Worship Archive – October 23rd 2022

[I’m sorry I didn’t manage to post last week’s services, but they can now be found at Worship Archive – October 16th 2022.]

Sunday Service from Connexion for October 23rd 2022:

Audio message for Connexion on October 23rd 2022, with Rev K Matemba.

Sunday Service from Hillside Circuit for October 23rd 2022:

Lectionary Theme: The righteous shall live by faith

Occasion: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary readings:
Psalm 65
Joel 2: 23-32
2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18
Luke 18: 9-14

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

We shall stand.
Lord make me.
All people that on earth do dwell.
I will sing the wondrous story.
Shalom to you now.

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 October 23rd 2022, with Mrs Talenta Chakoma.


Audio message for Hillside Circuit on October 23rd 2022 in English, with Mrs Simangaliso E Mpofu.

Bible readings:

Psalm 65

1 Our God, you deserve praise in Zion,
where we keep our promises to you.
2 Everyone will come to you because you answer prayer.
3 Our terrible sins get us down, but you forgive us.
4 You bless your chosen ones, and you invite them
to live near you in your temple.
We will enjoy your house, the sacred temple.

5 Our God, you save us, and your fearsome deeds
answer our prayers for justice!
You give hope to people everywhere on earth,
even those across the sea.
6 You are strong,
and your mighty power put the mountains in place.
7 You silence the roaring waves
and the noisy shouts of the nations.
8 People far away marvel at your fearsome deeds,
and all who live under the sun
celebrate and sing because of you.

9 You take care of the earth and send rain
to help the soil grow all kinds of crops.
Your rivers never run dry,
and you prepare the earth to produce much grain.
10 You water all of its fields and level the lumpy ground.
You send showers of rain to soften the soil
and help the plants sprout.
11 Wherever your footsteps touch the earth,
a rich harvest is gathered.
12 Desert pastures blossom, and mountains celebrate.
13 Meadows are filled with sheep and goats;
valleys overflow with grain
and echo with joyful songs.

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Joel 2

23 People of Zion, celebrate in honour
of the LORD your God!
He is generous and has sent the autumn and spring rains
in the proper seasons.
24 Grain will cover your threshing places;
jars will overflow with wine and olive oil.

25 I, the LORD your God, will make up for the losses
caused by those swarms and swarms of locusts
I sent to attack you.
26 My people, you will eat until you are satisfied.
Then you will praise me
for the wonderful things I have done.
Never again will you be put to shame.

27 Israel, you will know that I stand at your side.
I am the LORD your God – there are no other gods.
Never again will you be put to shame.

The LORD said:
28 Later, I will give my Spirit to everyone.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your old men will have dreams,
and your young men will see visions.
29 In those days I will even give my Spirit to my servants,
both men and women.

30 I will work wonders in the sky above
and on the earth below.
There will be blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
31 The sun will turn dark, and the moon will be as red as blood
before that great and terrible day when I appear.

32 Then the LORD will save everyone who faithfully worships him. He has promised there will be survivors on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and among them will be his chosen ones.

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2 Timothy 4

6 Now the time has come for me to die. My life is like a drink offering being poured out on the altar. 7 I have fought well. I have finished the race, and I have been faithful. 8 So a crown will be given to me for pleasing the Lord. He judges fairly, and on the day of judgment he will give a crown to me and to everyone else who wants him to appear with power.

16 When I was first put on trial, no one helped me. In fact, everyone deserted me. I hope it won’t be held against them. 17 But the Lord stood beside me. He gave me the strength to tell his full message, so that all Gentiles would hear it. And I was kept safe from hungry lions. 18The Lord will always keep me from being harmed by evil, and he will bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. Praise him forever and ever! Amen.

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Luke 18

9 Jesus told a story to some people who thought they were better than others and who looked down on everyone else:
10 Two men went into the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood over by himself and prayed, “God, I thank you that I am not greedy, dishonest, and unfaithful in marriage like other people. And I am really glad that I am not like that tax collector over there. 12 I go without eating for two days a week, and I give you one tenth of all I earn.”
13 The tax collector stood off at a distance and did not think he was good enough even to look up toward heaven. He was so sorry for what he had done that he pounded his chest and prayed, “God, have pity on me! I am such a sinner.”
14 Then Jesus said, “When the two men went home, it was the tax collector and not the Pharisee who was pleasing to God. If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honoured.”

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