Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) HIII.

Supervision of Public Worship

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 53

Supervision of Public Worship

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53

The Call to Corporate Worship

The session shall call the congregation for corporate worship ordinarily twice on the Lord’s Day. Corporate worship services on other days than the Lord’s Day are left to the freedom of the churches.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 54

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54

Supervision of Worship Services

The worship services shall be conducted under the supervision of the session and shall be in keeping with synodical regulations.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 55

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55

Sermons for Reading Services

In reading services only sermons approved by the sessions shall be used.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 56

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56

Exposition of Confessional Standards

Ordinarily at one of the services on each Lord’s day the Word shall be expounded as summarised in the Confessional Standards.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 57

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57

The Administration of the Sacraments

The sacraments shall be administered by the authority of the session in a public worship service (ordinarily by a minister of the Word) with the use of the prescribed forms.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 58

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58

Baptism

The Covenant of God shall be sealed by Holy Baptism unto children of believers, including children legally adopted by members of the congregation. The session shall see to it that baptism is requested and administered as soon as feasible.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 59

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59

Public Profession of Faith

Members by baptism and adults who have not been baptised shall be admitted to communicant membership upon public profession of faith with the use of the prescribed form. Before the profession of faith, the session shall examine them concerning motives, doctrine and conduct. Those who have not been baptised, shall receive holy baptism upon profession of faith.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 60

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60

Certificates of Membership

Communicant members coming from other Reformed Churches of New Zealand shall be admitted to communicant membership upon the presentation of certificates of membership attesting their soundness in doctrine and life. The same rule shall apply to those coming from other denominations with which the Reformed Churches of New Zealand maintain sister church relationships.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 61

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61

Guests at the Lord’s Table

Persons belonging to denominations other than sister churches may be admitted as guests at the Lord’s Table only if the session has ascertained that they profess the true religion and walk uprightly.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 62

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62

Admitting Members from Non-sister Churches

Persons coming from denominations other than sister churches shall be admitted to communicant membership only after the session has examined them concerning doctrine and conduct.
The session shall determine in each case whether or not public profession of faith shall be required.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 63

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63

Lawful Objections to Profession of Faith Candidates

The names of those who wish to make a public profession of faith shall be announced to the congregation at least one Lord’s Day beforehand, so that lawful objections may be raised, should any exist.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 64

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64

Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper shall be administered at least once every three months.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 65

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65

Marriages and Funerals

Ministers shall not solemnise any marriage which is not approved beforehand by the session of the church. Upon request, the session should provide for the preaching of the Word of God at the funeral of deceased members of the congregation (Acts of Synod 2011, Art 124-7).

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 66

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66

Psalms and Hymns

In the worship services of the church only the 150 Psalms and the collection of Hymns for church use, approved and adopted by Synod, shall be sung.
However, while the singing of Psalms in divine worship is a requirement, the use of the approved hymns is left to the freedom of the churches.