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October 2020

2020-10-25 Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Worship Online or In-Person Resources

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2020-10-25 Worship Online

Worship Guide (v1) for October 25, 2020

Readings October 25, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for October 25, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for October 25, 2020

 

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.

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:

Welcome to this week’s Worship Online and Worship In-person experience at Cold Spring Church. Take a look at the graphic to the right. When we say “Please, God” (with a comma), we are typically asking God for something. With a comma, it’s a prayer. But when we delete the comma and say, “Please God,” we are making a statement, describing a task to please God. Our purpose as followers of Jesus is to please God, and this week we will consider how we express our faith to turn prayer into our life’s purpose in how we live. Pleasing God is our worthy purpose!

At the entrance to many harbors, there are two leading lights. One would think that the two signals would confuse the boat pilot. But the fact is, the pilot’s priority is to keep the two lights aligned. As long as the two lights are in line, the boat is safe. Life is complicated, but God had also given us two lights that keep us aligned when Jesus said to love God and love others as ourselves. When we keep them in line, we move forward in our life. But there’s more to life than moving in the right direction. We need the right motivation, too.

In the message, “Please God: Editing Our Faith, Aligning Our Life,” we will connect Jesus’ affirmation of the two greatest commandments (Matthew 22:34-46) with Paul’s admonition to edit our faith’s motivation (1 Thessalonians 2:1-8). While we attempt to love God and neighbor because we are commanded to do so, we must be sure of what motivates our behaviors. Do we expect our neighbor to respond in kind or thank us, or be transformed by our love and efforts? Do we constantly look for ways for God or others to please us? Like the political leaders and religious crowds we will read about in worship, we also try to protect our interests, advance our success, ensure particular outcomes that make us look good, and bolster our security and power. We do this in the church, too. This week let’s edit our faith’s motivation as we align our love for God and neighbor with a newfound motivation to glorify and please God!

Music Preview:

Our countdown music this week includes a hymn we introduced last week titled the Image of God. After our prelude celebrating the Reformation with Martin Luther’s A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, we read/sing In an Age of Twisted Values, which many might say describes our life and times today though written in 1995. One of the ways followers of Jesus can show alignment with God as a good neighbor is to express care for others. We want to be thoughtfully empathetic and responsive to a broad range of human needs in our community, country, and the world. This hymn is a potent reminder of the Gospel-values that need a fresh expression by the Church. We conclude worship with a virtual choir singing A Mighty Fortress Is Our God with 176 voices from 34 countries led and arranged by David Wesley. Long before Issac Watts began to add music to the Psalms during the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther had already done so when he created the text and tune for this, his most famous hymn, based on Psalm 46. Chants influenced Luther’s metrical versions and style heard in religious communities and folk and regional music in bars and other social gatherings of his day.

Welcome Back!

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.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required to attend worship. If you’d like to worship in person, you may contact the office 609-884-4065 or email hello@coldspringchurch.com.

Reformation Sunday, October 25, 2020 — Lord God, Help in this Trouble

By Intersections, Music, Newsletters


Lord God, Help in this Trouble: The Plague Song of Ulrich Zwingli

(From the Presbyterian Historical Society. To discover more about the 16th Century Reformation period that coincided with the bubonic plague that swept through Europe, and for a copy of the Plague Song, please visit www.history.pcusa.org.)

