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Cold Spring Church has been at the crossroads of our community for more than 300 years, and Intersections is our blog of engaging ideas designed to get you connected to what matters to you!

2022-10-09 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

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. Get news and event information in your inbox every week by subscribing to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

Get Your Worship Guide (Click here)

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

Worship with us on YouTube (click here)

You can worship with us anytime on our YouTube Live channel. Enjoy the previous week’s messages and music, too, or share worship with a friend!


Read the Message and Music preview! This week, find out why you need a bicycle for your spirit!

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How much is that now? We do more and more double-takes as meat and other grocery costs rise. Supply chain issues, labor shortages, high product demand across the U.S., and the global response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have contributed to excessive price hikes. Inflation is hitting everyone, but low-income households are feeling the pinch even more, especially as wage increases for many workers fail to keep up with inflation. Is gratitude increasingly difficult to express? As we deal with sticker shock, everybody agrees the price we most prefer is FREE! Everybody wants free!

A lot of the services we depend on are free. Companies, though, are trying to figure out how to start charging. But once we get used to free, its tough to accept the idea we need to pay now! Researcher Russ Roberts of George Mason University even found that many WWII vets were still upset when they recalled when the Red Cross stopped offering free donuts. Get the rest of that story and more this week as we explore the Good News from the prophet Jeremiah and Jesus. Invite a friend because it will be a Gratitude Free-For-All at Cold Spring Church!

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Our lyric video Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord, can be everyone’s prayer, especially those seeking to be open to God’s grace to nurture a spirit of gratitude. As the world we live in gets more complex and distracting, we need to cling to God’s saving presence in Christ and ask that the eyes of our hearts would be open to see the beauty of life.

The closing hymn Live Into Hope was written for the United Presbyterian Women’s National Meeting in July 1976 because the team planning worship could not find a suitable melody for the reading from Luke 4:16-20. Jane Parker Huber wrote the words with this lively 18th century tune in mind. 

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.

Worship anytime on YouTube Live!
(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 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.

2022-10-02 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

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!

Get Your Worship Guide (Click here)

A limited number of Worship Guides are available in the Narthex. Download your Worship Guide that includes a message and music preview, Scripture readings, prayers, community news, and much more! Click the link above.

Worship with us on YouTube (click here)

You can worship with us anytime on our YouTube Live channel. Enjoy the previous week’s messages and music, too, or share worship with a friend!


Read the Message and Music preview! This week, find out why you need a bicycle for your spirit!

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There are bike trails like the Cold Spring Bike Path just north of us in Erma, the path along the old Cape May Seashore Line’s railroad bed, and the bike trail connecting Cape May City with Cape May Point and the state park. Last week hundreds of competitive bicycle athletes and enthusiasts rode through our area, some enjoying a side trip through our beautiful campus. While there are substantial health benefits to riding or exercising on a bike, we will discover even more about the bicycle. 

This week’s Gospel reading from Luke 17 starts with the disciples asking for more faith to meet a particularly thorny forgiveness problem. When you think about it, to forgive you really need to have faith! Surprisingly, Jesus explained to the disciples that to forgive big, all they needed to do was put what “little faith” they had into motion! Faith in motion results in forgiveness.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein

Faith is a bicycle for the spirit. And when faith is in motion, amazing things happen! There’s a vast difference in outcomes between riding a stationary bike and a moving bicycle. We’ll learn about a Scientific American study that evaluated which species on the planet was the most efficient in locomotion. While the mighty condor was above any other species, beating even a human in an automobile, it was a human riding a bike that blew the condor away from its top spot! In a message titled Faith: Bicycle For the Spirit (A Way to Forgiveness), we will learn how to get our faith in motion. Cold Spring Church is your neighborhood stop for a faith that moves you!

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Following the message, we will be inspired by Jonathan Rundman’s Forgiveness Waltz. Jonathan is from Finland and was recently called as pastor of a Lutheran church in Minnesota. Jesus’ message of grace, of how loved we all are, as we are, is like a dance of forgiveness. 

Our sending hymn, Faith Begins By Letting Go, affirms that faith is not a state of being but a process of doing, becoming what we are called to be in relationship to God, other people, and the world. The movement from one stage of faith to another is suggested by gestures of the hand: letting go, holding on, reaching out.

