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Sunday Services from Connexion for October 11th 2020:
Sunday Services from Hillside Circuit for October 11th 2020:
Theme: Turning our backs on God’s visitation
Occasion: 19th Sunday after Pentecost
Old Testament: Exodus 32: 1-14
Letter: 1 Thessalonians 4: 1-9
New Testament: Matthew 22: 1-14
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My life is in You, Lord.
How long? (We have sung our songs of victory).
In Christ alone.
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1 We will celebrate and praise you, LORD!
You are good to us, and your love never fails.
2 No one can praise you enough
for all of the mighty things you have done.
3 You bless those people who are honest and fair
in everything they do.
4 Remember me, LORD, when you show kindness
by saving your people.
5 Let me prosper with the rest of your chosen ones,
as they celebrate with pride because they belong to you.
6 We and our ancestors have sinned terribly.
19 At Horeb your people made and worshipped
20 the statue of a bull, instead of you, their glorious God.
21 You worked powerful miracles to save them from Egypt,
but they forgot about you
22 and the fearsome things you did at the Red Sea.
23 You were angry and started to destroy them,
but Moses, your chosen leader, begged you not to do it.
1 After the people saw that Moses had been on the mountain for a long time, they went to Aaron and said, “Make us an image of a god who will lead and protect us. Moses brought us out of Egypt, but nobody knows what has happened to him.”
2 Aaron told them, “Bring me the gold earrings that your wives and sons and daughters are wearing.” 3 Everybody took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron, 4 then he melted them and made an idol in the shape of a young bull.
All the people said to one another, “This is the god who brought us out of Egypt!”
5 When Aaron saw what was happening, he built an altar in front of the idol and said, “Tomorrow we will celebrate in honour of the LORD.” 6 The people got up early the next morning and killed some animals to be used for sacrifices and others to be eaten. Then everyone ate and drank so much that they began to carry on like wild people.
7 The LORD said to Moses:
Hurry back down! Those people you led out of Egypt are acting like fools. 8 They have already stopped obeying me and have made themselves an idol in the shape of a young bull. They have bowed down to it, offered sacrifices, and said that it is the god who brought them out of Egypt. 9 Moses, I have seen how stubborn these people are, 10 and I’m angry enough to destroy them, so don’t try to stop me. But I will make your descendants into a great nation.
11 Moses tried to get the LORD God to change his mind:
Our LORD, you used your mighty power to bring these people out of Egypt. Now don’t become angry and destroy them. 12 If you do, the Egyptians will say that you brought your people out here into the mountains just to get rid of them. Please don’t be angry with your people. Don’t destroy them!
13 Remember the solemn promise you made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You promised that someday they would have as many descendants as there are stars in the sky and that you would give them land.
14 So even though the LORD had threatened to destroy the people, he changed his mind and let them live.
1 Thessalonians 4
1 Finally, my dear friends, since you belong to the Lord Jesus, we beg and urge you to live as we taught you. Then you will please God. You are already living that way, but try even harder. 2 Remember the instructions we gave you as followers of the Lord Jesus. 3 God wants you to be holy, so don’t be immoral in matters of sex. 4 Respect and honour your wife. 5 Don’t be a slave of your desires or live like people who don’t know God. 6 You must not cheat any of the LORD’S followers in matters of sex. Remember, we warned you that he punishes everyone who does such things. 7 God didn’t choose you to be filthy, but to be pure. 8 So if you don’t obey these rules, you are not really disobeying us. You are disobeying God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
9 We don’t have to write you about the need to love each other. God has taught you to do this,
1 Once again Jesus used stories to teach the people:
2 The kingdom of heaven is like what happened when a king gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3 The king sent some servants to tell the invited guests to come to the banquet, but the guests refused. 4 He sent other servants to say to the guests, “The banquet is ready! My cattle and prize calves have all been prepared. Everything is ready. Come to the banquet!”
5 But the guests did not pay any attention. Some of them left for their farms, and some went to their places of business. 6 Others grabbed the servants, then beat them up and killed them.