This week commemorates the Protestant Reformation (1517-1648) that transformed Europe as the Good News was proclaimed with renewed spiritual energy: Scripture alone. Grace alone. Faith alone. While the names of reformers such as Martin Luther and John Calvin are more widely recognized, it was Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531) who left an undeniable impact on the Christian Church. In Switzerland, Zwingli was the newly appointed People’s Priest, or Leutpriestertum, at Zurich’s Groosmünster church. With the Reformation underway, while visiting the Swiss town of Bad Pfäfers in September 1519, Zwingli learned of a new wave of plague devastating Zurich and immediately returned home. The bubonic plague was ravaging Europe. Zwingli ministered to the city’s afflicted and himself fell ill. His brother, Andreas, would perish from the disease, along with an estimated quarter to half of all Zurich’s citizens. Zwingli’s song shows him falling sick, battling the disease, and convalescing. The words speak to his acceptance of divine providence (“Do what Thou wilt; me nothing lacks. Thy vessel am I; to make or break altogether”)and promise a future of faithful acts (“my lips must thy praise and teaching bespeak more than ever before, however it may go”). As a Reformation leader Zwingli went on to oppose longstanding church practices that contradicted his understanding of the Bible, including the veneration of saints and statues, priestly celibacy, and the sale of indulgences. Although he didn’t write the Plague Song to be performed during worship services, the text can be found in many sixteenth and seventeenth century Protestant hymnals. Zwingli’s words remind us 500 years later that a commitment to others and even personal tribulation can lead to a renewed state of grace.

 

2020-10-18 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Worship Online or In-Person Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

2020-10-18 Worship Online

Worship Guide (v1) for October 18, 2020

Readings October 18, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for October 18, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for October 18, 2020

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.

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:

This week, we celebrate the image of God in worship! Images fill our world. From social media memes and Instagram to TikTok videos, images dominate our senses. Our brain interprets images much faster than hearing words and much, much faster than reading text. In the frenzy of our political climate, candidates use images to inform, persuade, and influence our decisions. The image is everything.
We are created in the image of God. Jesus knew how important image was, too, because image is not merely what is observed on the outside of something, or someone. Image represents (literally, re-presents) the core purpose, values, essence and essential content of what is described. The apostle Paul spoke of Christ as the image-bearer of God when he wrote, “…Look at the Son and see the God who cannot be seen… Look at the Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created” (Col. 1:15-16). When Jesus’ followers asked to see God Jesus replied, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:5).
In Pastor Kevin’s message, “Image IS Everything,” we will explore Jesus’ response to his political and religious climate when he is asked about paying taxes. As we will see, it is all about image. Whose image do you reveal? How is your core purpose displayed? How do you prove God’s presence in your life? The power of image can inspire an authentic ministry. “Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary use words.”

Music Preview:

Our music this week will celebrate God’s true image of grace and love. While our Worship Online community can sing freely as they wish, we realize its a challenge to fully enjoy music in-person with our masks on. We appreciate the ways our growing number of in-person worshippers have been experimenting and learning new ways to worship within the safety constraints of the pandemic. As we display the lyrics on the monitor, some hum the tune. Others tap their feet or quietly sing with their inner voice. However you enjoy our songs, hymns, and spiritual songs, we make music to the Lord together (Ephesians 5:19).

We begin worship with an inspiring song by We Are Messengers, titled “Image of God” reflecting on how seven billion people across the planet share common experiences like COVID-19, and even more importantly, are all equally made in the image of God. Our first hymn is When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, which was hymn writer Issac Watts’ favorite. Our last hymn is also titled, “Image of God”, by S.E. Cassidy, challenging us to see the image of God in everyone we meet.

Welcome Back!

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.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required to attend worship. If you’d like to worship in person, you may contact the office 609-884-4065 or email hello@coldspringchurch.com.

2020-10-11 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Worship Online or In-Person Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

2020-10-11 Worship Online

Worship Guide (v1) for October 11, 2020

Readings October 11, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for October 11, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for October 11, 2020

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.

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:

This week, we will explore the amazing dimensions of God’s love that empowers us to live more like Christ, and be more like Christ towards others.

While Pastor Kevin and Melissa are on vacation this weekend, Norris Clark, a ruling elder, will be preaching. Norris is a former educator who served at the New Jersey Department of Education, and a marketing communications professional serving as managing partner of Princeton Strategic Communications. He formerly served as Deputy Mayor of Lower Township and currently serves as the Clerk of Session for the Cold Spring Presbyterian Church. Norris graduated from Covenant College and attended Faith Theological Seminary for three years before earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Welcome Back!

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.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required to attend worship. If you’d like to worship in person, you may contact the office 609-884-4065 or email hello@coldspringchurch.com.