Matthew 9:37-38 – Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
Well another summer has come and has gone and now we enter into another season called “FALL”. With that comes change in the weather and beautiful fall color in reference to the leaves on the trees. Believe it or not, change is good even though a lot of us are not in favor of it.
When I became the pastor at Copeland Baptist Church, one of the first things that I communicated to the church was the need to be “On Mission” for God and that starts in the very neighborhood we are located in.  I used Matthew 9:37-38 to illustrate the fact that indeed the harvest is plentiful but the workers were few.  But I also communicated what Jesus said would help us with the issue of having so few laborers vs a plentiful harvest.  Jesus told his disciples to “PRAYto the Lord of the harvest for workers. 
But, you say, there are so many people. The harvest is so vast. The needs are so overwhelming. What can I do?
First, be prepared Church, be “prayed up” and ready to go out into the harvest field and sow God’s love in such a practical way that we make a difference; one soul at a time. 
And then, let us not forget that we have a great opportunity to reach our community in the month of October.  On October 31st will be our annual Trunk-R-Treat from 4pm to 6pm. We will be going back to our original way of doing Trunk-R-Treat, having the church decorate the trunks of their vehicles and the community will walk around and receive some gospel literature along with candy. There will be other activities as well.  This will give the church a better time for fellowship and building a relationship with the community.
And while the world may and will celebrate this day as a day of darkness, we choose to shine the light of Jesus on our community.  Let us reach the harvest field for Christ. 
Calling All Harvest workers – Report for duty,
Pastor James