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December 2020

2020-01-03 Worship Online or In-Person Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Welcome to Our Worship Page

Worship Guide (v1) for January 3, 2021

Readings January 3, 2021

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for January 3, 2021

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for January 3, 2021

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. (Please remember to use the Passcode to have the very best worshipping experience on the phone!)

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 Your Way!

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. 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.

 Dear online worshipping friends: We apologize in advance should our live stream be interrupted (again!) by Facebook. We are working with Facebook and the music publisher to honor our music licenses and resolve these issues. Should you experience an interrupted live stream, please rejoin as soon as we are back online! Thank you for your patience.

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.

This Week’s Worship Preview

What will you be focusing on in the new year? This week, we gather around the Lord’s Table and consider how Jesus is not just the Light of THE World, but the Light of OUR World, illuminating our journey ahead. Let’s focus on Jesus and the light he brings to us!

This Week’s Music Previe

John Wesley Work, Jr., may not have originated the spiritual “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,” but he can take credit for the fact that we still sing it every Christmas. As the son of a church choir director, Work grew up in Nashville loving music. Even though he earned his Master’s in Latin and went on to teach ancient Latin and Greek, his first love continued to be music, and he went on to become the first African-American collector of spirituals rooted in the Black experience. This proved to be a daunting task for Work because they were passed down orally and very few were written down. But Work proved up to the challenge, publishing his first song book six years later. It was in this second volume that “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” first appeared. The original singers of the song fulfilled the same important task the angels gave the shepherds that first Christmas night outside of Bethlehem, proclaiming, “that Jesus Christ is born!”  And thanks to John Wesley Work, so can we. We end our service with our communion favorite, “The Blessing.”

 

2020-12-27 Worship Online or In-Person Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Welcome to Our Worship Page

Worship Guide (v1) for December 27, 2020

Readings December 27, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for December 27, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for December 27, 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. (Please remember to use the Passcode to have the very best worshipping experience on the phone!)

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 Your Way!

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. 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.

 Dear online worshipping friends: We apologize in advance should our live stream be interrupted (again!) by Facebook. We are working with Facebook and the music publisher to honor our music licenses and resolve these issues. Should you experience an interrupted live stream, please rejoin as soon as we are back online! Thank you for your patience.

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.

This Week’s Worship Preview

This is the first Sunday after Christmas, and the last worship service of 2020. In these still uncertain pandemic times, we join in with all of creation to sing praises to God. Maybe you don’t feel like singing! That’s understandable. But God is here. With you. With us. And God’s grace is greater than any pandemic, any problem, and God’s abundant forgiveness is greater than all our sin. Sure, 2020 has left us out of sorts in every dimension of our life. We mourn lost loved ones. We grieve lost traditions. The Christmas Story proclaims that God is with us, Emmanuel, Jesus. That’s why we can celebrate.

In our Gospel reading we will witness the astounding effect the Christ Child had on those who met him, including Simeon and Anna. When Jesus is consecrated in the temple at 40 days of age, Simeon proclaims, “I have waited my entire life to see the Messiah, now I can die in peace.” Anna’s response is appears opposite that of Simeon’s, but is just as dramatic when she says upon seeing Jesus, “I have waited my entire life to see the Messiah, now I can truly live!” The message this week, The Christmas Nudge, asks us what our response is as we encounter Jesus today? Like Simeon and Anna, we too can feel God’s nudge to experience Jesus this year, as never before!

This Week’s Music Preview

We begin worship with O Come, All Ye Faithful. The origins of this 18th century hymn has spread worldwide and is used by many denominations in every language imaginable. in both Latin and other versions.

 

Poinsettia Dedications 2020

By Intersections

While 2020 has presented us with many difficulties and changes, we are happy to still have our annual holiday poinsettia dedications.

In honor of our frontline health professionals, nurses, doctors, and first responders.

