Worship Archive – May 14th 2023

New feature! From the Archives:
(click or tap to jump down the page to listen to Sunday Services for 6th Sunday of Easter 2020)

Sunday Service from Hillside Circuit for May 14th 2023:

Lectionary Theme: Chosen and appointed by Jesus

Occasion: 6th Sunday of Easter

Lectionary readings:
Psalm 66: 8-20
Acts 17: 22-31
1 Peter 3: 13-22
John 14: 15-21

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

Praise my Soul.
Spirit divine attend our prayers.
Our Blest redeemer.
Spirit of the living God.

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 May 14th 2023 with Mrs Chiedza Chagudhuma.


Audio message for Hillside Circuit on May 14th 2023 with Mr Mishack Mugiyo.

From the archives: Sunday Services from Connexion on the 6th Sunday of Easter 2020:

Audio message for May 17th 2020 in English with Rev Dr Matarirano.
Audio message for May 17th 2020 in Ndebele with Rev D Muleya.
Audio message for May 17th 2020 in Shona with Bruce Gunyere.

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Bible readings:

Psalm 66

8 All of you people, come praise our God!
Let his praises be heard.
9 God protects us from death and keeps us steady.

10 Our God, you tested us, just as silver is tested.
11 You trapped us in a net and gave us heavy burdens.
12 You sent war chariots to crush our skulls.
We travelled through fire and through floods,
but you brought us to a land of plenty.

13 I will bring sacrifices into your house, my God,
and I will do what I promised
14 when I was in trouble.
15 I will sacrifice my best sheep
and offer bulls and goats on your altar.

16 All who worship God, come here and listen;
I will tell you everything God has done for me.
17 I prayed to the LORD, and I praised him.
18 If my thoughts had been sinful,
he would have refused to hear me.
19 But God did listen and answered my prayer.
20 Let’s praise God! He listened when I prayed,
and he is always kind.

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Acts 17

22 So Paul stood up in front of the council and said:
People of Athens, I see that you are very religious. 23 As I was going through your city and looking at the things you worship, I found an altar with the words, “To an Unknown God.” You worship this God, but you don’t really know him. So I want to tell you about him. 24 This God made the world and everything in it. He is Lord of heaven and earth, and he doesn’t live in temples built by human hands. 25 He doesn’t need help from anyone. He gives life, breath, and everything else to all people. 26 From one person God made all nations who live on earth, and he decided when and where every nation would be.
27 God has done all this, so that we will look for him and reach out and find him. He isn’t far from any of us, 28 and he gives us the power to live, to move, and to be who we are. “We are his children,” just as some of your poets have said.
29 Since we are God’s children, we must not think that he is like an idol made out of gold or silver or stone. He isn’t like anything that humans have thought up and made. 30 In the past, God forgave all this because people did not know what they were doing. But now he says that everyone everywhere must turn to him. 31 He has set a day when he will judge the world’s people with fairness. And he has chosen the man Jesus to do the judging for him. God has given proof of this to all of us by raising Jesus from death.

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1 Peter 3

13 Can anyone really harm you for being eager to do good deeds? 14 Even if you have to suffer for doing good things, God will bless you. So stop being afraid and don’t worry about what people might do. 15 Honour Christ and let him be the Lord of your life.
Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope. 16 Give a kind and respectful answer and keep your conscience clear. This way you will make people ashamed for saying bad things about your good conduct as a follower of Christ. 17 You are better off to obey God and suffer for doing right than to suffer for doing wrong.

18 Christ died once for our sins.
An innocent person died for those who are guilty.
Christ did this to bring you to God,
when his body was put to death
and his spirit was made alive.

19 Christ then preached to the spirits that were being kept in prison. 20 They had disobeyed God while Noah was building the boat, but God had been patient with them. Eight people went into that boat and were brought safely through the flood.
21 Those flood waters were like baptism that now saves you. But baptism is more than just washing your body. It means turning to God with a clear conscience, because Jesus Christ was raised from death. 22 Christ is now in heaven, where he sits at the right side of God. All angels, authorities, and powers are under his control.

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John 14

15 Jesus said to his disciples:
If you love me, you will do as I command. 16 Then I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit who will help you and always be with you. 17 The Spirit will show you what is true. The people of this world cannot accept the Spirit, because they don’t see or know him. But you know the Spirit, who is with you and will keep on living in you.
18 I won’t leave you like orphans. I will come back to you. 19 In a little while the people of this world won’t be able to see me, but you will see me. And because I live, you will live. 20 Then you will know that I am one with the Father. You will know that you are one with me, and I am one with you. 21 If you love me, you will do what I have said, and my Father will love you. I will also love you and show you what I am like.

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[Did you miss last week’s Sunday Services? They can now be found at Worship Archive – May 7th 2023.]