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 beautiful and historic Red Brick Church. We are fully accessible and street 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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Taking care of ourselves is good advice. Cold Spring Presbyterian Church provides resources for you to experience abundant life through Christ. All of us invest a great deal of our time, energy, and attention in accomplishing our whole-life wellness, which we can call our standard of living. The Bible speaks a lot about our standard of living, the standards that show our love for God and others, and how we measure the standard of living we achieve. We also pay attention to all aspects of our life, mind, body, and spirit. Our time, energy, and talents are exchangeable for the resources we need to maintain or improve our standard of living.
This week, an overlooked and misunderstood parable of Jesus about a business manager will show us how his standard of living flows out of his standard of giving. (Fun Fact: Did you know that 38 parables deal directly with money? Yes! And in the Bible, more than 2,000 verses are about money and possessions!)
In our Gospel reading from Luke 16, we may discover a redeeming quality in a dishonest manager as we spend, save, and give, each according to our unique life experiences.
Rev. Larry Moyer will sing, Just a Little Talk with Jesus, written by Rev. Cleavant Derricks, pastor of a small African-American church in Alabama. He wrote the song during the Great Depression. Money was already tight during these difficult times, but his church was in terrible need of new hymnals. Rev. Derricks found a publisher, Stamps-Baxter, and contacted them. He stated he needed hymnals and did not have the money to purchase them while offering a bargain. Would the publisher accept his songs to provide hymnals for his church? The publisher bought just two of his songs. Rev. Derricks is said to have received fifty hymnals in exchange for the rights to his music. This song became one of the best-loved southern gospel songs within a few years.
Our lyric video hymn is God of the Poor (Beauty for Brokenness) by Graham Kendrick. It was commissioned by Tear Fund and originally recorded in 1993 for the Spark to a Flame album and re-recorded for 2011’s Very Best of Graham Kendrick. The theme reflects our reading from Amos about our responsibility to not only care for our neighbors, but to work for justice.
We will conclude worship singing God Whose Giving Knows No Ending. The musical setting grounds these inspiring words, an early American shape-note tune named for a Baptist church in Harris County, Georgia. The Hymn Society of America received more than 450 submissions searching for a new hymn about whole-life stewardship, and God Whose Giving Knows No Ending was their favorite.
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 but 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.