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.

Worship anytime on YouTube Live!
(click here)

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.

2022-09-25 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

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!

Get Your Worship Guide (Click here)

A limited number of Worship Guides are available in the Narthex. Download your Worship Guide that includes a message and music preview, Scripture readings, prayers, community news, and much more! Click the link above.

Worship with us on YouTube (click here)

You can worship with us anytime on our YouTube Live channel. Enjoy the previous week’s messages and music, too, or share worship with a friend!


Read the Message and Music preview! This week, find our where Charles Dickens’ inspiration for A Christmas Carol came from!

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As a faith community, we transform lives as we fulfill our mission to make greater Cape May a better place in the name of Jesus Christ. We are delighted that more and more of us are returning to outdoor activities and in-person  worship. (Remember that a great way to support our mission is to invite someone to worship with you!)

As we improve our spiritual energy, we demonstrate God’s welcoming love to our entire community because nobody wants to be a Scrooge! We don’t even want to be around those who act like the protagonist from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. But we know that more than just individuals can ignore, disrespect, mistreat, and abuse others. Communities, organizations, groups, and nations can create or tolerate Scrooge-like behaviors and policies that adversely affect the least and the lost. Our mission is to work together to promote positive, trusting interpersonal relationships that improve hopefulness and reduce feelings of isolation. Healthy communities of every kind boost health, happiness, and longevity.

God sent Jesus to close gaps between our Creator and us, between individuals, to heal the divides of religion, gender, politics, and wealth. We can and must tangibly reveal our unity in Christ, here and now. The apostle Paul wrote, “When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it” (Galatians 6:10a). In this week’s message from Luke 16, The Case of the Invisible Neighbors, we will hear Jesus’ story about a rich man who neglected his neighbor. More than a morality tale, we will consider how the radical nature of Jesus’ mission inspired Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Who will you be inspired to notice? Even Scrooge was inspired to change and treat others differently! All this and more this week at Cold Spring Church.

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Our music video is Chris Tomlinson’s Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone). After a chance encounter on a plane, a producer asked Chris to write music for his upcoming Amazing Grace movie. The movie is about William Wilberforce’s work to abolish slavery in Europe. He wrote a chorus, My Chains Are Gone, to the well-loved traditional hymn. Chris says he never thought his version would be so popular in churches worldwide. (You can stream Amazing Grace (2006) starring Albert Finney, Benedict Cumberbach, and Toby Jones on Apple TV and Prime Video.)

We close today with a Carolyn Gillete hymn, Outside My Gate, Outside My Door, inspired by Jesus’ story of Lazarus on was dropped outside the rich man’s gate (Luke 16:19-31).

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.

Worship anytime on YouTube Live!
(click here)

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.

2022-09-18 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

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!

Get Your Worship Guide (Click here)

A limited number of Worship Guides are available in the Narthex. Download your Worship Guide that includes a message and music preview, Scripture readings, prayers, community news, and much more! Click the link above.

Worship with us on YouTube (click here)

You can worship with us anytime on our YouTube Live channel. Enjoy the previous week’s messages and music, too, or share worship with a friend!


Read the Message and Music preview!

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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.

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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.

Worship anytime on YouTube Live!
(click here)

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.

2022-09-11 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

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!

Get Your Worship Guide (Click here)

A limited number of Worship Guides are available in the Narthex. Download your Worship Guide that includes a message and music preview, Scripture readings, prayers, community news, and much more! Click the link above.

Worship with us on YouTube (click here)

You can worship with us anytime on our YouTube Live channel. Enjoy the previous week’s messages and music, too, or share worship with a friend!


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Happy birthday, football! Football is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Football League (NFL) today. Football is any game where you kick a ball with your foot on a linear field of play, including soccer and rugby. The goal is to get the ball to your opponent’s end zone for a touchdown. The NFL generated 15.26 billion dollars in revenue in 2019 and is the most profitable sports league in the United States. Total attendance at NFL games reached a record 18.29 million fans across the regular season in 2021. Increasingly football is beating out baseball as America’s favorite sport. This week football may also become your favorite metaphor for our spiritual life in Christ!

