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

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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.

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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.
Communications Team

Author Communications Team

The Communications Team is led by our Transformation Pastor, Rev. Dr. Kevin Yoho. As a transformation specialist, consultant, and author, Pastor Kevin equips individuals and teams to achieve their life’s mission, building capacities and new community connections. Pastor Kevin also enjoys presenting innovative ideas with congregation’s and teaching U.S. and international students on the faculty of City Vision University. Kevin believes that every church can deliver relevant and hopeful wrote about what he’s learned as a pastor and regional leader in his recently published book, *Crayons for the City: Reneighboring Communities of Faith to Rebuild Neighborhoods of Hope*.

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