This week is the perfect time to join in our worship online. We simplified our online service and made it even easier to participate, and viewing does not require a Facebook account! Join the video stream on Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/coldspringchurch) or, if you don’t have internet access, use our New call in number: +1 (929) 205-6099. Enter Meeting ID: 875 2479 7260.
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An Abundance of Hope
Did you know that ice cream is the number one purchase during stressful times? Have you ever eaten ice cream and not felt better?! There is something delightful about ice cream. In the 10th century, emerging glacier’s added milk to the ice only concoction. In the summer of 1851, commercial ice cream production began in Boston but the frozen treat became an international bestseller when the United States Army packaged ice cream with wooden spoons during World War II for our GI’s to enjoy on the battlefield of all places. 90% of American households eat ice cream, the average person consumming 48 pints per year!
It may be hard to think about ice cream and joy when we are personally and nationally affected by a pandemic and persistent racial injustice. A new future is emerging and uncertain, and chaos leaves us feeling overwhelmed. We lack things we need. We lack a cure. We lack treatment. Many lack employment. Businesses lack employees. We lack solutions. We struggle just to feel safe as building restrictions are lessening but confirmed cases and unrest climb. We conclude that injustice is even more complex to solve than COVID-19. What can we do other than just sit it out. Our fainting hope can often leave us disappointed. But, there is Good News!
This week during Worship Online we will discover “An Abundance of Hope” can be your’s. Right now! Yes. Even as we experience stresses, struggles, suffering, and separation from our favorite people and activities, we can possess a “hope that does not disappoint us because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts…” (Rom. 5). Literally, scooped out like ice cream! God’s love in Christ is to be enjoyed even more than ice cream!
But wait! There’s more! Jesus wants us to see opportunities right in front of us when he says, “ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest… proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near” (Matt. 9 and 10). We don’t have to wait till things are better. Each of us can do our part, no matter how small or large it may appear to be. What Good News will you experience and share this week?
Its time for an “ice cream-like faith” at Cold Spring Church because we are to enjoy God’s love that has been lavishly scooped out for us. Christ died and rose again for US! And Jesus, lovingly sends you and me outside ourselves to experience the abundance.
Enjoy ice cream this week and remember to invite others to join you online. “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in God! (Psalm 34:8).