Living rooms and stadiums will erupt with shouts and cheers for a touchdown. But like watching the football move up and down the field, the forces of good and evil can be seen to compete. Sin can seem on the offense, putting the most points on the scoreboard. Too infrequently, though, spiritual goodness appears to be winning. The Apostle Paul spoke about the personal struggle of wanting to do good (Romans 7:18-19). Paul told Timothy about his spiritual progress as he learned to grow and mature, make better choices, living his best life in Christ (1 Timothy 1:12-17).

In our Gospel reading from Luke 15, we celebrate when God’s goodness wins. In the story about the lost sheep, Jesus wants us to realize that more important than a football crossing into the end zone is when even one person responds in faith to Jesus. With Jesus, a touchdown is an expression of repentance, and a pattern of repentance and faith, that elicits huge cheers in heaven! There is joy in the presence of the angels when one sinner repents, then for the ninth-nine righteous who need no repentance (Luke 15). The faith community can be a place of celebration as we discover The Gridiron Gospel and pick up the ball of faith this week at Cold Spring Church.

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We begin with our countdown to worship video that sets the theme for our experience today. God welcomes all of us, right now, without exception! Barbara Cain will sing I Could Never Outlove the Lord, accompanied by Jayne McDonough. Following the message we will be moved by an energetic music lyric video, Chief of Sinners Though I Be, recalling our New Testament Reading where the Apostle Paul uses that phrase to describe himself and the astonishing good news that by God’s grace he celebrates all that Christ is doing for him. We will put our faith into action singing our sending hymn, O For a World. Everything longed for in the lyrics is a reminder of how far our present world is from what God wants. Yet this is not just wishful thinking; it is a call to action, a summons to participate in the fulfillment of God’s desire for all earth’s people to live in radical shalom because Christ lives in and through us.

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.

Worship anytime on YouTube Live!
(click here)

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.

2022-09-04 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

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!

Get Your Worship Guide (Click here)

A limited number of Worship Guides are available in the Narthex. Download your Worship Guide that includes a message and music preview, Scripture readings, prayers, community news, and much more! Click the link above.

Worship with us on YouTube (click here)

You can worship with us anytime on our YouTube Live channel. Enjoy the previous week’s messages and music, too, or share worship with a friend!


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Where do you see faith at work? This Labor Day weekend we will celebrate God’s work in our lives that we most clearly realize when we put our faith in Jesus Christ to work.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).

We work on lots of projects, big and small. Think about your last project. How did it turn out? Sometimes, the project may not have turned out the way we expected! Ordinary setbacks, unanticipated obstacles, or our inactions or distractions may leave the task incomplete. We want to stay with it. Sometimes we can’t or won’t. What do we do? How can we build things that matter?

In this week’s message from Luke 14:25-33 titled, Before You Build, we hear Jesus set some pretty high expectations for those who follow him. There is no discount discipleship. No coupons to reduce our costs. When Jesus invited others to follow, it meant following in his footsteps. What did Jesus mean when he said to love him more than our family? (Yes, he said that. But it doesn’t mean what you may at first think.) Jesus says our possessions (time, energy, attention, health, finances) must never get in our way. What prompted Jesus to use the metaphor of a builder who couldn’t finish the project or a king estimating his chances of winning a battle? 

What does it cost us to follow Jesus? The short answer is everything! But the good news is that Jesus has paid the cost, and we can be ready to complete God’s tasks. Our goals may not be as audacious as Nehemiah’s or as fantastic as the Apostle Paul’s, but what we do matters because we matter. Let’s get it done because when Jesus starts something, you can be sure he will finish it! That includes us, too. What God began in your spiritual core, your heart, God will keep at it until we reach our full potential in Christ. Find out how you can build your life by taking these three steps of faith at Cold Spring Church this week:

  1. Secure the foundation
  2. Build the future 
  3. Stick to the plan

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

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This week we will enjoy a hymn solo for Labor Day by Barbara Cain with Jayne McDonough titled, O God Our Creator, You Work Every Day. Our first hymn is an upbeat piece by 7eventh Time Down titled I Have Decided. Our worship will reinforce our theme of making good decisions and not turning back when Jesus calls us forward. We close worship with Lord of All Hopefulness that celebrates God’s work in our lives throughout each day.

“…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.

Worship anytime on YouTube Live!
(click here)

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.

2022-08-28 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

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!

