Recording of RCSS Worship, Sunday 31 May 2020

The AM service will be streamed on YouTube here at 9.30am.

AM liturgy 

:: Call to worship/ Call on God’s name for help by reading: Psalm 121

“Our Father, with the Psalmist we lift up our eyes to the hills and we cry: Where does our help come from?  And we confess that our help comes from you O Lord, who made heaven and earth.  You will not let our foot be moved; you who keep us will not slumber.  Behold, you who are the keeper of your people will neither slumber nor sleep.  You, Lord, are our keeper; the shade on our right hand.  The sun shall not strike us by day, nor the moon by night.  You, heavenly father will keep us from all evil; you will keep our life.  Your Father, Son and Holy Spirit, will keep our going out and our coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”  Amen.  (adapted from Ps 121)

:: Song of Praise: Psalm 51:1-4 (p51C) (text here and tune here)

:: Corporate confession of Faith: Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He endured the sufferings of hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy *catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

*The word “catholic” refers not to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

:: Sing: Doxology – Gloria Patri (Tune: here)

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen, amen.

:: Reading of the Law: Deuteronomy 5:6-21; James 1:19-1

:: Prayer of Confession (use Rom. 7-8 as a guide)

:: Assurance of Pardon: Hebrews 9:27-28

:: Song of Thanksgiving: Psalm 1 (p1B) (text here and tune here)

:: Prayer of illumination

:: Reading and Sermon: Matthew 28:16-20 – The Great Commission and women in office

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:: Congregational prayer (pray for your needs and the needs of our congregation)

:: Offering (banking details are here)

:: Concluding song: Psalm 91:1-5 (p91A) (text here and tune here)

:: Benediction: Pray Numbers 6:24-26


PM liturgy

:: Call to worship: Psalm 121

:: Song of Praise:  Psalm 51:5-8 (p51C) (text here and tune here)

:: Congregational prayer: use the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6 as a guide and include needs of congregation

:: Song: Psalm 1 (p1B) (text here and tune here)

:: Readings and Sermon

Please listen to a sermon here or here or read here

Concluding song: Psalm 91:6-9 (p91A) (text here and tune here)

Services cancelled March 22 & 29 due to COVID-19

RCSS announcement in light of COVID-19

Dear RCSS Saints:

As you know the Corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic has reached our shores over the past couple of weeks. At present the number of known infections in the Western Cape sits at around twenty. While it is difficult to determine from the media how serious the situation is globally and in Cape Town, a couple of facts suggest that we proceed with caution and pause to ask the Lord for wisdom.

First, the South African government joins many other countries in enforcing stringent measures to avoid the rapid spread of the disease. These include temporary shut down of schools and universities, prohibiting public meetings of over 100 people and encouraging social distancing of at least six feet.

Second, the purpose of these measures is to stall the rate of inevitable infection (most people will likely get the virus over the next two years) so as not to overload hospitals and hamper the economy further.

Third, elderly folk and those with compromised immune systems are most susceptible to falling critically ill from COVID-19.

Fourth, with Cape Town being a tourist destination, the likelihood of infections from asymptomatic carriers of the disease is arguably much higher than in other parts of the world.

Fifth, the nature of our public transport system used primarily by those that for the most part live in less hygienic parts of Cape Town also increases the risk and rate of infection.

How, then, should we as Christians and members of RCSS respond to COVID-19? And more specifically, should we continue to worship publicly, on Sunday, for the foreseeable future? The following are some important Biblical truths that should be considered in making a wise decision.

First, we as believers need not fear any evil, including a deadly virus and death itself. Our days are numbered according to the sovereign plan of our heavenly Father (Pss. 23; 91; Heidelberg LD 10). The Gospel gives incalculable comfort in the midst of the uncertainties of this life (Rom. 8:31-39; Heidelberg LD 1).

Second, and in keeping with the first Four Commandments, corporate worship on the Lord’s Day is critical to our perseverance in faith in Christ (Deut. 5:6-15; Acts 2:42; Rom. 10:5-17; Heidelberg LD 25; 34-8). In other words, to miss out on the public ministry of the Word is not a matter of little consequence.

Third, next to our highest duty to love God we have a duty to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, especially our fellow Christian (Matt. 22:34-40). This love, in keeping with the Sixth Commandment, means we are to do nothing to recklessly endanger ourselves and others (Deut. 5:17; Heidelberg LD 40).

Fourth, another application of love to God and our neighbor is to – in keeping with the Fifth Commandment – submit to the governing authorities (Deut. 5:18; Heidelberg LD 39).

Fifth, in those matters where the Bible is silent as to the specifics of how to act ethically, we are to avail ourselves of the channels of natural wisdom God has given us in the created order: like doctors and social workers (Proverbs; Canons of Dort III/IV:4).

All this to say, the RCSS Council has decided to err on the side of caution and cancel worship services for the next two Sundays (22 & 29 March). We will re-evaluate the situation thereafter as the Corona virus story develops. You can expect follow-up correspondence shortly with recommendations on how you can worship in your home this Sunday. (Because Rev. Jooste is on leave for the next two Sundays, we will not be streaming a service live; but hope to have such an arrangement in place in due course.)

During this time of uncertainty and isolation, please consider how you might pray for and share each other’s burdens (Gal. 5:1-5). Should you have a spiritual or temporal need, please don’t hesitate to contact an elder or deacon respectively.

Yours affectionately in Christ,

The RCSS Council