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March 2021

2021-03-28 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Sermons

Here are this week’s Worship Resources!

Worship Guide March 28, 2021

Scripture Readings March 28, 2021

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 March 28, 2021

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 March 28, 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 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!


 

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Welcome to Holy Week! “Holy,” you ask? The term “holy” is used when describing something unique and separate.

Palm Sunday starts Holy Week, retelling the powerfully unique events in the life of Jesus. It begins with his triumphant entry into Jerusalem during Passover, including his unique encounters with many people. On Thursday, Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples. After supper, he was betrayed, denied, and abandoned by Good Friday when he died on the cross. Easter Sunday morning changed everything when the followers of Jesus proclaimed the truth that “He is risen!” What a week!

“Follow the crowd” may sometimes be good advice. Still, crowds can be, well, maddening and even dangerous, often making horrible decisions. (Consider the Spring Break crowds in Miami ignoring health protocols.) Crowds that are depicted in Scripture appear to make poor choices, too. Remember the chaos of the Tower of Babel, Joseph’s brother’s abusive acts, and the wildly catastrophic Golden Calf event, to name just a few.

Jesus entered Jerusalem to cheering crowds that shouted, “Hail him!” A few days later, the crowds turned into a mob yelling, “Nail him!” This week at Cold Spring Church, we will consider the power of crowds and Jesus’ focus on small numbers. Who will you be influenced by? Who will you influence? It matters who you follow this week. Choose wisely!

Thank you for connecting to our worshipping community and its mission to bless greater Cape May with the Good News of Jesus Christ!

Worship Your Way! In-Person, or Online

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 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 by Facebook. We are working with Facebook and the music publishers to honor our music licenses and resolve these disconnect issues. Any interrupted live stream will be re-launched within a minute or two. Please rejoin as soon as we are back! Thank you for your patience. Pre-registration for in-person worship is encouraged but not required to attend worship. If you’d like to worship in person, you may contact the office at 609-884-4065 or email hello@coldspringchurch.com.  

2021-03-21 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Sermons

Here are this week’s Worship Resources!

Worship Guide March 21, 2021

Lenten Devotional Guide

Scripture Readings March 21, 2021

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 March 21, 2021

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 March 21, 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 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! In-Person, or Online

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 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 by Facebook. We are working with Facebook and the music publishers to honor our music licenses and resolve these disconnect issues. Any interrupted live stream will be re-launched within a minute or two. Please rejoin as soon as we are back! Thank you for your patience.

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

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 These uncertain times have really taken their toll on all of us. It has been particularly challenging to keep up our energy, health, resources, and motivation. How have you been sustained in mind, body, and spirit? The more we reach back for previously exhausted resources or depleted tools, we less equipped we become. Like miners, we keep dragging out more and more stored resources that can never be renewed. We dig and dig until the mine is empty! While we may fondly look back to times before the pandemic, we need to be replenished from authentic practices that produce vitality and growth. This week, we will gain sustaining spiritual resources for our Lenten journey and beyond!

Jesus and his disciples attend a festival. Lots of excitement welcomes visitors from other parts of the world. If you’d assume that the “out-of-towners” are clueless about Jesus, you would be wrong. As it turns out, the Greeks tell disciple Philip they want to see Jesus. They are looking for life and hope. Find out what happens next in Pastor Kevin’s message, Mining Vs Planting: Spiritual Sustainability. Cold Spring Church is the place to be in-person or online.

Thank you for connecting to our worshipping community and its mission to bless greater Cape May with the Good News of Jesus Christ!

2021-03-14 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Sermons

Here are this week’s Worship Resources!

Worship Guide March 14, 2021

Lenten Devotional Guide

Scripture Readings March 14, 2021

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 March 14, 2021

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 March 14, 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 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 by Facebook. We are working with Facebook and the music publishers to honor our music licenses and resolve these disconnect issues. Any interrupted live stream will be re-launched within a minute or two. Please rejoin as soon as we are back! Thank you for your patience.

Pre-registration for in-person worship 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.

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 “Have you received your COVID-19 vaccine yet?” How many times have you asked this question!? New CDC guidelines for life after you are vaccinated have just been released. According to the guidelines, people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can gather in small groups together indoors without masks or social distancing. And those fully vaccinated can visit unvaccinated people who are from one household and low risk for severe COVID symptoms. Still, very far from the “back to normal” we long for.

The term vaccine comes from the Latin for cow (vacca), first used in 1803. But you may be surprised to learn historians have documented the practice as far back as 200 BCE! The science of vaccines reflects homeopathic principles that “like cures like” (part of the disease is administered to help the body kill the disease), and “minimum dosage” (administer the smallest dosage that achieves optimum results). Learn more about vaccine history with an interactive timeline here.

Our Scripture texts this week are stories about vaccines, too, when the disease itself becomes the cure using the optimal dosage. You’ll want to download the Worship Guide to preview the readings, and then plan to hear Pastor Kevin’s message, “A Spiritual Vaccine for the World.” Maybe the metaphor of Jesus being a spiritual vaccine is new to you, but there is no doubt that God sent Jesus that whoever believes the world through him might be saved (a word also meaning healed and delivered). The dead tree of the cross became the tree of life. Good news this week at Cold Spring Church!

2021-03-07 Worship Online or In-Person Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Welcome to Our Worship Page

Download your Lenten Devotional Guide Here

Worship Guide (v1) for March 7th, 2021

Readings for March 7th, 2021

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for March 7th, 2021

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for March 7th, 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 for in-person worship 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.

Gathering At the Lord’s Table

Our in-person worshippers will be provided pre-packaged communion cups, which on-line worshippers may request by contacting the office. Or, the bread can be of your choosing. For the cup, you may use grape juice or wine, or water, remembering that Christ is the Living Water for all.

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The Cancel Culture phenomenon is a modern form of public shaming. When individuals or groups deviate from a set of community rules, there is immediate and mass removal of community approval. When someone is cast out, they are said to be “canceled.” Rendered invalid. Yikes! While this may seem like a modern experience, bullying and public shaming have been part of human experience from the earliest of times. (Remember Cain’s mark described in Genesis 4?) The Cancel Culture can be observed in the Christian Church at large, too. Think of persecutions, witch hunts, excommunication, community rejection and shunning of entire people groups for its entire history.

This week, in the Scripture readings and Pastor Kevin’s message, we will consider the Cancel Culture to see if it fits in the Kingdom Culture of Jesus. We will hear Paul explain that the cross of Jesus is by definition foolish, an offense, even crazy talk, to most people who listen to it. People cancel Jesus and his story because it sounds so absurd. How can anyone who “hangs on a tree” (Gal. 3:13) bring life? The religious leaders asked Jesus, how can you rebuild what was destroyed?. Every part of the Jesus story is an offense to the culture. Jesus welcomes everyone, and he doesn’t cancel anyone. The Savior seeks out canceled outsiders, ostracized groups, and people we disagree with or those we judge unworthy. We respond with a surprised “wait, what?!” when we consider that Jesus came to validate the unfriendly and unloved people and groups in the margins because from time to time, any of us can be “canceled” to someone, too. Jesus doesn’t cancel people. He doesn’t condemn. Jesus cancels sin, and sets the prisoner free, frees us all from cancellation! Now, that’s Good News worth sharing.