In memory of Family Members from Elaine Jordan

In memory of Mother Helen and Sister Kathy from Joan O’Neill

In memory of Parents from Bev Mate

In memory of Parents from Chuck McPherson

In memory of Jenny Rosa and Charlie Mason from Tom & Mary Imperato

In memory of Parents from Lenore & Marty Bowne

In memory of Everett and Virginia Keen from Nancy Wand and Family

In memory of All Our Loved Ones from Barbara & Elmer Cain

In memory of Jim’s Parents from Edward & Ruth McCaughey

In memory of Jim’s Brother from J. Robert McCaughey

In memory of Rebecca’s Parents from William & Bette Carson

In memory of Parents from Everett and Virginia Keen

In memory of Sons from Steve & Tom Wilson

In honor of Tom and Steven Wilson from Nancy Wand and Family

2020-12-24 Christmas Eve Worship Online Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Welcome to Our Worship Page

Worship Guide (v1) for December 24, 2020

 

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: 882-3154-2428 Password: 1714. (Please remember to use the Passcode to have the very best worshipping experience on the phone!)

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 Your Way!

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. 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.

 

 

2020-12-20 Advent 4 Worship Online or In-Person Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Welcome to Our Worship Page

Worship Guide (v1) for December 20, 2020

Advent Devotions for December 20, 2020

Readings December 20, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for December 20, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for December 20, 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. (Please remember to use the Passcode to have the very best worshipping experience on the phone!)

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 Your Way!

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. 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.

This Week’s Worship Preview

Our Advent journey is in its final week as we witness Gabriel’s magnificent proclamation to Mary, and her Magnificat response to the news that she will give birth to the Savior. Pastor Kevin’s message, The True Location of Christmas, will stir our spirits in our pandemic world. Let’s reflect on Luke 1:26-38 and Romans 16:25-27 with the guidance of these questions:

1. If someone greeted you like royalty with “Your Majesty,” how do you think you would respond? Can you imagine addressing others in this fashion? Why, or why not?

2. What does it mean to you that God risked the vulnerability of becoming human “with us,” in our location, in order to restore us to our rightful place as bearers of the image of God?

3. This Christmas, how does loving God and others help us deal with our own selfishness as we see Christ in others?

This Week’s Music Preview

“What Child Is This?” is our carol this week with lyrics composed in 1865 by William Chatterton Dix, in Bristol, England. Adapting the memorable melody of “Greensleeves”, he tells the amazing story of the incarnation that God With Us, Jesus, is the “babe, the son of Mary!” (Yes, the exclamation is in the lyrics.) Lenore Bowne and Jayne McDonough offer “Mary Did You Know?” Written by entertainer Mark Lowry, in 1984, it is an example of a more modern musical take on the Christmas Story popularized by the Gaither Vocal Band in the 1970’s.

 

Thank You For Joining and Supporting Our Mission!

By Intersections

Thank you for supporting our shared mission to bless greater Cape May with the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Advent season prepares us to welcome the Messiah who enters our lives in these uncertain times. Your gifts continue to bless others and transform lives, and your partnership in the Gospel is needed now more than ever.

On behalf of the Finance Team, thank you for joining and supporting our mission with your financial gifts. Your gift may be mailed, given online through www.tithe.ly, or by visiting our website: www.coldspringchurch.com/giving.

Though many find giving online to be a convenient and safe way to support our church’s ministry faithfully, some prefer offering in-person. You will find donation boxes in the Red Brick Church, and one marked General Ministry and the other designated to the Deacons Ministry. Or, mail your gift to the church office.

You may request traditional offering envelopes for 2021. Call me at 609-465-3411, and I will have them available to pick-up at worship, the church office, or mail the box of envelopes to you.

Your financial gifts, generous acts of kindness, and expressions of love that bless the entire community are deeply appreciated. May God’s grace and abundance continue to bless you with Christmas joy both now and in the years to come.

Sincerely,

Elaine Jordan, Treasurer

Who Are You?

2020-12-13 Advent 3 Worship Online or In-Person Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Welcome to Our Worship Page

Worship Guide (v1) for December 13, 2020 (updated)

Advent Devotions for December 13, 2020

Readings December 13, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for December 13, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for December 13, 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. (Please remember to use the Passcode to have the very best worshipping experience on the phone!)

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!

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. 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

 This third week of Advent is all about the Who of You! This Christmas is unlike any other. Uncertain times. Uncertain future. Christmas this year will definitely not be like Christmas’ of the past. So now, more than ever, its important to know who you are. Who you really are! John the Baptist knew who he was. He pointed people to the Light of Jesus. The religious leaders (who thought they knew everything)  demanded to know who John was. Find out John’s response and get help answering that question for yourself just in time for the holidays in Pastor Kevin’s message, “Who Are You?. We will hear Isaiah’s prophetic message of hope for all people, the very message Jesus claimed as his own and fulfilled.

