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
1 O come let us sing out to the Lord:
let us shout in triumph to the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before His face with thanksgiving:
and cry out to Him joyfully in psalms.
3 For the Lord is a great God:
and a great king above all gods.
4 In His hand are the depths of the earth:
and the peaks of the mountain are His also.
5 The sea is His and He made it:
His hands moulded dry land.
6 Come let us worship and bow down:
and kneel before the Lord our maker.
7 For He is the Lord our God:
we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
8 Today if only you would hear His voice:
‘Do not harden your hearts as Israel did in the wilderness;
Glory to God : Father Son and Holy Spirit;
as in the beginning so now and for ever. Amen.
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we Your unworthy servants give You most humble and hearty thanks, for all Your goodness and loving kindness to us and to all men. We bless You for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life. But above all for Your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, for the hope of glory, and the growth of Southern Cross. Give us, we pray, such a deep sense of all Your mercies, that we may be truly thankful and praise You not only with our lips, but with our lives, by giving up ourselves to Your service, and by walking before You in holiness and righteousness all our days. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, to whom, with You and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Almighty, merciful Father, You have told us not to think of ourselves only, but to remember the needs of others. We pray for all in want or need, for the sick in body or mind, for the poor and lonely, for those in distress and despair and for all who have strayed from Your way.
Merciful Lord, deliver them, strengthen and restore their faith, bless and help them through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
God of all the nations of the earth, we pray to You to remember the multitude of men and women who, though created in Your image are ignorant of Your love. Grant that by the witness of those who serve our Lord Jesus Christ, perishing souls may be saved, the whole church revived, and the Name of our Saviour magnified. In Christ’s Name we ask it. Amen.
Bible reading 1 – Matthew 21:1-11
Heavenly Father, you have called us to be living members of Christ’s holy church. Bless the fellowship of the Southern Cross, its leaders, ministers and those in responsible positions. Thank you for you faithful provision for Southern Cross, please continue to bless and provide for the ministry of Southern Cross, that through the ministry your kingdom may continue to grow. May we always serve You and each other in prayer and love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Bible reading 2 – Romans 13:8-14
Collect – Advent 1
Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness and put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which Your Son Jesus Christ came among us in great humility; that on the last day, when He comes again in His glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through Him who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.