Rooted Digital

Welcome to

Rooted Digital

Rooted Digital is a platform we created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has made it impossible for us to gather together on a Sunday morning and in other ways. While we may not physically be together, while scattered throughout the city and beyond, we can all be present with the Father in smaller communities aided through this medium. We will be making online content available to provide hope and encouragement during this unusual season as we pray for things to return back to normal and we can corporately gather.

It is important to remember that even though we are not gathered together, we still remain a church, that has been beautifully designed for fellowship.

SUNDAY SERVICE GUIDE – MAY 31st, 2020

Hello everyone – its the last Sunday of May!

The Sunday Service Guide is even more accessible to those who would like to benefit from it, and we always want to make it as smooth and streamlined as possible for you to share it. Feel free to share this email with family, friends and/or colleagues. Inviting someone to church has never been this easy.

We are so glad that you are joining us, even though we cannot see one another. We now have a few amazing options for you to choose from on a Sunday.

  1. If you prefer a digital experience, click Play Now! to access the full Sunday Service Guide video online.
  2. We now have a PDF version of our Sunday Service Guide with all the various links that you can download for yourself and also share with others via email or Whatsapp.
  3. If you would like to have a downloadable audio file small enough to share with friends and family via WhatsApp, click Audio File. #inclusivity

KOS PROJECT
Please remember about the KOS Online project. We have received quite a number of donations and we are so thankful for it! If you need help with food or you would like to bless someone specifically or anonymously with a food parcel, let us know at community@rootedfellowship.com.

Stay connected

  • Keep checking your emails for updates and information.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We might post some things there every now and then.
  • Stay in touch with your City Group.
  • Reach out to members of your City Group to see how you can meet needs and pray for each other.
  • Please continue to practice generosity by giving willingly and joyfully – 2 Corinthians 8:8-9. How to GIVE.
  • For any urgent needs, queries and/or if you would like to get connected, please drop us an email at community@rootedfellowship.com.
  • Please subscribe to our YOUTUBE channel to stay up to date with our video content.
  • Would you like someone to pray with or for you? We have individuals ready to pray for you. Please fill out your details and your pray requests HERE.

SUNDAY SERVICE GUIDE – MAY 24th, 2020

Welcome everyone!

We have yet another update for our Service Guide! #softwareupdate

We are continually looking for ways to make the Sunday Service Guide more accessible to those who would benefit from it and we want to make it as smooth and streamlined as possible for you to share it with anyone.

Inviting someone to church has never been more simple.

We are so glad that you are joining us, even though we cannot see one another. We now have a few amazing options for you to choose from on a Sunday.

  1. If you prefer a digital experience, click Play Now! to access the full Sunday Service Guide video online.
  2. We now have a PDF version of our Sunday Service Guide with all the various links that you can download for yourself and also share with others via email or Whatsapp.
  3. If you would like to have a downloadable audio file small enough to share with friends and family via WhatsApp, click Audio File. #inclusivity

KOS PROJECT
Please remember about the KOS Online project. We have received quite a number of donations and we are so thankful for it! If you need help with food or you would like to bless someone specifically or anonymously with a food parcel, let us know at community@rootedfellowship.com.

Stay connected

  • Keep checking your emails for updates and information.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We might post some things there every now and then.
  • Stay in touch with your City Group.
  • Reach out to members of your City Group to see how you can meet needs and pray for each other.
  • Please continue to practice generosity by giving willingly and joyfully – 2 Corinthians 8:8-9. How to GIVE.
  • For any urgent needs, queries and/or if you would like to get connected, please drop us an email at community@rootedfellowship.com.
  • Please subscribe to our YOUTUBE channel to stay up to date with our video content.
  • Would you like someone to pray with or for you? We have individuals ready to pray for you. Please fill out your details and your pray requests HERE.

SUNDAY SERVICE GUIDE – MAY 10th, 2020

Welcome everyone!

This is your new, awesome and updated Service Guide! #softwareupdate

We are so glad that you are joining us, even though we cannot see one another. We now have two amazing options for you to choose from on a Sunday.

  1. If you prefer a digital experience, click the Play Now! button below to access the full Sunday Service Guide video online.
  2. You are also welcome to download the Youtube file and share it with friends and family if you wish.
  3. However, if you prefer to read through the Sunday Service Guide, please scroll down to view it below.

KOS PROJECT
We recently sent out an email about the KOS Online project. If you need help with food or you would like to bless someone specifically or anonymously with a food parcel, let us know at community@rootedfellowship.com.

PLAY ONLINE NOW

OFFLINE SUNDAY SERVICE GUIDE
10 MAY 2020

Good morning Rooted Fellowship, friends and guests.

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms, grandmothers, aunties, sisters, caregivers, and all who in some shape or form care for others in a motherly role. We not only think you are amazing… we know so! May today be a beautiful day for you. We applaud you!

WELCOME! It is a new day and it is a new Sunday in which we can uniquely worship God and learn about His promises in the Word, but in a digital format.  We miss having a full service gathering and shaking hands and giving hugs, but for now we continue to remain content with Level 4 guidelines. Enjoy today’s Digital Church and may you once again feel closer to one another, the Word and to God.

Today we will be looking at sermon #4 of The Gospel according to Mark series.

We may not be able to meet physically, but we are so excited to be bringing the Sunday Gathering into your homes.  Remember that you are not alone!  We still remain a church, although scattered. #thechurchscattered

Here follows a guide to help you worship this morning. Whether you are by yourself or with friends and/or family, we pray that God would meet you in a personal and powerful way.

CALL TO WORSHIP 
Pray:
Father, in this season where we have more time on our hands and more opportunities to be passive or apathetic towards our faith, empower us to seek You so that we would actually deepen our faith and strengthen our desire to worship You. May we come out of this season with a greater hunger for You than before. Holy Spirit, help us to see how great Jesus is as we worship this morning and empower us to walk in our gifts that You’ve given us. Amen.
Read:
Our hearts are ready, O Lord, our hearts are ready!
We will sing and make melody!
We will awaken the dawn!
We will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples.
We will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is great above the heavens,
and your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Amen.
– Based on Psalm 108:1-4

WORSHIP
If possible, spend some time listening and singing along to this song:

  1. Konke – https://yout-ube.com/watch?v=wMTXDID43iQ

SELAH
Psalm 34: 1-8
I will bless the LORD at all times
His praises will always be on my lips
I will boast in the LORD
The humble will hear and be glad
Proclaim the LORD’s greatness with me
Let us exalt his name together
I sought the LORD and he answered me
He rescued me from all my fears
Those who look to him are radiant with joy
Their faces will never be ashamed
The poor man cried and the LORD heard him
And saved him from all his troubles
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him
And rescues them
Taste and see that the LORD is good
How happy is the person who takes refuge in him.

[PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE]

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Gracious God,
our burdens are too heavy to carry,
too real to hide,
and too deep to undo.
Forgive what our lips tremble to name,
what our hearts can no longer bear,
and what has become for us
a consuming fire of judgment.
Set us free from a past that we cannot change;
open to us a future in which we can be changed;
and grant us grace to follow the way of Jesus;
to grow more and more in your likeness and image;
through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.

PRAYERS OF ASSURANCE
There is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus!
The past is gone, behold, the new has come.
In our unbelief, help us to believe this.
Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 
Take a moment to intercede for the needs of our city, church, country and world. Feel free to pray this prayer below or as you feel led.

God of heaven and earth, through Jesus Christ You promise to hear us
when we pray to You in His name. Confident in Your love and mercy,
we offer our prayers. 
Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that you may empower the church throughout the world in its life and witness.
Break down the barriers that divide, so that, united in Your truth and love,
the church may confess Your name, share one baptism, sit together at one table,
and serve You in one common ministry. 
Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Hear the cries of the world’s hungry and suffering.
Give those among us, who might have more resources, the will to reorder their lives,
that all may have their rightful share of food, medical care, and shelter,
and so have the necessities of a life of dignity. 
Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Sustain those among us who need Your healing touch.
Make the sick whole. Give hope to those in despair.
Comfort those who mourn. Uphold all who suffer in body or mind,
not only those we know and love, but also those known only to You,
that they may know the peace and joy of Your loving care.
Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
In Jesus name. Amen.

THE PREACHING OF GOD’S WORD
We invite you to now listen to the podcast for this week’s sermon.

THE CHILDREN’S DISCIPLESHIP
We will have content available for you to work through with your kids.  Please email us at community@rootedfellowship.com if you would like the content.

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER
Share with someone what resonated with you. What do you sense God is saying? Take time to pray in response to God’s Word communicated to us.

GENEROSITY
Jesus is the most generous person who ever lived: He gave his life so that we may live. As Christians, we give our time, talents, and treasure to respond to God’s generosity in Christ. As we do, this helps others meet Jesus and grow in their relationship with Jesus, and helps us provide for material and emotional needs inside and outside our church.

As we prepare our hearts to give, let’s say this generosity prayer together.

Merciful Father, we give
with joy and thanksgiving what You have first given us —
our selves, our time, and our possessions — signs of Your gracious love.
Receive our gifts now for the sake of Him who offered Himself for us —
Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

How to GIVE.

