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February 2022

2022-03-02 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

We are ready for you inside our historic, beautiful Red Brick Church or join us on YouTube Live!

Please download or view the Worship Guide that includes our worship and music previews, Scripture readings, prayers, community news, and much more! Click the link below.

Get Your Lenten Worship Guide (click here) with Scripture readings, music, and prayers. See our worship preview, below!

Whatever your religious affiliation, or none at all, we all hear Jesus say, “Come to me all who are overburdened, and find rest for your soul!” Everyone is welcomed at Cold Spring Church. Yes, everyone!

Enjoy meeting 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 screen.

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.

 

Worship Preview- Special Lenten service, ashes, music, and message! 

Our neighbors are feeling more and more like strangers to one another and more isolated since the pandemic began. People report loneliness as a persistent experience more than 70% of the time. How can we turn strangers into friends? How can our places of mission and worship become more welcoming? Let’s realize that others are as awkward as we may be! During the next 40 days be open to new ways to turn strangers into fellow travelers, companions, friends, to embrace God’s emerging future that leads to the cross and the empty tomb. Here’s how scripture puts Lenten advice: “Don’t be a mean-faced people, cruel to grandmothers and babies alike” (Deut. 28:50). But, “Do be a place where the face of God can smile on others” (Num. 23:5). This week we are putting on the Face of Grace for greater Cape May!

 As you depart, you will find a pile of stones. Choose one to represent your burdens, your weights and fears, your regrets, and remember as you carry this stone with you, that on Easter, at the end of the Lenten Adventure, the Stone and all our stones were rolled away!

Lenten Steps: Honestly. Let’s ask ourselves…

What face does your neighborhood need to see in you today?

How will you put on the Face of Grace during the next 40 days?

“…That you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:18).

Physical distancing and masks are required, even for fully vaccinated worshippers. Thank you for helping us all stay safe.

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 amazing 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.

We are excited to welcome to worship all who are able and comfortable in-person in our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM. Your safety, health, and wellness are our top priority. 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.

2022-02-27 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

We are ready for you inside our historic, beautiful Red Brick Church or join us on YouTube Live!

Please download or view the Worship Guide that includes our worship and music previews, Scripture readings, prayers, community news, and much more! Click the link below.

Get Your Worship Guide (click here) with Scripture readings, music, and prayers. See our worship preview, below!

Whatever your religious affiliation, or none at all, we all hear Jesus say, “Come to me all who are overburdened, and find rest for your soul!” Everyone is welcomed at Cold Spring Church. Yes, everyone!

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 screen.

Worship on YouTube Live! (click here)

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.

 

Worship Preview- Gather to be spiritually energized! Ordination and Installation of new Ruling Elders and Deacons! Great music and message! 

State by state, county by county, and school board by school board, something is changing. Businesses large and small are all considering change…reducing or eliminating mandated COVID-19 restrictions. (At last!) In the next few weeks, Cold Spring Church will be considering reduced restrictions, too, because case counts and hospitalizations are dropping. We are all ready for change, some desperately ready for a great change! 2022 is the year of Great Expectations here at Cold Spring Church. So, besides feeling more comfortable as we anticipate fewer restrictions, what kind of real change are you looking for right now?

Are you looking for information? Reformation? Restoration? Transformation? All of these “_____ations” sound good. But, Jesus did not come to inform us. Jesus didn’t come to reform or restore us. As amazing as our transformation journey continues to be, Jesus did not even come to transform us. What? Sounds shocking?! But the Good News is that Jesus came to transfigure us! That’s right. Transfiguration is God’s business. Find out how the old things can get out of your way to welcome the new in Christ! You can know the transfiguration of the Spirit when we meet God without a mask, no veil to block God’s love.

Come to worship with your neighbors at Cold Spring Church and see why transformation is just outside-in (think caterpillar spins a cocoon). Don’t settle for transformation, but transfiguration, inside-out (think chrysalis into a butterfly). Christ in you in the transfiguring hope of glory initiating real change and spiritual vitality. Find out how you can go from outside-in to inside-out as you live the real presence of Jesus in the world.

Music Preview

We will enjoy a solo titled “My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me” by the Rev. Larry Moyer who is our worship leader this week. Our first hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation” is one of twelve written by an English curate to affirm the articles of the Apostles’ Creed with biblical allusions such as 1 Corinthians 3:11. Though not created for this text, the tune was joined to it in 1868, and the two have been inseparable ever since. Our sending hymn is “Be Thou My Vision” with stanzas selected from a 20th-century English poetic version of an Irish monastic prayer dating to the 10th century or before. They are set to an Irish folk melody that has proved popular and easily sung despite its lack of repetition and its wide range.

“…That you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:18).

Physical distancing and masks are required, even for fully vaccinated worshippers. Thank you for helping us all stay safe.

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 amazing 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.

We are excited to welcome to worship all who are able and comfortable in-person in our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM. Your safety, health, and wellness are our top priority. 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.

2022-02-20 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

We are ready for you inside our historic, beautiful Red Brick Church or, join us on YouTube Live!

Please download or view the Worship Guide that includes our worship and music previews, Scripture readings, prayers, community news… Click the link below!

Get Your Worship Guide (click here) with Scripture readings, music, and prayers. See our worship preview, below!

Whatever your religious affiliation, or none at all, we all hear Jesus say, “Come to me all who are overburdened, and find rest for your soul!” Everyone is welcomed at Cold Spring Church. Yes, everyone!

