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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Worship and Message theme:
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.
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.