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June 2022

2022-07-03 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

 

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. Our welcoming, energizing, community worship begins at 10:30 AM every Sunday in the Red Brick Church. Get news and event information in your inbox every week by subscribing to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

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Here’s this week’s worship preview!

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As we discovered last week, Jesus invites us to follow the Way. While following is not easy, going first is challenging! Going first is risky. Jesus showed people the Way, spoke the truth, and gave life. But there comes a time when disciples must go out on their own. On this Independence Day, we remember when our nation’s founders determined that change was necessary and went first. They took a step. They could achieve their God-given potential and take responsibility for their future only if they went first.

In our Gospel reading from Luke 10, Jesus sent a team of 72 ordinary people to proclaim freedom and show love and kindness to strangers if they would receive it. They had the authority to heal troubling spirits and bring peace to chaos. Jesus sent them to produce a harvest that would be gathered, shared and used to feed the world physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We may think: wouldn’t it have been better for Jesus to go first? Wouldn’t Jesus go first to offer a more remarkable display of power to get people’s attention? No, Jesus sent us. We are the freedom train sent into communities and neighborhoods. Are you ready to go first? Jesus is. One Way to “go first” this week that we celebrate Independence Day is to invite someone with you to worship this week. Hear Jesus say, “You go first!”

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We begin worship with a special 4th of July countdown and Freedom mini-movie. Beverly Mate will be singing For Freedom, Christ Has Set Us Free. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette wrote the lyrics while attending the PC(USA) Synod School in a class taught by Dr. Charles Myers on Galatians. It resonates with some of the beautiful themes of that New Testament letter. Galatians reminds us that all the work we do to justify ourselves in the sight of God comes to nothing, but then God reaches out and says, “My child! You belong to me!”

Our video hymn is God of This City, written by the Belfast band Bluetree in 2004. While the band was traveling on a mission trip to Pattaya, Thailand, the poor conditions of the city became the inspiration for their song.

The video hymn Blessed Jesus, Living Bread will nurture our spirits as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Before the Benediction, we will sing God of Our Father’s Whose Almighty Hand. The hymn’s origins can be traced back to 1876 when the United States was celebrating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Daniel C. Roberts wrote the text for the hymn to be used during a small patriotic celebration in Vermont.

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

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 anytime on YouTube Live!
(click here)

Physical distancing and masks are NOT required!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. 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 in our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM.

2022-06-26 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

 

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. Our welcoming, energizing, community worship begins at 10:30 AM every Sunday in the Red Brick Church. Get news and event information in your inbox every week by subscribing to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

Get Your Worship Guide. Click here.

Please download your Worship Guide that includes a message and music preview, Scripture readings, prayers, community news, and much more! Click the link above.

Worship with us now on YouTube (click here)

You can worship with us anytime on our YouTube Live channel. Enjoy the previous week’s messages and music, too, or share worship with a friend!


Here’s this week’s worship preview!

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Journey with Jesus on the road to Jerusalem. Luke’s Gospel is a “Travel Narrative” as Luke follows Jesus and the Disciples from Galilee to Jerusalem. A journey from the life Jesus knew in Galilee to the death he will experience in Jerusalem. “When the day drew near for Jesus to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” And some of the disciples followed him on “the Way.” Like early Christians, this became the rallying cry to follow Jesus on The Way. For us today, the task of following Jesus becomes one of discovery. Discovery is whom we are called to be and what we are called to do. This journey with Christ will mean facing trials and tribulations; however, there is also the promise of transformation and that our lives will be saved.

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The composer of If I Have But a Moment, Sally DeFord, tells this story about the song: “I always marvel at just how much our Savior accomplished during what was a very short ministry. There were so many demands on his time. Yet though he had a great work to perform and labored far beyond the strength of any other man, he was still accessible to those who needed him, stopping along the way to lift, heal, and comfort.

As we strive to offer Christian charity and service to others, there are many demands on our time. We are busy people. I remember a day when a busy visiting teacher brought me flowers “for no reason at all.” Perhaps she picked them up at the grocery store check stand on a whim and stopped by on her way home.

She did not know how much I needed her kindness that day. It was a small act of service that I have never forgotten, rendered during a time of quiet grief. The memory is a gentle reminder to me that when I am in danger of being caught up “in the thick of things,” that much may be accomplished though I have but a moment.” Barbara Cain will be singing, If I Have But a Moment. 

Our lyric video hymn following the message, “Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways” was written by Isaac Watts (1674-1748), the Father of English hymnody. The hymn is basically a prayer, asking God to help the singer live within God’s will and, if he should stray, that the Lord would bring him back. Everything is in God’s hands. 

Herman Stuempfle’s hymns offer honest accounts of how we are as human beings. The closing hymn, “Would I have answered When You Called” represents a personal reflection on the Gospel stories of Jesus recruiting his first disciples, with their concise narratives of call and response. Jesus calls “Follow me”, and the fishermen brothers Simon and Andrew do just that, without hesitation.

It may be that, like Jesus’ first disciples, “all I longed for I have found by the water” and that we desire to “seek other shores” with Christ. Nevertheless, as the saying goes, “when the chips are down…”, how easy would we find the call – not least if we are were required to follow Jesus in giving our lives for our faith commitment? Would we, like Jesus’ scattered disciples, have “slipped away and left you there alone”? (v.3). The truth is, Stuempfle concludes, many of us have to say “we do not know”. We can only pray that Christ-in-us will give us strength beyond our own “to follow faithfully.” (v.4)

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

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 anytime on YouTube Live!
(click here)

Physical distancing and masks are NOT required!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. 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 in our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM.

