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August 2020

2020-08-30 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Worship Online Resources

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2020-08-30 Worship Online

Worship Guide (v1) for August 30, 2020

Readings August 30, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for August 30, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for August 30, 2020

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.

Share Your Experience!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. Once you and your family are ready, share the picture with us by posting to Facebook #ColdSpringChurch or Instagram #coldspringchurchnj. You may want to subscribe to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

Hand to hand holding connect relationship

Worship and Message theme:

Where is God in relation to where you are? Join us this week in worship as God’s place meets our place. We start with Moses’ “non-burning bush” experience when God got his attention. God calls Moses by name and , in case is he was unsure, that wherever he stands is holy ground when God is there! Then God expresses the pain and the suffering on behalf of the Israelites. Empathy is God’s communication channel that resonates with us. God feels you. God gets you. And when God calls you to do amazing things, God is with you. Then we jump 1200 years forward to Peter who says Jesus can’t handle the path ahead that includes suffering, pain, and death on a cross. Like with Moses, and Peter, and Jesus, when God sends you on a mission, even a difficult one, God is with you and will see it through with you, too. What if God called your name and you said, “Here I am” — and then it got real. Maybe your life already has. We all need to hear God say to us right where we are, “We can do this!” We need our community to hear God say to them, too, “We can do this!”.

Restricted In-Person Worship To Resume September 20:

We anticipate that a restricted 30-minute in-person worship will resume on September 20. We are designing a hybrid worship experience to enjoy either online or in-person, whichever venue you feel most comfortable in. For the safety of our in-person worshippers, mask or face coverings and physical distancing protocols will be followed. Also, for the safety of everyone, there will be no congregational singing. Our online participants can enjoy the live 30-minute service that begins at 10:40 AM, preceded and followed by several music videos with lyrics. More details will follow.

Music Preview:

Following our countdown video featuring “Hosanna, Praise is Rising”, will be WM video “Lord I Lift Your Name on High. Written in 1989, by Rick Founds, who wrote this song because he was “amazed at the love of God” & struck by God’s divine plan, which left him in awe of the cycle of events of Christ’s life and death for us. The closing WM Video “You Never Let Go” was inspired by Psalm 23 verse 4 in the darkest moments we need to find something firm to stand on, and the Lord “never lets go”. The composer Matt Rodman says this song has caused many people to write to him about how God has been at work personally for them.

2020-08-23 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Worship Online Resources

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2020-08-23 Worship Online

Worship Guide (v1) for August 23, 2020

Readings August 23, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for August 23, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for August 23, 2020

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.

Share Your Experience!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. Once you and your family are ready, share the picture with us by posting to Facebook #ColdSpringChurch or Instagram #coldspringchurchnj. You may want to subscribe to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

Worship and Message theme:

Identity is this week’s worship theme. Simon Peter was asked by Jesus: “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered: “You are the Christ” How we answer this question is also critical. To be a Christian means believing that Jesus is the Son of God. The Christian faith is a journey- an exciting journey of getting to know Who God is. We learn as we put our faith into practice. Professing that Jesus is the Christ, is just the beginning. What we do with that is what truly matters. “We show our faith by what we do.” I admit, sometimes my faith becomes a little shaky. This is why Jesus had to come and die. That’s why we confess our sins and turn to Christ. It is a daily, minute by minute, life-long journey. Who we say Jesus is, has everything to do with who and how we are and will be!

Restricted In-Person Worship To Resume September 20:

We anticipate that a restricted 30-minute in-person worship will resume on September 20. We are designing a hybrid worship experience to enjoy either online or in-person, whichever venue you feel most comfortable in. For the safety of our in-person worshippers, mask or face coverings and physical distancing protocols will be followed. Also, for the safety of everyone, there will be no congregational singing. Our online participants can enjoy the live 30-minute service that begins at 10:40 AM, preceded and followed by several music videos with lyrics. More details will follow.

Music Preview:

Worship Online begins with the very popular hymn written by Thomas O. Chisholm, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. Chisholm wrote hundreds of poems during his lifetime. In 1923, he was inspired by the verses of Lamentations 3:22-23 to write the text for this hymn. Those verses are as follows, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Our second hymn, “Take My Life And Let It Be”, is a classic hymn of Christian commitment written by Frances Havergal. In her own words, the hymn is a “consecration hymn” in which the singer commits all of her possessions and being to the Lord for his purposes. It expresses what each of us ought to feel and long for, even if at times we see so much disparity between the words and our actual state that we have to sing most of it in hope and faith.

2020-08-16 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Worship Online Resources

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2020-08-16 Worship Online

Worship Guide (v1) for August 16, 2020

Readings August 16, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for August 16, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for August 16, 2020

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.

Share Your Experience!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. Once you and your family are ready, share the picture with us by posting to Facebook #ColdSpringChurch or Instagram #coldspringchurchnj. You may want to subscribe to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

Worship and Message theme:

A horizontal view of the Cape May NJ lighthouse against a deep blue sky and fluffy white clouds.

