[Did you miss last Sunday’s services? They can still be found at Worship Archive – August 29th 2021.]
Sunday Services from Hillside Circuit for September 5th 2021:
Theme: Salvation is for all
Occasion: 15th after Pentecost
Proverbs 22: 1-2
James 2: 1-10
Mark 7: 24-37
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Here are the songs for Sunday morning service. Click or tap on a song to open it in YouTube, or go to the Songs for worship webpage to find them embedded.
Shine, Jesus, shine (Lord, the light of your love is shining).
Here is love vast as the ocean.
Speak O Lord.
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, with Rev Nobuhle Sibanda:
Good morning friends I trust you are all well and ready to go to school. May you all have a wonderful time at school, study hard and excel in all you do, for God is with you. From the scriptures we read today, l want us to focus on Mark 7:37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
He does all things well
Many of us have things we wish we could do well, some of us have soccer balls at home, but how many us are really good soccer players? Some of us we love to sing, we enjoy music, but how many of us would say that they are really good singers? There may be some things that we can’t do well, but all of us have things that we can do very well, but none of us can do everything very well, can we?
I only know only one person that does everything well and His name is Jesus. One day some people brought a man to Jesus who could not hear and could hardly talk. The people begged Jesus to heal their friend. The Bible tells us that Jesus put his fingers in the man’s ears and touched his tongue. Then he called out, “Be opened!” As soon as Jesus spoke these words, the man’s ears were opened and he could hear, his tongue was loosed and he could speak. The people were amazed and said, “He has done everything well. He even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.” Then Jesus did something unusual, he told people not to tell anyone what they had seen him do. Do you think they followed Jesus’ instruction? No! They told everyone about this man who did everything well.
Jesus has done so many great and wonderful things for you and me, but he didn’t tell us not to tell anyone. In fact, he told us to tell everyone. Have you told anyone?
Let us pray: Dear Jesus, you do all things well. We thank you for all that you do for us each and everyday. We also pray that you will be with us and guide us everyday, grant us the wisdom and knowledge that comes from you as we go back to school, above all Lord please keep us safe from this deadly Corona virus. Protect our parents and guardians as well and continue to provide for all our needs as we go back to school. We ask this in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
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1 Everyone who trusts the LORD is like Mount Zion
that cannot be shaken and will stand forever.
2 Just as Jerusalem is protected
by mountains on every side,
the LORD protects his people
by holding them in his arms now and forever.
3 He won’t let the wicked rule his people
or lead them to do wrong.
4 Let’s ask the LORD to be kind to everyone
who is good and completely obeys him.
5 When the LORD punishes the wicked,
he will punish everyone else who lives a crooked life.
Pray for peace in Israel!
1 A good reputation and respect
are worth much more than silver and gold.
2 The rich and the poor are all created by the LORD.
1 My friends, if you have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, you won’t treat some people better than others. 2 Suppose a rich person wearing fancy clothes and a gold ring comes to one of your meetings. And suppose a poor person dressed in worn-out clothes also comes. 3 You must not give the best seat to the one in fancy clothes and tell the one who is poor to stand at the side or sit on the floor. 4 That is the same as saying that some people are better than others, and you would be acting like a crooked judge.
5 My dear friends, pay attention. God has given a lot of faith to the poor people in this world. He has also promised them a share in his kingdom that he will give to everyone who loves him. 6 You mistreat the poor. But isn’t it the rich who boss you around and drag you off to court? 7 Aren’t they the ones who make fun of your Lord?
8 You will do all right, if you obey the most important law in the Scriptures. It is the law that commands us to love others as much as we love ourselves. 9 But if you treat some people better than others, you have done wrong, and the Scriptures teach that you have sinned.
10 If you obey every law except one, you are still guilty of breaking them all.
24 Jesus left and went to the region near the city of Tyre, where he stayed in someone’s home. He did not want people to know he was there, but they found out anyway. 25 A woman whose daughter had an evil spirit in her heard where Jesus was. And right away she came and knelt down at his feet. 26 The woman was Greek and had been born in the part of Syria known as Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to force the demon out of her daughter. 27 But Jesus said, “The children must first be fed! It isn’t right to take away their food and feed it to dogs.”
28 The woman replied, “Lord, even dogs eat the crumbs that children drop from the table.”
29 Jesus answered, “That’s true! You may go now. The demon has left your daughter.” 30 When the woman got back home, she found her child lying on the bed. The demon had gone.
31 Jesus left the region around Tyre and went by way of Sidon toward Lake Galilee. He went through the land near the ten cities known as Decapolis. 32 Some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk. They begged Jesus just to touch him.
33 After Jesus had taken him aside from the crowd, he stuck his fingers in the man’s ears. Then he spit and put it on the man’s tongue. 34 Jesus looked up toward heaven, and with a groan he said, “Effatha!” which means “Open up!” 35 At once the man could hear, and he had no more trouble talking clearly.
