Worship Archive – October 2nd 2022

[Did you miss last Sunday’s services? They can still be found at Worship Archive – September 25th 2022.]


Sunday Service from Connexion for October 2nd 2022:

Audio message for Connexion on October 2nd 2022, with Rev T Matamba.

Sunday Service from Hillside Circuit for October 2nd 2022:

Lectionary Theme: Patience, presence and promise

Occasion: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary readings:
Psalm 137
Lamentations 1: 1-6
2 Timothy 1: 1-14
Luke 17: 5-10

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Songs:

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

Put on the garment of praise.
Lord I lift your name on high.
We have sung our songs (how long).
We have come into his house.
Purify my heart.
May the Lord mighty 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 October 2nd 2022, with Mrs Fadziso Mapuna.

Sermon:

Audio message for Hillside Circuit on October 2nd 2022, with Mrs Tracey Chigwada.

Bible readings:

Psalm 137

1 Beside the rivers of Babylon we thought about Jerusalem,
and we sat down and cried.
2 We hung our small harps on the willow trees.
3 Our enemies had brought us here as their prisoners,
and now they wanted us to sing and entertain them.
They insulted us and shouted, “Sing about Zion!”

4 Here in a foreign land,
how can we sing about the LORD?
5 Jerusalem, if I forget you, let my right hand go limp.
6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,
if I don’t think about you above all else.

7 Our LORD, punish the Edomites!
Because the day Jerusalem fell, they shouted,
“Completely destroy the city!
Tear down every building!”

8 Babylon, you are doomed! I pray the LORD’s blessings
on anyone who punishes you for what you did to us.
9 May the LORD bless everyone
who beats your children against the rocks!

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Lamentations 1

1 Jerusalem, once so crowded, lies deserted and lonely.
This city that was known all over the world
is now like a widow.
This queen of the nations has been made a slave.
2 Each night, bitter tears flood her cheeks.
None of her former lovers are there to offer comfort;
her friends have betrayed her and are now her enemies.

3 The people of Judah are slaves, suffering in a foreign land,
with no rest from sorrow.
Their enemies captured them and were terribly cruel.
4 The roads to Zion mourn because no one travels there
to celebrate the festivals.
The city gates are deserted; priests are weeping.
Young women are raped; Zion is in sorrow!
5 Enemies now rule the city and live as they please.
The LORD has punished Jerusalem
because of her awful sins;
he has let her people be dragged away.

6 Zion’s glory has disappeared.
Her leaders are like deer that cannot find pasture;
they are hunted down till their strength is gone.

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2 Timothy 1

1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus.
God himself chose me to be an apostle, and he gave me the promised life that Jesus Christ makes possible.
2 Timothy, you are like a dear child to me. I pray that God our Father and our Lord Christ Jesus will be kind and merciful to you and will bless you with peace!

3 Night and day I mention you in my prayers. I am always grateful for you, as I pray to the God my ancestors and I have served with a clear conscience. 4 I remember how you cried, and I want to see you, because that will make me truly happy. 5 I also remember the genuine faith of your mother Eunice. Your grandmother Lois had the same sort of faith, and I am sure that you have it as well. 6 So I ask you to make full use of the gift that God gave you when I placed my hands on you. Use it well. 7 God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control.
8 Don’t be ashamed to speak for our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, just because I am in jail for serving him. Use the power that comes from God and join with me in suffering for telling the good news.

9 God saved us and chose us to be his holy people.
We did nothing to deserve this,
but God planned it because he is so kind.
Even before time began
God planned for Christ Jesus to show kindness to us.

10 Now Christ Jesus has come to show us the kindness of God.
Christ our Saviour defeated death
and brought us the good news.
It shines like a light and offers life that never ends.

11 My work is to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher. 12 That’s why I am suffering now. But I am not ashamed! I know the one I have faith in, and I am sure that he can guard until the last day what he has trusted me with. 13 Now follow the example of the correct teaching I gave you, and let the faith and love of Christ Jesus be your model. 14 You have been trusted with a wonderful treasure. Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit, who lives within you.

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Luke 17

5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Make our faith stronger!”
6 Jesus replied:
If you had faith no bigger than a tiny mustard seed, you could tell this mulberry tree to pull itself up, roots and all, and to plant itself in the ocean. And it would!
7 If your servant comes in from ploughing or from taking care of the sheep, would you say, “Welcome! Come on in and have something to eat”? 8 No, you wouldn’t say that. You would say, “Fix me something to eat. Get ready to serve me, so I can have my meal. Then later on you can eat and drink.” 9 Servants don’t deserve special thanks for doing what they are supposed to do. 10 And that’s how it should be with you. When you’ve done all you should, then say, “We are merely servants, and we have simply done our duty.”

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