Living for the Harvest

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So Much To Be Thankful For

Posted by Meredith Griffin on November 24, 2008

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Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. 1 Chronicles 16:8-9

Later this week, families and friends will gather in communities all over this country to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. For many this will begin a time of reflection and thanksgiving that will last through the end of the year. There will be some, who because of the economy or other circumstances of life, will find it difficult to articulate anything for which they are thankful. Speaking to both groups, I want to list just a few of the things that I find myself thanking God for right now.

  • Salvation – I thank God for the grace He showed toward me, in sending His only begotten son to die for the forgiveness of my sins.
  • Family – I thank God for my immediate and extended family. There love and care for me has been my strength and joy in both high and low points this year. I am thankful for my wife and my children. I am thankful that their love for me is without condition. I am thankful for the times that we have been able to spend with each other, in our daily routines and away (as few as these times may have been this year).
  • Provision – Although it would be easy for me to articulate what I am missing, or what I don’t have, I choose to thank God for what he has ensured that I do have. I thank Him for ensuring that I have a home, food, and health. I thank Him that He has provided enough that I have been able to share some with others.
  • Harvest Christian Fellowship – I am thankful that God has given me a place, the caliber of Harvest, in which to serve as Senior Pastor. I am grateful for the smiles that greet each person who enters our presence on Sunday mornings. I am thankful for the willingness of the people to serve whoever, wherever, and whenever service is needed. I am thankful for the feeling of belonging that each person strives to ensure that every other person feels inside our fellowship. I am thankful for the way God has moved in the last year to bring us to the New Hope campus, merge our ministries, and give us a relationship with The Wesleyan Church. I am thankful for the excitement that I still see in the eyes of the people when we discuss or mention going into the community to serve and be in relationship with people.
  • Hope for the future – I am thankful that in Jesus Christ, I always have hope for the future. Regardless of where or how I may view my life now, I know that my God makes all things work together for the good. I know that my worst day without Jesus is infinitely better than any day without Him.

I hope and pray that each of you reading this has a blessed time with friends and family on Thanksgiving Day. I pray that you take some time out on that day to reflect on the things you have to be thankful for. I believe that you may be pleasantly surprised at how numerous they are. Stay blessed.

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Thank You Harvest!

Posted by Meredith Griffin on November 22, 2008

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I want to thank every member of Harvest Christian Fellowship who participated in this year’s Basket brigade of Delaware effort. I want to thank every member who donated canned food. I want to thank every member who got up early on a Saturday morning and gave your time. I want to thank every member who, regardless of how you may have been feeling physically, made an effort to help. I want to thank every member who, in spite of a busy schedule, sacrificed whatever time you could. I want to thank every member who endured the cold and chaos in an effort to serve. Whatever you were able to do for this effort, however great or small, I want to thank you. Thank you for being the manifest expression of Jesus Christ in the world. I truly believe that I am blessed to serve alongside the greatest group people in the kingdom of God. Service isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it. You deserve an ovation.

Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ The the righteous will answer Him, “Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’   Matthew 25:34-40 NASB

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Sunday Sentiments

Posted by Meredith Griffin on November 9, 2008

Praise the Lord for another Sunday at Harvest! It was a great blessing for everyone to see Sis. Lauren return to worship service this morning. She is truly a living miracle, after such a bad car accident. What a way to inspire worship and praise for “this” day that the Lord has made.

We continued our ‘Be Encouraged’ series with a message touting the attributes of ‘A Conqueror’s Attitude’. What a reponse! The sermon ended with many at the altar, and everyone in the sanctuary standing as practical illustrations of what our response should be to the negative whispers of accusation of condemnation that may come our way. Practice the way you intend to play the game!

Can’t wait until next week, to see what the Lord has in store for us in worship of Him. Stay tuned. Don’t forget to do the reading in Genesis for Bible Study on Wednesday. Thanks to Bro. Ibn for standing in this past week. The reports are that he did a great job. I had no doubt.

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Sunday Sentiments

Posted by Meredith Griffin on November 3, 2008

The Lord truly moved during our worship today. First, we broke through what had been an attendance threshhold for us. Praise the Lord! During prayer with the praise team prior to service, we asked the Lord to free them to worship Him without apprehension. Did the Lord ever answer that prayer! These dedicated men and women led us into worship in a way that we haven’t experienced for some time. Their freedom in worship, freed and led us all into the presence of the Lord. Glory!

We were again visited by men and women from a local retirement community. It was great to see these senior saints rise from their wheelchairs with one purpose in mind, to worship and praise the Lord. It was an inspiration to all of those who were younger and more able-bodied. What a testimony to the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. At one point, I realized how blessed we were to have a church that saw every age group well represented, from newborns to seniors. We are truly a church alive.

The message today came from 2 Chronicles 20:1-23, and was titled “How to Handle Overwhelming Odds.” From the life of Jehoshaphat, the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem, we learned:

  1. Don’t let fear lead us in the wrong direction.
  2. Turn to seek the Lord.
  3. Rehearse the Lord’s deeds.
  4. Trust in the power of the Lord.
  5. Watch God work.

The Lord capped our time together by having another family join our fellowship today, and blessing our celebration of the Lord’s Supper. What a super day in Christ. Visitors, both first-time and returning are abundant week after week. All we, as a fellowship, care to do is continue to follow the call of Jesus Christ. Stay blessed. How was your worship experience today?

