Harvest Wheat

A visual symbol that can be placed on the cover of service bulletins, within the written liturgy, or on a large screen display.

Black and white .jpeg image for download. Inverted .jpeg image for download.

Description of Harvest Wheat

The grain from which bread is made reminds us first of our need for physical sustenance. God provides for us in the earth's abundance and seasons. Furthermore, the wheat symbolizes our need for spiritual nourishment: it is symbolic of our death, resurrection, and life through Jesus Christ, the bread of life. This image suggests the simple thanks we give for the overwhelming fullness of God's bounty now and forevermore.

Scripture References

  • Deuteronomy 8:3
  • Psalm 136:1-3
  • 2 Corinthians 9:10-12

Occasions for Use

  • Thanksgiving
  • Offering
  • The Lord's Supper
  • Creation
  • Providence
  • Maundy Thursday

The image is an original linoleum block print resulting from a printmaking process in which an image is drawn on a block of wood covered with a thin layer of linoleum, and then hand-carved to expose areas that will be white. Ink is rolled onto the block, covering the surface not cut away. Paper made from the mulberry tree is laid on top and hand rubbed with a Japanese barren or wooden spoon. In transferring the ink to the paper the resulting image is a reflection of the design placed on the block. It first appeared in the book Visuals for Worship (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2006) which is no longer in print.

When using the image please include the following acknowledgment: “Linoleum block print by Elizabeth Steele Halstead."

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