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2022-12-25 Hybrid Christmas Worship

By December 24, 2022Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

You’re in the right place!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. Our Christmas Sunday worship begins at 10:30 AM in the beautiful and historic Red Brick Church. We are fully accessible, and street and lot parking is available. Get news and event information in your inbox every week by subscribing to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Just send your email address by text message:

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Get your Christmas Morning Worship Guide (click here)

Download your Worship Guide (red link above), which includes a message and music preview, Scripture readings, prayers, community news, and more! A limited number of printed Worship Guides are available in the Narthex.

Join worship now on YouTube (click here)

You can worship with us anytime on our YouTube Live channel. Enjoy all our previous week’s messages and music, too. Share the link above and the blessings with a friend!

Message and Music preview!

We are discovering God’s joy at the edges of Christmas!

Message Preview

This is Christmas Sunday we join with all of creation to sing praises to God. Why, you might ask? Good question. Maybe we don’t feel like singing! Do we feel a bit lost? Uncertain times to be sure. That’s understandable. But God is not lost! We sing praises to God because God is here and will never leave us alone. God with us, Emmanuel. God’s grace is greater than any pandemic, any problem, and God’s abundant forgiveness is greater than all our sin. Sure, we can feel a bit lost from time to time. It’s O.K., though…we’re in good company.

This week’s Gospel recalls the angel’s appearance to the shepherds on the hill who were told to look for a sign of the Messiah’s birth. What sign were they given? God has given us signs, too. Where do the signs of hope and redemption in the Jesus story point for you this Christmas as we look for the Messiah in our midst today?

Music Preview

We begin with our 12 Days of Christmas countdown video that sets the theme for our worship experience. We will also enjoy a special mini-movie at the conclusion of our worship!

We begin worship with O Come, All Ye Faithful. The origins of this 18th century hymn has spread worldwide and is used by many denominations in every language imaginable in both Latin and other versions. Jayne will accompany Beverly Mate singing Born is the Light of the World. Written by composer Sally Deford, she says. “It was Christmas time, and I was looking at a beautiful painting of the Christ Child and His mother. The artist used light to surround Jesus’ head, and to illuminate Mary’s face beautifully, and as I focused on the areas of light, I began to simply describe the painting in this lyric. Thus, the “starlight of silver,” the “halo of gold,” and the radiance of the Baby shining on the face of His mother.

We conclude our worship singing Good Christian Friends, Rejoice. Carols using two languages, like this one dating from at least the 14th century, belong to a special group called “macaronic,” the original languages here being German and Latin. Though the present version is only in English, it is sung to the traditional German folk melody. Let’s rejoice!

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.

Worship with us on YouTube (click here)

Physical distancing is recommended but 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, 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.


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