2021-06-06 Hybrid Worship and Communion Celebrated

By June 2, 2021June 3rd, 2021Intersections, Sermons

We are ready for you inside our historic, beautiful Red Brick Church!

Masks are optional for vaccinated worshippers.

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 for worship at home, share the picture with us by posting to Facebook #ColdSpringChurch or Instagram #coldspringchurchnj. If you’re in the sanctuary, feel free to share photos or text friends about what you are learning! Subscribe to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

Energize your life and discover the crazy love of Jesus! This week is the perfect time to join us in person for worship. Enjoy live music and solo, lyric videos, and a message of hope from God’s word.

Enjoy sitting with others from greater Cape May as we worship together. We simplified our service and made it even easier to participate, with our Worship Guide and lyric videos displayed on a large monitor.

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Scripture Readings

Sorry, no children’s bulletins this week.

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Or, if you prefer to worship from home, join the video stream on www.facebook.com/coldspringchurch.

No internet? No problem!

If you don’t have internet access, just use our call-in number from your phone: +1 (929) 205-6099. Enter Meeting ID: 882-3154-2428 Password: 1714.

 

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Energize your life and discover the crazy love of Jesus!

You don’t have to use your words to convey meaning. We reveal our thoughts and feelings through body language, facial expressions, and hand gestures. And some of these gestures can be offensive and hurtful, too. We all know the hand signs when we want to sarcastically signal that someone is out of their mind, crazy. You put your finger to your temple and twirl it a couple of times. The modern world didn’t like “circles.” We were all taught to “think straight,” and to “straighten up,” and to “color within the lines.” We like to walk a straight path; after all, it’s the shortest distance between two points, right? 

But sometimes, straight lines are not the goal. Think of the benefits of a Japanese Zen Garden (you may have a small garden on your desk). The garden’s owner shapes the sand in mostly wavy contours and circles that bring a sense of clarity, calm, and mindfulness. Perhaps you have walked a prayer labyrinth. You won’t find many straight lines! Why? Because organic, creative, and spiritual life is rarely rigid, linear, or predictable. Think about that!

“Crazy” is a word that denotes nothing scientific. It was one of the Apostle Paul’s favorite words. The word “moros,” we mistakenly translate as “fool,” would be better translated as “crazy,” or “moron.” Paul says that the cross of Jesus is just crazy talk, and those who follow Jesus are crazy, too (2 Corinthians 5:13)!

Crazy is a word that has been used to define Einstein and Picasso, Galileo, and Martin Luther. Harriet Tubman, Marie Currie, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King, Jr., likewise. All were considered crazy. Five years ago, we would have thought crazy about creating a Messenger RNA vaccine that doesn’t risk people getting sick from the actual virus. Crazy has saved lives! 

At one time or another, “crazy” has been used to define almost every social reformer, freedom fighter, inventor, scientist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and trailblazers in business, music, art, and all the sciences. In Steve Jobs’ acclaimed advertising campaign, he praised the innovators and revolutionaries, the so-called misfits, rebels, troublemakers, and those that “have no respect for the status quo.” The Crazy Ones changed the world for the better.

Jesus was no exception to being called crazy. “When Jesus’ family heard what he was doing, they thought he was crazy and went to get him under control” (Mark 3:21). This week, we will consider The Crazy Love of Jesus in Pastor Kevin’s message from Mark 3:20-35. Jesus upends the dominant patriarchal family constrictions of his time, replacing it with a new, truly crazy, understanding of God’s kingdom. 

Worship Your Way! In-Person, or Online. Masks are optional for vaccinated worshippers.

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 forty-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.  

Communications Team

Author Communications Team

The Communications Team is led by our Transformation Pastor, Rev. Dr. Kevin Yoho. As a transformation specialist, consultant, and author, Pastor Kevin equips individuals and teams to achieve their life’s mission, building capacities and new community connections. Pastor Kevin also enjoys presenting innovative ideas with congregation’s and teaching U.S. and international students on the faculty of City Vision University. Kevin believes that every church can deliver relevant and hopeful wrote about what he’s learned as a pastor and regional leader in his recently published book, *Crayons for the City: Reneighboring Communities of Faith to Rebuild Neighborhoods of Hope*.

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