Here are this week’s Worship Resources!
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!)
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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 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.
“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!