Summary: A suggested outline for a House Blessing.
Compiled by: Herman Abrahams (Senior Pastor), Cornerstone Faith Ministries, P.O. Box 740, Westridge 7802, Rep. of South Africa.
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Thank you. Herman Abrahams, Cape Town, South Africa.
God the Father Almighty, we thank you for the desires of this family, that all they have and do here may be in accord with your divine plans, that this home and its residents may be truly and completely dedicated to you, and to serving your kingdom.
We ask you to strengthen them in this commitment. We pray to you, O God, for this home, its occupants and possessions, that you may bless and sanctify them, enriching them by your kindness in every way possible. Pour out on them, O Lord, heavenly dew in good measure, as well as an abundance of earthly needs. Mercifully listen to their prayers, and grant that their needs be fulfilled. As we bow before you, bless this home & every aspect of it, cleansing any misdeeds of the past, and leaving it pure, fresh and holy. Bless this house, just as you blessed the homes of Abraham and Sarah, of Isaac and Rebecca, of Jacob and Rachel. Within these walls, let your angels of light preside and stand watch over those who live here, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN! (FROM “A SERVICE OF WORSHIP and BLESSING
by First Congregational Church of Fair Haven UCC”)
INTRODUCTION - “Unless the Lord …”
Psalm 127:1-2 “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain…. 2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves.”
Builders work on a house in vain unless the LORD builds it, … and being anxious over one’s labor for food and working long hours is in vain. The point is that work done independently of God will be futile, but a person who trusts in the Lord will find rest. Man must acknowledge God’s gifts in his accomplishments. God provides the skill for accomplishment and allows us to complete projects that we start.
Acts 17:28 “In him we live and move and have our being.”
1. AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE HOUSE – “Your Going Out and Your Coming In”
Deutoronomy 28:6 “You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out”.
A part of the blessing of obedience to God is that the Christian is blessed in his/her daily work, children in their schoolwork, young people in their academic life, etc.
Prayer: Father God, protect our going out and our coming in and let us share the hospitality of this home with all who visit us, that those who enter here may know your love and peace.
2. IN THE LIVING ROOM – “Life…In Abundance”
John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it in abundance.”
The thief (Satan), a false shepherd, cares only about feeding himself, not building up the flock. He steals sheep in order to kill them, thus destroying part of the flock. But Christ has come to benefit the sheep. He gives life which is not constricted, but overflowing. The thief takes life; Christ gives it to the full.
Prayer: O God, bless all who share this room, that we may be knit together in companionship.
3. IN THE KITCHEN – “Food at the proper time”
Ps. 145:15-16 “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing”
God provides food to those who fear him (cf Ps 145:19) and satisfies their desires.
(Note:- God is good to all and all good things come from God).
Matt 4:4 “Man shall not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Bread alone cannot keep man truly alive. Real life comes from knowing Jesus and His Word and feeding thereon for He is the “Bread of Life”. Even for our physical bread we are dependent on God our Father.
Prayer: O God, you fill the hungry with good things to eat. Send your blessing on those who will work in this kitchen and make us ever thankful for our daily bread which you pour so graciously into our lives. Bless every meal and make it good for our use and us for serving you in your wonderful kingdom.