Presbyterian Reformed Church
Let us introduce ourselves and tell you some of the things you can expect as part of our worship service.
The service includes hymns, Bible reading, prayers and sermon. The order of service varies from time to time, but always includes these elements of worship. The whole service usually takes about an hour and a half.
The sermon is usually between 40 to 55 minutes and most often will be an exposition of a passage of Scripture, with application to the needs of the congregation. Sometimes the sermon will be specifically topical, but most often it will be part of a series, working systematically through a book of the Bible.
Stand or sit?
We sit for most of the time Ė while we pray, read the scriptures and listen to the sermon.† We stand up while we sing.
We sing psalms, hymns and other spiritual songs from a number of sources.† The hymn board at the front, or the order of service hand-out, will indicate which book to use for each of the songs.†
At the end of each song we sing ĎAmení Ė which is scriptureís way for us to affirm heartily to each other the truth and importance of what we have sung.
During the service, members of our church are given the opportunity to contribute money for the work of the gospel within our own congregation, and to support the missionary work our church undertakes.† We donít expect visitors to contribute, so please donít feel any obligation to put money into the offering when it is taken up.
After the service
Immediately after the service, take a moment or two to reflect on what you have learned from the hymns, scripture readings and sermon, and ask God to help you to remember and apply those things.
Before you leave, please join us for light refreshments and an opportunity for us to get to know each other.†
On the first Sunday of each month we share a meal together after the worship service.† You are very welcome to join us.
The Lordís Supper
After lunch on the first Sunday of each month, we observe the sacrament of the Lordís Supper.† If you would like to participate with us in this communion service, please speak to one of the elders.† Please read ďTaking part in the Lordís SupperĒ below, which has more information about this important part of our congregationís life.
Presbyterian Reformed Church
The Lordís Supper is a special and very precious Ďmeans of graceí.† It can be of great benefit to everyone who attends the service.† But participation in the Lordís Supper Ė by sitting at the table and taking the bread and the cup Ė is not for everyone.
1. The Lordís Supper is for Christians
†††† It is for those who know themselves to be sinners by nature, by habit and by deed, but who are humbly repenting of their sins and trusting in the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross to save them from the guilt and pollution of their sin, to restore them to a relationship of fellowship with God, and to fit them, at the end of their lives on this earth, to dwell with Him and praise Him in glory forever.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."† In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.†
2. The Lordís Supper is for Christians in true Christian churches
†††† Many of our spiritual duties, privileges and exercises are intensely personal.† But the Lordís Supper is a corporate act, not a personal one.† It is a Sacrament, given by Christ to the Church Ė not to individual Christians Ė to observe in a disciplined way following His example (Luke 22:14-20) and according to the instructions He gave through the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 10 & 11.† We often refer to the Lordís Supper as the ĎCommunioní service, which emphasises not only the relationship we have with Christ, but also the unity of those who sit together at the Lordís Table.† Christians will desire to be active, involved members of an evangelical church Ė where they come under the discipline of Biblical preaching, the oversight of the elders and the fellowship of others.† All such people, if they are at one with the members of the Presbyterian Reformed Church, are warmly invited to join us at the Lordís Table.† If you are not a member of the Presbyterian Reformed Church please speak to one of the elders of this congregation before first sitting at the Lordís Table with us.
1 Corinthians 10:16-18, 21, 23, 24
The cup of
blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The
bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?†† For we, though many, are one bread and one
body; for we all partake of that one bread.†
3. The Lordís Supper is for Christians who are repenting of their sins.
†††† Given the previous two Ďqualificationsí, this might seem obvious.† Havenít all Christians repented of their sins?† Yes, but the Bible shows that Christians can become careless and indifferent Ė or even fall into open sin and rebellion Ė and that in such a state they should not participate in the Lordís Supper.† The Lordís Supper is a remembrance of Jesusí death for sinners.† It would be hypocrisy of the worst kind to join in commemorating His saving death while unrepentantly harbouring the very sins for which He died.† This does not mean that the Sacrament cannot benefit a backslidden Christian.† Its regular observance by the church is a rebuke to sin, and calls us all to repentance, renewed dependence on Godís saving grace, and devotion to live a godly life.† Christian, do not come to the Lordís Table while you are willfully sinning and refusing to yield to Godís law Ė instead repent, and then come gratefully and joyfully to this memorial of Christís death for your sin.
1 Corinthians 11:27-31
Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.† But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.† For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.† For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.† For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††
∑ Prepare, therefore, to come solemnly yet joyfully to this feast.
For those who do not join in the observance of the sacrament, we invite you to take a seat behind those who are participating, and to benefit from this service by considering the message of Godís grace for undeserving sinners, set out before you in the broken bread and in the cup.
∑ Watch as communicants, who have gathered at the table, partake.†
∑ Listen as the gospel of salvation through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ is proclaimed both in word and in the visible elements.†
∑ Consider the free offer of eternal salvation set out before you, and all the blessings of fellowship in a true church available to you.