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 premiers at 10:30 AM every Sunday in the Red Brick Church. We are fully accessible and lot parking is available. Stay for our Hospitality Table following worship. 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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Like a giant pinecone with a crown, the pineapple symbolizes welcoming hospitality. The Tupinamba people who settled in the Amazon Rainforest 3000 years ago regarded the pineapple as an object of worship. While pineapples were an integral part of daily life for the Tupi people, it is now grown and enjoyed worldwide as a superfood and symbol of hospitality.
There’s ordinary hospitality, and then there’s a new model of hospitality we read about in this week’s Gospel reading in Luke 14. Jesus insisted that offering genuine hospitality was not a spiritual gift given to a select few. Being hospitable was not optional but a practice required of all. And with practice, hospitality will increase and stack up to have a cumulative healing effect. This week we can learn how to offer genuine hospitality that transfigures those who extend and receive it. Hospitality can bring healing to the alienated, hurt, alone, and those who feel like an outcast or somehow distant from God’s kingdom or presence. Let’s be Pineapple People at Cold Spring Church! Let’s embrace opportunities to welcome the stranger, reach out to neighbors, and in the end, embrace God’s healing and love for us all!
Rev. Larry Moyer will be singing Be It Unto Me, a powerful song by The prolific Gospel singer Don Moen. He wrote about the song, “but Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but with God everything is possible.” – Matthew 19:26.
The hymn following the message will begin with the verse Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing with added lyrics by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, God We Sense Your Peace and Power. This new hymn is a retelling of Jesus’ teaching to take the humble seats at the table and to invite strangers who are in need to our own tables; it is a prayer that we will catch the vision of God’s reign that turns the world upside down.
We close our worship singing Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life reminding us that Jesus walks in every neighborhood and community. Because dense populations always result in concentrated hardships, this hymn’s timeless evocation of urban need connects to our own day as well as to Jesus’ lament over Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37/Luke 13:34). The tune, Germany, was the first used with this text and is now customary.
“…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 welcome 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.
Physical distancing and masks are recommended bu 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 you to worship in our historic Red Brick Church that premiers on Sundays at 10:30 AM.