Welcome to Our Worship Page
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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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.
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.
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.