Worship Archive – January 30th 2022

[Did you miss last Sunday’s services? They can still be found at Worship Archive – January 23rd 2022.

Sunday Service from Connexion for January 30th 2022:

Audio message for Connexion on January 30th 2022 in Shona, with Rev Edmore Mashora.

Sunday Service from Hillside Circuit for January 30th 2022:

Theme: Only God anoints

Occasion: 4th after Epiphany

Lectionary readings:
Psalm 71: 1-6
Jeremiah 1: 4-10
1 Corinthians 13: 1-13
Luke 4: 21-30

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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.

Come people of the risen King.
Great is the Lord.
Jesus be the centre.
To be in your presence.
Spirit of the living God.
Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost.
O perfect Love.


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 January 30th 2022, with Dr Christine Tenga.

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Audio message for Hillside Circuit on January 30th 2022 in English, with Mrs Ngonidzashe Mariga.

Bible readings:

Psalm 71

1 I run to you, LORD, for protection.
Don’t disappoint me.
2 You do what is right, so come to my rescue.
Listen to my prayer and keep me safe.
3 Be my mighty rock,
the place where I can always run for protection.
Save me by your command!
You are my mighty rock and my fortress.

4 Come and save me, LORD God,
from vicious and cruel and brutal enemies!
5 I depend on you,
and I have trusted you since I was young.
6 I have relied on you from the day I was born.
You brought me safely through birth,
and I always praise you.

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Jeremiah 1

4 The LORD said:
5 “Jeremiah, I am your Creator, and before you were born,
I chose you to speak for me to the nations.”
6 I replied, “I’m not a good speaker, LORD, and I’m too young.”
7 “Don’t say you’re too young,” the LORD answered. “If I tell you to go and speak to someone, then go! And when I tell you what to say, don’t leave out a word! 8 I promise to be with you and keep you safe, so don’t be afraid.”
9 The LORD reached out his hand, then he touched my mouth and said, “I am giving you the words to say, 10 and I am sending you with authority to speak to the nations for me. You will tell them of doom and destruction, and of rising and rebuilding again.”

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1 Corinthians 13

1 What if I could speak all languages
of humans and of angels?
If I did not love others,
I would be nothing more than a noisy gong
or a clanging cymbal.
2 What if I could prophesy
and understand all secrets and all knowledge?
And what if I had faith that moved mountains?
I would be nothing, unless I loved others.
3 What if I gave away all that I owned
and let myself be burned alive?
I would gain nothing, unless I loved others.
4 Love is kind and patient,
never jealous, boastful, proud, or 5 rude.
Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered.
It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do.
6 Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.
7 Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.
8 Love never fails!

Everyone who prophesies will stop,
and unknown languages will no longer be spoken.
All that we know will be forgotten.
9 We don’t know everything,
and our prophecies are not complete.
10 But what is perfect will someday appear,
and what isn’t perfect will then disappear.

11 When we were children,
we thought and reasoned as children do.
But when we grew up, we quit our childish ways.
12 Now all we can see of God
is like a cloudy picture in a mirror.
Later we will see him face to face.
We don’t know everything, but then we will,
just as God completely understands us.
13 For now there are faith, hope, and love.
But of these three, the greatest is love.

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Luke 4

21 Then Jesus said to them, “What you have just heard me read has come true today.”
22 All the people started talking about Jesus and were amazed at the wonderful things he said. They kept on asking, “Isn’t he Joseph’s son?”
23 Jesus answered:
You will certainly want to tell me this saying, “Doctor, first make yourself well.” You will tell me to do the same things here in my own hometown that you heard I did in Capernaum. 24 But you can be sure that no prophets are liked by the people of their own hometown.
25 Once during the time of Elijah there was no rain for three and a half years, and people everywhere were starving. There were many widows in Israel, 26 but Elijah was sent only to a widow in the town of Zarephath near the city of Sidon. 27 During the time of the prophet Elisha, many men in Israel had leprosy. But no one was healed, except Naaman who lived in Syria.
28 When the people in the meeting place heard Jesus say this, they became so angry 29 that they got up and threw him out of town. They dragged him to the edge of the cliff on which the town was built, because they wanted to throw him down from there. 30 But Jesus slipped through the crowd and got away.

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Text version of the Children’s Address for Hillside Circuit on January 30th 2022, with Dr Christine Tenga:

Good morning children. I believe you are all in good health in your homes.

Our talk today is about being anointed. Our scriptures are from Jeremiah1: 4-10 ; 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 and Luke 4: 21-30.
Read these scriptures at home.

To be anointed is to be chosen for a particular duty and here we are talking about being anointed by God to do His work. Today we read about God anointing Jeremiah to be a prophet to nations. Jeremiah was young and was afraid to do that kind of a job.

Many of you may also be afraid to do challenging duties thinking that they are for adults only but its not like that. You are God’s children and if He chooses you, to do his work He will help you to accomplish it. Just like He promised Jeremiah.

People may look down upon you like they did to Jesus in the synagogue but he was bold because he knew God had sent him to the world to help people. Your background means nothing to God. You are a chosen individual. Did you know God knew you before your mothers conceived you in their wombs? Yes, He did and continues to know you and what you are capable of doing. He won’t ask you to do things and then leave you to struggle.

There is one thing you must keep in mind, that is to do God’s work with LOVE. If you don’t put love in what you do, it doesn’t please God. You are just wasting your time and energy.

Let’s say for example, you are sent to do a task and you do it grumbling, then to God you didn’t do it.

You must show love in whatever you do. Jesus did everything that God sent Him to do with love. Regarding everyone in the same way never complaining.
Therefore you must be like him in whatever you do. Trust in him for wisdom and power to accomplish what God assigns you to do.

In conclusion, I say God can use or send you to do tasks even as young as you are. Don’t fear, Go for it! He will be with you. Trust Him. Be filled with love always.

Let us pray. Our heavenly loving and kind Father, we thank you for your word which assures these young children that when they are sent by you to serve you, You will be with them. You will give them wisdom. May they be filled with LOVE as they do your service.

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