Worship Archive – July 17th 2022

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

Sunday Services from Connexion for July 17th 2022:

Audio message for Connexion on July 17th 2022, with Rev I Majachani.

Sunday Service from Hillside Circuit for July 17th 2022:

Theme: A call for justice

Occasion: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary readings:
Psalm 52
Amos 8: 1-12
Colossians 1: 15-28
Luke 10: 38-42

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Theme for Hillside: He became human to be part of our sorrows

Occasion: Healing Services
Readings for Hillside:
Psalm 107: 13-20
Hebrews 2: 14-16

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

Come, now is the time to worship.
My life is in you Lord.
O let the Son of God.
Light of the world.
Be lifted up.
When we walk with the Lord.
O Christ the healer.
Spirit of the living God.
Give thanks.


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:

Good morning children. Our theme for today is talking about justice.

When we talk about justice we are talking of being fair. That means we should treat everyone equally and show no favours. Many times when we do not treat others in a fair way something may bad may end up happening to us.

Let me tell you of a king who ruled in a small kingdom.
People kept on coming to him with problems that they wanted him to help them solve. He never listened to them and always dismissed them and many times he sent his guards to chase them away with dogs.

People became tired and angry at the king and started thinking of how they could remove him from being king.
Suddenly one afternoon the king started being nice and good to everyone. He started listening to his people and helped them solve their problems. People became proud of him but did not know what had changed him.

One morning one of his advisors who was secretly planning to kill the king so that he could become king went to find out what had changed the king.
I was in the bush one day riding my horse and l saw a big dog chasing a fox and it bit the fox on the back leg and injured him. Not long after l saw a man throwing a stone at the dog and it injured him bad on the leg.

As l continued to ride my horse and came back along the same path l saw a horse kicking the man who had hit the dog and he became lame.

I have learnt from the happenings of that day that when one does evil and is not fair to others something bad will eventually happen to them. That is why l have decided to be a fair and just king.

The advisor went away after hearing this story and still in his mind he was thinking of how to remove the king from power.
As he was deep in his evil thoughts he was tripped by the root of a tree and got injured.
When we do good, are fair and just, God is happy with us. If on the other hand we are unjust God is not happy and things may not go well for us.
So as good children let us learn to please God always.


Audio message for Hillside Circuit on July 17th 2022, with Rev Nobuhle Sibanda.

Bible readings:

Psalm 52

1 You people may be strong and brag about your sins,
but God can be trusted day after day.
2 You plan brutal crimes,
and your lying words cut like a sharp razor.
3 You would rather do evil than good,
and tell lies than speak the truth.
4 You love to say cruel things,
and your words are a trap.

5 God will destroy you forever!
He will grab you and drag you from your homes.
You will be uprooted and left to die.
6 When good people see this fearsome sight,
they will laugh and say,
7 “Just look at them now! Instead of trusting God,
they trusted their wealth and their cruelty.”

8 But I am like an olive tree growing in God’s house,
and I can count on his love forever and ever.
9 I will always thank God for what he has done;
I will praise his good name when his people meet.

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Amos 8

1 The LORD God showed me a basket of ripe fruit 2 and asked, “Amos, what do you see?”
“A basket of ripe fruit,” I replied.
Then he said,
“This is the end for my people Israel.
I won’t forgive them again.
3 Instead of singing in the temple,
they will cry and weep.
Dead bodies will be everywhere. So keep silent!
I, the LORD, have spoken!”

The LORD said:
4 You people crush those in need and wipe out the poor.
5 You say to yourselves, “How much longer before the end
of the New Moon Festival?
When will the Sabbath be over?
Our wheat is ready, and we want to sell it now.
We can’t wait to cheat
and charge high prices for the grain we sell.
We will use dishonest scales 6 and mix dust in the grain.
Those who are needy and poor don’t have any money.
We will make them our slaves
for the price of a pair of sandals.”

7 I, the LORD, won’t forget any of this,
though you take great pride in your ancestor Jacob.
8 Your country will tremble, and you will mourn.
It will be like the Nile River that rises and overflows,
then sinks back down.

9 On that day, I, the LORD God,
will make the sun go down at noon,
and I will turn daylight into darkness.
10 Your festivals and joyful singing will turn into sorrow.
You will wear sackcloth and shave your heads,
as you would at the death of your only son.
It will be a horrible day.

11 I, the LORD, also promise you a terrible shortage,
but not of food and water.
You will hunger and thirst to hear my message.
12 You will search everywhere
from north to south, from east to west.
You will go all over the earth,
seeking a message from me, the LORD.
But you won’t find one.

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Colossians 1

15 Christ is exactly like God, who cannot be seen.
He is the first-born Son, superior to all creation.
16 Everything was created by him,
everything in heaven and on earth,
everything seen and unseen,
including all forces and powers,
and all rulers and authorities.
All things were created by God’s Son,
and everything was made for him.

17 God’s Son was before all else,
and by him everything is held together.
18 He is the head of his body, which is the church.
He is the very beginning, the first to be raised from death,
so that he would be above all others.

19 God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son.
20 And God was pleased for him to make peace
by sacrificing his blood on the cross,
so that all beings in heaven and on earth
would be brought back to God.

21 You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. 22 But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. 23 But you must stay deeply rooted and firm in your faith. You must not give up the hope you received when you heard the good news. It was preached to everyone on earth, and I myself have become a servant of this message.

24 I am glad that I can suffer for you. I am pleased also that in my own body I can continue the suffering of Christ for his body, the church. 25 God’s plan was to make me a servant of his church and to send me to preach his complete message to you. 26 For ages and ages this message was kept secret from everyone, but now it has been explained to God’s people. 27 God did this because he wanted you Gentiles to understand his wonderful and glorious mystery. And the mystery is that Christ lives in you, and he is your hope of sharing in God’s glory.
28 We announce the message about Christ, and we use all our wisdom to warn and teach everyone, so that all of Christ’s followers will grow and become mature. 29 That’s why I work so hard and use the mighty power he gives me.

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Luke 10

38 The Lord and his disciples were traveling along and came to a village. When they got there, a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat down in front of the Lord and was listening to what he said. 40 Martha was worried about all that had to be done. Finally, she went to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it bother you that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!”
41 The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha! You are worried and upset about so many things, 42 but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen what is best, and it will not be taken away from her.”

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Psalm 107

13 You were in serious trouble,
but you prayed to the LORD, and he rescued you.
14 He brought you out of the deepest darkness
and broke your chains.

15 You should praise the LORD for his love
and for the wonderful things he does for all of us.
16 He breaks down bronze gates and shatters iron locks.

17 Some of you had foolishly committed a lot of sins
and were in terrible pain.
18 The very thought of food was disgusting to you,
and you were almost dead.
19 You were in serious trouble,
but you prayed to the LORD, and he rescued you.
20 By the power of his own word, he healed you
and saved you from destruction.

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Hebrews 2

14 We are people of flesh and blood. That is why Jesus became one of us. He died to destroy the devil, who had power over death. 15 But he also died to rescue all of us who live each day in fear of dying. 16 Jesus clearly did not come to help angels, but he did come to help Abraham’s descendants

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