7 This made the king so furious that he sent an army to kill those murderers and burn down their city. 8 Then he said to the servants, “It is time for the wedding banquet, and the invited guests don’t deserve to come. 9 Go out to the street corners and tell everyone you meet to come to the banquet.” 10 They went out on the streets and brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike. And the banquet room was filled with guests.
11 When the king went in to meet the guests, he found that one of them wasn’t wearing the right kind of clothes for the wedding. 12 The king asked, “Friend, why didn’t you wear proper clothes for the wedding?” But the guest had no excuse. 13 So the king gave orders for that person to be tied hand and foot and to be thrown outside into the dark. That’s where people will cry and grit their teeth in pain. 14 Many are invited, but only a few are chosen.
Message for Hillside Circuit in English, with Mrs Tracey Chigwada:
Theme: TURNING OUR BACKS ON GOD’S VISITATIONS
Today’s theme which is taken from the Scriptures Psalm 106, Exodus 32:1-14, 1Thessalonians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 is that very important subject which indicates how those who already are children of God avoid paying due attention to the things that MUST NEVER EVER BE DONE! It is a dangerous practice that is not acceptable before Holy God and for which He punishes. It is the usual scenario of a people who are merely aware of God yet do not concern themselves with knowing that very God. It is also the story of a people who point fingers at those who went before them since the transgressions of these are already recorded, forgetting that their own transgression are before the Holy God.
Psalm 106 lists all the transgressions of Israel that are recorded in the Book of Exodus making mention of Israel’s near mutiny at the Red Sea, craving for past foods, being envious of Moses and Aaron, the exchanging of God’s Glory for an image of a bull at Mount Horeb, the despising of the pleasant land and the promise of God after the spies’ report and many others. These are things that were done by a people who had been REDEEMED FROM BONDAGE by God who used powerful miracles to achieve that, promising them that He would be their God and that they would be His people.
Today the Word of God is ringing out to us ‘But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.’ We casually read such Bible verses and move on and sorry I will not give you the book and chapter for you to have a free ride………. Go look for it and start studying the Word of God.
In Zimbabwe in 2008 food vanished from supermarket shelves in all urban centres but we did not hear of, or see mass deaths and starvation. If you need any better evidence than this, that you are a royal priesthood, then may God the Father forgive you or punish you whichever He chooses to do! 2008 passed and you have completely forgotten how God upheld you with His right hand. At the slightest inconvenience we shout at the top of our voices mourning over how God has forgotten us. Who says God has forgotten us? Is this any sign that God has abandoned us at all? No, look at the bigger picture, it is only us who are turning our backs on God’s visitations. Let us count our blessings and name them one by one.. God is working wonders amongst us. Only this week a friend asked among a group of friends ‘How are we expected to go for a week without tap water? This Council of Bulawayo is horrible.’ But it has been raining for more than a week so why not harvest that rain and store the water for day to day use, or is it tape water only that we need?
Exodus 32 is the record of Israel turning its back on God, simply because Moses had been called to go and receive the written Law of God which the Voice of God had pronounced to Israel as recorded at Exodus 20. That Voice had said ‘You shall not make yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below’ Exodus 20:4, but they proceeded to make a golden calf their god. Can there be a better turning of backs from God’s visitations than this? Do we worship our leaders or do we worship because our leaders are around supervising us? Should Revd. Phiri not feel safe to go on his annual leave? Should the Presiding Bishop fear to travel for an international conference in case he returns to total chaos? Should preachers feel uneasy when visiting their children in faraway places for fear of what will happen in their absence? Children of God must always remember that their God is the same yesterday, today and forever and that His love endures forever Ps.106. Tired of enslavement, Israel cried to God and He heard their cry and came to redeem them in person. How can such people forget so easily to the point of feeling abandoned by that very God? Why did they not cry to that very God to relieve them of the anxiety they were feeling in the absence of Moses? I am sure He would have heard their cry and granted them relief! Instead they chose to replace that God! It is human to respond like Israel did, we also can fall into the same trap unless we remain focussed on His work among us.