Get ready: How would you answer the question posed to John when asked, “Who are you?” While your birth certificate states your name, who you really are goes way beyond our name. Who you are is connected to who you follow, what you do, and in whom do you trust. Clues to help with the Who of You can be found in your calendar. Where do you invest your time, energy, and attention? In the last hour, what was your focus and attention directed towards? Who do your activities say you are? If they align, if they are congruent with who you really are, who you want to be, then great. Keep doing those things. But if not, don’t despair, because every day is a new opportunity to reaffirm who you really are with what you actually do. Who God has called you to be? Listen. This week you can find hope and encouragement to live your very best life, the abundant Life that Jesus promised you!

Music Preview

This week’s carol is The First Noel which dates back to at least the 17th century. In 1823 William B. Sandys and Davies Gilbert edited and added lyrics to create the version we sing today. Noel is the French word, meaning Christmas, which is derived from the Latin word natalis, which means birth.  We will also enjoy It Came Upon A Midnight Clear sung by Barbara Cain with Jayne McDonough accompanying her on our grand piano. Unitarian minister Edmund Hamilton Sears wrote his carol, The Angel’s Song –It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, from the well springs of his profound faith in God and the belief that through the centuries, God sends his emissary angels to earth with a resounding message of peace.

 

2020-12-06 Advent 2 Worship Online or In-Person Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Welcome to Our Worship Page

Worship Guide (v1) for December 6, 2020

Advent Devotions for December 6, 2020

Readings December 6, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for December 6, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for December 6, 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. (Please remember to use the Passcode to have the very best worshipping experience on the phone!)

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!

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. 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

This second week of Advent, we will hear John the Baptist’s message from Mark, the first Gospel written, that echoes Isaiah’s prophetic call to prepare for the Messiah. How far are you willing to go to ensure that others experience the Good News about Jesus during these pandemic days? How are you making the way plain? You’ll be encouraged by pastor Kevin’s message entitled, “That The World May Know” as we discover practice ways to help others gain access to the Good News by raising valleys, lowering mountains, and smoothing out life’s rough roads.

Music Preview

Our experience today begins with a new countdown video that features beautiful Christmas music as Advent candles are lit. Our opening music is “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!” written by Charles Wesley. He was committed to sharing God’s Good News in Christ through music to those beyond the reach of traditional educational settings, especially in the city and countryside. Inspired by the sounds of London’s church bells on Christmas Day, this hymn was originated as a poem, first published in 1739. Even in these uncertain times, there are abundant reasons to sing and be glad for God’s grace and abundance.

 

Create A Sacred Space At Home During Advent and Christmas

By Intersections

Try these ideas for creating sacred space at home, adapted from Presbyterians Today. Since God is accessible everywhere, you can designate any space as your sacred space.

  • Try to find a place in your home where you already go to feel at peace. Think about where you go when you want to calm down or need a moment to yourself.
  • For many people, a comfortable place to sit is a key element, as it allows us to relax. Make sure you’re rested before moving into a time of reflection and prayer.
  • Either minimize or creatively embrace physical distractions in the space. Even if they don’t leave the room, maybe you can rearrange the space, so they are out of your sight.
  • See if there is a way to bring meaningful or peaceful items into the space. These might be pictures of family and friends, candles, plants, chimes, etc.

In addition to physical changes in the space, consider your spiritual/emotional state as you enter your sacred space.

  • When entering a special time of worship or prayer, try to do so intentionally. Decide that this is a time you are going to focus on prayer, or read Scripture, or engage in extended worship. Allow yourself to set aside other concerns until your time of worship or prayer is over.
  • Mark the start and end of your time with a pattern. This might be taking a few deep breaths, lighting a candle, or reciting a prayer or verse of Scripture.
  • Try to set aside distractions that might pull you away from your sacred space. Turn your phone on silent or “do not disturb” — especially if you are using it as part of your prayer or worship time. If you aren’t planning to use technology, you might even leave it in another room.

Adapted from the Presbyterian Mission with permission. Click here to read the original article.