Joy is this week’s worship theme. Through the weariness, uncertainty, and pain in our COVID-19 world, and ordinary life experiences, we can receive Jesus’ joy! From the joy of a family reunion when Joseph greeted his long lost brothers as told in Genesis, to our Psalm reading about unity, and the Gospel that captures the joy when Jesus heals the sick daughter of an uninvited lunchtime guest, there is joy in God’s presence. Joy was Jesus’ focus as he endured the cross. Joy is our experience as we trust in God. Without joy, we lack strength to live the abundant life. If you don’t have joy, Jesus will meet you right where you are and lift you up. Without joy in Christ, whether in-person, online, or out in the world, the church is empty of spiritual life. Discover joy this week as we worship online.

Restricted In-Person Worship To Resume September 20:

We anticipate that a restricted 30-minute in-person worship will resume on September 20. We are designing a hybrid worship experience to enjoy either online or in-person, whichever venue you feel most comfortable in. For the safety of our in-person worshippers, mask or face coverings and physical distancing protocols will be followed. Also, for the safety of everyone, there will be no congregational singing. Our online participants can enjoy the live 30-minute service that begins at 10:40 AM, preceded and followed by several music videos with lyrics. More details will follow.

Music Preview:

Our worship begins with Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, a resounding tune based on Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. One morning, casually sitting down to breakfast, hymn writer Henry Van Dyke handed a text to the president of Williams College and said, “Here is a hymn for you. The Berkshire Mountains were my inspiration. It must be sung to Beethoven’s ‘Hymn to Joy.’” Our second selection is The Blessing inspired by the priestly blessing found in Numbers 6:23-27. This song has been sung online simultaneously with the aim of spreading hope and encouragement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020-08-09 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Worship Online Resources

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2020-08-09 Worship Online

Worship Guide (v1) for August 9, 2020

Readings August 9, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for August 9, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for August 9, 2020

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.

Share Your Experience!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. Once you and your family are ready, share the picture with us by posting to Facebook #ColdSpringChurch or Instagram #coldspringchurchnj. You may want to subscribe to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

Worship and Message theme:

What kinds of storms do you face? Recently, Tropical Storm Isaias devastated parts of our region. Tragic explosions rocked Beirut. COVID-19 deaths and cases are rising. Storms are dangerous. We always ask God to calm the storms. There are other storms we face, too. Emotional storms. Economic storms. Spiritual storms. Storms can also look like chaos, confusion, and complexity. Though God does not calm every storm, Jesus can calm us in every storm. This week, who will you invite into your “boat” when you’re stuck in the storms you face? Find out how Jesus is ready to enter the boat of your life, your family, your community, your church, and future. It’s time to experience calm in the storm.

Music Preview:

Worship begins with a powerful hymn of praise titled Raise A Hallelujah, a song of prayer for all those affected by COVID-19. It was written by Jonathan & Melissa Helser in 2013 as they prayed for a friend’s critically ill child. Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) is a 2013 song by Australian worship group, Hillsong United that tells the story of today’s Gospel lesson. Oceans was the #1 Christian song of the last decade on the Billboard music Hot Christian Songs Chart. We close the service with a well-loved Fanny Crosby hymn written in 1872, To God Be The Glory, first Introduced at a London Crusade in 1954 by Billy Graham.

2020-08-02 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Worship Online Resources

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2020-08-02 Worship Online

Worship Guide (v1) for August 2, 2020

Readings August 2, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for August 2, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for August 2, 2020

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.

Today, you are invited to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

If you’d like to participate, ready yourself with the elements. The bread can be of your choosing. For the cup, you may use grape juice or wine, or use water, remembering that Christ is the Living Water for all. See video.

Share Your Experience!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. Once you and your family are ready, share the picture with us by posting to Facebook #ColdSpringChurch or Instagram #coldspringchurchnj. You may want to subscribe to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

Worship and Message theme:

Hello.

Thank you for taking time to read this edition of Connections! You will find useful resources for Sunday’s worship online as we give thanks for God’s abundant blessings in our COVID-19 pandemic world. Our text this week recalls the only miracle of Jesus that is included in all four Gospels when a huge crowd was extravagantly fed. Does God meet your needs? Are you experiencing Jesus’ compassion? What do you have to offer Jesus for him to bless and use to feed others? Maybe you’re experiencing compassion fatigue. As God meets our needs, there’s even more God wants to do!

Music Preview:

We will enjoy new Countdown music titled Praise Is Rising. Worship begins with a traditional hymn, I Stand Amazed, How Marvelous, followed by a favorite, I Need Thee Every Hour. We return to our communion hymn, All Who Are Thirsty as we gather at the Lord’s Table. Worship Online concludes with the priestly blessing found in Numbers 6:23-27 put to music in the The Blessing. This song has been sung online simultaneously with the aim of spreading hope and encouragement during the COVID-19 pandemic.