The Apostle Paul challenges the Thessalonians on how to live a life that please God. He says, ‘It is God’s will that you should be sanctified, that you should avoid sexual immorality, that each of you should learn to control his own body….For God did not call us to be impure but to live a holy life.” You were called to a holy life, you were not called to be the slanderer of your neighbour, you were not called to be the destroyer of other believers lives, but you were called to lead an exemplary life as a Child of God so that others out there can see that you belong to God. You are God’s moving temple.
Matthew 22:1-14 clearly tells us that the invitation to become part of the family of God, the invitation to enter the kingdom of God, and the invitation to be part of His Wedding Banquet was sent out to you and I. It is up to us to accept the invitation, GET OURSELVES READY, and go to the banquet. No one is forced to attend and some who do not get themselves ready and prepared can get to the banquet hall, but their stay there will be very short lived. This brings me back to my friend who complained about the lack of tap water following Council failure to provide same for reasons beyond their control. God has given us so much rain during the same period so why are we not thanking God for His graciousness as we get busy with the task of harvesting that water for use in our homes. If He, in His opportune time gives to us and we fail to use the privilege, if we are asked to attend a wedding and go dressed as dairy farm hands at His opportune time His wrath will meet us and we will be led away to be destroyed no matter how hard we shout we did not know any better.
Let us harness the rain water that the Almighty God, Jehovah Jireh is giving us! He is indeed our Provider, even when we have reached the end of our tether, that is when He becomes more powerful.
May The Holy Spirit help us to be obedient, trust God and to fight the good fight. Brothers and sisters, boys and girls, I implore you to Come to The Lord, the invitation is still open. Come. Let us turn away from our sinfulness and serve the one and only living God, and look forward to the coming of His son from heaven – Jesus, whom God raised from the dead, the author and perfecter of our faith. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgement.
He is The Way, The Truth and The Life.
And now may The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and fellowship of The Holy Spirit be with us all, now and forever more…AMEN
Message for Hillside Circuit in Shona, with Mrs Gloria Nyamambi:
Dingindira:- Kufuratira Mwari pakushanya kwawo
1 Eksodus 32:1-14
2 vaThesalonica 4:1-9
3 Mateu 22:1-14
Nziyo 209 Ishe taungana 14 Hozana wekudenga
Ndinokukwazisai mose baba vaMwari muzita raShe Jesu Kristu ari muponesi wedu. Amen Ndinofara kusangana nemi nhasi paservice ino yepamhepo.
Mazwi erukoko kubva paPisarema 106:- Halelua, Vongai Jehova nokuti wakanaka, nokuti ngoni dzake dzinogara nokusingaperi. Amen Tinamate. Mazwi emuromo wangu, nekufunga kwemoyo wangu, ngazvigashirwe pamberi penyu. Oh Tenzi, simba rangu nemununuri wangu Amen.
Ndinoda kuti Mwari vandibatsire, ndiparidze shoko rawo ndichirangarira mazwi aPauro kuna vaKorinte 9:27 anoti “Asi ndinorwadzisa muviri wangu ndichiuita muranda kuti zvimwe ini ndamboparidzira vamwe, ndirege kuva wakarashwa, asi kuti ndigoponeswawo neshoko randinoparidza.” Musoro weshoko nhasi unotaura pamusoro pekushanya kwaMwari kuvanhu wake, kwatisingagoni kufuratira nokuti kunoponesa. Muimbi vePisarema 106:4 anoti ” Ndishanyirei noruponeso rwenyu kuti ndione kukomborerwa kwavasanangurwa Wenyu.
Ndinoda nditaure zvishoma pamusoro pekushanya kwaMwari kuti kunombirevei, kunobatsirei uye tikafuratira zvinoita sei. Mutsvagurudzo yandakaita kushanya kwaMwari kutsvene, it’s divine.
1 Kunounza shanduko muhupenyu hwavanhu.
2 Mazwi echiporofita anozadziswa.
3 Mwaka inoshandurwa.
4 Zvinhu zvitsva zvinoberekwa. Jesu Kristu wokudzwa nokupiwa mberi. Tinodzidza muBhaibheri kuti Mwari vakashanyira vanhu vawo munguva dzakatsaukana dzakadai:-
1 Mwari vakashanyira Sara, sezvavakataura, vakautira Sara sezvavakareva.(Mavambo 21:1) Mazwi echiporofita akazadziswa, mwana vekusabereka kushandurwa, Sara akabereka Isaka.
2 Vanhu vakatenda, zvinhu vakati vanzwa kuti Jehova washanyira vana vaIsraeri, akaona kunetswa kwavo, vakakotamisa misoro yawo vakanamata Jehova. (Eksodus 4:31) Mwaka vehuranda hwevana vaIsraeri hukashandurwa.
3 Naomi unosimuka paMoab kudzokera Beterehema nokuti Mwari vakanga ashanyira vanhu vake, akavapa zvokudya.(Rute 1:6) Mwaka venzara nekushaiwa ukashandurwa, nhaka nemhuri yake zvikadzorerwa. 4. Nokuti zvanzi naJehova, kana majored makumiw manomwe aperera Bhabironi, ndichakushanyirai, nokusimbisa shoko rangu rakanaka, ndichakudzoserai kunzvimbo ino. (Jer 29:10) Mwaka vehutorwa vaJudha hwakadarika, vakadzokera Jerusarema panguva yakatemwa naMwari. 5 Kushanya kwaMwari kuvanhu kukuru ndemunaJesu Kristu. Zakaria anonzwisa Kushanya uku, kuzadziswa kwechiporofita chokuzwarwa kwaMuponesi wedu. Anoti iye “Ngaavongwe Jehova, Mwari vaIsraeri nokuti vauya kuzoshanyira vanhu vake nekuvasunungura. Nokuda kwengoni dzaMwari wedu, chiedza chokudenga chakauya kwatiri, kuzotipa mwenje kune vese varimurima nemumvuri verufu, kuti tsoka dzedu dzitungamirwe panzira yerunyararo.” (Ruka 1:68 , 78-79)
6 Pakudururwa kweMweya Mutsvene kunaMabasa Peter anoti “Naizvozvo tendeukai, missile kuti zviri zvenyu zvidzimwe, nguva dzokuvandudzwa dzinobva kunaShe dzisvike.(Mabasa 3:19-20)
Zvino taziva kuti kushanya kwaMwari kwakanakira vanhu vawo, kunogona kutinakirawo isu vanhasi hupenyu hwedu hukashandurwa. Sezvatinogadzirira kugamuchira vaenzi mudzimba dzedu, tinofanira kuzvigadzirirawo isu mwoyo yedu kugamuchira Kristu neshoko rake rinouya musimba reMweya Mutsvene vaMwari. Tikafuratira vanotishanyira murudo, tinogona kurasikirwa nezvizhinji zvavanouya nazvo, naivo vanoshanya havangafari. NaMwari havafadzwi nesu kana tikavafuratira pavanotishanyira. KunaEksodus taverenga nyaya yavana vaIsraeri vakaitirwa zvakanaka, varangarirwa naMwari pakutambudzika kwavo, vakaburitswa muEgypt munyika yehuranda nesimba guru nezvishamiso zvizhinji, vakayambutswa gungwa dzvuku,vakapiwa zvokudya murenje nemvura yakabva padombo. Chido chaMwari chaiva kuvaendesa kuCanani nyika yechipikirwa. Asi vanoti vatifambei nerwendo vakakanganwa zvese izvi vamukira naMoses naAaron vatumwa vaMwari. Vakakumbira kuitirwa vamwe vaMwari vaizovatungamira kunyange Mwari vakanga avaraira kuti vasava nevamwe vaMwari kunze kwavo, uye kuzviitira zvifananidzo zvakavezwa, kuzvipfugamira kana kuzvishumira nokuti ndiMwari vane godo vanoita zvakaipa kunaivo vakaipa vasingateereri mirairo yawo.