BENEDICTION
May the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that you may abound in hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
— Romans 15:13

Stay connected

  • Keep checking your emails for updates and information.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We might post some things there every now and then.
  • Stay in touch with your City Group.
  • Reach out to members of your City Group to see how you can meet needs and pray for each other.
  • Please continue to practice generosity by giving willingly and joyfully – 2 Corinthians 8:8-9. How to GIVE.
  • For any urgent needs, queries and/or if you would like to get connected, please drop us an email at community@rootedfellowship.com.
  • Please subscribe to our YOUTUBE channel to stay up to date with our video content.
  • Would you like someone to pray with or for you? We have individuals ready to pray for you. Please fill out your details and your pray requests HERE.

devotionals. for you, by you. #9 – May 5th, 2020

WHEN GIVING HELPS.

– written by Mari Meyer –

John 13:34-35 (The Message):

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”

Recently, a good friend of ours went through a very tough time. She was heartbroken, confused and just needed some extra love.

I grew up as an only child with the best mother in the world. My dad passed away when I was only 8 years old and my mom and I did everything together. I also got most things that I needed and wanted.  However, I did not know what it was like to have a sibling. Only at the age of 21, I was blessed with 4 step brothers, and then again at 23 with 2 brother-in-laws. I have many awesome brothers, but no sister.  Honestly, I do find it harder to relate to women than men. I am not a natural girly person, although I love my sisters in Christ with my entire heart. I would really do anything for them!

When it comes to space and time, I have realized that I can be very stingy – not because I want to be, but because that’s the way I grew up and how my mom and I protected ourselves in a way.

When our friend needed our help, I honestly did not know how to help her initially. I thought she should probably go home to her own sister, but what do I know? Immediately, I had such a conviction in my heart that she should come to us and stay for a while. The “while” became 4 days and 3 nights. Our eldest daughter and I got super sick and our week was completely packed with events and work. However, this was the week in which I not only learned more about giving when it is difficult, but also about giving my heart, space and time to a sister who definitely needed it more than I did. I’ll be honest. It was tough at times – not because of helping, listening and giving tons of hugs, but because I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right with the little time we had.

In certain things, especially when it comes to people, I want to do things as perfectly as possible, because I don’t want to hurt anyone. So many times, I would rather not give of myself for the fear of making a mistake. However, I did realize after that week that, even amidst the chaos and sickness, I went all in. I gave it my best shot. I gave as much time and love as I knew how. I believe that it was enough. I believe that it made a difference. I also believe that God will continue the work in her. I am so glad that I decided to go ALL IN!

All of this once again reminded me that as Christians we ought to love one another in the same way God loves us, every day! Yes, we aren’t currently able to go to someone simply to give a helping hand, hug and prayer together, but we are able to still find creative ways of going all in – be it checking in over Zoom/Skype, sending voice notes to one another, praying for each other and even assisting someone with a KOS donation. Whatever way you choose, may you show God’s love to a world in desperate need of it. May you remember how much He loves you and ‘show’ it to those who need it.

Let’s pray.

Lord, You have given me a command. I should love others. I should love my brothers and sisters in Christ and even those who do not know or believe in Your Love. I should do so in the same way that You always love me. Father, please help me to display Your Love to everyone around me – in my words and actions – so that they will recognise that I am your disciple. Even in the midst of the chaos that our beautiful country is facing, please guide me and show me how I can show Your Love.

Amen!

(Adapted from John 13:34-35)


SUNDAY SERVICE GUIDE – MAY 03rd, 2020

Welcome, everyone!

This is your new, awesome and updated Service Guide! #softwareupdate

We are so glad that you are joining us, even though we cannot see one another. We now have two amazing options for you to choose from on a Sunday.

  1. If you prefer a digital experience, click the Play Now! button below to access the full Sunday Service Guide video online.
  2. However, if you prefer to read through the Sunday Service Guide, please scroll down to view it below.

PLEASE REMEMBER TODAY’S PRAYER GATHERING
We hope that you have been blessed by our last two prayer gatherings. This coming Sunday, 3 May 2020, we will be having our last prayer gathering on Zoom (at least for now, before we mix things up a bit). We have many exciting things planned for the next little while, and these will be coming your way soon.

So, please join us on ZOOM on Sunday, 3 May 2020 at 17:00 – 18:00. 

If you have not yet downloaded the ZOOM app on your devices, please do so at least 15 minutes before we are scheduled to gather. This can be downloaded by clicking on our meeting link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3972646333?pwd=Rzh5bGZjZTJ5alpxZTVwTkt2OXNuUT09

If you have used ZOOM before, you can enter the ZOOM call with:

Meeting ID: 397 264 6333
Password: 7K64EY

We look forward to praying together!

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OFFLINE SUNDAY SERVICE GUIDE
03 MAY 2020

Good morning Rooted Fellowship, friends and guests.

WELCOME, once again to another unique Sunday service in digital format.  We truly do miss you all, but with the fact that we will probably not be gathering as our normal large group of congregants soon, we hope that you will still enjoy this version of Digital Church and feel closer to one another, the Word and to God.

Today we will be looking at sermon #3 of The Gospel according to Mark series.

We may not be able to meet physically, but we are so excited to be bringing the Sunday Gathering into your homes. Remember that you are not alone!  We still remain a church, although scattered. #thechurchscattered

Here follows a guide to help you worship this morning. Whether you are by yourself or with friends and/or family, we pray that God would meet you in a personal and powerful way.

CALL TO WORSHIP 
Sing to the LORD a new song;
Sing to the LORD all the earth;
Sing to the LORD, praise His name;
Proclaim His salvation, day after day.
Amen.
– Based on Psalm 96:1-2

WORSHIP
If possible, spend some time listening and singing along to this song:

SELAH
Psalm 130: 1-8 (ESV)
Out of the depths I cry to you O LORD!
O LORD, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
To the voice of my pleas of mercy!
If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,
O LORD, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
That you may be feared.
I will wait for the LORD
More than watchmen wait for the morning
More than watchmen wait for the morning
O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love
And with him plentiful redemption
And he will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.

[PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE]
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Gracious Father, You give to all mankind life, breath and everything, yet we so often ignore your provision. We mistakenly believe that our survival and progress depend on us. We even take pride in our self-reliance, not realizing how we are wearing ourselves out trying to keep our heads above water.

God, we confess to feasting at other tables, expecting to be filled. We pursue temporary and weak substitutes looking for sustenance and strength. We want to turn from our belief that anything other than you can sustain us and instead feast at your table; you are the bread of life.

Jesus, help us stop scrambling to find rest and help from temporal things. Help us believe that you are holding us together, that in you we live and move and have our being. Give us strength to cling to you and help us believe that you are clinging fiercely to us. In Christ name we pray. Amen.

PRAYERS OF ASSURANCE
In the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we are assured that there is no sin so terrible that God cannot forgive, no hurt so terrible that God cannot heal.
God accepts, God forgives, and God sets free.
Thanks be to God.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 
Take a moment to intercede for the needs of our city, country and world. Feel free to pray this prayer below or as you feel led.

Those who suffer with physical illness, and those who care for them
Those who suffer with mental illness, and those who care for them
Those who are elderly and infirm, and those who care for them
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy!

Those who have suffered abuse, and those who support them
Those who suffer with addiction, and those who support them
Those who mourn a death, and those who minister to them
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy!

Those who are distressed, and those who minister to them
Those who are lonely, and those who support them
Those who are emotionally tired, and those who care for them
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy!

Those who are homeless, and those who care for them
Those who are victims of crime, and those who support them
Those who are facing temptation
Those whose needs cannot be spoken
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy!

PRAYERS FROM AND FOR ROOTED FELLOWSHIP

  • Let’s pray for the universal Church – for unity and love. May the unifying light of Jesus shine all across the world, now more than ever.
  • Let’s pray that we would actively find opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others through word and deed, especially during this pandemic.
  • Let’s pray for everyone experiencing a loss of income in this time and for all of those feeling anxious and depressed. Let’s pray that they may feel His presence and comfort in this time and for Him to provide in miraculous ways.

THE PREACHING OF GOD’S WORD
We invite you to now listen to the podcast for this week’s sermon.

THE CHILDREN’S DISCIPLESHIP
We will have content available for you to work through with your kids. Please email us at community@rootedfellowship.com if you would like the content.

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER
Share with someone what resonated with you. What do you sense God is saying? Take time to pray in response to God’s Word communicated to us.

GENEROSITY
Jesus is the most generous person who ever lived: He gave his life so that we may live. As Christians, we give our time, talents, and treasure to respond to God’s generosity in Christ. As we do, this helps others meet Jesus and grow in their relationship with Jesus and helps us provide for material and emotional needs inside and outside our church.

Please also remember to read the mail that was sent on Thursday, 23 April 2020 regarding KOS Online. We want to help and if you need help or want to give help, please email us at community@rootedfellowship.com.

As we prepare our hearts to give, let’s say this generosity prayer together.

Our Father, there is nothing that I have that You have not given to me.
All I have and all I am is a result of your loving-kindness.
To spend everything on myself and to give without sacrifice, is the way of this world
But generosity is the way of those who call Christ their Lord, who love Him with free hearts and serve Him with renewed minds.
Whose hearts are in the kingdom and not in the systems of the world.
I am determined to increase in generosity until it can be said that there is no needy among us.
Above all, I am determined to be generous because of you Father, the generous One.
It is the delights of your daughters and sons to share your traits and to show what You are like to the world.