2022-06-19 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

 

Get Your Father’s Day Worship Guide (click here)

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This Week’s Worship Preview

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Everyone loves a great story. It’s Father’s Day, and today, we honor everything fantastic about dads. Father’s Day reconnects us to stories about the best of Dad-ness, whether our dad, our experience as a dad, or about the “dad’ role that someone has had in your life. Do you have a few stories to share about awesome dads? Maybe you have a “dad” to thank especially today!

As a nation, we celebrate June 19, also known as Juneteenth. On June 19, 1865, the United States freed hundreds of thousands of enslaved people in Texas. President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, 1863. It extended freedom to enslaved people in the Confederate States still under open rebellion. However, making that a reality depended on military victories by the U.S. Army and an ongoing presence to enforce them. It wasn’t until more than two years later, in June Read More

Get More Connected! Explore the Benefits of Membership

By Intersections

New Members Group Forming Now

You’ve felt welcomed and have experienced the energy at Cold Spring Church. Now is a great time to get more connected. Maybe you’ve worshipped with us for years! Thank you. You’ve believed in and supported our mission! Thank you. Did you know you can become even more connected?! Yes, by joining our community of faith as a member. Find out how to grow in your relationship with Christ and with your friends at Cold Spring Church. You are invited to participate in our next Explorer’s “new members” Group that is forming in September.

Forward in Faith!

Let Pastor Kevin know today you want to get more connected!

2022-06-12 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

 

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Christians know all about the Trinity, right? Well, if you’re like most followers of Jesus, while we do affirm the Trinity (notice the Fire of Pentecost and the Dove of the Spirit depicted in our denomination’s logo, to the right.) But few of us would profess to understand the Trinity completely. We will celebrate Trinity Sunday this week. Jesus said of the Spirit, “I have many things to say. When the Spirit of truth arrives, he will guide you into all the truth.” We need the Spirit to help us understand Jesus! From the beginning,

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2022-06-05 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

 

Get Your Pentecost Sunday Worship Guide here

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Last week was Ascension Sunday when we recounted Jesus ascending into heaven. Before Jesus was out of sight, he gave the disciples a fantastic job to do. They were to be his witnesses to the entire world, but only after they received power from the Holy Spirit. Jesus said to wait for the promised Holy Spirit. And while Pentecost Sunday celebrates the receiving of the Spirit as the birthday of the Church, featuring the bold, powerful color red, Pentecost originated as a Jewish holiday.

One thousand six hundred years before Jesus, Moses instructed the people to present their first harvest to God to say thanks. In Hebrew, it is called Shavuot (rhymes with “oat”), meaning “weeks,”—and so it is known as the Feast of Weeks. The Feast of Weeks occurs fifty days after Passover on the Hebrew calendar. By the time of Jesus, the Feast of Weeks was called Pentecost, derived from the Greek word for “fifty.”

In Leviticus 23, we see the connection between Passover and the Feast of Weeks when the Lord spoke to Moses. “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, when you come into the land that I give you and reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest, and he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, so that you may be accepted. On the day after the Sabbath, the priest shall wave it.” (23:9-11). The flame never went out. 

Jesus was our Passover sacrifice on the cross. Three days later, Jesus rose triumphant over death! But there’s so much more. Fifty days after Easter, Jesus gave the Holy Spirit that power-lifted the followers of Jesus. The Spirit uplifted an already special day and transformed it into Power-Up Sunday. You won’t want to miss Pastor Kevin’s message and learn how to practice Pentecost every day using the 5-fold Pentecost Power-Up and Power-Up Your Life!

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Barbara Cain will sing “Come People of the Risen King.” This music calls the church, both young and old, to rejoice in the risen King. Following the message, we will be singing On Pentecost They Gathered. You may recognize this hymn tune from Mendelssohn’s oratorio “Elijah.” During communion, we will enjoy Blessed Jesus, Living Bread. You may listen or join in singing.

We will conclude worship with the hymn Every Time I Feel the Spirit, an African-American spiritual dating to before the US Civil War. Contemporary artists and gospel music groups have frequently recorded the song.

An escaped enslaved person from Maryland named “Aunt” Mary Dines reported the earliest known performance of the song. She served as President Abraham Lincoln’s private cook and prepared meals for displaced enslaved people at Camp Barker. President Lincoln often passed by the Camp into and out of Washington, D.C. During the Civil War (1861–1865), musical performances by the residents included “Every time I feel the Spirit,” a favorite of the Lincolns. According to Dines, the President was moved to tears and returned to hear more singing on another day. PENTECOST is the name of the tune chosen by the United Methodist Hymnal (1989) editors. The syncopated music we sing today from the Presbyterian hymnals (PCUSA) uses an arrangement by Joseph T. Jones (1902–1983) from Great Day: Negro Spirituals (1961), adapted by Melva Wilson Costen for The Presbyterian Hymnal (1990).

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

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 anytime on YouTube Live!
(click here)

Physical distancing and masks are NOT required!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. 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 our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM.