of my youth was a beautiful September service. The altar was decorated with a
cornucopia of foods to remind us of God's bounteous provisions, and the chancel was filled with foods given by worshippers to
share with the needy. The people of Incarnation Church this past Sunday repeated this special experience for me! The sanctuary was
beautiful and the shared food bounteous. I reminded everyone what a vital partnership of nature and human effort farming is, and
what a blessing every harvest is! We need to share our harvests with others; our sharing went to the Community Food Bank in
St. Paul reminds us that in giving, in human relationships, in getting an education, in working for a
better world for all people and in our religious life "…that what a person sows he will reap. Who sows sparingly will reap
sparingly, while those who sow bountifully will reap bountifully." Good harvests take time, but if we keep on working according to
God's laws of life, in due time we shall reap joyously."