How to GIVE.

BENEDICTION
The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
—based on Numbers 6:24-26, NIV

Stay connected

  • Keep checking your emails for updates and information.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We might post some things there every now and then.
  • Stay in touch with your City Group.
  • Reach out to members of your City Group to see how you can meet needs and pray for each other.
  • Please continue to practice generosity by giving willingly and joyfully – 2 Corinthians 8:8-9. How to GIVE.
  • For any urgent needs, queries and/or if you would like to get connected, please drop us an email at community@rootedfellowship.com.
  • Please subscribe to our YOUTUBE channel to stay up to date with our video content.
  • Would you like someone to pray with or for you? We have individuals ready to pray for you. Please fill out your details and your pray requests HERE.

devotionals. for you, by you. #8 – April 29th, 2020

Don’t waste your Sorrow!

– written by Willow-Ann Boshoff –

Colossians 1:14 (CSB):

“In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

My family and I have experienced seasons of grave trials and heartache. One, in particular, began with vast hope and overflowing abundance, but then quickly became one of dark barrenness. This lead to us being completely stripped bare – financially, emotionally and mentally. My father and I have both experienced being unjustly imprisoned. Our family home has gone weeks without electricity or water in the dead of winter. My parents have been forced to be apart for years now, as my mom works in the UK to pay bills. My husband has gone through unemployment – all because of one man’s bitterness, greed and sense of retribution towards us. 

We have spent hours weeping on our knees to make sense of all this, searching the scriptures in an effort to learn the Biblical lessons God may be trying to equip us with, repeatedly asking for prayer so God’s wisdom can be unveiled and our justice can come to fruition. In many ways, we are still in this dark season. We are still searching. I do not know what God is asking of us anymore. I do not know what character in us still needs to be built or lessons still need to be learned. I am simply broken – a shell of my former self. Empty.

It is here, in this emptiness, that I have begun praying for the Face of God and not simply His hand. I wish to see and know His Glory and not simply get our justice. I have surrendered all, even though I have nothing left to surrender. Witnessing the Face of God before me – the true character of the King I serve, and in all His Majesty, my darkness turns to light, my sorrow turns to hope, and my weaknesses become my strength.

I begin to recount the faithful and fruitful promises of my God. 

  1. The promise of redemption in Jesus Christ our Lord (Colossians 1:14). 

  2. The promise of the forgiveness of sins (1 John 1:9). 

  3. The promise that we will be comforted when we mourn, shown mercy when we are merciful, and filled when we hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matthew 5:4-7). 

  4. The promise that God will give us wisdom (James 1:5-6), and that God will never leave us or forsake us (Joshua 1:5). 

These promises are only the beginning. 

  1. There is the promise that the pure in heart will see God (Matthew 5:8). 

  2. The promise that God’s people will be with Him (Revelation 22:3). 

  3. The promise that Jesus has gone to prepare a place in His Father’s house, and that He will come back soon to take us there (John 14:2 3). 

  4. The promise that the Lord Jesus Christ will transform our bodies to be like His glorious resurrected body (Philippians 3:21). 

And so my lament has become my worship. 

Let’s pray.

Father God, our King, thank you for loving us the way You do!

We know – Faith that cannot weather a storm doesn’t do us much good.

Thank you that our pain matters to You and that it is not our end. That which takes us to the grave, does not keep us there.

Thank you that Your Grace will have the final say, for I know that our Redeemer lives!

Forgive us for praying for Your Hand at the expense of seeing Your Face. It is not about us and never has been. It is about You and Your Glory! 

Thank you that we will never be tested beyond what we can bare, and yet even still, You promise to carry us through the storm.

Thank you that our trials and dark seasons are simply You longing to build us up so we are lacking in nothing. 

Holy Spirit, pour out afresh on us today. Have Your way in our hearts and minds.

Today, we surrender to Your Good and Perfect Will.

In Jesus name,

Amen!


SUNDAY SERVICE GUIDE – APRIL 26th, 2020

Good morning, Rooted Fellowship, Friends and Guests.

Our president has spoken again and even though we will be on Level 4 from 1 May 2020, it looks like we will still be doing ‘church digital’ for a while. We do hope that you are enjoying this platform of church and are feeling blessed by each aspect of our weekly Sunday Service Guide.

So, once again WELCOME!

We are currently in a new  sermon series – The Book of Mark. So, why Mark? The book of Mark portrays Jesus as constantly on the move. The forward motion in Mark’s writing keeps the reader’s mind continually looking ahead to the cross and the resurrection. Mark used the word ‘immediately’ thirty-nine times, giving a sense that Jesus’s time on earth was short and that there was much to accomplish in His few years of ministry. The urgency that Mark communicates in his book gives us the impression that NOW, right NOW, is the most important moment of our lives. We should not waste any part of it so that we can make a significant difference, here TODAY. This series will help us to see that from Jesus’ perspective and how it shapes our everyday lives, as we anchor ourselves in the beauty and richness of the Gospel.

We may not be able to meet physically, but we are so excited to be bringing the Sunday Gathering into your homes. Remember that you are not alone! We still remain a church, although scattered. #thechurchscattered

Here follows a guide to help you worship this morning. Whether you are by yourself or with friends and/or family, we pray that God would meet you in a personal and powerful way.

CALL TO WORSHIP 

Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord and take shelter in Him! Let all the upright in heart rejoice! Let us greatly delight in the Lord; for He has clothed us with the garments of salvation; He has covered us with the robe of righteousness.

Amen

–       Based on Psalm 64:10; Isaiah 61:10

WORSHIP

If possible, spend some time listening and singing along to this song:

SELAH

Psalm 22:1-31 (NLT)

1 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

Why are you so far away when I groan for help?

2 Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.

Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief.

3 Yet you are holy,

enthroned on the praises of Israel.

4 Our ancestors trusted in you,

and you rescued them.

5 They cried out to you and were saved.

They trusted in you and were never disgraced.

6 But I am a worm and not a man.

I am scorned and despised by all!

7 Everyone who sees me mocks me.

They sneer and shake their heads, saying,

8 “Is this the one who relies on the Lord?

Then let the Lord save him!

If the Lord loves him so much,

let the Lord rescue him!”

9 Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb

and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast.

10 I was thrust into your arms at my birth.

You have been my God from the moment I was born.

11 Do not stay so far from me,

for trouble is near,

and no one else can help me.

12 My enemies surround me like a herd of bulls;

fierce bulls of Bashan have hemmed me in!

13 Like lions they open their jaws against me,

roaring and tearing into their prey.

14 My life is poured out like water,

and all my bones are out of joint.

My heart is like wax,

melting within me.

15 My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay.

My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.

You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead.

16 My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs;

an evil gang closes in on me.

They have pierced my hands and feet.

17 I can count all my bones.

My enemies stare at me and gloat.

18 They divide my garments among themselves

and throw dice for my clothing.

19 O Lord, do not stay far away!

You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!

20 Save me from the sword;

spare my precious life from these dogs.

21 Snatch me from the lion’s jaws

and from the horns of these wild oxen.

22 I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.

I will praise you among your assembled people.

23 Praise the Lord, all you who fear him!

Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob!

Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel!

24 For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.

He has not turned his back on them,

but has listened to their cries for help.

25 I will praise you in the great assembly.

I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you.

26 The poor will eat and be satisfied.

All who seek the Lord will praise him.

Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.

27 The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him.

All the families of the nations will bow down before him.

28 For royal power belongs to the Lord.

He rules all the nations.

29 Let the rich of the earth feast and worship.

Bow before him, all who are mortal,

all whose lives will end as dust.

30 Our children will also serve him.

Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord.

31 His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born.

They will hear about everything he has done.

[PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE]

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Our Father in Heaven,

We confess that when times are filled with trouble and uncertainty, we can fail to maintain a steadfast faith in Your provision and protection. We also confess that when circumstances are going well, we can often praise ourselves and our own talents as the source of our success.

Both of these reactions fail to acknowledge Your provision, grace and love for us. Forgive us for so quickly losing hope and for so quickly celebrating in our own efforts apart from you.

Humble us and comfort us in the knowledge that we are Your children, and that You have a perfect plan for us. Grow within us the confidence that comes with truly trusting that You are in full control.

In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray.

Amen.

PRAYERS OF ASSURANCE

Galatians 2:20 (CSB)

20 I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

GENEROSITY

Jesus is the most generous person Whoever lived: He gave His life so that we may live. As Christians, we give our time, talents, and treasure to respond to God’s generosity in Christ. As we do, this helps others meet Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him, and helps us provide for material and emotional needs inside and outside our church.

Please also remember to read the mail that was sent on Thursday, 23 April 2020 regarding KOS Online. We want to help and if you need help or want to give help, please email us at community@rootedfellowship.com.

As we prepare our hearts to give, let’s say this generosity prayer together.

Generous God, You have given us life, a place to live in, and people to live with.

Open our eyes to each other and to all our brothers and sisters, especially the poor, the oppressed, and the alienated.

Make us humble enough to help and comfort them, so that Your love and justice and peace may come to them.

Make us bold to consecrate ourselves and our gifts to You and to the service of others, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

How to GIVE.

