Worship on Christmas Day 2021

[Did you miss last Sunday’s services? They can still be found at Worship Archive – December 19th 2021.]

Christmas Day Service from Connexion for December 25th 2021:

Audio message for Connexion on Christmas Day 2021, with Rev Obert Shatai.

Christmas Day Services from Hillside Circuit for December 25th 2021:

Theme: The Word became flesh

Occasion: Christmas Day

Psalm 98
Isaiah 52: 7-10
Hebrews 1: 1-4
John 1: 1-14

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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.

Joy to the world.
O come all ye faithful.
See Him lying on a bed of straw.
Away in a manger.
Come and join the celebration.
Hark, the herald angels sing.
My peace I give unto you.


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 Christmas Day 2021, with Mr Arnold Mahonye.


Audio message for Hillside Circuit on Christmas Day 2021 in English, with Rev Margaret James: Welcome and Bible readings.
Audio message for Hillside Circuit on Christmas Day 2021 in English, with Rev Margaret James: Opening Prayer.
Audio message for Hillside Circuit on Christmas Day 2021 in English, with Rev Margaret James: Sermon.

Audio message for Hillside Circuit on Christmas Day 2021 in Ndebele, with Rev Bekithemba Phiri.

Audio message for Hillside Circuit on Christmas Day 2021 in Shona, with Mr Bellington Mudyawabikwa.

Bible readings:

Psalm 98

1 Sing a new song to the LORD! He has worked miracles,
and with his own powerful arm,
he has won the victory.
2 The LORD has shown the nations
that he has the power to save and to bring justice.
3 God has been faithful in his love for Israel,
and his saving power is seen everywhere on earth.

4 Tell everyone on this earth
to sing happy songs in praise of the LORD.
5 Make music for him on harps. Play beautiful melodies!
6 Sound the trumpets and horns
and celebrate with joyful songs
for our LORD and King!

7 Command the ocean to roar with all of its creatures,
and the earth to shout with all of its people.
8 Order the rivers to clap their hands,
and all of the hills to sing together.
9 Let them worship the LORD!
He is coming to judge everyone on the earth,
and he will be honest and fair.

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Isaiah 52

7 What a beautiful sight!
On the mountains a messenger announces to Jerusalem,
“Good news! You’re saved. There will be peace.
Your God is now King.”
8 Everyone on guard duty, sing and celebrate!
Look! You can see the LORD returning to Zion.
9 Jerusalem, rise from the ruins! Join in the singing.
The LORD has given comfort to his people;
he comes to your rescue.
10 The LORD has shown all nations his mighty strength;
now everyone will see the saving power of our God.

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Hebrews 1

1 Long ago in many ways and at many times God’s prophets spoke his message to our ancestors. 2 But now at last, God sent his Son to bring his message to us. God created the universe by his Son, and everything will someday belong to the Son. 3 God’s Son has all the brightness of God’s own glory and is like him in every way. By his own mighty word, he holds the universe together.
After the Son had washed away our sins, he sat down at the right side of the glorious God in heaven. 4 He had become much greater than the angels, and the name he was given is far greater than any of theirs.

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John 1

1 In the beginning was the one who is called the Word.
The Word was with God and was truly God.
2 From the very beginning the Word was with God.

3 And with this Word, God created all things.
Nothing was made without the Word.
Everything that was created 4 received its life from him,
and his life gave light to everyone.
5 The light keeps shining in the dark,
and darkness has never put it out.
6 God sent a man named John,
7 who came to tell about the light
and to lead all people to have faith.
8 John wasn’t that light.
He came only to tell about the light.

9 The true light that shines on everyone
was coming into the world.
10 The Word was in the world,
but no one knew him,
though God had made the world with his Word.
11 He came into his own world,
but his own nation did not welcome him.
12 Yet some people accepted him and put their faith in him.
So he gave them the right to be the children of God.
13 They were not God’s children by nature
or because of any human desires.
God himself was the one who made them his children.

14 The Word became a human being and lived here with us.
We saw his true glory,
the glory of the only Son of the Father.
From him all the kindness and all the truth of God
have come down to us.

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