Details regarding the recommencement of public worship on 7 June 2020

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters of RCSS,

The church Council would like to take this opportunity to bring you up to speed on the latest developments with respect to recommencing public worship thanks to the latest level 3 government lockdown regulations. Lord willing, we will congregate at the Rondebosch Scout Hall this coming Sunday, 7 June, at 9.30am.

We would like to stress up front that we understand that some of you will not be attending due to your age and/ or underlying health conditions, which puts you at higher risk for complications from COVID-19. Despite your absence from public worship, we believe that God will continue to uphold you in your faith under these less than ideal circumstances. “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6).

As indicated before, we will continue to live-stream the 9.30am (no second service for the time-being due to government restrictions) service via YouTube. Liturgies for both services will continue to be posted on the church website. More details are forthcoming closer to the time.

For those that are healthy and able-bodied we encourage you to attend corporate worship this Sunday and going forward. Yes, there is risk of infection from COVID-19 by attending a public assembly. However, if our understanding of the scientific data both worldwide and locally is correct, then it would seem the risk if very low. We remember that our lives, down to the finest details, are in God’s capable hands (Matt. 6:25-34). Furthermore, we will be taking the following precautions to further ensure your safety. Please read them carefully so that where you have a responsibility you can be adequately prepared for Sunday:

  1. Please fill out a “symptoms” checklist via Google Forms (to be sent to you) or by hand prior to the service;
  2. No person with COVID-19 related symptoms will be allowed to enter the Scout Hall;
  3. If possible, please bring your own Bible and Psalter-hymnal. Otherwise, the relevant liturgy, Bible passages and Psalms will be sent to your phone. The purpose is to avoid the handling of books as far as possible;
  4. The Scout Hall will be thoroughly cleansed prior to the service using a sanitising “fog bomb”;
  5. Please wear your own mask at all times;
  6. Please bring your own hand sanitiser;
  7. All hands must be sanitised upon entering the Scout Hall with a church-provided sanitiser bottle;
  8. Social distancing of 1.5m from each other will apply;
  9. Chairs will be separated from each other by a distance of at least 1.5m;
  10. The pulpit will be at least 2.5m from the closest chair;
  11. Singing will unfortunately not be allowed. We encourage you to speak or whisper the words as your Pastor leads you in song;
  12. The giving of money and envelopes during the worship service will be allowed. But, we encourage you to consider doing an EFT to either the ministry and/ or deaconal funds instead (just in case, banking details are here);
  13. Fellowship after the service is not allowed. So, please make your way as soon as possible. However, Pastoral visits are permissible and will take place as arranged with you by your Pastor after the service.

Please do not hesitate to contact myself or an elder or deacon should you have any questions or concerns regarding the above. We continue to pray for you.

Grace, peace and strength,

 

Pastor Simon on behalf of the RCSS Council 

Worship service litrugy, 26 April 2020

The liturgy Sunday 26 April can be viewed here:

 

:: Call to worship/ Call on God’s name for help by reading: Psalm 67

And praying:

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we call your name, praying that you would be pleased to turn away from our many terrible sins, by which we have never stopped deserving your anger. And because we are not worthy to appear before your sovereign majesty, we pray that you will see us in your beloved Son Jesus Christ, and accept the merit of his death in satisfaction for all our offenses, and that in him we may be pleasing in your eyes. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us, enlightening our minds with true understanding of your word. And give us your grace, so that as we can receive your truth into our hearts with humility and awe.  Please lead us to place all our trust in you.  Please enable us to live to serve and worship you, to the glory of your holy name. And since you have chosen to count us among your people, help us to give you the love and honor that we owe to you, as children to our Father, and as servants to our Lord. (adapted from Calvin)

:: Song of Praise: Psalm 99 (p99A) (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: Matthew 22:34-40

:: Prayer of Confession (use Psalm 38 as a guide)

::Assurance of Pardon: 1 Corinthians 15:1-3

:: Song of thanksgiving: Psalm 118 (p118A) (text here and tune here)

:: Prayer of illumination

:: Reading and Sermon: Psalm 65 – worship is in the presence of God and each other

If you cannot live-stream video from YouTube:

Consider listening to the service without video using Chrome with extension

Otherwise please listen to a sermon here or read here

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

:: Offering (banking details are here)

:: Concluding song: Psalm 102 (p102B) (text here and tune here)