Hatinawo here Isu nhasi kufanana navaIsraeri, tinokanganwa zvakanaka zvatakaitirwa naMwari, uye hatiteereri izwi raJehova. Takachemera vana nemhuri, tikakumbira mabasa nemapromotion, tikatsanyira hutano nehukama hwedu. Mwari vakatizwa vakatiitira zvakanaka, asi nhasi takasiya nzira dzawo, tinorarama sezvatinoda, tichinamata vamwe vanhu tichishumira kwavari, tinoda mari kudarika iye Mwari muridzi vayo. Zvino hasha dzaMwari dzava pamusoro pedu voda kutiparadza. Asi Jehova Mwari wedu vanenyasha zhinji, dzisina kupera dzinokwana kune vese. Hatichaparadzwi nokuti kune uwe vakaita saMoses anomira pamberi paMwari achirwira vaIsraeri pahasha dzaMwari kuti vasaparadzwe. Tina Jesu Kristu, Muponesi vakauya pasi kutifira isu tose. Vakarasha hwake hupenyu kuti tiwane rugare. Ndizvo Pauro arikuraira kuna vaThesalonica kuti tirarame hupenyu hunofadza Mwari, hwakachena, Hutsvene. Tisingaiti zvakaipa zvehupombwe tichivenga hama dzedu, nekumukira vaRevi vasanangurwa vaMwari, nevatungamiri, tichisvibisa miviri yedu, asi kuti tirarame neshoko raMwari riri Jesu Kristu. Tigamuchire iri shoko benyu rinesimba rokushandura hupenyu.
Jesu anotaura kubhuku yaMateu nemufananidzo wehumambi hwekudenga, hwakafanana namambo akaita mutambo akakoka hama neshamwari asi havana kuuya kumutambo. Nekutsamwa akatuma hondo kundovaparadza nemaguta avo. Akatuma varanda vake kundokokera vese vawanenge waona, zvisinei kuti vakanaka kana vakaipa. Ndizvo tinokokwa tose kana kudaidzwa kuchechi yaKristu. Kana tadaira kukokwa iye Kristu achatipfekedza sezvinodiwa nababa muridzi wemutambo. Anotisuka muropa rake, tocheneswa tova zvisikwa zvitsva. Tofamba nemufambiro unodiwa nababa, tichiita zvinodiwa nababa. Tigara muchokwadi cheshoko raMwari, tiine kururama, nerutendo, neruponiso, vhangeri yerugare iri patsoka dzedu. VaEfeso 6:10-11 noti “Pakupedzisira ivai nesimba munaShe, nomusimba rake guru. Shongai nhumbi dzose dzokurwa nadzo dzaMwari, kuti mugone kumira pasimba raDhiabhorosi.” Tiziwe kuti tikatadza kumira pasimba iri revakaipa, tafuratira Mwari, tinoparadzwa. Ndinopedzisa ndichiti, kana tikanzwisisa kukosha kwekushanya kwaMwari, tinogona kuzvimisa panzvimbo yakafanira murutendo, tichimirira kuuya kwake. Tigara tichinamata nekurumbidza Mwari nguva dzese, kuti tiponeswe nyasha naShe. Hymn 14 stanza yetatu inokomborera kwazvo inoti Ndoshonga dzakadini zvomindishanyira, ndigarirei imi mwoyo wangu wose, ndoupira kwamuri mununuri wangu, ndopfugama kwamuri chokwadi She wangu. Kana Ishe wasvika, chiprofita cheupenyu hwedu chozadziswa, hupenyu hwoshandurwa, zvitsva zvoberekwa, huranda hopera, chiedza chake chotivhenekera, toona zvakanaka nzira yaMwari wedu yavanoponisa nayo. Tichirangarira kuti zvose tinoita nerutendo, nokuti pasina iko kutenda hatigoni kufadza Mwari. Amen.
