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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!)
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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.
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!
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.