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Sunday Bulletin 12th September 2021

Sunday, September 12, 2021

                     1ST SERVICE

NENDENI SUNDAY

GROUP ON DUTY: MISSION & EVANGELISM

ELDER ON DUTY: DR. GLADWELL WAMBIRI

Leader:  Elder Dr. Gladwell Wambiri

Opening Hymn:  Kumtegemea Mwokozi

Leading Word: John 21:19b

Ushers: Louis Kabogo, Stephen Kung'u

Praise and Worship: Praise Team

Intercessory Prayers: Lucy Muraguri

Apostles Creed

Presentation: M & E , Church Choir

Intimations: Session  Clerk 

Introduction of M & E Office: Rosemary Wanyoike

M & E Report: Dr. Purity Nthiga/Eunice Ng’ang’a

Offerings:  Elder Dr. Gladwell Wambiri

Readings:

 Haggai 1:1-6     Eva Wachira

John 21: 15-19   Caroline Kiambuthe

Hymn: Yesu Unipendaye

Theme: “Consider your ways, and follow me.”

Speaker: Wycliff King’ori

Hymn:  Chakutumaini Sina

BENEDICTION

 

2ND SERVICE

NENDENI SUNDAY

GROUP ON DUTY: MISSION & EVANGELISM

ELDER ON DUTY: DR. GLADWELL WAMBIRI

Leader: James Chuchu

Opening Hymn: Kumtegemea Mwokozi

Leading Word: John 21:19b

Ushers: Mary Chege, Joan Karanja

Praise and Worship: Praise Team     

Intercessory Prayers: Mercy Mbuthia

Apostles Creed

Presentation: M & E , Church Choir

Intimations: Session Clerk  

Introduction of M & E Office: Rosemary Wanyoike

M & E Report: Dr. Purity Nthiga/Eunice Ng’ang’a

Offerings: James Chuchu

Readings:               

Haggai 1:1-6     Leah Mumbi

John 21: 15-19    Julia Kubai

Hymn: Yesu Unipendaye

Theme: “Consider your ways, and follow me.”

Speaker: Wycliff King’ori

Hymn: Chakutumaini Sina

BENEDICTION

 

YOUTH SERVICE

Leader:  Elder

Opening Hymn/ Chorus

Leading Word: John 21:19b

Ushers: Gwav

Praise and Worship: Praise team                       

Intercessory Prayers: 

Apostles Creed

Presentation:

Intimations:                            

Offerings: Elder

Readings:               

Haggai 1:1-6

John 21:15-19

Hymn/Chorus

Theme:“ Consider your ways, and follow me”

Speaker:  Kuria Maina

Hymn/Chorus

 

BENEDICTION

 

 

 ANNOUNCEMENTS 

PARISH MINISTER’S DESK

The Parish Minister and the Kirk Session welcomes you to today’s Nendeni Sunday service.

Today is our Tithe day

We shall Celebrate Holy Communion next Sunday during both services.

Welcome visitors and online viewers

PROPER WEARING OF FACE MASKS

All members are requested and reminded to have their face masks properly cover their nose and mouth for the entire duration of the service. Let’s be mindful of the others welfare and that of our families.

District on Duty next Sunday, 1st Service Riverside and 2nd Service Highway District

COVID-19 VACCINATION

We shall have Covid-19 Vaccination exercise today after 1st service at the parking in conjunction with Ruiru Sub-County Level 4 Hospital.

PARISH ELECTIONS

All Parish Groups, Special Committees are requested to forward the names of New Leaders by today

PCEA KAHAWA SUKARI HOUSEING COOP SOCIETY LTD.

Annual General meeting to be held today at 12:30pm

BOYS & GIRLS BRIGADE

All Brigade Elected Leaders at Districts levels are requested to meet today after 1st Service

JPRC

All JPRC district elected officials are requested to meet today after the 1st Service. 

 

 

EVANGELISM: PRAYER POINTS

  • Thank God for the far He has brought us despite the many challenges
  • Thank God for peace we enjoy in Kenya and freedom to worship our God
  • Thank God for His protection against the corona virus
  • Pray for Peace in some part of Kenya like Laikipia where the vulnerable are really suffering
  • Pray that all those who fuel conflicts will be identified and punished.
  • Pray for our President and his Deputy and all other Government officials, that God will give them wisdom in executing their mandate
  • Pray against the spirit of division and tribalism in Kenya
  • Pray for Church Leadership 2021/2022
  • Pray that the body of Christ will stand firm in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Commit those who have lost their loved ones unto the Lord that they will find Peace in Christ Jesus
  • Pray for the sick in Hospitals

 

 CHURCH SCHOOL

1st Service Classes start at 8am 

2nd Service  at 10:30am

 

NENDENI SUNDAY MESSAGE FROM DIRECTOR

"Consider your ways, and follow me."