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A Clergy Appreciation Thank You

Posted by Meredith Griffin on October 27, 2008

I was surprised, humbled, and blessed yesterday afternoon, following the morning worship service at Harvest. Weekly, all who attend a Sunday morning worship service are invited to fellowship over light refreshments in our fellowship hall, and many accept the invitation weekly. For us, it is another way to live out our core value of being a biblical community (fellowship).

Yesterday, however, when I got downstairs I noticed that no one was eating and the room was crowded. Not only this, but everyone was staring directly at me. After asking and receiving cryptic answers regarding the delay, I was surprised to find that this was in fact a planned clergy appreciation celebration for me. I was humbled and surprised. Truly! As I alternated between standing and sitting, families and individuals stood to express how they have been impacted by our relationship over time. I was brought to tears by much of what was said. I was also again reminded of the awesome responsibility entrusted to me as a pastoral leader.

I am writing to thank all of the members of Harvest Christian Fellowship for allowing me to serve alongside you as your senior pastor. As I tearfully expressed yesterday, I am honored to know you all. I see your hard work and recognize that it is on our collective efforts that the fulfillment of our corporate mission depends. I thank those of you who serve as greeters, parking lot attendants, ushers, stewards, adjutants, and aspirants. I thank those of you who serve in the Youth Church Ministry, Beyond the Veil Dance Ministry, Music Ministry, Hospitality Ministry, Audio Reproduction Ministry. I thank those who set-up and work the sound on Sunday mornings, open and close the church during the week, and clean the church weekly. I thank those of you who attend Bible Study on Wednesdays, participate in Men’s Fellowship or Women’s Ministry. I thank those of you who hear God’s word and obey his voice, tithing, faithfully serving, living holy lives, inviting friends, neighbors, family, coworkers, and acquaintances to worship with you at Harvest.

I pastor because it is what God called me to do. In obedience, I would pastor wherever God sent me and faithfully whatever people were there. But I am blessed to serve among, what I believe to be, the most outstanding and committed group of men, women, young men, young women, boys, and girls in the kingdom of God. Imagine that this is less than two years in, and see what God has done. The best is yet to come.

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Sunday Sentiments

Posted by Meredith Griffin on October 27, 2008

Wow! That is the appropriate exclamation to describe Sunday worship at Harvest. One of the greeters stopped me, in the narthex prior to service, and said that there was an electirc feeling in the air inside the church. Was she ever right! From the time of preparatory prayer, it was clear that this wasn’t going to be a typical worship service.

The Beyond the Veil dance ministry, and the worship team set the atmosphere of worship from the beginning. We noticed again, a good number of first-time and returning visitors.

The word preached by Pastor Doris was phenomenal. She told us that “The System Works”, using James 1:1-6 as her text. We learned how ridiculous it is to attempt to live this life with Christ according to our own wisdom and system, when God’s system is proven. His system calls us to have joy in the midst of trying times, know that trials work towards our maturity, and that our faith must be without doubt. We ended by “walking” in faith, and at the altar in a corporate prayer for increased faith. Wow! As one young woman came forward during the invitation extended, the praise to God was enormous.

If you haven’t joined us for a Sunday worship service at Harvest Christian Fellowship yet, and are in the area, I invite and encourage you to do so. You won’t be disappointed. How was worship in your house of worship Sunday morning?

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Sunday Sentiments

Posted by Meredith Griffin on October 20, 2008

Great Sunday! We had a good number of seniors bussed in from a local assisted living facility join us in worship. The message was “A Cure for Anxiety”. Given the current state of the country’s economy there are many people, including bleievers, who are anxious about their financial future. We are called to trust that our Father in heaven knows what we have need of.

We had our first evening worship service; a celebration as we witnessed the initial sermon of Sister Michelle Coleman. We at Harvest are proud of Michelle, and look forward to supporting her in her education and development in vocational ministry.

As has been the usual situation lately, Brother Duane Dillard had the praise team doing it right! It is exciting to see the development of the voices and confidence among our committed praise team members. Keep up the good work.

We really have a dedicated group of men and women who make up the membership of Harvest Christian Fellowship. It is a privilege to serve as their senior pastor.

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Habitat for Humanity 2008

Posted by Meredith Griffin on October 7, 2008

Pictures from a day at Miller’s Row. Harvest members put their faith in action, and their hands to work. We had a great day assisting the soon to be homeowners in building their homes.

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AIDS Walk Delaware 2008

Posted by Meredith Griffin on October 7, 2008

Several members of Harvest Christian Fellowship participated in AIDS Walk Delaware on Sunday, September 28, 2008. Although the event was shortened by rain, those who participated represented the our Lord well. Thanks to all who walked. Enjoy the pictures.

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Congratulations to the Young Family!

Posted by Meredith Griffin on September 22, 2008

The Harvest Christian Fellowship family is celebrating with Leonard and Amber Young on the birth of their first child, Amaya Dove Young. Amaya was welcomed into the world at 10:59pm on Friday, September 19th. Amaya weighed in at 8lbs 13oz, and was 20 inches long. Leonard says that mother, child, and father are all doing fine. More pictures of baby Amaya can be seen here. Harvest, let’s make sure we surround the Young family with our prayers, encouragement, and any assistance they may need. God’s kingdom is growing!

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