Worship Archive – April 17th 2022

[Did you miss last Sunday’s services? They can still be found at Worship Archive – April 10th 2022.]

Sunday Service from Connexion for April 17th 2022:

Audio message for Connexion on April 17th 2022 Easter Day, with the Presiding Bishop Rev George Mawire.

Sunday Service from Hillside Circuit for April 17th 2022:

Theme: Death is conquered!

Occasion: Easter Sunday

Lectionary readings:
Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24
Isaiah 65: 17-25
1 Corinthians 15: 19-26
John 20: 1-18

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Here are the songs for Sunday morning service. Click or tap on a song to open it in YouTube, or go to the Songs for worship webpage to find them embedded.

This Joyful Eastertide.
Come people of the risen King.
See what a morning.
Low in the grave he lay.
I know that redeemer lives.
Thine be the Glory.
Christ the Lord is risen today.


You can listen and join in with prayers from the English Methodist Service Book. They can be found at the Prayers for worship webpage.

Children’s Address:

Audio Children’s Address for Hillside Circuit on April 17th 2022, with Mrs Fadziso Mapuna.


Audio message for Hillside Circuit on April 17th 2022 in English, with Rev Margaret James.

Bible readings:

Psalm 118

1 Tell the LORD how thankful you are,
because he is kind and always merciful.

2 Let Israel shout, “God is always merciful!”

14 My power and my strength come from the LORD,
and he has saved me.

15 From the tents of God’s people come shouts of victory:
“The LORD is powerful!
16 With his mighty arm the LORD wins victories!
The LORD is powerful!”

17 And so my life is safe,
and I will live to tell what the LORD has done.
18 He punished me terribly,
but he did not let death lay its hands on me.

19 Open the gates of justice!
I will enter and tell the LORD how thankful I am.

20 Here is the gate of the LORD!
Everyone who does right may enter this gate.

21 I praise the LORD
for answering my prayers and saving me.
22 The stone that the builders tossed aside
has now become the most important stone.

23 The LORD has done this, and it is amazing to us.
24 This day belongs to the LORD!
Let’s celebrate and be glad today.

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Isaiah 65

17 I am creating new heavens and a new earth;
everything of the past will be forgotten.
18 Celebrate and be glad forever!
I am creating a Jerusalem, full of happy people.
19 I will celebrate with Jerusalem and all of its people;
there will be no more crying or sorrow in that city.

20 No child will die in infancy;
everyone will live to a ripe old age.
Anyone a hundred years old will be considered young,
and to die younger than that will be considered a curse.

21 My people will live in the houses they build;
they will enjoy grapes from their own vineyards.
22 No one will take away their homes or vineyards.
My chosen people will live to be as old as trees,
and they will enjoy what they have earned.
23 Their work won’t be wasted,
and their children won’t die of dreadful diseases.
I will bless their children and their grandchildren.
24 I will answer their prayers before they finish praying.

25 Wolves and lambs will graze together;
lions and oxen will feed on straw.
Snakes will eat only dirt! They won’t bite
or harm anyone on my holy mountain.
I, the LORD, have spoken!

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1 Corinthians 15

19 If our hope in Christ is good only for this life, we are worse off than anyone else.
20 But Christ has been raised to life! And he makes us certain that others will also be raised to life. 21 Just as we will die because of Adam, we will be raised to life because of Christ. 22 Adam brought death to all of us, and Christ will bring life to all of us. 23 But we must each wait our turn. Christ was the first to be raised to life, and his people will be raised to life when he returns. 24 Then after Christ has destroyed all powers and forces, the end will come, and he will give the kingdom to God the Father.
25 Christ will rule until he puts all his enemies under his power, 26 and the last enemy he destroys will be death.

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John 20

1 On Sunday morning while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 2 She ran to Simon Peter and to Jesus’ favourite disciple and said, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb! We don’t know where they have put him.”
3 Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 They ran side by side, until the other disciple ran faster than Peter and got there first. 5 He bent over and saw the strips of linen cloth lying inside the tomb, but he did not go in.
6 When Simon Peter got there, he went into the tomb and saw the strips of cloth. 7 He also saw the piece of cloth that had been used to cover Jesus’ face. It was rolled up and in a place by itself. 8 The disciple who got there first then went into the tomb, and when he saw it, he believed. 9 At that time Peter and the other disciple did not know that the Scriptures said Jesus would rise to life. 10 So the two of them went back to the other disciples.

11 Mary Magdalene stood crying outside the tomb. She was still weeping, when she stooped down 12 and saw two angels inside. They were dressed in white and were sitting where Jesus’ body had been. One was at the head and the other was at the foot. 13 The angels asked Mary, “Why are you crying?”
She answered, “They have taken away my LORD’S body! I don’t know where they have put him.”
14 As soon as Mary said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she did not know who he was. 15 Jesus asked her, “Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?”
She thought he was the gardener and said, “Sir, if you have taken his body away, please tell me, so I can go and get him.”
16 Then Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to him, “Rabboni.” The Aramaic word “Rabboni” means “Teacher.”
17 Jesus told her, “Don’t hold on to me! I have not yet gone to the Father. But tell my disciples that I am going to the one who is my Father and my God, as well as your Father and your God.” 18 Mary Magdalene then went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord. She also told them what he had said to her.

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