TOBY 238 – FLM FANANTENANA 67 Ha
Worship Communion 10th Sunday of Trinity
Week of 01 to 05 August 2016
Introduction: “God blesses”, such that the Psalmist claims: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his
inheritance!” Ps.33 :12. The blessing has been fulfilled for us humans in his giving of his Son Jesus Christ, for “He who did not spare his
own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Ro.8 :32.
Monday 01: The trust in God, source of blessing.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him” Jer.17 :7.
Reading 1: Jn.5:39-47. Reading 2: Jer.17:1-7. Preaching 1 (choice). Preaching 2: Jer.17:1-7.
Introduction: Blessing comes from a unique source, even God, of which He is the Author and the Provider. The Apostle
James warns us not to be dismayed nor to seek anywhere else: “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good
and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting
shadows” Jas.1 :16-17.
Tuesday 02: God gives limitlessly his blessing.
“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good” 1 Co.12:7.
Reading 1: De.28:1-4. Reading 2: 1 Co.12:2-11. Preaching 1 (choice): Preaching 2: 1 Co.12:7.
Introduction: God’s gift of his blessing can neither be limited nor measured. Indeed, it is written: “I have loved you with an
everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” Jer.31:3. Likewise Jesus said: “Let anyone who is thirsty come
to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. By this he
meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since
Jesus had not yet been glorified” Jn.7 :37-39. “For God gives the Spirit without limit” Jn.3:34b.
Wednesday 03: Make the most of the opportunity to receive the blessing.
“If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace” Lk.19:42.
Reading 1: Heb.3:7-14. Reading 2: Lk.19:41-48. Preaching 1 (choice): Preaching 2: Lk.19:42.
Introduction: A visitation from God is an opportunity of blessing – as was the case when Jesus visited Zacchaeus the Tax
Collector, and whom the crowd could not stop because He said: “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your
house today” Lk.19 :5. A visitation from God is an opportunity not to be missed, as evidenced by what Jesus said to
Zacchaeus: “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came
to seek and to save the lost” Lk.19 :9-10.
Thursday 04: Jesus Christ brings blessing for the sinners.
“For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” Mt.9:13b.
Reading 1: Is.53:1-3. Reading 2: Mt.9:9-13. Preaching 1 (choice). Preaching 2: Mt.9:13.
Introduction: God pours down his blessing on everyone without distinction to display his love, for “God is love” 1 Jn.4:16.
In this respect, it is written: “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the
unrighteous” Mt.5 :45. In fact, “love covers over all wrongs” Pr.10 :12, and so calls sinners to reconciliate with God.
Friday 05: Where love is, there the blessing is fulfilled.
“For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore”Ps.133:3b.
Reading 1: Mt.18:18-22. Reading 2: Ps.133:1-3. Preaching 1 (choice): Preaching 2: Ps.133:3.
Introduction: Jesus’ command to his disciples and to all his followers is one of love, because love is a deep, living well
which fulfills God’s blessing for men. Jesus said: “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything
they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with
them” Mt.18 :19-20. This is the building up of the Kingdom of God’s love to bring about blessing.
Saturday 06: God among his people: it is the everlasting blessing.
“I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” Rev.3:20d.
Reading 1: Ez.34:24-28. Reading 2: Rev.3:14-20. Preaching 1 (choice). Preaching 2: Rev.3:20.
Introduction: God wants to have his blessing remain on his people. To this end, He made a covenant with them in these
terms: “My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people” Ez.37:27. And He established
a covenant of an eternal blessing, which prompted David to pray thus: “Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant,
that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your
servant will be blessed forever” 2 Sa.7 :29.
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