36 Jesus told the people not to say anything about what he had done. But the more he told them, the more they talked about it. 37 They were completely amazed and said, “Everything he does is good! He even heals people who cannot hear or talk.”
Text version of message for Hillside Circuit on September 5th 2021 in Shona, with Mr Ivan Chigwada:
RUPONISO RWAMWARI HARUSARUDZI
Verenga Mark 7:24-38
Mangwanani kwamuri mose vana vaMwari. Svondo rapera iri takaparidzirwa nezve vaPharisee vakabva kuJerusalem vakananga kuGalilee vaine chinangwa chekunotaura naJesu uyo wavaida kupomera mhosva. VaPharisee havana havo kubudirira asi chavanenge vakagona kuita kuti vanhu vedunhu iri vatange kusawirirana naJesu! Nhasi kuvhangeri ya Mark tinosangana naMambo Jesu vachibuda mudunhu iri re Galilee nyika yevanhu vakadzingiswa zvichitevedzwa murawu waMwari, vachinanga kumadhorobha eTyre neSidon nedunhu reDecapolis nzvimbo dzaigara vanhu vakange vasina kudzingiswa. Munzvimbo mbiri idzodzi Mambo Jesu vanoponesa vanhu vaviri. Tikambosiya vangeri raMark tichienda kuvhangeri raMatthew tichitevedza nyaya yedu yanhasi tinonzwa Mambo Jesu vachiti ‘Ndakangotumirwa kumakwayi akarashika eimba yaIsrael!’ Zvinonzi wokutaurirwa izvi ‘akauya akamunamata akati Ishe, dondibatsirai henyu!’ Tinoziva kuti akabatsirwa! Ko vavakaponesa ava vaive vekwa Israel here? Kwete! Seiko? Nokuti ruponiso rwaMwari harusarudzi! Ndiyo nyaya iyi! Ndiro dingindira redu iri! Ruponiso rwaMwari harusarudzi zvichienderana nokuti munhu anobvepi, munhu ndewe rudzi rupi, munhu akasimba here kana kuti munhu idera panyama! Ruponiso rwaMwari harusarudzi! Isu hedu vanhu tisu tinosarudzana tichisiya vatisingafarire! Kuita kwaMwari kunoshamisa wee! Kupandukira Ishe Jesu kwakaitwa nevagari veGalilee kwakaita kuti Ishe Jesu vasiyane nokuparidzira vechiJuda chete chete, vonoparidzira marudzi ose nemaJuda acho futi! Ndiko kuita kwaMwari uku! VechiJuda vachiti Messiah waMwari ndewavo vega, Messiah aive achazotumwa kwavari chete chete Messiah akange otovasiya! Vairwisana naMessiah waMwari ndivo vakange vachiti Messiah waMwari achauya kwavari! Hazviiti imiwe nokuti Mwari vanoda vanhu vanotenda kwavari, zvekudzingiswa imwe nyaya iyo, iwe ukamira nekudzingiswa usina rutendo uchasara wakamira kunge munhu asiyiwa nechitima! ChiJuda chakabva chasara mumashure, chitima chaMambo Jesu chichienda mberi nokutakura wose aizozvimisira kutenda kwavari nokuti ruponiso rwaMwari runosangana nani nani zvake zvisineyi nekugona kana kutadza kwake!
Pavanosvika munharaunda yeguta reTyre Mambo Jesu vanopinda pane mumwe musha vobva vati regayi ndizorore ndisati ndanzwika kuti ndipo pandiri apa! Ivo vachito funga kuti havasati vawonekwa mumwe mudzimayi we chi Greek airwarirwa nemwana akabva asvika pavari achikumbira kuti mwana wake asunungurwe padambudziko remweya wakaipa wakanga uri maari! Mambo Jesu vakamboita kunge vakange vasingadi kununura mwana uyu pavanoti ‘vana ngavatange kuguta, nokuti hazvina kunaka kutora chingwa chavana, ndokuchikandira imbwanana’, asi nerudo rwamai kumwana wavo mai vakapindura vachiti ‘Hongu Ishe asi nembwanana vo dzinodya pasi petafura zvimedu zvevana.’ Kusaramwa kwakaita kuti mai ava varambe vachikumbirira mwana wavo kusvikira aponeswa. MuBible muna Jacob uyo akaramba kuregedza Mwari kusvika Mwari vamukomborera. Amai ava vakaita saJacob! Tanzwa kuna Matthew kuti mudzimayi uyu akakudza uye akanamata Jesu. Mu Greek arikukudza Mwari kunge muJuda akazviudzwa nani izvozvo? Zvinoreva kuti mudzimayi uyu ainyatso ziva kuti Jesu waaikumbira kuporeserwa mwanasikana wake akange ari ani! Nhaiwe wakagara muno unoziva here kuti Jesu ndiyani? Unoziva here zvaanogona kukuitira? Vakakomborerwa havo vane ruzivo urwu nokuti vachanyaradzwa pakuchema kwavo!
