Southern Cross gathers every week at Bergvliet High School, in the Southern Suburbs, to celebrate what God is doing in our lives, to encourage one another and be encouraged by the truth of God’s word and the salvation we have through Jesus. We proclaim God’s truth, submitting ourselves to it, seeking to be transformed. We collectively worship, not as disconnected individuals but as a community, through music, teaching, prayer, and sacraments.
Below are some of the elements that featured in our gathering this week.
For your goodness and generosity in giving us all we need, help us to praise you O God.
In every circumstance of life, in good times and bad, help us to trust you, O God.
In love and faithfulness, with all that we have and all that we are, help us to serve you, O God.
As we speak or write or listen to those nearby or far away, help us to share your love, O God.
In our plans and work for ourselves and for others, help us to glorify you, O God.
In every thought and word and deed, by the power of your Holy Spirit, this week, may we live for you, O God.
Leader: Most merciful Father, we have sinned against and are guilty before you. Forgive us the sins of our tongues-
All: For deception and untruthfulness in our dealings with others; for resentment, coldness, impatience, and tempers out of control.
Leader: Forgive us for the sins of our eyes-
All: For impurity in our glances and imagination; for pining after more beauty, comfort, status and wealth than you have given us.
Leader: Forgive us the sins of our hearts-
All: For hard-heartedness toward you and our neighbors; for pride, self absorption, self pity; and above all for rebelling against your Lordship and doubting your love.
All: Now, Holy Father, kill our envy, remove our pride, melt our hearts. Give us grace to be holy, kind, gentle, pure, to live for you and not for ourselves, to be transformed into your likeness, to live wholly for your glory. Take away our mourning and give us music; remove our sackcloth and give us your beauty. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Gracious God, your word is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. Today, when we hear your voice, deliver us from hardness of heart. Help us to put away everything that keeps us from persevering in your way, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.