2020-11-15 Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Worship Online or In-Person Resources

By November 11, 2020 Intersections, Sermons

2020-11-15 Worship Online

Worship Guide (v1) for November 15, 2020

Readings November 15, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for November 15, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for November 15, 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: 882-3154-2428 Password: 1714.

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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.

Worship Preview

No one likes uncertainty. We all understand what we mean when we take risks. A risk is taken when we have little certainty of a decision’s hoped-for outcome. The risingCOVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations pose a risk to us as we struggle to overcome pandemic fatigue with its necessary mask-wearing, hand-washing, and physical distancing. Each of us evaluates our sense of risk. As we discovered in last week’s message, we need spiritual awareness when life is unpredictable. We need to prepare for the unexpected, not as strategic planners (the five bridesmaids without extra oil), thinking they know what was going to happen, but the five who in humility were strategic preparers. We live in a world where anything can happen.
This week, we will learn about three individuals who were given talents, financial resources, to hold. Upon the giver’s return, the person who was given 5, doubled it to 10. Likewise, the individual who was given 2 doubled it to 4. And the one who was given 1, didn’t cultivate the gift but instead preserved it by burying it in the ground, returning no growth. Find out what happened next in Pastor Kevin’s message, “Our Job To Be Done: More Cultivating, Less Preserving.” Which term best describes how you handle the talents, gifts, and blessings God has given to you? Do you cultivate them to grow? Or, hold them tightly to preserve them unchanged?

Music Preview

We will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving-themed hymn, We Plough the Fields and Scatter. God is thanked for the fruits of the earth, and in our pandemic experience, we also thank God for all our blessings – freedom, health, life, and our spiritual blessings in Christ. Just over 200 years ago, this hymn first appeared in German and was written by Matthias Claudius who was a Commissioner of Agriculture, newspaper editor, and bank auditor. After a very serious and life-threatening illness, he concluded that he was not the master of his destiny. and wrote this hymn when he was about 40 years old. Reflecting on his farming and finance background, he is grateful for God’s love as the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sustainer of life, “And what Thou most desirest our humble thankful hearts.”
Our sending music is a beautiful and inspiring song by Stuart Townend & Keith Getty, Across the Lands, that begins with Paul’s great statements about Christ in Colossians, contrasting his humble humanity, death, resurrection, and humanity. We see the power of Jesus’ words when he lived on earth until we come to the unique moment in all of history when he offers up his life on the cross. With the ‘shout’ of the resurrection, and the continual intercession Jesus performs on our behalf before the Father. And throughout the whole of history, this ‘Word’ is being spoken out across the lands, through us as we cultivate the gifts we have all received.
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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