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 screen.

Worship on YouTube Live! (click here)

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.

 

Worship Preview

All of us want to invest in worthwhile activities. We make plans and sacrifices that better prepare us for a range of eventualities. When we feel our best, energized in mind, body, and spirit, we become internally motivated to move forward. We tend to take better care of ourselves, make wiser decisions, and gain increased capacity to treat others with respect, grace, and love. When we are at our best, we gain insight and perspective about yesterday and the courage to lay aside every encumbrance. We embrace the future fueled by genuine hope. But the inverse is also true. Fear, worry, and doubt reduce our faith when we are not feeling our best. We find ourselves more isolated, critical and judging. There is a climate of rushing to judgment, a lack of compassion, understanding, and forgiveness. There is a better way. Invest in the future. But how? Think about a time you have received mercy and forgiveness. Was it unexpected? Did being loved, forgiven, and understood help you in return to be more loving, forgiving, and understanding? This Sunday, find out how Joseph found hope through forgiveness and why Jesus challenged the crowds to find a future through mercy.

Music Preview

We will enjoy a music solo from Barbara Cain titled, “With All My Heart,” written by Sally DeFord to encourage children to love God with all their heart, might, mind, and strength based on Jesus’ words from Mark 12:30. Our sending hymn, “Christ Your Words of Love Astound Us,” is based on our Gospel reading and is sung to the 1844 tune “God Whose Giving Knows No Ending” with lyrics by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2019).

“…That you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:18).

Physical distancing and masks are required, even for fully vaccinated worshippers. Thank you for helping us all stay safe.

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 amazing 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.

We are excited to welcome to worship all who are able and comfortable in-person in our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM. Your safety, health, and wellness are our top priority. 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.

2022-02-13 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

It’s our Super SOUPER Bopwl Sunday when all are encouraged to bring soup cans to help feed the hungry.

We are ready for you inside our historic, beautiful Red Brick Church or, join us on YouTube Live!

Please download or view the Worship Guide that includes our worship and music previews, Scripture readings, prayers, community news… Click the link below!

Get Your Worship Guide (click here) with Scripture readings, music, and prayers. See our worship preview, below!

Whatever your religious affiliation, or none at all, we all hear Jesus say, “Come to me all who are overburdened, and find rest for your soul!” Everyone is welcomed at Cold Spring Church. Yes, everyone!

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 screen.

Worship on YouTube Live! (click here)

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.

 

Worship Preview

Imagine that your life is composed of different rooms in a house. Rooms to relax in. Rooms to eat in. Places to exercise, and another to enjoy a hobby. In these Pandemic times, we may have co-opted a room to a new purpose or even built an addition to accommodate work or play, making things, or preparing resources from inside to share with others outside in the neighborhood. In the book, The Traveler’s Gift (2002), Andy Andrew tells about a room called Never Was. He calls it a giant warehouse of a room that holds all of the things God was ready to deliver to people, had they only expected great things a moment longer. For many of us, the Never Was room is the largest room in our house. A space of lost possibilities and neglected opportunities. It doesn’t have to be that way. How can we turn our Never Was room into a room of Great Expectations?

We will hear Jesus proclaim great expectations (and spiritual empowerment) to be authentic humans! Blessed are the poor and hungry, who weep and feel persecution because joy is ahead! Be courageous! We will invite Jesus into our home, our lives, and hear the words of the prophet Jeremiah when he spoke about God’s hope. God wants us to be strong and believe that blessings are ahead. Are you looking for something grand in 2022? Do you need resources to move your hopes and dreams from Never Was to Great Expectations? The blessings Jesus gives are for everyone, especially those who don’t feel blessed or feel they deserve to be blessed, the hungry, the poor, and those who are cast aside by others. Everybody will receive God’s blessings as we live more like Jesus! 

Music Preview

After the pastor’s welcome, we will watch a mini-movie, Be Strong and Courageous, reinforcing our theme, God Is For You, in 2022. We will also enjoy singing two favorite hymns during worship, beginning with a music lyric video of Standing On the Promises. Perhaps because this hymn is so well known, its language sounds vaguely scriptural; but while there are various biblical uses of “stand” and “promise(s),” the two words are never combined. The confidence here is similar to that of “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less.”

The organ will lead us in singing Give to the Winds Thy Fears just before the Benediction. This text uses selected stanzas from sixteen four-line English stanzas. It forms an acrostic based on Martin Luther’s translation of Psalm 37:5, a reminder to be courageous as we follow Jesus.

“…That you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:18).

Physical distancing and masks are required, even for fully vaccinated worshippers. Thank you for helping us all stay safe.

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 amazing 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.

We are excited to welcome to worship all who are able and comfortable in-person in our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM. Your safety, health, and wellness are our top priority. 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.

Super Souper Bowl Sunday February 13

By Intersections, Newsletters
Do you have cans of chowder or tomato soup to share? Any vegetable or cheddar broccoli soup? Whatever soup you have is the perfect soup to give and bring with you to worship on Sunday, February 13th!
This Sunday’s Super Bowl (February 13, 2022) between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals is a great time to celebrate your favorite team. Bring your canned goods to church this Sunday, February 13th, (or anytime in February), and place them under your favorite team’s logo. We will announce the team with the most cans donated. Get to choose the Souper Bowl Winner before the kickoff, and help feed hungry neighbors.
All the soup will support the Deacon’s Community Food Bank ministry. Thank you!
Go, team! Everybody wins when everyone gives!