Great Harvest WebChurch

Pastor Mark J Powell, M.Div. 

Welcome to Great Harvest WebChurch. We are overjoyed you have stopped by to participate in our 21st Century faith community.

 

Please watch the You Tube LINK below for the

17th Sunday after Pentecost, September 18th- 19th, 2021: Jeremiah 11:18-20 and St. Mark 9:30-37      

Sermon: "Let ME be Last!"

Sermon begins at 15 minutes and 00 seconds into the video: 

https://youtu.be/rn_E_AxS4iA

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                   NEXT Weekend

Holy Scripture for the18th Sunday after Pentecost, September 25th- 26th, 2021: Numbers 11:4-6. 10-16, 24-29 and St. Mark 9:38-50      

Sermon: "Be SALT, not pepper!" 

 

Great Harvest began worshipping in 2010. Our WebCommunity is the response for the Dark Age we live in. St. Paul writes in First Corinthians 6:19-20, "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God?

During the 2020 shutdown of churches meeting in person, it became clear that another way to worship was needed.

Like other times in our 2000 year history, when the churches have been closed, when believers are confused, the Holy Spirit responds...and we began Great Harvest WebChurch.

  

The Holy Spirit is the spark of your conscience. Your actions or inactions are then based on a correctly formed conscience.

That formation continues on your spiritual journey through the Holy Sacraments, reading and meditating on Holy Scripture, Prayer and being in Communion with fellow Ambassadors of Christ.  

  

"No Matter Where You are, God is with YOU" is our motto.

Our Father loves you, He sent His only Son Jesus of Nazareth to redeem all of us from sin and through the Father and Son, the Holy Spirit speaks to us today.

  

Truly, it is by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, comforted by the endless Truths of the Holy Scriptures Alone that we live our lives as Ambassadors of Christ's Kingdom for the Glory of God Alone.

Who is Our Father? None other than the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, the Creator and Architect of the Universe.

 

 

   Great Harvest Promotes Religious Liberty!

                            DECLARATION ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

"Of The Dignity of the Human Person" 
PROMULGATED ON DECEMBER 7, 1965

This Congregation recognizes the teaching of this Document as in order with Holy Scripture and the Church Council.

 ...The human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all humanity are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits.

...The right to religious freedom has its foundation in the very dignity of the human person as this dignity is known through the revealed word of God and by reason itself. This right of the human person to religious freedom is to be recognized in the constitutional law whereby society is governed and thus it is to become a civil right.

Truth, however, is to be sought after in a manner proper to the dignity of the human person and his social nature. The inquiry is to be free, carried on with the aid of teaching or instruction, communication and dialogue, in the course of which humanity explain to one another the truth they have discovered, or think they have discovered, in order thus to assist one another in the quest for truth. Moreover, as the truth is discovered, it is by a personal assent that human beings are to adhere to it.

The protection and promotion of the inviolable rights of humanity ranks among the essential duties of government. Therefore government is to assume the safeguard of the religious freedom of all its citizens, in an effective manner, by just laws and by other appropriate means.

Finally, government is to see to it that equality of citizens before the law, which is itself an element of the common good, is never violated, whether openly or covertly, for religious reasons. Nor is there to be discrimination among citizens.

 The fact is that human beings of the present day want to be able freely to profess their religion in private and in public. Indeed, religious freedom has already been declared to be a civil right in most constitutions, and it is solemnly recognized in international documents. The further fact is that forms of government still exist under which, even though freedom of religious worship receives constitutional recognition, the powers of government are engaged in the effort to deter citizens from the profession of religion and to make life very difficult and dangerous for religious communities. We greet with joy the first of these two facts as among the signs of the times. With sorrow, however, We denounce the other fact, as only to be deplored. 

Therefore, by the laws of God and man, we adhere to the individual's right to refuse any or all medical or vaccine treatment including but not limited to inoculations for COVID 19 and its variants.   

                                        Rev. Mark J Powell, M.Div.                                                                          Pastor, Great Harvest Church  

                                          Ms. Billy Clark, R.N.                                                                               President, Great Harvest Church Council  

                                + Firmum Est Cor Meum * 2021  A.D.

                                              

"Being an Ambassador of Christ means to be engaged in the World." 

 

Martin Luther: "God does not need your good works, your neighbor does."

No Matter Where You are, God is with YOU!

