Worship Archive – December 25th 2022

[Did you miss last week’s Sunday Services? They can now be found at Worship Archive – December 18th 2022.]

Sunday Service from Connexion for December 25th 2022:

Audio message for Connexion on December 25th 2022, with Rev D Maturi and preceded by a Christmas Day greeting from the Presiding Bishop George Mawire.

Sunday Service from Hillside Circuit for December 25th 2022:

Lectionary Theme: Our Saviour has been born

Occasion: Christmas Day
Lectionary readings:
Psalm 96
Isaiah 9: 2-7
Titus 2: 11-14
Luke 2: 1-20

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Here are the songs for Sunday morning service. Click or tap on a song to open it in YouTube.

Joy to the World.
O come all ye faithful.
See Him lying.
Away in a Manger.
Come & join the celebration.
Hark the herald angels.
My Peace.

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 December 25th 2022, with Mr Arnold Mahonye.


Audio message for Hillside Circuit on December 25th 2022, with Rev Bekithemba Phiri.

Bible readings:

Psalm 96

1 Sing a new song to the LORD!
Everyone on this earth, sing praises to the LORD,
2 sing and praise his name.

Day after day announce, “The LORD has saved us!”
3 Tell every nation on earth, “The LORD is wonderful
and does marvellous things!
4 The LORD is great and deserves our greatest praise!
He is the only God worthy of our worship.
5 Other nations worship idols,
but the LORD created the heavens.
6 Give honour and praise to the LORD,
whose power and beauty fill his holy temple.”

7 Tell everyone of every nation,
“Praise the glorious power of the LORD.
8 He is wonderful! Praise him
and bring an offering into his temple.
9 Everyone on earth, now tremble
and worship the LORD, majestic and holy.”

10 Announce to the nations, “The LORD is King!
The world stands firm, never to be shaken,
and he will judge its people with fairness.”

11 Tell the heavens and the earth to be glad and celebrate!
Command the ocean to roar with all of its creatures
12 and the fields to rejoice with all of their crops.
Then every tree in the forest
will sing joyful songs 13 to the LORD.
He is coming to judge all people on earth
with fairness and truth.

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Isaiah 9

2 Those who walked in the dark have seen a bright light.
And it shines upon everyone who lives in the land
of darkest shadows.
3 Our LORD, you have made your nation stronger.
Because of you, its people are glad and celebrate
like workers at harvest time
or like soldiers dividing up what they have taken.

4 You have broken the power of those who abused
and enslaved your people.
You have rescued them just as you saved your people
from Midian.
5 The boots of marching warriors
and the blood-stained uniforms have been fed to flames
and eaten by fire.

6 A child has been born for us. We have been given a son
who will be our ruler.
His names will be Wonderful Advisor and Mighty God,
Eternal Father and Prince of Peace.
7 His power will never end; peace will last forever.
He will rule David’s kingdom and make it grow strong.
He will always rule with honesty and justice.
The LORD All-Powerful will make certain
that all of this is done.

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Titus 2

11 God has shown us how kind he is by coming to save all people. 12 He taught us to give up our wicked ways and our worldly desires and to live decent and honest lives in this world. 13 We are filled with hope, as we wait for the glorious return of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ. 14 He gave himself to rescue us from everything that is evil and to make our hearts pure. He wanted us to be his own people and to be eager to do right.

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Luke 2

1 About that time Emperor Augustus gave orders for the names of all the people to be listed in record books. 2 These first records were made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
3 Everyone had to go to their own hometown to be listed. 4 So Joseph had to leave Nazareth in Galilee and go to Bethlehem in Judea. Long ago Bethlehem had been King David’s hometown, and Joseph went there because he was from David’s family.
5 Mary was engaged to Joseph and travelled with him to Bethlehem. She was soon going to have a baby, 6 and while they were there, 7 she gave birth to her first-born son. She dressed him in baby clothes and laid him on a bed of hay, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 That night in the fields near Bethlehem some shepherds were guarding their sheep. 9 All at once an angel came down to them from the Lord, and the brightness of the LORD’S glory flashed around them. The shepherds were frightened. 10 But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid! I have good news for you, which will make everyone happy. 11 This very day in King David’s hometown a Saviour was born for you. He is Christ the Lord. 12 You will know who he is, because you will find him dressed in baby clothes and lying on a bed of hay.”
13 Suddenly many other angels came down from heaven and joined in praising God. They said:

14 “Praise God in heaven!
Peace on earth to everyone who pleases God.”

15 After the angels had left and gone back to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see what the Lord has told us about.” 16 They hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and they saw the baby lying on a bed of hay.
17 When the shepherds saw Jesus, they told his parents what the angel had said about him. 18 Everyone listened and was surprised. 19 But Mary kept thinking about all this and wondering what it meant.
20 As the shepherds returned to their sheep, they were praising God and saying wonderful things about him. Everything they had seen and heard was just as the angel had said.

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