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 gatherings this past week:
Call to Worship
Psa. 33:1 Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.
2 Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre;
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
3 Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
Psa. 33:4 For the word of the LORD is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
5 He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.
Psa. 33:6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
7 He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;
he puts the deeps in storehouses.
Psa. 33:8 Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
Confess our beliefs together regarding Trinity
Athanasius of Alexandria lived in the third century and defended Nicene theology about the Trinity against who believed that Jesus was a created being rather than true God. This creed was put together summarising his biblical understanding of the Trinity.
The Creed of St. Athanasius
1 Whosoever will be saved: before all things it is necessary that he hold the Holy Christian faith.
2 Which faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled : without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
3 And the Holy Christian Faith is this : that we worship one God in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity;
4 Neither confounding the Persons : nor dividing the Substance.
5 For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son: and another of the Holy Spirit.
6 But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, is all one : the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.
7 Such as the Father is, such is the Son: and such is the Holy Spirit.
8 The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate: and the Holy Spirit uncreate.
9 The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible: and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible.
10 The Father eternal, the Son eternal: and the Holy Spirit eternal.
11 And yet they are not three eternals: but one eternal.
12 As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated : but one uncreated and one incomprehensible.
13 So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty: and the Holy Spirit Almighty.
14 And yet they are not three Almighties: but one Almighty.
15 So the Father is God, the Son is God: and the Holy Spirit is God.
16 And yet they are not three Gods: but one God.
17 So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord: and the Holy Spirit Lord.
18 And yet not three Lords: but one Lord.
Glory to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
as in the beginning so now and for ever. Amen.
Prayer all together
Almighty and everlasting God, You have given us Your servants grace by the confession of a true faith to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and by Your divine power to worship You as One: we humbly pray that You will keep us steadfast in this faith and evermore defend us from all dangers; through Christ our Lord.
Reading Luke 7:1-17
Lord’s Prayer (Together)
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed by thy Name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
In earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen.