Last week it was a privilege to minister in a thanks giving ceremony organised by one of our Church member Apita Patrick and his wife Grace. This couple have been conducting thanksgiving for six years and this year was the seventh one. During this function that starts with a whole night prayer and celebration in the morning attracts friends of the family members, church leaders and the entire community. The host gave gift of sheep and goat to the servants of God as a way of thanking God because God’s servants are HIS ambassadors on earth.
This year pastor James shared four Goals of thanks giving before preaching;
- Thanks giving should impact everyone towards breakthrough
- Thanksgiving should be a means to preach the gospel and be an opportunity for people to give their lives to Jesus Christ
- Thanks giving is an opportunity to so love to one another
- Thanks giving meeting gives you opportunity to make new friends and share gifts.
He then preached from Luke 17:11-19
And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
He went ahead to say that the 10 lepers in the book of Luke were not in Jesus program and Jesus was not in their program but because of the great need they had they shouted with aloud voice to Jesus when they saw Him and they were healed.
If God is to heal you; you need to make the initiative.
If we want God to heal us we should show Him that we’re desperate just like these lepers.
Towards the end of the sermon two people came forward to recommit their lives to Christ. Pastor James prayed for them and also for all the family members releasing blessing to them, He then went to the farm and blessed the livestock.