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Reboot your spiritual life with Christmas DNA!
Welcome to the first week of Advent as the lectionary and liturgical cycle reboots. Why a reboot? Many might surmise that since Jesus has already come, that’s old news. But the Good News is not just about a one-time, distantly past event. Jesus’ birth is an event from the past, but we retell and relive the Greatest Story Ever Told each year because that one event changed everything! The Christmas story is the DNA of our spiritual community as followers of Jesus. Our ADVENTure anticipates what is to come—watching and waiting for the promised Messiah— Jesus.
You will want to worship with us on the First Sunday of Advent when we hear the prophet proclaim, “The Lord is our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 33:16). Advent is the time to realize that God is still doing marvelous things and continues to enter and transform our lives. When Jesus “moved into our neighborhood” (John 1:14), he moved in for good! Jesus is not historically bound to the past. We can enjoy a dynamic relationship with Christ right now and into the future!
During the four weeks of Advent that culminates on Christmas Eve, we watch and wait for Jesus’ spiritual reboot of our lives, transforming our world, communities, and lives. How will we experience hope? By watching and waiting, actively engaging, and being open to the Spirit of Christ today, this Advent season.
In our Gospel reading from Matthew 25:36-44, we hint at the radical nature of Christ’s entering our world. We watch in hope—(What are you watching for during these unprecedented times?) and wait in hope. If you were waiting for a sign, this is our Christmas reboot.
We begin with our Advent countdown that sets the theme for our worship experience. Jayne McDonough will accompany Barbara Cain singing There’s A Song In the Air. Following the message we will sing and enjoy the lyric video Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. With it’s opening invitation “Come,” this hymn sounds the note of hope and anticipation that characterizes the Advent season (from the Latin adventus “coming”). Its blending of memory and hope helps us to give voice to our present faith as we stand between the past and the future. Before the benediction we will sing O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, a solemn and delicate carol originally written in Latin with a title of ‘Veni, Veni, Emmanuel’ about 1710. The English translation of this Advent carol came about in 1851 when the priest and scholar John Mason Neale’s version was featured in the pages of The Hymnal Noted – a key text in the history of hymns. Let’s join in watching and waiting for the promised Messiah, Emmanuel (God is here).
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 participation even easier with our Worship Guide and lyric videos displayed on a large screen.
Physical distancing is recommended but not required!
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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, 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.