                                 Contact Pastor Mark Powell: 317-372-3493 

                                      pastormarkpowell@gmail.com 

P.O. Box 385

Whiteland, Indiana 46184 


                       Honorary Great Harvester

       Honoring the Living spirit of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr


 

Acceptance Speech

Martin Luther King's Acceptance Speech, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, December 10, 1964

Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness, Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I accept the Nobel Prize for Peace at a moment when 22 million Negroes of the United States of America are engaged in a creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice. I accept this award on behalf of a civil rights movement which is moving with determination and a majestic scorn for risk and danger to establish a reign of freedom and a rule of justice. I am mindful that only yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama, our children, crying out for brotherhood, were answered with fire hoses, snarling dogs and even death. I am mindful that only yesterday in Philadelphia, Mississippi, young people seeking to secure the right to vote were brutalized and murdered. And only yesterday more than 40 houses of worship in the State of Mississippi alone were bombed or burned because they offered a sanctuary to those who would not accept segregation. I am mindful that debilitating and grinding poverty afflicts my people and chains them to the lowest rung of the economic ladder.

Therefore, I must ask why this prize is awarded to a movement which is beleaguered and committed to unrelenting struggle; to a movement which has not won the very peace and brotherhood which is the essence of the Nobel Prize.

After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time - the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression. Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts. Negroes of the United States, following the people of India, have demonstrated that nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation. Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

The tortuous road which has led from Montgomery, Alabama to Oslo bears witness to this truth. This is a road over which millions of Negroes are travelling to find a new sense of dignity. This same road has opened for all Americans a new era of progress and hope. It has led to a new Civil Rights Bill, and it will, I am convinced, be widened and lengthened into a super highway of justice as Negro and white men in increasing numbers create alliances to overcome their common problems.

I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the "isness" of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal "oughtness" that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsom and jetsom in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.

I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today's mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men. I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the land. "And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid." I still believe that We Shall overcome!

This faith can give us courage to face the uncertainties of the future. It will give our tired feet new strength as we continue our forward stride toward the city of freedom. When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, we will know that we are living in the creative turmoil of a genuine civilization struggling to be born.

Today I come to Oslo as a trustee, inspired and with renewed dedication to humanity. I accept this prize on behalf of all men who love peace and brotherhood. I say I come as a trustee, for in the depths of my heart I am aware that this prize is much more than an honor to me personally.

Every time I take a flight, I am always mindful of the many people who make a successful journey possible - the known pilots and the unknown ground crew.

So you honor the dedicated pilots of our struggle who have sat at the controls as the freedom movement soared into orbit. You honor, once again, Chief Lutuli of South Africa, whose struggles with and for his people, are still met with the most brutal expression of man's inhumanity to man. You honor the ground crew without whose labor and sacrifices the jet flights to freedom could never have left the earth. Most of these people will never make the headline and their names will not appear in Who's Who. Yet when years have rolled past and when the blazing light of truth is focused on this marvellous age in which we live - men and women will know and children will be taught that we have a finer land, a better people, a more noble civilization - because these humble children of God were willing to suffer for righteousness' sake.

I think Alfred Nobel would know what I mean when I say that I accept this award in the spirit of a curator of some precious heirloom which he holds in trust for its true owners - all those to whom beauty is truth and truth beauty - and in whose eyes the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.

 

 

                          Honorary Great Harvester 

Honoring the living spirit of 

Liu Xiaobo

(1955-2017)

2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner 

 

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010 to Liu Xiaobo for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China. 


The Norwegian Nobel Committee has long believed that there is a close connection between human rights and peace. Such rights are a prerequisite for the “fraternity between nations” of which Alfred Nobel wrote in his will.


Over the past decades, China has achieved economic advances to which history can hardly show any equal. The country now has the world’s second largest economy; hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty. Scope for political participation has also broadened.


China’s new status must entail increased responsibility. China is in breach of several international agreements to which it is a signatory, as well as of its own provisions concerning political rights. Article 35 of China’s constitution lays down that “Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration”. In practice, these freedoms have proved to be distinctly curtailed for China’s citizens.


For over two decades, Liu Xiaobo has been a strong spokesman for the application of fundamental human rights also in China. He took part in the Tiananmen protests in 1989; he was a leading author behind Charter 08, the manifesto of such rights in China which was published on the 60th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 10th of December 2008. The following year, Liu was sentenced to eleven years in prison and two years’ deprivation of political rights for “inciting subversion of state power”. Liu has consistently maintained that the sentence violates both China’s own constitution and fundamental human rights.


The campaign to establish universal human rights also in China is being waged by many Chinese, both in China itself and abroad. Through the severe punishment meted out to him, Liu has become the foremost symbol of this wide-ranging struggle for human rights in China.

 

 

 


Oslo, October 8, 2010