Worship Archive – December 26th 2021

[Did you miss last Sunday’s services? They can still be found at Worship Archive – December 19th 2021. Yesterday’s Christmas Day services can be found at Worship on Christmas Day 2021.]

Sunday Service from Connexion for December 26th 2021:

Audio message for Connexion on December 26th 2021, with Rev Sydney Maruma.

Sunday Services from Hillside Circuit for December 26th 2021:

Theme: Growing in the presence of the Lord

Occasion: 1st after Christmas

Psalm 148
1 Samuel 2: 18-20
Colossians 3: 12-17
Luke 2: 41-52

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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.

Today, let’s find a selection of Christmas Songs on the Songs Archive – December 2021 webpage.


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 26th 2021, with Mr Ivan Chigwada.


Audio message for Hillside Circuit on December 26th 2021 in English, with Dr Themba Hwalima (part 1).
Audio message for Hillside Circuit on December 26th 2021 in English, with Dr Themba Hwalima (part 2).

Audio message for Hillside Circuit on December 26th 2021 in Ndebele, with Mr Arnold Mahonye.

Audio message for Hillside Circuit on December 26th 2021 in Shona, with Mr Ivan Chigwada.

Bible readings:

Psalm 148

1 Shout praises to the LORD!
Shout the LORD’S praises in the highest heavens.
2 All of you angels, and all who serve him above,
come and offer praise.

3 Sun and moon, and all of you bright stars,
come and offer praise.
4 Highest heavens,
and the water above the highest heavens,
come and offer praise.

5 Let all things praise the name of the LORD,
because they were created at his command.
6 He made them to last forever,
and nothing can change what he has done.

7 All creatures on earth, you obey his commands,
so come praise the LORD!

8 Sea monsters and the deep sea, fire and hail,
snow and frost, and every stormy wind,
come praise the LORD!

9 All mountains and hills, fruit trees and cedars,
10 every wild and tame animal, all reptiles and birds,
come praise the LORD!

11 Every king and every ruler, all nations on earth,
12 every man and every woman, young people and old,
come praise the LORD!

13 All creation, come praise the name of the LORD.
Praise his name alone.
The glory of God is greater than heaven and earth.

14 Like a bull with mighty horns,
the LORD protects his faithful nation Israel,
because they belong to him.
Shout praises to the LORD!

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1 Samuel 2

18 The boy Samuel served the LORD and wore a special linen garment 19 and the clothes his mother made for him. She would bring new clothes every year, when she and her husband came to offer sacrifices at Shiloh.
20 Eli would always bless Elkanah and his wife and say, “Samuel was born in answer to your prayers. Now you have given him to the LORD. I pray that the LORD will bless you with more children to take his place.” After Eli had blessed them, Elkanah and Hannah would return home.

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Colossians 3

12 God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people. So be gentle, kind, humble, meek, and patient. 13 Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you. 14 Love is more important than anything else. It is what ties everything completely together.
15 Each one of you is part of the body of Christ, and you were chosen to live together in peace. So let the peace that comes from Christ control your thoughts. And be grateful. 16 Let the message about Christ completely fill your lives, while you use all your wisdom to teach and instruct each other. With thankful hearts, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17 Whatever you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks to God the Father because of him.

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Luke 2

41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for Passover. 42 And when Jesus was twelve years old, they all went there as usual for the celebration. 43 After Passover his parents left, but they did not know that Jesus had stayed on in the city. 44 They thought he was traveling with some other people, and they went a whole day before they started looking for him. 45 When they could not find him with their relatives and friends, they went back to Jerusalem and started looking for him there.
46 Three days later they found Jesus sitting in the temple, listening to the teachers and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was surprised at how much he knew and at the answers he gave.
48 When his parents found him, they were amazed. His mother said, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been very worried, and we have been searching for you!”
49 Jesus answered, “Why did you have to look for me? Didn’t you know that I would be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he meant.
51 Jesus went back to Nazareth with his parents and obeyed them. His mother kept on thinking about all that had happened.
52 Jesus became wise, and he grew strong. God was pleased with him and so were the people.

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