Written by Salifyanji Malunga, Photo Credits: Joseph Lusumpa
Every week, the Northrise community gathers for a chapel service to praise, worship and hear the word of God. Often, students trained as peer leaders lead different segments of the service while preaching is done by different ministers. Once every semester, Northrise staff and faculty have an opportunity lead and we call this Staff Chapel. Yesterday, 27th September, was Staff chapel for Semester 2 2017.
It all started with a warm welcome by Mrs. Mtambo, the moderator of the day and a prayer from Mr. Chilufya. Then a reading from Psalm 16 and a time of praise and worship where we collectively worshiped God in the beauty of his holiness. Students were caught by surprise as the maintenance team sung Nshakalabe uluse lwamfumu (I will never forget the Lord’s mercies) and danced with their might. Everyone stood and joined in the praise.
Mr Kaunda Salimu, NU’s System Administrator, gave an amazing piece of poetry which posed the question, “where do you get information about you?” and defied human’s quest for identity and approval from social media, newspapers and television. Don’t forget that all this information is inspired by mare human beings, he said. So where do you get Information about you?? The Bible which is inspired by God, our creator who informs our past, present and future. Amazing talent!
NU staff members ministered through a drama on Jesus’ return for a final judgement. The drama taught that the way we treat others has an impact to our eternal life because the way we treat others is the way we treat Jesus.
The preacher of the day was Mr. Steven Sikobela who asked the question “What is the disposition of our hearts?” and cautioned us to live pure lives as only those with pure hearts will see God. He further stated that life is fading away very quickly and our being on earth is preparation for eternity; a mere “Dress rehearsal”. He also emphasized that the heart is the most important part of every human both biologically and spiritually as it must be guarded. “Guard your hearts with all diligence for in there are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4vs 24). In conclusion he indicated that we are responsible to guard our hearts and one of the ways to do so is to love God with all their mind, heart, soul and strength and to also love our neighbour as ourselves.
Chapel ended with a prayer from Dr. Zimba and I was blessed!
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