Tati dingindira redu nderekuti ruponiso rwaMwari harusarudzi, asi zvakaitwa naMambo Jesu pavanosvika muguta reTyre zvinenge zvisingafambirani neshoko iri. Pavanosvika muguta umu havadi kuti zvizivikanwe kuti vasvikamo! Seiko? Pavanokumbirwa kuporesa anorwara vanowanza nyaya kunge vasingadi. Simba rekuporesa vanaro asi ipapo havana kuporesa wese airwara tinongonzwa kuti vakaporesa mwanasikana wamai vekushinga chete chete! Dingindira redu rakanangana nekudzidzisa vaya vanofunga kuti Mwari ndewavo ivo vega kwete ani nani zvake. MaJuda enguva yaJesu vaiva nemafungiro okuti Mwari aiva wavo vega serudzi, vasingazive kuti Mwari havashande vachidaro. MaJuda iwaya aichemera kuti Mwari wavo aifanira kuvatumira mudzikinuri aizovapedzera nhamo dzavaisangano nadzo zuva nezuva! Pamusoro paizvozvi vatungamiri vavo vechi Pharisee vaiti munhu asinga tevedzere dudziro yavo yeshoko raMwari akange ari mutadzi mukuru akange asingazombowanirwa nyasha naMwari wavo! Nhasi uno tinavo vatungamiri vemasangano vanoti nyangwe shoko ravanomira naro risiri raMwari iwe ukasavateerera uri mhandu, unotoshaya kuti vakazviwanepi!
Ndinowona paine zvidzidzo zvitatu zvatinofarira kubata toenda nazvo kudzimba tigozviita tsika nemagariro! 1) Ruponiso nderwa Mwari uye rwunobva kuna Mwari! Tinogona kudzidza kubva muzvinyorwa zvitsva asi njere dzepasi hadziraramise munhu. 2) Mwari vanopa ruponiso kune wavada zvisineyi nekuti isu tinoti chiyi nezvemunhu iyeye. Nyika ingagone kukutarisira pasi nekuti uri munhukadzi, nyika ingakutarisira pasi nokuti unobva kwaMurewa kunonzi kunobva varoyi, nyika inogona kukutarisira pasi nekuti uri munhu mupfupipfupi asi kana ruponiso rwakunanga panotoita zvinoshamisa! 3) Ruponiso rwaMwari runouya pane uyo anenge akumbirirwa nemunhu anerutendo pamberi paMwari. Mwanasikana uyu akakumbirirwa namai vake vaitenda! Mbeveve yanhasi yakakumbirirwa nevavakidzani vayo! Mumwe murume aiva mhetamakumbo akakumbirirwa neshamwari dzake dzakapfurunyura denga remba dzikamuderedza kusvika pana Jesu! Shamwari idzi dzakazviita mukutenda!
Vanhuwe dingindira redu muchirungu rinoti Salvation is for all! Zvikasatsanangurwa pachaita vachazvigarira pamushana vachiti ruponiso rwuchatouya chete kwavari nekuti pano panzi nderwe munhu wese! Tabva kuti tiri kuona Mwari vachinangana newavanoda havo pamwe neavo vakumbirirwa nevanotenda kwavari. Patoita vasara apa! Zvimwezvo mumakereke munogona kuita vachati kusevenzera Mwari ndekwe vamwe nokuti hazvineyi nezvauchaita nokuti ruponiso nderwe wese wese! Handizvo! Pane zvimwe zvinoitika kune vanoporeswa naShe, izvozvo zvikakupotsa ruponiso runokupfuura! Pabateyi ipapo!
