Deuteronomy 26:1-19 is the defining narrative for the Israelites. They were once wanderers. Now they have a home and food. God acted and God saved them from desolation and disappearance. Now they respond with thanks – sharing the produce of their harvests so that those who are as vulnerable as they once were can feast, too!
Pentecost Sunday 2015 was a First Fruits celebration. We brought our flowers, early produce, and our money to the front. And then we came back up to receive the bread and wine of our Lord. It’s God’s planting, hoping, and harvesting cycle in action. Come Holy Spirit! Acts 2:1-21