Haggai 1:1-6

Our first reading for Nendeni Sunday has become a familiar one, as it includes the theme for the PCEA 23rd General Assembly. We have been encouraged, throughout this year, to “consider our ways,” to reflect on who we are and how we live as disciples of Jesus Christ. Are we sharing God’s love with others? Are we committed to serving humanity in Jesus’ name? Haggai is writing to the people of Israel around 520 BC. The people of Israel have been allowed to return to Jerusalem after the collective trauma of the exile, but they are still recovering from the hardship and loss of the exile. They are still grieving their previous way of life. Israel is no longer a political or military power in the world. By 520 BC, Israel is a small colony of Persia, under the political and military control of the Persian king. But even in this season of hardship for Israel, God is faithful, and God continues to call the people to faithfulness; God wants to make them a blessing for all the nations. Even though their circumstances have changed, their identity has not been lost: they are God’s beloved children, called and chosen for a purpose in the world. As Haggai speaks to the people, and particularly to the leaders of Israel, he notes what he has seen. The leaders have prioritized their own comfort over rebuilding the Temple. They have built themselves paneled houses, but the house of God remains in ruins. Haggai is asking the leaders to consider their priorities: will they put God’s call first in their lives? Or will they serve their own interests? It is a question of priorities - will the people recommit themselves to God and God’s work in the world?

 

John 21:15-19

Our second reading for today comes from the gospel of John. John’s gospel is set apart from the other three, synoptic gospels in many ways. One of the things that sets it apart is that John talks about the “signs” that Jesus performed. Most scholars agree that there are 7 signs in John’s gospel, starting with the wedding at Cana and culminating in the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Each of these “signs” point us toward the nature of God at work through Jesus Christ. New Testament scholar, NT Wright says that “each of these signs is a moment when the heavens open up and the transforming power of God’s love bursts into our world.” God’s redemptive and reconciling love is on full display in our reading from John 21:15-19. Before the crucifixion, Peter had been a leader among the other disciples; he was perhaps the most passionate of Jesus’s followers. However, in John 18, Peter denies Jesus three times. He is given three opportunities to claim Jesus as his Lord, and each time he refuses and denies that he even knows him. Peter must feel so discouraged and disappointed in himself. Peter must be wondering if Jesus can really forgive for turning away. In this text, Jesus gives Peter the opportunity to reclaim and renew his discipleship. Jesus repeats his question three times “Peter, do you love me?” Peter is able to affirm his love and his trust in Jesus Christ. Finally, in our reading, Jesus connects love of God with service to humanity. Jesus tells Peter that he will demonstrate his love of God by serving other people, by feeding and caring for those who are in need. As a church, the PCEA continues to share God’s love with those who are hurting from economic hardship, hunger, and lack of clean water. God sends us out into the world to be the hands and feet of Christ, to love God by serving our communities.

Here are some questions to consider this Nendeni week:

1. Where is God in your priorities?

2. Are you sharing the love of Jesus by caring for those in need?

3. Do you need to recommit yourself to Jesus Christ?

 

Reverend Lauren Kariuki

Ag Director, Mission & BSR

 

 

 

 

MESSAGE FROM THE MODERATOR

Receive greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Nendeni Week theme is a timely one: “Consider your ways, and follow me.” Covid-19 has brought us an unprecedented season of challenges, economic hardships, illnesses, and loss. In times of distress, we are called to reflect on our lives and to follow Jesus anew. Many scholars consider our passage from John 21 the “reinstatement” of Peter. Jesus asks Peter three times “do you love me?” to reflect the three times that Peter denied Jesus at the time of crucifixion. The crucifixion was a time of deep fear and loss for the disciples, and Peter was terrified. Now, Peter has considered his ways, and he wants to recommit his life to Jesus Christ. As people of faith, we also experience times of deep fear and loss when we might question our faith or deny that Jesus is Lord. Jesus invites us to recommit our lives to him and to follow him anew. I encourage the entire church to support the mission work of the PCEA, as we seek to share the love of Christ through our words and our service to humanity. Mission work is the heart of the gospel, and it is God’s call to all of us. May the Lord bless and keep us all,

Rt. Rev. Thegu Mutahi Moderator, 23rd General Assembly

 

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