FLM TOBY FANANTENANA 67 Ha
Communion’s prayer, Sunday III after Trinity
Week from 03 to 08 July 2017
“God grants mercy”
Introduction: It is a really good news for us sinners that “God grants mercy to us”, and forgives our sins and transgressions. Indeed, He said:
“Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. ‘though your sins are like scarlet they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as
crimson, they shall be like wool” Is 1:18. This means a total forgiveness, the complete deletion from God’s scroll of remembrance (Mal 3:16) of all wrongdoings and sins committed in His sight (Ps 51:4). Still, we should not be mistaken to think that God always permits his people to sin. In fact, He calls men to repent and change their behavior by giving up their usual evil deeds, the unfruitful deeds of darkness and all
unrighteousness. For “He freely pardons” those who return to Him with a sincere heart. As it is written, “Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon” Is 55:7. What is God’s mercy all about? It aims to destroy the wall of sin, which separates the sinners from God (Is 59:2), and to reconcile them with Him in order for them to receive salvation for eternal life, not to let them indulge in sin until death and loss of soul. Jesus said:”for the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” Lk 19:10. Let God save you and you will be freed from sins, for “no one who is born of God will continue to sin” as they have “overcome the world” (1 Jn 3:9 – 5:4).
Monday 03: God loves mercy.
“You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy” Mi 7:18b.
Reading 1: Rom 9:9-16; Reading 2: Mi 7:18-20; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Mi 7:18
– “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him” Ps 103:11.
– “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings” Hos 6:6.
– “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him” Jn 3:17.
Tuesday 04: God’s mercy does not abandon the sinners.
“God’s kindness leads you toward repentance” Rom 2:4b.
Reading 1: Lk 15:11-24; Reading 2: Rom 2:1-16; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Rom 2:3-4. Other references:
– “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may
forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me” Is
– “Then he said: ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today
you will be with me in paradise” Lk 23:42-43
Wednesday 06: The mercy of God seeks the sinners.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” Lk 19:10.
Reading 1: Is 44:19-22; Reading 2: Lk 19:1-10; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Lk 19:10. Other references:
– “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call on Him while He is near” Is 55:6
– “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” Mt 11:28.
Thursday 05: The mercy of God receives sinners.
“Let’s have a feast and celebrate, for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” Lk 15:23b-24.
Reading 1: 1 Jn 3:18-24; Reading 2: Lk 15:11-24; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Rom 2:3-4. Other references:
– “Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my
eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty,’ then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had
taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said: ‘see, this has touched your lips; your guilt is
taken away and your sin atoned for” Is 6:5-7.
– “Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘take heart,
son, your sins are forgiven” Mt 9:2.
Friday 07: God’s mercy saves the sinners.
“For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it” Jn 12:47b.
Reading 1: Jer 33:5-11; Reading 2: Jn 12:44-50; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Jn 12:46-47. Other references:
– “From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near” Mt 4:17.
– “For God so loves the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have
eternal life” Jn 3:16.
Saturday 08: The mercy of God lasts forever.
“With everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you” Is 54:8b.
Reading 1: Eph 5:11-17; Reading 2: Is 54:4-8; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Is 54: 8. Other references:
– “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my
covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you” Is 54:10.
– “I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have drawn you with loving-kindness” Jer 31:3.
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