Date: 21st June 2020
Venue: Cathedral Church of St. Barnabas, Sabo-Oke Ilorin
Time: 7am – 8am Service
Liturgical Season: 2nd Sunday in Trinity
Today is highly motivating, captivating and profound “Thanksgiving God in Difficult Times” Sermon/Message from the well-seasoned and all-inclusive Preacher and Teacher of God’s balanced Word, with Godly passion, His Lordship, the Bishop of Kwara, Rt. Revd Sunday T.G. Adewole.
The processional Hymn was taken from C.H 406 – “Come, my brethren, praise your Saviour”.
The Thanksgiving Call to Worship was done, alongside with Psalm 57 and Ephesians 5:15-20, the all-inclusive and encouraging Sermon/Message were preached by His Lordship, the Bishop of the Diocese of Kwara, Rt. Revd Sunday T.G. Adewole
The Rt. Revd Sunday T.G. Adewole prayed with an earnest heart of request unto the heavenly Father, to willingly accept us and our thanks offerings, and that the Lord God Almighty will make this week most favorable and the best week for all of us, in Jesus most powerful Name🙏🙏🙏.
– He first remarked on the reasons why the “Fathers’ Day Celebration“, which supposed to be held today (21st June 2020), across the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, as indicated in the Church Year Calendar, is being shifted to be celebrated across the Diocese of Kwara, on the 12th July 2020, due to some logistics that brought about the necessity for the shifting.
i. He quickly explained the importance of “Thanking God in the Difficult Times”, especially as being revealed by Apostle Paul in 1st Thessalonians 5:14-18, and in other Bible passages.
Today’s theme focuses on “Thanking God in Difficult Times” and text (1st Thessalonians 5:16-18).
i. According to him, thanking the Lord God Almighty in all situations and circumstances is the responsibility of every Christian.
ii. He carefully explained how Apostle Paul in 1st Thessalonians 5:14-18, expressed in the Word of God, the Holy Bible, how it motivates and encourages us to always give acceptable thanks and praise to God Almighty.
iii. He further explained that God often uses the situational and circumstantial challenges to elevate His faithful people from zero levels to hero levels, from nothing to something, among other things, just as He did to Joseph in the land of Egypt.
– that God uses difficult situations and circumstances to keep testing our Christian Faith (James 2:2-5),
– and that we need to exercise full patience as we anchor our faith and hopes in God’s promises, especially during the challenging and difficult times,
– that the delays we often experience, or we are having now maybe God’s process of elevating and lifting us higher if we fail not,
– and that God Almighty who sustains the universe without any visible pillars, is always able to keep and deliver us during the challenging situations and difficult times.
– that God uses difficult things to often rescue us from the unforeseen dangers and to save our souls from the eternal destruction,
and he heartily prayed that in every challenging and difficult situation, God Almighty will put us where the hands of the enemies will not get near to us (Psalm 91:1-16),
– and that wherever we will go this week that God’s grace will not go with us, and whatever we will do that God’s grace will not be with us, may we not go there, and may we not do them, in Jesus Name,
– and he prayed that this will always be our portion in all situations and circumstances, in Jesus’ Name (Psalm 23:1-6).
iv. Rt. Rev’d Sunday Timothy G. Adewole, the Bishop of the Diocese of Kwara (Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion), re-emphasized on the wordings of the 1st Thessalonians 5:18, as he also charged all Christians,
– to always be thankful to God, in all situations and circumstances, from the depths of our hearts,
– with acceptable sacrificial thanks offerings to God, especially as we do gather in His (God’s) presence.
– He encourages us to always allow the Word of God to daily dwell in us richly in all wisdom, as the antidote to the challenging and difficult times,
– and that we should learn how to sing the acceptable songs of praises and giving the acceptable thanksgiving offerings to God, in all situations and circumstances, just as Job did, especially as he said, “I know that my Redeemer liveth”.
v. His Lordship, the Bishop, indeed acknowledged the importance of “Thanking God in Difficult Times” (Psalm 150).
vi. The Bishop remarks that there are five (5) things to consider, which includes:
FIVE (5) THINGS TO CONSIDER DURING DIFFICULT TIMES
- Seeing it as means of thanking God. James 1:2-5
- Always sing Psalms i.e spiritual songs to God in all situations and circumstances
- Give God the acceptable thanksgiving offerings in all situations and circumstances
- Using the challenging and difficult occasions to address, encourage and help one another, as our Christian Faith encourages (Galatians 6 9-10; Hebrews 10:19-25)
- Using the challenging and difficult times to count your blessings and name them one by one with a true heart of Thanksgiving to God.
Towards the conclusion, the Bishop re-emphasized on the need a personal conviction and true salvation in Christ Jesus, and the importance of genuine repentance, and being a true child of God, and the need of personal worship of God in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24; Romans 12:1-14).
– His Lordship, the Bishop then asked everyone to rise up and begin to thank God in a very special way, by dancing and singing the acceptable songs unto the Lord God Almighty.
vii. He also prayed as a servant of the Highest God, in whose qualifications, wisdom and power and understanding he always depend upon, he sincerely prays that God will clothe us with full garments of praise, and that this week, we will not embark on any journey of no return, that he uses his Episcopal Consecration Authority, to heartily bless us with the five (5) folds of God’s blessings: for us to go and replenish and prosper greatly this week, to the glory of God,
– He also prays for God’s all-inclusive restoration, open doors, sound health, and Divine protection, and great prosperity on all and sundry.
Happy Sunday and New Week. May God Almighty bless you evermore🙏🙏🙏