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)

RCSA historic vote on women in office

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2016 RCSA Extraordinary Synod on Women in Office (12-16 January 2016)

After 30 odd years of wrestling with the matter, RCSA Extraordinary (General) Synod 2016 takes the solid majority and decisive decision not to open up the office of elder and minister to women. (Not a single petition of protest passed.) By doing so, the RCSA joins the ranks of a number of Presbyterian and Reformed denominations and federations worldwide that share the same conviction. The result is that existing international fraternal bonds will be confirmed and some hopefully strengthened – especially with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (N America) and the United Reformed Church North America (both of which had delegates present this past week).

The outcome of 60 plus hours of deliberation is testimony to the fact that God continues to work through the good order and assemblies of his church by his Spirit to preserve his Word and its witness to the gospel of Christ.

I, Pastor Simon Jooste, am more convinced than ever of confessional Reformed doctrine and practice being most faithful to the testimony of Scripture. I saw it worked out in sweat and tears this past week. Indeed, no greater men of granite character and conviction reside outside the ranks of the Reformed tradition.

To God be the glory for his extraordinary work through the ordinary workings of his church this past week.

Thank you for your prayers.