SUNDAY PRAYER GATHERING

In times like this, the most important thing we can do is pray, asking the Lord to intervene, to have mercy on us spiritually and physically, and to provide wisdom as we minister to a hurting world. We will, therefore, once again, host a prayer gathering this coming Sunday evening, so that we can pray together as a family, scattered across the city. We will be meeting on ZOOM on Sunday, 26 April 2020 at 17:00 – 18:00 and we hope that you will be able to join us. Last week, we not only had great connections with one another, but the prayer time was also such a blessing.

If you have not yet downloaded the ZOOM app on your devices, please do so at least 15 minutes before we are scheduled to gather. This can be downloaded by clicking on our meeting link:

https://zoom.us/j/3972646333?pwd=Rzh5bGZjZTJ5alpxZTVwTkt2OXNuUT09

If you have used ZOOM before, you can enter the ZOOM call with:

Meeting ID –   397 264 6333

Password –     7K64EY

We look forward to praying together!

THE PREACHING OF GOD’S WORD

We invite you to now watch the video (#softwareupdate) or listen to the podcast for this week’s sermon.

THE CHILDREN’S DISCIPLESHIP

We will have content available for you to work through with your kids.  Please email us at community@rootedfellowship.com if you would like the content.

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

Share with someone what resonated with you. What do you sense God is saying? Take time to pray in response to God’s Word communicated to us.

BENEDICTION

Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to Him in the church and in Christ Jesus, through all generations, forever and ever! Amen.

— based on Ephesians 3:19-20 NLT

Stay connected

  • Keep checking your emails for updates and information.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We might post some things there every now and then.
  • Stay in touch with your City Group.
  • Reach out to members of your City Group to see how you can meet needs and pray for each other.
  • Please continue to practice generosity by giving willingly and joyfully – 2 Corinthians 8:8-9. How to GIVE.
  • For any urgent needs, queries and/or if you would like to get connected, please drop us an email at community@rootedfellowship.com.
  • Please subscribe to our YOUTUBE channel to stay up to date with our video content.
  • Would you like someone to pray with or for you? We have individuals ready to pray for you. Please fill out your details and your pray requests HERE.

SUNDAY PRAYER GATHERING ON APRIL 26th, 2020

Hey Family, Friends and Guests.

We were tremendously blessed and encouraged by last week’s digital prayer gathering. During this coming week, Level 5 lockdown will end in South Africa, and we would like to cover this next phase of Level 4 social distancing in prayer. As we said last week, in times like this, the most important thing we can do is to pray, asking the Lord to intervene, to have mercy on us spiritually and physically, and to provide wisdom as we minister to a hurting world.

We will, therefore, once again, host a prayer gathering this coming Sunday evening, so that we can pray together as a family, scattered across the city. We will be meeting on ZOOM on Sunday, 26 April 2020 at 17:00 – 18:00 and we hope that you will be able to join us.

If you have not yet downloaded the ZOOM app on your devices, please do so at least 15 minutes before we are scheduled to gather. This can be downloaded by clicking on our meeting link:

https://zoom.us/j/3972646333?pwd=Rzh5bGZjZTJ5alpxZTVwTkt2OXNuUT09

If you have used ZOOM before, you can enter the ZOOM call with:

Meeting ID –   397 264 6333

Password –     7K64EY

We look forward to praying together!

Grace & Peace,


Need help with food?  Know someone else who needs help with food?  Do you want to sponsor someone who needs food?

ROOTED FELLOWSHIP WANTS TO HELP.

We are aware that a full month of no income has been one of the greatest stress factors for most people and we as a Rooted Fellowship community want to help.  We have come across an awesome platform Kos Online that assists people with Basic, Essential and Top-up Hampers (see the images above) and because we love our community, we want to propose the following 4 options to you all:

  1. If you are someone in Rooted Fellowship that is worried about not making ends-meet at the end of April and your food supply is low, please let us know!  We would love to send you a hamper as soon as possible.
  2. If you know of someone in our community who needs a hamper, please let us know too.
  3. If you know of someone specific who needs help and you want to make a contribution, you can make an EFT payment of R280.00 into the Rooted Fellowship account (see below) with the reference: KOS.  Please send the Proof of Payment, together with the name, surname, address and telephone number of the person or family you want to help.
  4. If you do not know of someone in need, but still want to help, please do the same as above and indicate in the email that your contribution can be used for anyone Rooted Fellowship might know of who is in need.

Please send any questions and all correspondence for the above options to community@rootedfellowship.com and we will be in contact with you asap.

Banking Details:
Rooted Fellowship
First National Bank
Account : 62488564660
Branch : Lynnwood
Branch code : 252045
Swift code : FIRNZAJJ

Let us join hands (virtually) and help one another as much as we possibly can as we share all things together.

Grace and peace


devotionals. for you, by you. #7 – April 21st, 2020

GODLY LIVES POWERED BY GOD!

– written by Nailejileji Mollel-Matodzi –

2 Peter 1:3-5 (NIV)

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge”

God, in His great mercy and grace, has granted us all that we need to live in such a way  that honours Him. We have been created to conduct ourselves in a manner that gives God glory and when that happens we find great joy. God has given us all that we need to live such a life, a life that pleases Him. Jesus promises to be with us every step of the way and the Holy Spirit is our personal and trusted Guide. All of this is granted to us so that we might know God. We cannot please God without knowing Him and He, by grace, has made Himself known in various ways. God is not hiding or trying to make it difficult for us to find Him.

Paul the Apostle writes this in his letter to the church in Rome – see Romans 1:19-20 (NLT)

They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So, they have no excuse for not knowing God.

There is countless evidence of God, not just in creation, but in our everyday lives. He has revealed His heart and His ways to us through the Scriptures which all point to Jesus, Who according to the writer of Hebrews says, “radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God”. (Hebrews 1:1-4)

Since God has called us and has revealed Himself to us, we have to “make every effort” to lead Godly lives. We need to be intentional about this and recognise that to do this very thing, we need to be empowered by the supernatural work of God. This is why the person and work of the Holy Spirit is vital in our lives today. God does not leave us on our own. It’s a promise He made to us and He never goes back on His Word.

There is so much grace and care in the way the Father calls us to live for Him.

Philippians 2:12b -13 (ESV) reminds us to “..work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,  for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

Let’s pray!

Father, we thank You that You have called us and have provided all we need to lead Godly lives.  Holy Spirit, we ask that You continue to move our hearts to meditate on the life-giving Word and live in a manner worthy of our calling. Father, help us to delight in knowing You and be grateful that we can be living for You.

In Jesus name, we pray,

Amen


SUNDAY SERVICE GUIDE – APRIL 19th, 2020

Good morning, Rooted Fellowship, Friends and Guests.

WELCOME, once again to another different, but so needed, time of worship and appreciation to our Saviour for what He HAS done and WILL do, in and through us.

We start a new sermon series today. We will be walking through the New Testament book of Mark for the next several weeks. You might ask, “Why Mark?”. We are glad you asked! The book of Mark portrays Jesus as constantly on the move. The forward motion in Mark’s writing keeps the reader’s mind continually looking ahead to the cross and the resurrection. Mark used the word ‘immediately’ thirty-nine times, giving a sense that Jesus’s time on earth was short and that there was much to accomplish in His few years of ministry. The urgency that Mark communicates in his book gives us the impression that NOW, right NOW, is the most important moment of our lives. We should not waste any part of it so that we can make a significant difference, here TODAY. This series will help us to see that from Jesus’ perspective and how it shapes our everyday lives, as we anchor ourselves in the beauty and richness of the Gospel.

We may not be able to meet physically, but we are so excited to be bringing the Sunday Gathering into your homes.  Remember that you are not alone! We still remain a church, although scattered. #thechurchscattered

Here follows a guide to help you worship this morning. Whether you are by yourself or with friends and/or family, we pray that God would meet you in a personal and powerful way.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Let us worship God, our light and our salvation.

The Lord is the stronghold of our lives.

We desire to live in God’s house

and to seek God in His holy temple.

We have come with shouts of joy,

to sing and to make music to the Lord.

Let us worship God in spirit and in truth.

Teach us Your ways and make straight our paths

in this hour of worship and always.

—based on Psalm 27; John 4:23

WORSHIP

If possible, spend some time listening and singing along to these songs. Use this playlist which has all the songs from a YouTube playlist.

Or watch the individual videos using the links below:

  1. Good Good Father – https://yout-ube.com/watch?v=wTUPspGTRFI

  2. Konke – https://yout-ube.com/watch?v=wMTXDID43iQ

  3. Closer – https://yout-ube.com/watch?v=NAPs5j0WcoQ

SELAH

Psalm 146:1-10 NLT

Praise the Lord!

Let all that I am praise the Lord.

I will praise the Lord as long as I live.

I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.

Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;

there is no help for you there.

When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,

and all their plans die with them.

But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,

whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He made heaven and earth,

the sea, and everything in them.

He keeps every promise forever.

He gives justice to the oppressed

and food to the hungry.

The Lord frees the prisoners.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.

The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.

The Lord loves the godly.

The Lord protects the foreigners among us.

He cares for the orphans and widows,

but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.

The Lord will reign forever.

He will be your God, O Jerusalem, throughout the generations.

Praise the Lord!

[PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE]

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Lord,

we confess how hard it is to trust You in the storms of life. We question whether You truly see us and doubt Your power to save. When our circumstances are at their most terrifying, our faith seems so small. Help our unbelief and remind us that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today, nor our worries about tomorrow — not even the powers of darkness can separate us from Your love.

Help us to see that we are more loved and more cared for than we could ever imagine.

In Jesus name we pray,

Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Take a moment to intercede for the needs of our city, country and world. Feel free to pray this prayer below or as you feel led.

Our Father in Heaven,

When we’re down and helpless,

when lies are reigning,

when fear and indifference are growing,

may Your kingdom come.

When joy is missing,

when love is missing,

and unbelief is growing,

may Your kingdom come.

To those who are sick and lonely,

to those who are imprisoned and tortured,

may Your kingdom come.

Into the churches,

into our praying, into our singing,

may Your kingdom come.

Into our hearts,

into our hands, into our eyes,

may Your kingdom come.

We ask all of this in the beautiful name of Jesus,

Amen.

SUNDAY PRAYER GATHERING

In times like this, the most important thing we can do is pray, asking the Lord to intervene, to have mercy on us spiritually and physically, and to provide wisdom as we minister to a hurting world. We have therefore decided to host a prayer gathering this coming Sunday evening, so that we can pray together as a family, scattered across the city. We will be meeting on ZOOM today, Sunday 19 April at 17:00 – 18:00 and we hope that you will be able to join us.

If you have not yet downloaded the ZOOM app on your devices, please do so at least 15 minutes before we are scheduled to gather. This can be downloaded by clicking on our meeting link:

https://zoom.us/j/3972646333?pwd=Rzh5bGZjZTJ5alpxZTVwTkt2OXNuUT09

If you have used ZOOM before, you can enter the ZOOM call with

Meeting ID –   397 264 6333

Password –     7K64EY

We look forward to praying together!

THE PREACHING OF GOD’S WORD

We invite you to now watch the video or listen to the podcast for this week’s sermon.

THE CHILDREN’S DISCIPLESHIP

We will have content available for you to work through with your kids.  Please email us at community@rootedfellowship.com if you would like the content.

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

Share with someone what resonated with you. What do you sense God is saying? Take time to pray in response to God’s Word communicated to us.

GENEROSITY

Giving changes our hearts.

The mission of the church is to make disciples that love God and love people. Nothing puts us in that position more than loosening our grip on the stuff that’s valuable to us. When we let go of stuff, we make space for God. We trust Him more. Also, in the midst of that trust, we experience incredible intimacy with Him.

As we prepare our hearts to give, let’s say this generosity prayer together.

Yours, Lord, is the greatness,

the power and the glory,

the victory and the majesty.

All that is in the heavens

and in the earth is Yours,

and You rule over all.

Therefore, Lord, receive these offerings,

our tangible expressions of love and gratitude.

Transform them into a source of life for many,

so that Your kingdom may grow

in the hearts of all.

In the name of Jesus.

Amen.

How to GIVE.

BENEDICTION

The peace of God,

which passes all understanding,

keep your hearts and minds

in the knowledge and love of God,

and of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord;

and the blessing of God Almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

remain with you always.

Amen.

—based on Philippians 4:7

Stay connected

    • Keep checking your emails for updates and information.
    • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We might post some things there every now and then.
    • Stay in touch with your City Group.
    • Reach out to members of your City Group to see how you can meet needs and pray for each other.
    • Please continue to practice generosity by giving willingly and joyfully – 2 Corinthians 8:8-9. How to GIVE.
    • For any urgent needs, queries and/or if you would like to get connected, please drop us an email at community@rootedfellowship.com.
    • Please subscribe to our YOUTUBE channel to stay up to date with our video content.
    • Would you like someone to pray with or for you? We have individuals ready to pray for you. Please fill out your details and your pray requests HERE.

SUNDAY PRAYER GATHERING ON APRIL 19th, 2020

Hey Family, Friends and Guests.

We continue to pray that you are all safe and well. There can be no denying that the effects of COVID-19 are far-reaching. Lockdown, closed businesses and schools, rising unemployment rates, and economic uncertainty are just part of the difficulty. There are also many who are experiencing illness, which leads to worry of what that might result in.  This causes even further anxiety and distress. As part of a church community, we are not immune to these concerns and realities.

In times like this, the most important thing we can do is pray, asking the Lord to intervene, to have mercy on us spiritually and physically, and to provide wisdom as we minister to a hurting world. We have therefore decided to host a prayer gathering this coming Sunday evening, so that we can pray together as a family, scattered across the city. We will be meeting on ZOOM on Sunday 19 April at 17:00 – 18:00 and we hope that you will be able to join us.

If you would love to join us please send an email to community@rootedfellowship.com.

We will send you a link and password to join the prayer time.

If you have not yet downloaded the ZOOM app on your devices, please do so at least 15 minutes before we are scheduled to gather.

We look forward to praying together!

Grace & Peace,

Rooted Fellowship


devotionals. for you, by you. #6 – April 16th, 2020

LAMENTING TURNED INTO HOPE.

– written by  Kenny Matodzi –

Lamentations 3:22 – 24 (NASB):

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”

When we reflect on what has been, we look back and see that the start of each year is often a time filled with renewal language. We often associate it with words like: rebirth, restoration, “a new me” or revival.

I’ll be honest and be the first to say that it has not felt like this for my family and I this year. It has not really felt like a new year. It feels like we just picked up from where we left off in 2019.

It feels like we took off our 2019 shoes and got into our 2020 shoes, and only then realised that they are the same exact shoes. I have a feeling most of us feel this very way. We stepped into 2020 and it felt exactly the same, but with more of the same problems and struggles from last year.

You might have even engaged in new year resolutions like:

·      Exercising

·      Eating healthy

·      Sleeping early

·      Joining a church or better church attendance

·      Serving in a ministry

·      Becoming a better version of self

We are now in April and most of us might be staring at a bad scorecard, because nothing has worked out thus far. We might have started well, but slowly and surely, it feels like the previous year’s demons are rearing their head and ready to welcome us back into their cold embrace. For some of us who feel stuck and have not seen any wins in a long time, it feels like any other year void of hope.

On top of this, COVID-19 made its entry into South Africa. Physically, emotionally and spiritually we might be drained. Maybe some of the things you were getting right in the “new year” has now also become impossible due to #NationalLockdown. There are so many creative ways to go about trying to still achieve some of the goals, but others are really difficult. We lament the fact that times are hard. We lament that we can do nothing about it.

The writer of Lamentations can totally relate to this feeling of hopelessness. With a city in ruins and an aching feeling of “Does God care?”, it would be understandable if anyone could barely forage any hope from this gloomy situation.

Chapter 3:22 – 24 does just that by presenting us with these comforting words:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

In the midst of our struggles, trials and feelings of inadequacy, we are reminded of three critical things:

1.     His love never ceases.

2.     His mercy is renewed daily.

3.     We can hope in Him.

Therefore, we never have to wait for January to feel a sense of renewal, and most important of all, we don’t have to first clean up our act before we can come to Him. Instead, His transformative mercy and love are both available for us daily, although we stumble. He calls us to come to Him for true renewal – for the one true rebirth that has eternal significance.

For some of us, when we endure trials, we hope in Him and hold steadfast to Him, because we know that our present trials are not worth comparing to the glory that awaits us in heaven. Even though our current circumstances may change or not, the fact that there is DEFINITELY a day coming where our pain and trials will be no more, because Jesus Christ was on trial for us and suffered the ultimate pain so that we may be reconciled to our Father.

Let’s pray!

Lord, Your love is steadfast and never ceases.  Thank you!

Your mercies never come to an end and they are new every morning.  Thank you!

Your faithfulness is so great!

You are my portion and therefore I will hope in You

(adapted from Lamentations 3:22 – 24)

Amen


SUNDAY SERVICE GUIDE – APRIL 12th, 2020

HE IS NOT HERE, BUT HE HAS RISEN!

Good morning, Rooted Fellowship, Friends and Guests.

We want to extend a warm welcome to you today as we once again gather for a time of worship and appreciation to our Saviour for what He HAS done and WILL do, in and through us.

Let’s be honest, this is not how we imagined Easter 2020 would go. More than anything, all of this is reminding us that we are not in control, that we are not the masters of our own destiny, and that while we should make plans, we should hold them lightly, because we don’t know what the future holds.

Though this may be true, it does not mean that we cannot have hope. In fact, times like this should drive us to the One who gives us hope – the One who remains certain in times of uncertainty. This Sunday couldn’t be a more beautiful day to remind us where we find our ultimate hope.

Our certainty can be found in these three powerful words – HE IS RISEN.

It’s in these words that we can trust in God’s character and look forward with hope. God is still at work and up to something, and it means that this Easter is a special one.

We may not be able to meet physically, but we can still celebrate Easter, even if it’s through digital platforms. We are so excited to be bringing the Sunday Gathering into your homes.  Remember that you are not alone! We still remain a church, although scattered. #thechurchscattered

Here follows a guide to help you worship this morning. Whether you are by yourself or with friends and/or family, we pray that God would meet you in a personal and powerful way.

CALL TO WORSHIP 

Out of the darkness of grief and despair

comes a message of hope. Christ is risen.

Christ is risen, indeed.

We run to the tomb to see for ourselves.

