Circuit Worship: 21st November 2021

Led by Sizwe Mkwanazi

If you would like to join this service of worship using just the videos playing one after another, you can visit our playlist on Youtube by following the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc2KHyGgDaLt845Ed0UU4FaU-yfXNw73_

Call to Worship

Welcome to today’s service. My name is Sizwe. I am leading this service. Our call to worship is taken from psalm 132.

O Lord, remember in David’s favour
    all the hardships he endured;
how he swore to the Lord
    and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
‘I will not enter my house
    or get into my bed;
I will not give sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
until I find a place for the Lord,
    a dwelling-place for the Mighty One of Jacob.’

We heard of it in Ephrathah;
    we found it in the fields of Jaar.
‘Let us go to his dwelling-place;
    let us worship at his footstool.’

Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting-place,
    you and the ark of your might.
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,
    and let your faithful shout for joy.
10 For your servant David’s sake
    do not turn away the face of your anointed one.

11 The Lord swore to David a sure oath
    from which he will not turn back:
‘One of the sons of your body
    I will set on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant
    and my decrees that I shall teach them,
their sons also, for evermore,
    shall sit on your throne.’

Amen. We will now have our first song taken from Singing the Faith hymn 503.

Song:

STF 503, Love divine all loves excelling

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Great God, we give you thanks that you call us out of silence to name hidden and domestic violence.

Today we pray for all those women who despite suffering from violence, continue to care for family and children, to grow and prepare food, carry water, earn a living, and offer support to others.

We pray for women who are trafficked as domestic or sex workers; for women who are raped and do not know how to find words to name their pain or a way into the future.

We pray for transformation of our societies which often find it easier to judge the victims of violence than to solve the problems of injustice

Great God, we give you thanks that you call us out of silence to name hidden and domestic violence.

We pray that women’s voices may be heard and considered in all peace and reconciliation work.

We pray for a transformation in the violent way many men act towards and think about women.

We pray for right and just relations between women and men that together we may transform and overcome violence in all its forms and learn to celebrate our diversity and interdependence

Great God, we give you thanks that you call us out of silence to name hidden and domestic violence.

We look forward to the age of peace, when violence is banished, both women and

men can love and to be loved, and the work and wealth of our world is justly shared.

Great God, we give you thanks that you call us out of silence to name hidden and domestic violence.

Song: 

STF 317, At the name of Jesus

Bible Readings

John 18: 33 – 37, read by Freda Carmack

Exodus 1: 11 – 20, read by Wendy Spray

Sermon/Reflection

Prayers of Intercession & Lord’s Prayer, led by Grace Samkange

Our prayer of intercession today will follow the format of the Lord’s prayer for justice. Let us pray. Our father: our father who always stands with the weak, the powerless, the poor, the widowed, the abandoned, the lonely, the sick, the aged, the very young, the unborn and those other victims of circumstances, we pray for the one in three women facing violence each day and for the child brides forced into early marriages. Who are in heaven: where everything will be reversed, where the first will be the last and the last will be first and where all will be well and every manner of being well. Hallowed be thy name: may we always acknowledge your wholeness, respecting that your ways are not our ways, your standards are not our standards, you bring good news to the poor, heal the blind that they may see, seeking justice for the poor, may the reverence we bring to your name pull us out of the selfishness that prevents us from seeing the pain of our sisters, daughters, mothers, grandmothers, children and colleagues experiencing different forms of violence. Your kingdom come, your will be done: open our freedom to let you in so that the complete mutuality that characterizes your life might flow through our veins in daily lives may we radiate equal love for all. On earth as it is in heaven: may the work of our hands, the temples and structures we build in this world reflect structure of your glory so that the joy, righteousness, tenderness and of heaven will show forth within all our homes, workplaces, communities, schools, playgrounds and during our daily commutes, give life and love to us and help us to always see everything as a gift, help us to know that nothing comes to us by right and that we must give because we have been given to help us to realize that you entrusted the different gifts and talents for us to be your eyes ears hands and feet we ask particularly that we learn more and work with the different agencies and organizations seeking to address hidden effects right by our doorsteps as truly plural us give not just to our own but to everyone, even those that are different from us, give your gifts to all of us equally, foster in us the spirit of willingness and being open to discussion on all forms of violence within our churches, homes, workplace, and communities. Our daily bread: so that each person in the world may have enough to meet their basic needs give us this bread of resources and opportunities to become active agents of change in the various campaigns on ending violence on girls and women by 2030. Deliver us from evil: that is from the blindness which which leads us to participate in anonymous systems within which we end up knowingly and unknowingly supporting the systems and perpetrators of violence through our inaction, fear or self-preservation. God with us Emmanuel you come to us today. You are present in the caring that prepares us for life’s way. Amen.

Song:  

STF 119, God of Eve and God of Mary

Sending out Prayer and Blessing

Now we have come to the end of our service, a service that has been a reminder about the struggles that women face and children in particular. I ask that we go out and observe and take action against violence directed at women and children. Let us pray. Dear Lord, we thank you for your word, a service that has served as a reminder that while we go on with our daily business, there are women and children that endure different forms of violence. We ask that you give us courage, you give us a voice to speak up and to speak the truth to power when it comes to violence that is directed to women and children, that you give us the strength to do all that we can do to fight violence against women and children. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. We now say together the grace. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and ever more. Amen.

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