Tigamuchire Nyasha. Nyasha dzaIshe Jesu Kristu, rudo rwaMwari baba nekuwadzana kweMweya Mutsvene ngazvive nesu tose kubva zvino kudzamara nekusingaperi. Amen
Wenyu munashe Gloria S Nyamambi
Message for Hillside Circuit in Ndebele, with Mrs Betty Ncube:
Benza ithole eHorebe, bakhonza isithombe esibunjiweyo, bamisa inkabi edla utshani esikhundleni senkazimulo kaNkulunkulu. Bamkhohlwa uNkulunkulu, uMkhululi wabo, owayenza izinto ezinkulu eGibithe, lemisebenzi emangalisayo elizweni likaHamu, lezinto ezesabekayo ngaseLwandle oluBomvu, Ngakho wathi uzababhubhisa, kodwa uMose okhethiweyo wabamela ukuthinta ulaka lwakhe ukuba lungababhubhisi. Ameni. Ngibingelela iBandle ngeHubo 106:19-23. Asikhulekeni. Thixo olaMandla onke Mdali weZulu lomhlaba, siza kuwe namhlanje silokubonga okukhulu ukusinakekela kwakho. Siyazithoba phambi kwakho. Sithumele uMoya ongcwele kuzo zonke izindawo esihleli kuzo. Sithethelele ekoneni kwethu. Uthethelele lenkokheli zamazwe akulo umhlaba. Sibeka abagulayo esandleni sakho, basilise Baba. Baduduze labakhalayo. Ngaye uJesu Kristu uMsindisi wethu. Ameni.
Izifundo zethu namhlanje sizithola kuEksodusi 32:1-14, esesibili ku 1KwabaseThesalonika 4:1-9, esokucina kuMatewu 22:1-14. Indikimba ithi:- Ukufulathela uNkulunkulu esivakatshela. Umhlba lo esiphila kuwo ulabantu abale nkolo ezehlukeneyo. Yilowo lalowo uficakala esazisa olwakhe ukholo. Abanye bakhoholwa emuntwini bamenze iNkosi yabo. Abanye bakholwa kuzinyamazana ezuthiyeneyo, kungaba ngezeganga kumbe ezifuyiweyo eziphilayo noma ezibaziweyo. Namhlamje encwadini kaEksodusi sihlangana njalo leBandla lakoIsrael, silokhu sisizwa ngohambo lwabo, lempilo yabo kunye lokuziphatha kwabo. Ilizwi lithi uMose wakhwela entabeni yase Sinayi ukuyakhuluma loNkulunkulu wakhe emlayeka ukuba benzeni labantwana bakoIsrael. Izikhathi ezinengi nxa silindele olunye ulutho kasibi lesineke sikhanya siphuzelwa phezu kwalokho silangatha. Ngokunjalo abakoIsrael babona sebephuzelwe nguMose ukwehla entabeni bezwe lokhu uThixo akutsho kubo njengoba uMose wayengumlomo wabo ngoNkulunkulu. Babuthana kuAroni bamcela ukuthi abenzele uthole legolide, yisithombe leso. Kahle kahle lokhu kusitshengisa ukuthi kwabalula kubo ukumfulathela uNkulunkulu ngasikhatshana, basebemkhohluwe ebenzele uzimanga ngokubakhipha eGibithe. Siyakhumbula bathandekayo ukuthi emangweni baswela ukudla, baswela amanzi, bachapha uLwandle oluBomvu ngesimanga, emuva kwabo babegijinyiswa ngamaGibithe, kufiwa. UMose wayebakhokhela kunzima kunjalo. Namhlanje usebaphuzele ukwehla entabeni nampo sebelecebo elibi. Akuzange kwamthatha sikhathi ke uAroni ngesicelo sabo. Wahle wathi emadodeni abakhumulise omkabo, amadodana abo lamadodakazi abo amacici egolide endlebeni zabo, balethe kuye ukuze abumbe uthole ngawo. UAroni walikhanda lelo thole legolide laba nguNkulunkulu