And it is true. Christ is risen.

Christ is risen, indeed.

We hear a voice call our name,

and we know our risen Lord

is with us now and always.

Christ is risen.

Christ is risen, indeed.

Thanks be to God.

–        Based of John 20

WORSHIP

If possible, spend some time listening and singing along to these songs. Use this playlist which has all the songs from a YouTube playlist.

Or watch the individual videos using the links below:

  1. Nguwe Nguwe – https://yout-ube.com/watch?v=CCZEd0AsDIA
  2. Great Are You Lord – https://yout-ube.com/watch?v=MHiQTBxiMag
  3. From The Inside Out – https://yout-ube.com/watch?v=Sczju3j5t3U
  4. Amazing Grace – https://yout-ube.com/watch?v=rSHLI-7_Luk
  5. King Of My Heart – https://yout-ube.com/watch?v=z08VetueNk0

SELAH

If possible, spend some time reading John 20:1-18 in your Bible or on a digital device of your choice.

or feel free to listen to John 20:1-18 read in the NLT translation.

[PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE]

PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS 

Our Father in heaven,

We serve a risen Saviour, yet live as if in chains. Forgive us, Lord that we are so hesitant to live the resurrection life. Forgive us that we fail to show through word and deed the truth that You loved us into Your kingdom through the glorious mystery of the Cross. Forgive us that there is still fear in our lives that prevents us from being who You have called us to be. Draw us close. Open our eyes to the glory of the risen Christ, our hearts to the wonder of the Cross and our hands to the service of Your kingdom where You have placed us. That Your name might be glorified through our lives.

In the name of the Risen King, Jesus Christ,

Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 

Take a moment to intercede for the needs of our city, country and world. Feel free to use the prompts below or as you feel led.

–        Pray that you and your family would experience the power and assurance of the resurrection of Christ.

–        Pray for those you know personally, but who don’t know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Pray that the Lord would open their eyes to the finished work on the cross that secures for us salvation and everlasting joy.

–        Pray that today the Gospel would be preached faithfully and boldly all across the world.

–        Pray for those who are vulnerable, poor, hurting, and alone, that through the Church they would experience the love, care and provision that comes from God.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

We invite you to watch the video or listen to the podcast for this week’s question of the day. Please record your video answers and send them to your city group leaders by Monday 11:30am. Please keep the video to a maximum of 2 minutes and in landscape. Some of the videos will be meshed into one video and shared in the city groups.

THE PREACHING OF GOD’S WORD

We invite you to now watch the video or listen to the podcast for this week’s sermon.

THE CHILDREN’S DISCIPLESHIP

We will have content available for you to work through with your kids.  Please email us at community@rootedfellowship.com if you would like the content.

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

Share with someone what resonated with you. What do you sense God is saying? Take time to pray in response to God’s Word communicated to us.

GENEROSITY

During this time of uncertainty, we continue to worship through our giving as a confession that we trust God as our provider. It is our privilege to participate in extending His love to others.

As we prepare our hearts to give, let’s say this generosity prayer together.

Lord, teach us to be generous as You have been generous with us. All we are and have are gifts from You — gifts meant to be shared. Show us the joys of generosity and help us to see our strengths and resources as the soil in which your kingdom grows.

We ask all of this in your beautiful name,

Amen.

How to GIVE.

BENEDICTION

Let us go forth as God’s chosen witnesses, to proclaim all we have heard and seen and experienced.

And so we go forth in the name of the Risen Christ.

Let us go forth sustained by God’s faithful and steadfast love.

And so we go forth transformed and as agents of His transforming work.

Let us go forth with shouts of joy because of what He has done for us.

Christ is risen, He has risen indeed.

—              based of John 20

Amen

Stay connected

    • Keep checking your emails for updates and information.
    • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We might post some things there every now and then.
    • Stay in touch with your City Group.
    • Reach out to members of your City Group to see how you can meet needs and pray for each other.
    • Please continue to practice generosity by giving willingly and joyfully – 2 Corinthians 8:8-9. How to GIVE.
    • For any urgent needs, queries and/or if you would like to get connected, please drop us an email at community@rootedfellowship.com.
    • Please subscribe to our YOUTUBE channel to stay up to date with our video content.
    • Would you like someone to pray with or for you? We have individuals ready to pray for you. Please fill out your details and your pray requests HERE.

EASTER WEEKEND GUIDE – APRIL 09th-13th, 2020

Wa Hamba Nathi – A Journey through Easter 2020

Getting used to being #thechurchscattered has been hard for many of us.

We can imagine that Easter Weekend in #nationallockdown will be even harder for us, as we are used to celebrating this together, in person.

As followers of Jesus, this is THE highlight of our year.
There is no Christian faith without the cross and the resurrection.
We are celebrating abundant, new, resurrection life because of the cross and the resurrection.
Come on now!

We have done our utmost to put together a guide for you to take you on a journey through Easter Weekend.

The guide has something for everyone: scripture to read, questions to ponder, activities to do together, videos to watch, podcasts to listen to, added extras for the Bible nerds in our church family, and a forecast of our next sermon series.

Awesome! So, what now? We’re glad you asked…

Click the phrase HE HAS DONE below to download the guide. Read the intro and then follow the sections of the guide day-by-day. All the links to all the relevant resources are in the guide.

Lastly,

  • We regularly post on our various online platforms. Please follow those to stay updated.
  • We use email as our main method of communicating to the whole Rooted Fellowship family. If, for some reason, you don’t get our emails, please send an email to community@rootedfellowship.com and we will gladly sort that out for you.

Our prayer is that, in the midst of everything we are experiencing as humans on planet earth at the moment, you will experience this Easter Weekend as truly significant.

Here is the good news: whatever we go through, the cross and the resurrection will remain steadfast! It is the foundation that our faith is built on. It will remain our foundation long after global pandemics and brittle economies have come and gone. 

Let us turn our eyes to Jesus and celebrate what HE HAS DONE!

Have a great weekend.
Grace and Peace,
Rooted Fellowship


devotionals. for you, by you. #5 – April 7th, 2020

THERE IS A KNOCK AT THE DOOR.

– written by Naresh Bowen –

Psalm 16:5 (NIV):

“Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.”

Knock knock!

When I get home each day, the first thing I look to (and I’m ashamed to say this), is not my wife. The minute I walk up the steps to my door, it teases me with the aroma of love and fulfillment, and as I get closer and closer, I usually look passed the face and arms of my dear wife.  I look to see what she is cooking. My first question is usually, “Babe, how long?“

How long will it be until the taste hits my lips – like a storm from heaven, engulfing my taste buds, filling me up with love?  Sorry, if that sounded weird.  Anyway, truth be told, I’m not a foodie, or maybe I’ve just been gullible to the lies of my waistline. “My waistline is a liar” might make a good song title … or not.

Sometimes life can feel like a playlist on repeat, with nothing but lie after lie – about who and whose I am.  Sometimes, it just feels like the harder I work, the harder life becomes.  So, trying to ignore that and pull myself up by my own boot straps (as One would say NOT to do), I’ve pushed and continued the grind. However, I have done so like a bully on the playground.  I felt life push back, hitting the wind out of me. So, naturally I get choked up and my anxiety kicks in like the bass on the latest December jam track. It usually all starts behind the bathroom door. I stand and look. I’ve seen it in the mirror too many times lately. I’ve seen the mirror lie to me too many times this past month – the look on my own face telling me “this is you and this is all you will ever be”. However, this week, as I conversed with the bags under my eyes (and as usual, they speak and I just listen), something happened.  I heard a knock at the door.

I knew it wasn’t Ruth wanting to use the bathroom or check on me, because the knock didn’t get louder, it got closer. It got closer and closer until I could feel the knock at my heart.  So, freaked out about having a heart attack, I froze.  Just to be clear, this is all happening inside my head! Anyway, so here I stand, petrified to answer! When I finally gather the courage, I open the door. I hear Jesus in His Authoritative yet Loving and Comforting voice, say to me: “Some breakfast?”

And so, I sit at the table with my Father having breakfast, at the table of fellowship that has been made possible because of the finished work of Jesus on the Cross, at the table of fellowship where the Holy Spirit sanctifies. What a JOY! It is a feeling I haven’t felt in a while, because of the lie that something other than Jesus is more satisfying. The food given to me by my Lord and Saviour warms my heart like an ice cube in the sunlight and I can feel the anxiety melt away as, verse by verse, I marvel away at the flavours of the Food set before me. And so, this morning, I’m here to share the recipe for the meal I had with you so that you too can enjoy it as much as I did. Everything should start with Jesus and end with Jesus.

Let’s pray!

Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips. Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful b one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

(from Psalm 16:1-11 – NIV)

Amen


SUNDAY SERVICE GUIDE – APRIL 05th, 2020

Good morning, Rooted Fellowship. This is our third official Sunday Service Guide since the announcement of #stayhome and #nationallockdown. We miss you all and pray that you are doing well and feeling connected in the midst of the possible feelings of ‘cabin-fever’.  Everything is different, even our way of worshipping, BUT even though we may not physically be together, we can all be present with the Father this morning, as one body.

We still remain a church, although scattered. #thechurchscattered

Here follows a guide to help you worship this morning. Whether you are by yourself or with friends and/or family, we pray that God would meet you in a personal and powerful way.