Murwendo rwerutendo vaparidzi nevadzidzisi vanofanirwa kujekesa dzimwe nyaya dziri mumagwaro matsvene sezvazviri kuitira kuti vatendi vasarasike! Mark 7 wataverenga nhasi ane nyaya inoda kutsanangurwa sezvazviri! Mambo Jesu vanoti ‘vana ngavatange kuguta, nokuti hazvina kunaka kutora chingwa chavana, ndokuchikandira imbwanana.’ Mumisha matinorarama hatitore kudya kwevanhu tichikandira kuimbwa dzatinogara nadzo. Imbwa dzine kudya kwadzo kwatinodzipa. Ukuwo kuti ‘vana ngavatange vaguta,’ ichokwadi nokuti ndivo vatinosevenzera. Asika kuti vana ngavatange vaguta hakusi kuti vana vachapedza chokudya chose chabikwa! Chokudya chinobikwa nechinogara chichibikwa hachipere! Chese chinobikwa chinogadzikwa patafura kuti vanenzara vagowana chekudya. Anenge aine nzara ngaasvike patafura kana kuti ngaavande pasi petafura nokuti patafura chete chete ndipo panechokudya. Kure netafura inzara yoga yoga! Kunanga kutafura ndiyo chete nzira yekusvitsa zvikumbiro nezvese zvinotiremera pana Ishe Jesu Kristu! Patafura ndipo panoperera nzara yako! Hazvineyi kuti une nzara yeyi, svika patafura yaJesu ndipo pane ruponiso! Asingazosviki patafura achafa nokuti haawane ruponiso! Hanzi pane vana vane mvumo yokutanga kudya uye pane imbwa dzepamusha dzinodya zvinodonhedzwa nevana! Iwe uri mwana here kana kuti uri imwe yeimbwa dzepamba dzisingazofi nenzara? Vana nembwa ndivo vega vanowana kudya saka iva chimwe cheizvi kana uri, haiwakani ruponiso nderwako! Ndirikupembera nekuti vana kwete vanhu vakuru ndivo varikudya patafura yaMambo Jesu! Vanhu vakuru havadyi vachipotsa miromo asi vana vanodya vachipfachura nekudonedza zvidyiwa! Nyasha nerudo rwaMwari zvinoita kunge chinhu chirikukushwa nekungodonhedzerwa vasvika patafura nevari pasi payo! Nyasha nerudo rwaMwari hazvidururwi zvine order seyevanhu vakuru nokuti vanhu vakuru vanosarudzana! Vanopanana pachizivano!
Vana vaIsrael pavaifamba murenje hanzi vakaita hasha vachiti Mwari avarasa! Chavasina kuziva ndechekuti jecha ravaifamba pamusoro paro raiva raMwari zvinoreva kuti vaitove pana Mwari! Iwewe ziva kuti pawumire pamusoro pejecha raMwari saka Mwari hava zokusiyi, batirira pavari chete, ruponiso rwunouya! Mazuva ano takatarisana nezvirwere zvisingarapike tinotofunga kuti tave kupera. Ve Science vanotitaurira nezve Climate Change tobva tatya kuti pamwe tichapera kunyudzwa nemapopopo emvura kana kuti tichaparadzwa nekushaikwa kwemvura inonaya! Asika Mwari vakati havazoparadzi nyika nemvura sezvavakaita munguva dzaNoah! Chiri kukunetsa nhaiwe mutendi chiyi, batirira pana Mwari ndiye ega anogona kukununura pane zvirwere zvisingarapike neclimate change!
Panyika pano takasikwa takasiyana! Kune vapfumi, varombo, matsi, mbeveve, vasingawoni nevamwe nokuti pasi nderaMwari vanoita zvavanoita nenzira dzavo! Mwari ndivo vakaita nokusika vapfumi nevarombo! Iwewe usazvipindire uchisarudza kuti mupfumi ndiye ari nani! Unombozviziva here kuti ivo vamwe vapfumi vatinoda kuwonekwa tiinavo, ndivo vanodzvinyira vari pasi kuti ivo vega vakwire kumusoro ruzhinji ruchiramba ruri pasi. Usawonekwa uchifarire vanenge vane hupfumi chete! Ndiyo imwe yedzidziso inobva kuchinyorwa chaJames nekuna Zvirevo! James munyori wegwaro iri haasi James mwana waZebedee nemukoma waJohn uyo akanga atourayiwa naHerod! Ndinofarira zvinyorwa zvaJames nokuti munhu akakura neMununuri Wako Neni! James naJude vakadzidziswa naMwari saka dzidziso dzavo dzakakosha se goride! Vanhu vepanyika vangazama zvavo kusarudza vapfumi vachiramba varombo asi Mwari varikuti yeuchidza kuti kufarira nekusarudza uku chitadzo pavari saka zviregere!
Panyika pano kuzvibata kwaunozviita nako kunokupa kana kukubvisa chimiro! Kuva nezita rakanaka kurinani pane mari saka zita rakanaka rinokudzwa kudarika kuva nehupfumi. Nhasi tanzwa nezvemudzimayi akashingaira kusvika awana ruponeso rwemwanasikana wake! Munhu watinofanira kuyemura nokuti akaita chinhu chakanaka! Makore anouya kanawaenda usisawonekwe pano paHillside Circuit, chiyi chauchazofungwa nacho! Kunaka kwako here kana kuti kuipa kwako kwauchazoyeukwa nako! Mutendi usayewukwe mune zvakaipa! Bata mabasa akanaka uri pano panyika!
Muzita raMwari Baba, raMwari Mwanakomana naMwari Mweya Mutsvene batirira usaregedze! Amen!