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Psalm 126

The harvest is an especially popular metaphor here in Iowa where I serve as a pastor. We’re the king when it comes to corn (I’ll fight you, Indiana readers). Between our concentration of farmers and the production of ethanol, corn is an essential part of Iowa’s economy. So for good reason, harvest has been a dominant theme of our church district campaigns in Iowa. All throughout Scripture, the harvest is so important for the people of God, our text at hand not excluded, so it is only appropriate that we have leaned into this for our yearly themes. 

They have included:

  1. Join the Harvest

  2. Reach the Harvest

  3. Celebrate the Harvest

  4. Reimagine the Harvest

  5. Harvest Awakening

  6. Harvest 2020

We had tractors and hay bales on the stage of our assembly. In front of the church where the assembly was held, a large combine sat near the church sign with a giant banner on it with any one of the slogans listed above.

All of these themes, of course, are grounded in Jesus’ words to the twelve: “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field’” (Matthew 9:37-38).

I would contend there are tangible a