MOMENT OF STILLNESS

Let’s take a moment of stillness to prepare our hearts for worship and God’s Word. Invite God to speak to you in all that follows.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Teach us to number our days carefully

so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.

Lord—how long?

Turn and have compassion on your servants.

Satisfy us in the morning with your faithful love

so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days.

Make us rejoice for as many days as you have humbled us,

for as many years as we have seen adversity.

Let your work be seen by your servants,

and your splendour by their children.

Let the favour of the Lord our God be on us;

establish for us the work of our hands—

establish the work of our hands!

–    Matthew 11:28-29, CSB

WORSHIP

If possible, spend some time listening and singing along to these songs. Use this playlist which has all the songs from a YouTube playlist.

Or watch the individual videos using the links below:

1.     Lo Uthi Mna Ndinguye – https://yout-ube.com/watch?v=xo20ntZ2eN8

2.     No Longer Slaves – https://yout-ube.com/watch?v=f8TkUMJtK5k

SELAH

If possible, spend some time reading Psalm 139 in your Bible or on a digital device of your choice

or Feel free to listen to this Psalm read in the Message translation.

[PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE]

We invite you to listen and pray with Kenny Matodzi as he leads us through an extended prayer for the people.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING 

Lord, our God,

we thank you for your Word and Spirit,

through which we know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

May those who confess your name today

never cease to wonder at what you have done for them.

Help them to continue firmly in the faith,

to bear witness to your love,

and to let the Holy Spirit shape their lives.

Take them, Good Shepherd, into your care

that they may loyally endure any opposition

they may face as they serve you.

May we, with all your children,

live together in the joy and power of your Holy Spirit.

We ask this, Lord Jesus, in the hope of your coming.

Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 

Take a moment to intercede for the needs of our city, country and world. Feel free to use the prompts below or as you feel led.

–    Medical workers (physical protection and provision of supplies)

–    Public health/government authorities tasked with making large scale decisions

–    The sick and their families

–    Financial provision for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

QUESTION OF THE DAY

We invite you to watch the video or listen to the podcast for this week’s question of the day. Please record your video answers and send them to your city group leaders by Monday 11:30 am, please keep the video to a maximum of 2 minutes. Some of the videos will be meshed into one video and shared in the city group Whatsapp groups.

THE PREACHING OF GOD’S WORD

We invite you to now watch the video or listen to the podcast for this week’s sermon.

THE CHILDREN’S DISCIPLESHIP

We will have content available for you to work through with your kids.  Please email us at community@rootedfellowship.com if you would like the content.

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

Share with someone what resonated with you. What do you sense God is saying? Take time to pray in response of God’s Word communicated to us.

GENEROSITY

During this time of uncertainty, we continue to worship through our giving as a confession that we trust God as our provider. It is our privilege to participate in extending His love to others.

As we prepare our hearts to give, let’s say this generosity prayer together.

Father, we thank you that true joy is found not in what we possess, but in the one who possesses us. As freely as you have blessed us, let us give freely and be a blessing to others. Amen.

How to GIVE.

BENEDICTION

Lead a life worthy of the calling

to which you have been called,

with all humility and gentleness,

with patience, bearing with one another in love,

making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit

in the bond of peace.

There is one body and one Spirit,

just as we were called to the one hope of our calling,

one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

one God and Father of all,

who is above all and through all and in all.

— from Ephesians 4:1-6, NRSV

Stay connected

    • Keep checking your emails for updates and information.
    • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We might post some things there every now and then.
    • Stay in touch with your City Group.
    • Reach out to members of your City Group to see how you can meet needs and pray for each other.
    • Please continue to practice generosity by giving willingly and joyfully – 2 Corinthians 8:8-9. How to GIVE.
    • For any urgent needs, queries and/or if you would like to get connected, please drop us an email at community@rootedfellowship.com.
    • Please subscribe to our YOUTUBE channel to stay up to date with our video content.
    • Would you like someone to pray with or for you? We have individuals ready to pray for you. Please fill out your details and your pray requests HERE.

devotionals. for you, by you. #4 – April 2nd, 2020

BUT GOD …

– written by Mandla Qgada –

Malachi 3:6 (ESV):
“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.”
The Bible is filled with scriptures that promise comfort and grace to those suffering for righteousness’ sake.  The Lord promises blessed-ness to those who are reviled and spoken ill of, on his account.
However, if we’re being honest, a lot of the time our suffering is a direct result of our unrighteousness instead of righteousness. We “suffer as meddlers” as Peter would put it.
We experience the suffering of broken relationships because of our selfishness.
We suffer financial strain because of our lack of contentment.
We suffer poor health because of bad lifestyles and poor stewardship of our bodies.
We suffer guilt and shame because of our sinfulness.
The suffering brought on by our own unrighteousness often leaves us feeling hopeless. We feel as though we have no right to ask the Lord for forgiveness, let alone for rescue from the graves we have dug with our own disobedience.
We feel as though we have dried up the wells of grace and that there is no more mercy left for us to taste.
BUT GOD IS RICH IN MERCY!
And in His richness, He promises us not only forgiveness, but rescue and healing too – even when we suffer because of our own unrighteousness.
Psalm 107 (ESV) recounts the misfortunes of the people of God who were not too different from you and I.  They too were disobedient and they too suffered as a result of their disobedience.
“17 Some were fools through their sinful ways,
    and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
18 they loathed any kind of food,
    and they drew near to the gates of death.
19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them,
    and delivered them from their destruction.
21 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
22 And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
    and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!”
Much like you and I, these people found themselves at times so overwhelmed by their affliction that they could not even stomach food.
And finally, at their wits end, they cried out to the Lord.
Thankfully, they cried out to a God Who promises to answer before we call and Who hears us while we are yet speaking (Isaiah 65:24 – ESV).  They cried out to a God Who rejoices in doing us good (Jeremiah 32:41 – ESV).
Not only did God hear them, He responded.  He acted!  He delivered them from their distress.  He sent out His Word and healed.
The same God who delivered and healed His people when they suffered for their disobedience, is the same God we have the privilege to cry out to today – in the name of His perfectly righteous son, Jesus.
He is today, the same patient, merciful, gracious, and forgiving God He was back then.
There is hope for you and me, even though we may be disobedient at times.  Because He does not change, we are not consumed. If we return to Him, He will return to us (Malachi 3:6-7 – ESV). 
Let’s pray!
Lord, we pray for those who are not anchored in Jesus, that You would, in Your great love and mercy, open their eyes to the hope that is found only in You. We lift up Your children that they would continue to find their assurance in the Gospel.
May we embrace the fullness of the Cross by accepting the sacrifice of the Cross that Your own Son, Jesus Christ, made to satisfy Your wrath and reconciled us to You.  Help us to submit to Your authority so You may rule over our lives, as that brings joy and peace to our hearts. Father, You are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love, and for that, we praise Your Name. 
May Your Love continue to lead many to You, for Your Glory and for our joy.
In Jesus name, we pray. 
Amen

devotionals. for you, by you. #3 – March 31st, 2020

HOPE in CHRIST.

– written by Bongani Mabaso –

Romans 8:10-11 (ESV):

“But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”

When, like the disciples,  I should be watching and praying, my flesh really wants to sleep.

When I should be sleeping, my flesh really wants to browse Twitter and Facebook. Twitter is my particular weakness.

When I should be diligently teaching our children (Deuteronomy 6:7), my flesh would love to watch a relaxing and funny movie.

When I should be loving and serving my wife more, my flesh suddenly wants her to serve and love me more.

When I should be meditating on Scripture, my flesh becomes a fountain of ideas for re-organizing the room, improving my yard and planning our next holiday.

When I should be focusing on my work, I am suddenly lazy and find all sorts of distractions.

When I should be cutting on calories, my flesh suddenly craves all sorts of sweet and tasty things.

When I should be spending more time with and in community, encouraging and building up my brothers and sisters, and they the same to me, my flesh suddenly wants some quality alone time.

My flesh is weak, and I hope you can relate…, but there is hope in Christ.

Let’s pray!

Father, we are overcome by the weaknesses of our flesh. May we not be dependent on ourselves, but on You Who dwells within us – through Your Spirit.

Our flesh is dead because of sin, but we must live according to Your Spirit. We know that one day this flesh will be replaced with a new one that is not weak. Father, may that day come soon!

Amen.


SUNDAY SERVICE GUIDE – MARCH 29th, 2020

Good morning Rooted Fellowship. We understand worship looks a bit different this morning. We may not physically be together, but we can all be present with the Father this morning, as one body.

It is important to remember that even though we are not gathered together, we still remain a church, although scattered.

Here follows a guide to help you worship this morning. Whether you are by yourself or with friends and/or family, we pray that God would meet you in a powerful way.

CALL TO WORSHIP 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,

and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;

for I am gentle and humble in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.”

  • Matthew 11:28-29, NIV

WORSHIP

If possible, spend some time listening and singing along to these songs. Use this playlist which has all the songs from a YouTube playlist.

Or watch the individual videos using the links below:

  1. It Is Well With My Soul –  https://yout-ube.com/watch?v=zY5o9mP22V0
  2. We Will Worship // Thula Thula –  https://yout-ube.com/watch?v=Qj-FmtvUjb8
  3. My Life is in Your Hands –  https://yout-ube.com/watch?v=wsNWOUwtImk

SPOKEN WORD PIECE

We invite you to listen to a spoken word piece written & performed by Given Masilela.

