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
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. (Rev. 1:4-6)
Kids & Communion
The supper of the Lord is not only a sign of the love that Christians ought to have among themselves for each other, but is especially a sacrament of our redemption by Christ’s death. Accordingly, for those who rightly, worthily and with faith receive it the bread that is broken is a partaking of the body of Christ and the cup of blessing is a partaking of the blood of Christ (1 Cor. 10:16).
In the Lord’s supper the body of Christ is given, taken and eaten only in a heavenly or spiritual manner, and faith is the means by which the body of Christ is received and eaten in the supper.
The sacraments prescribed by Christ are badges and tokens of our profession as Christians, and more particularly, they are trustworthy witnesses and effectual signs of God’s grace and good will to us. By them God works invisibly in us both arousing and also strengthening and confirming our faith in him.
The sacraments were not appointed by Christ to be a public spectacle or to be paraded for adoration, but to be used with due discipline. They have a beneficial effect or working only in those who receive them worthily; whereas those who receive them unworthily bring condemnation on themselves as Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 11:27ff.
Prayer: (Official part for Sunday)
Brothers and sisters in Christ, Holy Scripture teaches that we are to examine our lives before we take part in the holy fellowship of the Lord’s Supper.
God, in His infinite love and mercy, gave His only beloved Son Jesus Christ to die for us, sinners, on the cross. He atoned there for our sins, that we might become God’s children by adoption and grace and have everlasting life. We have come to remember Christ’s death and all that it means, as He Himself instructed. But before we do this we must judge ourselves, we must repent of the sins we have committed, we must firmly trust in Christ our Saviour and above all we must praise and thank Him for His great love for us.
You, who truly and earnestly repent of your sins, come near with faith and take this holy sacrament to strengthen you in your daily life. But first let us confess to God our sin which always confronts us.
we have sinned against you;
we have done evil in your sight.
We are sorry and repent.
Have mercy on us according to your love.
Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.
Renew a right spirit within us
and restore us to the joy of your salvation,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for you, preserve your body and soul to everlasting life; take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for you and feed on Him in your heart by faith with thanksgiving.
The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ which was shed for you, preserve your body and soul to everlasting life; drink this in remembrance that Christ’s blood was shed for you, and be thankful.
Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for you and feed on Him in your heart by faith with thanksgiving.
Drink this in remembrance that Christ’s blood was shed for you and be thankful.
Father, as we have received these gifts of bread and grape juice,
you have fed us with the spiritual food of the body and blood
of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Thank you for assuring us of your goodness and love,
and that we are members of his body.
Renew us by your Holy Spirit,
unite us in the body of your Son,
and bring us with all your people
into the joy of your eternal kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.