wabo balikhonza, baligidela banikela imihlatshelo yabo. Kodwa ilizwi lithi akuzange kumthokozise uNkulunkulu. Wathukuthela kakhulu ngalesi sebzo sabo, wafisa ukubaqeda bonke ngokubabhubhisa. UMose ngothando lwakhe wacela ukuba uThixo abaxolele. Kambe kangaki izithunywa zeNkosi zisicelela uma sesiphambukile safulathela iNkosi? Abanye bethu siselawo lumkhuba owenziwa ngabakoIsrael. Siyakhonza abanye abantu sikhohlwe ngoThixo, sikhonze inotho yethu silibale lapho eyavela khona. Size sikhonze lemfimfitho esizimfimfithayo singazi lokuthi imfimfitho zakhona ziqhamukephi. Konke lokhu baza lwane kuvela kuThixo owasidalayo. Ngenye imini sizakutshiya kulo umhlaba. Bazalwane abathandwa yiNkosi, sonke siyayazi imilayo kaThixo. Okokuqala ufuna sibe ngcwele, sizithinte kukho konke okubi okuphathana ikakhulu lemizimba yethu ngoba ilithempelu lakhe. Kumele sihlale sihlambulukile sihloniphe uMdali wethu. UPawuli uthi kwabaseThesalonika:- kakungabi loyedwa owonayo. Kakube njalo lakithi bazalwane bakaKristu. Kumele sihlale sisethandweni, kasingonelani, singabuswa ngabangamaziyo uNkulunkulu abatshelela abanye eceleni. Imicabango yethu kayibe ngokweZulu. Singaphindiseli okubi ngokubi kodwa sizithobe sizehlisele phansi. Lithi ilizwi banengi ababiziweyo kodwa bayingcosana abakhethiweyo. Sibizelwe enhlanhleni, kuthiwa siphume ezonweni zethu. Siphiwe umusa saxolelwa ngoseZulwini, kodwa nanku silokhu simfulathela esivakatshela uThixo wethu. Umfanekiso wedili lomthimba uyizifundo ezimbalwa. Esokuqala, kumele sufunde ukuhlala kuhle lesakhelene labi. Kambe iNkosi le eyedili lomthimba yayingumuntu oziphethe kanjani? Kuyini okwenza ukuthi eyayibenxusile bengezi, kodwa bakgethe ukwenza imisebenzi yabo yemihla ngemihla. Okwesibili, wembethe ngubo mnhloboni nxa usunxusiwe kuleli dili lomthimba? Uyasenxusa uJesu bazalwane , ingubo yakho yiphi? Yibzondo yini kumbe luthando? Nxa kulu thando olwembetheyo, ngolwe hlobo, ngolo busika na? Nangu umnumzana exitshelwa ngaphandle ngoba engembathanga ingubo yedili lomtshado. Ngiphetha ngisithi:- abanxusiweyo bawufulathele umthimba olento yonke. Asingamfulatheli bazalwane uMsindisi wethu uma esesivakatshele ngoba uvakatsha komunye lomunye ngendlela ehluke kakhulu. Ebunzimeni siba laye, uyasethula imithwalo esiyisinduswe ngababi balo mhlaba. Asimkhonzeni ngeqiniso ngoba akekho uMsizi onjengaye. Emhlabeni singona siyajeziswa, siyazondwa kodwa uThixo uSomandla uyasithanda njalo asixolele ekoneni kwethu. Sizavala inkonzo yethu ngokuhlabela u 229 kuZulu. Mthandi womphefumlo wami, Mawungivikele nami, nxa ngehlelwa zilingo lamageba makhulu. Ngifihle Mkhululi wami. Makudluli ngizi zami. Khokhela umphefumlo wami, Ungamkele Nkosi yami. Ameni. UMusa weNkosi yethu uJesu Kristu, loThando lukaBaba, lobudlelwano bukaMoya oNgcwele akube lathi sonke kuze kube nini kanini. Ameni.