Worship Archive – August 22nd 2021

[Did you miss last Sunday’s services? They can still be found at Worship Archive – August 15th 2021.]

Sunday Service from Connexion for August 22nd 2021:

Audio message for Connexion on August 22nd 2021 in Shona, with Rev Runesu Manyanga.

Sunday Services from Hillside Circuit for August 22nd 2021:

Theme: Jesus the author and finisher

Occasion: 13th after Pentecost

Psalm 84
1 Kings 8: 22-30
Ephesians 6: 10-20
John 6: 56-69

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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.

Majesty, worship his majesty.
There is none like You.
What a faithful God (O Lord, I come before your throne of grace).


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 August 22nd 2021, with Mrs Tokozile Makuyana.


Audio message for Hillside Circuit on August 22nd 2021 in English, with the Men’s Fellowship.

Audio message for Hillside Circuit on August 22nd 2021 in Shona, with Mrs Chipo Marara.

Audio message for Hillside Circuit on August 22nd 2021 in Ndebele, with Mrs Tokozile Makuyana.

Bible readings:

Psalm 84

1 LORD God All-Powerful, your temple is so lovely!
2 Deep in my heart I long for your temple,
and with all that I am I sing joyful songs to you.

3 LORD God All-Powerful, my King and my God,
sparrows find a home near your altars;
swallows build nests there to raise their young.

4 You bless everyone who lives in your house,
and they sing your praises.
5 You bless all who depend on you for their strength
and all who deeply desire to visit your temple.
6 When they reach Dry Valley, springs start flowing,
and the autumn rain fills it with pools of water.
7 Your people grow stronger,
and you, the God of gods, will be seen in Zion.

8 LORD God All-Powerful, the God of Jacob,
please answer my prayer!
9 You are the shield that protects your people,
and I am your chosen one. Won’t you smile on me?

10 One day in your temple is better
than a thousand anywhere else.
I would rather serve in your house,
than live in the homes of the wicked.

11 Our LORD and our God, you are like the sun
and also like a shield.
You treat us with kindness and with honour,
never denying any good thing to those who live right.

12 LORD God All-Powerful,
you bless everyone who trusts you.

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1 Kings 8

22 Solomon stood facing the altar with everyone standing behind him. Then he lifted his arms toward heaven 23 and prayed:
LORD God of Israel, no other god in heaven or on earth is like you!
You never forget the agreement you made with your people, and you are loyal to anyone who faithfully obeys your teachings. 24 My father David was your servant, and today you have kept every promise you made to him.
25 LORD God of Israel, you promised my father that someone from his family would always be king of Israel, if they do their best to obey you, just as he did. 26 Please keep this promise you made to your servant David.
27 There’s not enough room in all of heaven for you, LORD God. How could you possibly live on earth in this temple I have built? 28 But I ask you to answer my prayer. 29 This is the temple where you have chosen to be worshipped. Please watch over it day and night and listen when I turn toward it and pray. 30 I am your servant, and the people of Israel belong to you. So whenever any of us look toward this temple and pray, answer from your home in heaven and forgive our sins.

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Ephesians 6

10 Finally, let the mighty strength of the Lord make you strong. 11 Put on all the armour that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s tricks. 12 We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. 13 So put on all the armour that God gives. Then when that evil day comes, you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm.
14 Be ready! Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let God’s justice protect you like armour. 15 Your desire to tell the good news about peace should be like shoes on your feet. 16 Let your faith be like a shield, and you will be able to stop all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Let God’s saving power be like a helmet, and for a sword use God’s message that comes from the Spirit.
18 Never stop praying, especially for others. Always pray by the power of the Spirit. Stay alert and keep praying for God’s people. 19 Pray that I will be given the message to speak and that I may fearlessly explain the mystery about the good news. 20 I was sent to do this work, and that’s the reason I am in jail. So pray that I will be brave and will speak as I should.

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John 6

56 If you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you are one with me, and I am one with you.
57 The living Father sent me, and I have life because of him. Now everyone who eats my flesh will live because of me. 58 The bread that comes down from heaven isn’t like what your ancestors ate. They died, but whoever eats this bread will live forever.
59 Jesus was teaching in a Jewish place of worship in Capernaum when he said these things.
60 Many of Jesus’ disciples heard him and said, “This is too hard for anyone to understand.”
61 Jesus knew that his disciples were grumbling. So he asked, “Does this bother you? 62 What if you should see the Son of Man go up to heaven where he came from? 63 The Spirit is the one who gives life! Human strength can do nothing. The words that I have spoken to you are from that life-giving Spirit. 64 But some of you refuse to have faith in me.” Jesus said this, because from the beginning he knew who would have faith in him. He also knew which one would betray him.
65 Then Jesus said, “You cannot come to me, unless the Father makes you want to come. That is why I have told these things to all of you.”
66 Because of what Jesus said, many of his disciples turned their backs on him and stopped following him. 67 Jesus then asked his twelve disciples if they were going to leave him. 68 Simon Peter answered, “Lord, there is no one else that we can go to! Your words give eternal life. 69 We have faith in you, and we are sure that you are God’s Holy One.”

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