SELAH

If possible, spend some time reading Psalm 137 in your Bible or on a digital device of your choice

or Feel free to listen to this Psalm read in the CSB translation.

MOMENT OF STILLNESS

We encourage you to take a moment to be still in the presence of God.

[PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE]

PRAYER FOR TRUST 

Father, sometimes the way ahead seems so clear, but at other times the way seems covered with uncertainty and filled with more questions than answers.

We want to be in Your perfect will, Lord, and so, we pray that Your will be done in every area of our lives.

As we step out into the future, we place our trust in You, for we are sure that You read the thoughts of our hearts and know that our desire is to remain in the centre of Your perfect will.

Lord, lead us on the right path that is best for us. Help us to trust in You, for You have promised to be with us wherever we go and You know the steps that we take.  Keep us safe we pray, for our trust is in You, and may we only do that which glorifies You.

In Jesus name, we pray,

Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 

Spend time praying together for the issues of our day and the concerns of those present. If desired, please feel free to use the prayers below.

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come. Your Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory, forever and ever. Amen.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

We invite you to watch the video or listen to the podcast for this week’s question of the day. Please record your video answers and send them to your city group leaders, please keep the video to a maximum of 2 minutes. Some of the videos will be meshed into one video and published on the YOUTUBE channel. Subscribe to the channel so you get a notification when the video is published.

THE PREACHING OF GOD’S WORD

We invite you to now watch the video or listen to the podcast for this week’s sermon.

THE CHILDREN’S DISCIPLESHIP

We will have content available for you to work through with your kids.  Please email us at community@rootedfellowship.com if you would like the content.

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

Share with someone what resonated with you. What do you sense God is saying? Take time to pray in response of God’s Word communicated to us.

GENEROSITY

During this time of uncertainty, it is important for us to continue to worship through our giving as a confession of the reality that we depend entirely on God’s provision. Further, it is our privilege to participate in extending His love to others.

As we prepare our hearts to give, let’s say this generosity prayer together.

Lord, it is from Your goodness that we have received all that we have. With open hands, we give back what was always Yours, so that your Kingdom might come on earth as it is in Heaven.

How to GIVE.

BENEDICTION

“May the God of hope

fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that you may abound in hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

  • Romans 15:13, NRSV
    AMEN

Stay connected

    • Keep checking your emails for updates and information.
    • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We might post some things there every now and then.
    • Stay in touch with your City Group.
    • Reach out to members of your City Group to see how you can meet needs and pray for each other.
    • Please continue to practice generosity by giving willingly and joyfully – 2 Corinthians 8:8-9. How to GIVE.
    • For any urgent needs, queries and/or if you would like to get connected, please drop us an email at community@rootedfellowship.com.
    • Please subscribe to our YOUTUBE channel to stay up to date with our video content.
    • Would you like someone to pray with or for you? We have individuals ready to pray for you. Please fill out your details and your pray requests HERE.

devotionals. for you, by you. #2 – March 26th, 2020

A CHILD-LIKE Faith to Handle ADULT-LIKE Challenges

– written by ANONYMOUS – 

1 John 3:1a (NASB): 

“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are.”

How do I become a child and yet I still have to adult? Adulting is the number one ranked problem for most young adults today. We’re seeing flames and we often ask ourselves, “but how did our parents do it?”.

Growing up comes with many challenges that we have to go through. There are challenges we have to face and solve and there comes times when we feel we’re just too tired.

There are times when I feel that my knowledge, wisdom and strength has reached its limit. Sometimes, I feel like I have exceeded my daily limit. Enough! I am sure you do too!

Brothers and sisters, there is hope because we have a Father Who says that: “My ways are not your ways. They are higher. Trust not in your limited knowledge, wisdom or strength.” Our Father’s strength, wisdom and knowledge is unlimited. All we have to do is to trust in Him with all our hearts. We must trust in the Lord.

There is unspeakable peace that comes from trusting in the Lord – peace that our Father wants for us (Phil 4:7). We need to trust Him with all the various adulting flames we face.  We must trust Him with loss, trust Him with our temptations, and trust Him when we are sorrowful. Trust Him with that illness you’ve endured. Trust Him when you feel deprived of the very thing you desire most.

Let’s pray!

In the good and in the bad, through the high and through the low, Lord we trust you, by anchoring our hearts in this passage of Scripture –

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding;
in all your ways know him,
and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 (CSB)

Amen


devotionals. for you, by you. #1 – March 24th, 2020

KEEP CALM and TRUST IN GOD!

– written by Rhynhardt de Bruin –

John 16:33 (ISV):
“I have told you this so that through me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble, but be courageous—I have overcome the world!”

Jesus spoke these words to His disciples, preparing them for tough and uncertain times that lay ahead.  Similarly, after the presidential address and the impending lockdown, we can feel anxious and afraid, uncertain of what lies before us.  Jesus invites us to take heart and have peace in HIM  – not in ourselves or even in the good leadership of our president and government officials.

Here’s why:  Jesus has overcome the world!  All the sin, all the evil, all the brokenness – yes even the brokenness of the COVID-19 virus – Christ has overcome and defeated on the cross.  Therefore, as Christians in dark times of trouble, we need to shine courageous lights, having the peace of God.

Being courageous does not mean that we don’t feel afraid and vulnerable, but rather as we experience all of our emotions, we still choose to believe the Good News of Jesus Christ!

Let’s pray!

Father, we come to you in time of great need, for we know that you hear us and that you love us.  We want to praise and glorify your name for the sacrifice and victory that your Son, Jesus Christ, achieved through His death and resurrection. 

Father, we come to you in a time of brokenness and we pray that you would help those who are vulnerable and to miraculously stop the spreading of this virus.

Father, we come to you in a time of great uncertainty and we pray for the courage to believe the Good news of Jesus Christ.  We pray that as our hearts are comforted, that we might be a comfort to those around us. 

Father, we pray for our President and all our government officials, everyone in the Health Sector and for the critical industries.  We thank you for the sacrifice that people are making for the benefit of others and we pray that you would keep them safe!

Amen


SUNDAY SERVICE GUIDE – MARCH 22nd, 2020

Good morning Rooted Fellowship. We understand worship looks a bit different this morning. We may not physically be together, but we can all be present with the Father this morning, as one body.

It is important to remember that even though we are not gathered together, we still remain a church, although scattered.

Here follows a guide to help you worship this morning. Whether you are by yourself or with friends and/or family, we pray that God would meet you in a powerful way.

CALL TO WORSHIP 

O God,

by your power may we, with all the saints,

comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth

of the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,

so that we may be filled with your fullness. Amen.

—based on Ephesians 3:18-19

WORSHIP

If possible, spend some time listening and singing along to these songs. Use this playlist which has all the songs from a YouTube playlist.

Or watch the individual videos using the links below:

  1. All who are thirsty – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRnHks3u5jg
  2. Phindukhulume – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsbieYgKvDo
  3. Oceans – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3kwC-8cXhs

SPOKEN WORD PIECE

We invite you to listen to a spoken word piece written & performed by Pinky Mokwena.

SELAH

If possible, spend some time reading Psalm 77 in your Bible or on a digital device of your choice

or Feel free to listen to this Psalm read in the HCSB or THE MESSAGE translation.

MOMENT OF STILLNESS

We encourage you to take a moment to be still in the presence of God.

[PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE]

PRAYER FOR PEACE

Lord, You are where we look for our help. You are the Maker of Heaven and Earth and You are the One who watches over us. Every moment of our lives is lived under Your watchful eye. We trust You for our peace as the uncertainty in our world grows. Watch over our families, our loved ones, our neighbours, and those who are vulnerable among us – both near and far — and give us peace. Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 

Spend time praying together for the issues of our day and the concerns of those present. If desired, please feel free to use the prayers below.

Father, we pray for those currently ill with the virus afflicting our world. We ask You to miraculously heal those who are sick and to stop the spread of this virus.

Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for those in positions of power.  May they make wise decisions on our behalf. We lift up our President, our government and local officials, and all those in leadership positions – be it government, business, academia, non-profit or community.

Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for those working in the medical professions, who are on the front lines of the crisis.  We ask you to protect them as they serve those impacted by this virus. For public health officials, we ask for wisdom into the best practices to combat the spread of this virus. We also pray for those working on a vaccine.  We ask for insight and supernatural direction in their research.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord, we also pray for our hearts and minds. Keep us from the oppressiveness of fear — from the anxiety of the unknown. Help us to trust in Your goodness and remind us that You will never leave us nor forsake us.

Lord, hear our prayer.

THE PREACHING OF GOD’S WORD

We invite you to now watch the video or listen to the podcast for this week’s sermon.

children’s discipleship

We will have content available for you to work through with your kids.  Please email us at community@rootedfellowship.com if you would like the content.

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

Share with someone what resonated with you. What do you sense God is saying? Take time to pray in response of God’s Word communicated to us.

BENEDICTION

May the grace of Christ, which daily renews us,

and the love of God, which enables us to love all,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, which unites us in one body,

make us eager to obey the will of God, until we meet again,

through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

— based on 2 Corinthians 13:13

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