On Wednesday 08 July 2020, Bishop Daniel Mdhluli conducted the midweek divine service at Sandton congregation. The divine service was conducted in isiZulu and translated to English at the altar.
He was accompanied by Community Evangelist R Mdhluli a small NACTV crew and an organist. This divine service was made available on NACTV, YouTube and was also streamed live on the NACTV Facebook page.
For members who were unable to watch the divine service, please find a detailed summary of the sermon:
Opening Hymn: Let us sing with joyful voices (EH: 45)
Bible word: “Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.” (Exodus 15:20)
My dear brothers and sisters, after a very powerful divine service we received from our District Apostle, we feel very uplifted. But we are also grateful that God has given us another opportunity for us to participate in another divine service because our souls yearn to hear the word.
Our divine service is based on the following two pillars: gratitude and joy. When we speak of gratitude, the Israelites showed gratitude when they were freed from slavery. They were full of joy; in this, they saw the power of God when they went across the Red Sea when they could walk on dry land – in this, they saw the power of God. And they saw what God desires for them; it didn’t end there. We know that they were nervous; we know that the Egyptians could engulf them, but God showed His power; He showed that His power is mightier than Pharaoh’s army, and Pharaoh’s army died in the Red Sea. For this reason, they sang a hymn of praise. We can learn from this as well. We too have to show gratitude to God when He does good things for us. How can we show our gratitude to God? We can show gratitude in our prayer, even in small things that appear to be meaningless – God has a hand in those things – let us thank God when He does great things for us.
Another way for us to show gratitude: let us humble ourselves under His word; let us humble ourselves under His will. Our joy must come from doing His will. Our will must disappear, and God’s will must become perceptible. This made Jesus have good fellowship with God because Jesus Christ kept to His Father’s will up until He was on the cross.
Another way we can show gratitude is to be helpful neighbours, especially in these difficult times. Let us thank all our brothers and sisters who help many people who need help; who help God’s people who need food. In all these things we show gratitude to God; because He has shown grace to us, we want to show grace to others. Let us be those who show gratitude to God all the time.
Let us look at the second pillar: we spoke of joy. In our Bible word, we learnt about Miriam. The Bible word says Miriam was a prophetess. Miriam and other women showed this joy; they took their timbrels and went outside to dance. This was good joy, but we must be careful of joy because there are other evil spirits who seek to influence this joy. When we read our Bible word, we find this. Miriam and her brother Aaron, they didn’t like Moses’ wife. This was not a good spirit. In this way, they showed as well that when we work as a people we need to work together. Even though we may have different opinions – they thought they had an opinion in Moses’ leadership, but it wasn’t so, because only Moses was the chosen leader. This disagreement was not a good spirit and it caused discord.
Now dear brothers and sisters, after Miriam had realised her mistake, which was also a good thing, she realised that she needs to welcome Moses’ leadership and she fixed her ways – this was very beautiful.
When we reflect on this divine service, let us be careful that our joy is not stolen by meaningless things so that we can remain joyful and live in harmony with others. We don’t want to despise others because all of them are God’s people. If we can reflect on tonight’s message we can say: let us show gratitude to God and joy through good conduct and good deeds. Amen.