2020-10-04 Worship Online
This week is the perfect time to join in our worship online or in-person. 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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Our worship theme this week is about responding to God’s investment in us. That’s right, God has invested in you! Do you feel like a recipient of God’s mercy? Each day we have the privilege and responsibility to respond proportionally to the gifts we have received. What kind of responder are you? We know about “first responders.” Especially in our pandemic world, we are dependent upon those who respond first with appropriate resources they have been given that includes their training, equipment, and most of all, their commitment to service, kindness and mercy. We are all “responders” to God’s gifts of love and mercy in Christ. Worship is one way to respond. But when we lack energy to respond its time to remember what we have already received. Let’s not take God’s gifts for granted! Or worse, mistakenly think that what we have has resulted from our own efforts alone. Jesus said, “Freely you have received; freely give!” (Matthew 10:8). In our message this week from Matthew 21, Jesus tells a story about a tenant vinedressers who refused to respond proportionally to the owner of the vineyard. How can we respond more generously to God’s blessings? Do you think of yourself as a tenant in God’s creation?
While we continue to worship online every week, we are excited to welcome all who are able and comfortable to worship in-person in our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM. Last week about 25 people safely worshipped together. Your safety, health, and wellness are our our top priority. West Jersey Presbytery approved our session’s re-opening plan and our pastor, staff, and teams have worked hard to prepare for your arrival. Following the guidance from the CDC and health officials, we have implemented safety protocols, and designed an approximately thirty-minute worship experience that will be spiritually energizing and safe for you, your family, and other worshippers.
We begin our worship with praise, Shine, Jesus, Shine. It is a prayer for renewal of congregations and communities. The spiritual themes include the light “shining in the midst of the darkness” and Christ as the “Light of the World” (John 8:12). This Light “set[s] us free by the truth…” (John 8:32). The final stanza focuses on how Christ’s brightness can be reflected in our lives as “our faces display your likeness.” Worship Online communion service concludes with the priestly blessing found in Numbers 6:23-27 put to music in The Blessing. This song has been sung online simultaneously with the aim of spreading hope and encouragement during the COVID-19 pandemic.