Sounds of Home – Harvest Fest

Welcome to Harvest Fest!
Haven’t seen the competition submissions? Check out the ‘Harvest Fest’ tab at the top of the page to see what folks sent in!

Harvest Song

Hi! Come and sing, for the harvest is over,
Fields are mowed, the grain is stored, and straw is in the stack.
Haymow is bursting with sweet scented clover;
Trees are shaken, apples picked, the wagon’s heading back.
We shall rejoice tonight knowing that when it’s light,
birds and beasts and poorer folk may take what is their right.

Hi! Bring the sheaves to be made into garlands,
Bring the leaves, the roses pink and daisies white and blue.
Our threshing floor, true to custom in our land
Shall be decked with all the season’s beauty, good and true.
Children already prance!  Girls are waiting for the chance!
Ends the festive evening in a joyous harvest dance!

Text: Danish Folk Song; trans. by Saralice Petersen
Music: Danish Folk Melody

We are Stewards

We are stewards, and what we are worth,
We shall prove as we plow the good earth,
And are sowing, where for others the grain will be growing.

There is stony and thorn covered soil,
There is heart-breaking, back-breaking toil;
Fellow workers, let us never be counted as shirkers.

There are struggles that try a man’s soul,
And defeats within sight of the goal,
But what treasure wins the man who lives only for pleasure?

Yes, our life shall be rich and be strong,
Be inspired like a beautiful song,
Though we never see the fruit of our honest endeavor.

Text: Kr. Ostergaard; trans. by S.D. Rodholm
Music: J.P. Harbo; arr. by H. Nutzhorn
From “Songs of the Prairie”

Like to lend your voice?
Our next program will be October 13th with the theme of “ring”

If you have a response to this theme – whether a story or memory, original piece of writing or poetry, music, radio drama, or one-liner – the sky’s the limit – between 5 seconds and 5 minutes in length – or if you would like to guest host or lead a song to sing together — we’re eager to hear from you!

To submit a response, please make an audio recording and email it to Molly,
or send in a written response to be read aloud on the program.

Contact Molly at for information and submissions.
Deadline for submissions is Monday, October 12th.

Also accepting responses for

“drift” — October 19th

6 thoughts on “Sounds of Home – Harvest Fest

  • October 4, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    I love Molly’s image of saving seeds as saving stories.

  • October 4, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    I think that this online version of Harvest Fest is a definite winner but sure look forward to meeting in person again. I’ll let Jay know that his image was a winner, arrangement done by him and daughter, Adina, who took the photo. What an honor! Thanks to everyone for delighting all of us with the photo/recipe submissions. Enjoy your coffee!!!

  • October 4, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Hearty congratulations to the winners of our Harvest Fest Competitions:

    Pastor Linda for Most Impressive Vegetable, photo #5
    Pastor Linda for Favorite Fall Photo, photo #8
    Brenda Johnson for Fall Centerpiece, photo #2
    Liz Dodge for Favorite Fall Recipe: recipe #7

  • October 4, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you Molly and Chris, Harry and Chris for bringing a little bit of “normal” to today. It was almost like being at Harvest Fest! Ronnie and I truly appreciate all that you do, and are grateful to all those that contributed to today’s festivities. Try to imagine the two of us, with big smiles on our faces as we listened to the program. Sure can’t wait til we can get together in person to share in praise and song, but until then, please stay safe everyone!

  • October 4, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    I neglected to thank our contest judges, I’m sorry. They are much appreciated:

    Connie Engblom
    Mark Petersen
    Mary Jensen
    Nikki Strandskov

  • October 13, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you for the vote of confidence once again on the recipe. I can’t wait to bring it in person. It’s hard to keep honing my cooking skills when I have so few to serve . A wonderful version of Harvest Fest. Thank you to all who worked to put it on.

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