[Did you miss last Sunday’s services? They can still be found at Worship Archive – January 3rd 2021.]
Sunday Service from Connexion for January 10th 2021:
Sunday Services from Hillside Circuit for January 10th 2021:
Theme: With the baptised we say yes to God’s call
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Lord, I lift your name on high.
We’ll walk the land.
Here I am, Lord (I, the Lord of sea and sky).
You can listen and join in with prayers from the Methodist Service Book, they can be found at the Prayers for worship webpage.
1 All of you angels in heaven,
honour the glory and power of the LORD!
2 Honour the wonderful name of the LORD,
and worship the LORD most holy and glorious.
3 The voice of the LORD echoes over the oceans.
The glorious LORD God thunders
above the roar of the raging sea,
4 and his voice is mighty and marvellous.
5 The voice of the LORD destroys the cedar trees;
the LORD shatters cedars on Mount Lebanon.
6 God makes Mount Lebanon skip like a calf
and Mount Hermon jump like a wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD makes lightning flash
8 and the desert tremble.
And because of the LORD,
the desert near Kadesh shivers and shakes.
9 The voice of the LORD makes deer give birth
before their time.
Forests are stripped of leaves,
and the temple is filled with shouts of praise.
10 The LORD rules on his throne,
king of the flood forever.
11 Pray that our LORD will make us strong
and give us peace.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 The earth was barren, with no form of life;
it was under a roaring ocean covered with darkness.
But the Spirit of God was moving over the water.
3 God said, “I command light to shine!” And light started shining. 4 God looked at the light and saw that it was good. He separated light from darkness 5 and named the light “Day” and the darkness “Night.” Evening came and then morning – that was the first day.
1 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul travelled across the hill country to Ephesus, where he met some of the LORD’S followers. 2 He asked them, “When you put your faith in Jesus, were you given the Holy Spirit?”
“No!” they answered. “We have never even heard of the Holy Spirit.”
3 “Then why were you baptized?” Paul asked.
They answered, “Because of what John taught.”
4 Paul replied, “John baptized people so that they would turn to God. But he also told them that someone else was coming, and that they should put their faith in him. Jesus is the one that John was talking about.” 5 After the people heard Paul say this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 Then Paul placed his hands on them. The Holy Spirit was given to them, and they spoke unknown languages and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in this group.
4 So John the Baptist showed up in the desert and told everyone, “Turn back to God and be baptized! Then your sins will be forgiven.”
5 From all Judea and Jerusalem crowds of people went to John. They told how sorry they were for their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan River.
6 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair. He had a leather strap around his waist and ate grasshoppers and wild honey.
7 John also told the people, “Someone more powerful is going to come. And I am not good enough even to stoop down and untie his sandals. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!”
9 About that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10 As soon as Jesus came out of the water, he saw the sky open and the Holy Spirit coming down to him like a dove. 11 A voice from heaven said, “You are my own dear Son, and I am pleased with you.”
Text version of message for Hillside Circuit on January 10th 2021 in English, with Mr Mishack Mugiyo:
Our theme for today is with the baptized we say yes to God’s call.
This in my assumption is a pregnant statement have singled out the word ”baptized” and the phrase “God’s call”. When we are baptized God does not expect us to remain idle. We need to give birth to something. God does not expect us to be idle, he expects us to be busy with His work. Many of us are baptized and are happy about it. We are content that we are baptized and enjoy sitting in the pews watching and enjoying God using others in different ministries.
Let me just remind you the significance and meaning of water baptism. It is a public declaration that one is now of Jesus. It is a public confession of one’s faith in and commitment in Jesus. Baptism is an important foundation for one’s Christian life. It is a symbol of new life. One buries the old self and rises to walk a new life. Baptism is like a wedding ring; it is the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart that has to be followed through and lived out daily.
In the book of Acts chapter 19, the Apostle Paul visits the church in Ephesus. There he meets a group of disciples and in discussion with them the topic of baptism comes up. Paul queries these disciples if they have received the Holy Spirit. Paul questions them on what type of baptism they received and they mention that they received John’s baptism which is the baptism of repentance. Paul then explains to them about another kind of baptism and prays for them to receive that baptism by laying his hands on them. This is the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
The baptism in the Holy Spirit gives power, ability and strength to a believer that will enable him or her to fulfil God’s calling more effectively. In other words, it is a power tool that helps us to be more effective in our mission to represent Jesus on mother earth.
After the disciples received the baptism of the Spirit Paul stayed on another two years with them in Ephesus and many people came to know the Lord through them. Miracles where also performed in Jesus’s name and many where also healed from various ailments.
This is the same way Jesus wants to use us today. Jesus has and can empower anyone of us to do His work on this earth. As Christians we have a tendency of wanting to look up to certain individuals to perform God’s tasks. It is high time you say empower me Lord, use me Lord, for your will and your purpose that all glory and honor may come back to you.
The story of Paul is an encouraging one. We all know that before his conversion to Christ he was a great persecutor of Christians and was actually proud of his ways. Amazingly from the day he became a Christian and was baptized he immediately got up and began working for the Lord. The people in Damascus where actually amazed and questioned one another saying “is this not the man who a few days ago was persecuting Christians”. Sadly, some of us in God’s church have been converted to Christ and have been baptized but still remain idle in the Church.
In the book of Mark chapter one we see Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist. The baptism of Jesus connected His humanity with the rest of humanity. Though He was without sin, He took the form of a man and identified with human experiences. This included even His experience of being baptized. A command He would later command of all His followers.
“therefore, go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always to the very end of the age” Mathew 19:19-20
This is a cycle that Jesus does not want broken in anyway till He comes to take us. Jesus moment of baptism marked the beginning of His public ministry. Immediately after baptism Jesus begins His ministry.
Have you been baptized; have you been empowered? What are you waiting for? Who are you waiting for? If you feel that you have not discovered your calling, do what you can for God as long as it edifies the church and does not cause chaos and mayhem in any way.
In the name of God, the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit