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This week, we’re hearing a knocking at our door?! Is it trick-or-treaters?
This week commemorates the Protestant Reformation (1517-1648) that transformed Europe with renewed spiritual energy. The Reformation was coexistent with the Black Plague devastating effects of the second wave of the Black Death, as the bubonic plague wiped out an estimated 30% to 60% of the population. As communities contended with the disease, the Protestant Reformation’s motto, Scripture alone, grace alone, and faith alone, emboldened followers of Christ to humble service, scientific and religious scholarship, and ministries of caring. While the names of reformers such as Martin Luther and John Calvin are widely recognized, the occurrence of Reformation Day on Halloween, October 31, was no accident for Luther. Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, is the day before All Saints Day. The Church would be packed with worshippers as it recognizes the community of faith that has passed on. Luther wanted to broadcast his criticism of the Church to as broad an audience as possible to promote reform. He couldn’t have picked a more appropriate connection since he was calling the Church back to the Gospel roots and Christian affirmations.
The Rev. Larry Loyer will preach this week while Melissa and Pastor Kevin are on vacation. The message from Luke 19: 1-10 is titled It’s Halloween. Who’s knocking at your door? We will meet a tax collector named Zacchaeus. (Was this the repentant tax man Jesus referred to in last week’s message?) When Jesus referred to Zacchaeus as a child of Abraham yet was still lost, he must’ve shocked his hearers in at least two ways. They would have had a hard time even acknowledging that this unpopular tax collector was a fellow son of Abraham, and they would never admit that the children of Abraham are lost. This Sunday, we will discover that no one is saved by a good heritage or condemned by a bad one. We reaffirm our Reformation roots because faith is more important than genealogy.
We begin with our Fall countdown that sets the theme for our worship experience today. We will enjoy our Fifth Sunday Hymn Sing, so be thinking of a favorite hymn you’d like us to sing! Following the message we will be moved by an energetic music lyric video from Koiné Music, Speak O Savior, I Am Listening. Our sending hymn is Zacchaeus Was A Tax Man, written by Carolyn Gillette to the tune of The Church’s One Foundation.
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.
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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.
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