Get Your Worship Guide (Click here)

A limited number of Worship Guides are available in the Narthex. Download your Worship Guide that includes a message and music preview, Scripture readings, prayers, community news, and much more! Click the link above.

Worship with us on YouTube (click here)

You can worship with us anytime on our YouTube Live channel. Enjoy the previous week’s messages and music, too, or share worship with a friend!


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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!

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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.

Worship anytime on YouTube Live!
(click here)

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.

2022-08-21 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

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!

Get Your Worship Guide (Click here)

Please download your Worship Guide that includes a message and music preview, Scripture readings, prayers, community news, and much more! Click the link above.

Worship with us on YouTube (click here)

You can worship with us anytime on our YouTube Live channel. Enjoy the previous week’s messages and music, too, or share worship with a friend!


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We welcome Norris Clark to the pulpit this week while Pastor Kevin and Melissa are on vacation. In a message entitled, Good News vs: Fake News, we will sharpen our discernment skills and be encouraged in sharing the Good News in Jesus Christ.

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We welcome pianist and organist Mary Snyder while Jayne and Dennis are away. Our music lyric video is Good Good Father, a beautiful worship song with a simple chorus that simply praises God as being good and reminds us all that we are loved! The song opens by saying, “I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like” but continues with the truth that often comes to us when we take time to be still and listen to God in Christ. We will close singing Now Sing the Gospel Story to the tune of the hymn The Day of Resurrection.

“…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 welcomed 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.

Worship anytime on YouTube Live!
(click here)

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.

2022-08-14 Hybrid Worship

By Intersections, Newsletters, Sermons

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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Everyone has faith in something. We can’t begin our day without it. Faith empowers us to dare, imagine, and hope in what can be and what we can become in Christ. Where do you need to see victory in your life today? Let’s focus less on measuring how much or how little faith we have and instead decide in what and in whom to place our faith. God is faithful and worthy to be the object of our faith. In Hebrews 11, we will consider a list of ordinary people commended for faith not fully realized. Jesus is the finisher of faith. We will re-visit the story of David and Goliath and discover that victory for Israel was not the moment Goliath tumbled to the ground. Instead, David’s faith put victory in motion when he bent down to choose five smooth stones from the river. Find out how well-placed faith can bring victory in your life, too. “Our faith is the victory that overcomes the world” (Hebrews 11:4, ISV).

(Tip: Remember that friends don’t let friends miss out on spiritual energy that can change their lives! This week is a great time to invite others to join you!)

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Gloria Echols is a gospel singer from Pennsylvania who will sing two duets with her former co-worker, the Rev. Larry Moyer. Gloria led a non-profit housing assistance organization serving low-income and unsheltered individuals. She is a featured soloist at her church in Landsdale. Gloria and Larry will sing Great is Thy Faithfulness and Let There Be Peace On Earth.

We Walk By Faith, written by Henry Alford (1810-1871). Alford’s most famous hymn is probably Come, Ye Thankful People Come. Our sending music is the anthem Hymn of Promise by Natalie Sleeth. It was composed in early 1985 and dedicated to a friend diagnosed with cancer and died weeks after its premiere. Soon after the anthem was published, it became known by an alternate title, In the Bulb There Is a Flower, encouraging us to hope in Christ.

“…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 welcomed 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.

Worship anytime on YouTube Live!
(click here)

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.

2022-08-07 Hybrid Worship

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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!

Get Your Worship Guide (Click here)

Please download your Worship Guide that includes a message and music preview, Scripture readings, prayers, community news, and much more! Click the link above.

Worship with us on YouTube (click here)

You can worship with us anytime on our YouTube Live channel. Enjoy the previous week’s messages and music, too, or share worship with a friend!


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Do you have a fear of missing out? Occasionally, or often, we may feel like others are having all the fun, and we can’t bear to be left out. This feeling is so prevalent that the fear of missing out has earned its internet slang, FOMO. With the rise of TikTok and other social media platforms, we can’t resist posting videos and photos of events, parties, and gatherings, leaving others with that dreaded FOMO. People who suffer from the “fear of missing out” may constantly check their devices for social media updates to see what their friends are doing. Suffering from severe FOMO can sometimes lead to impulsively canceling plans or obsessing over what others are doing rather than enjoying their own life.

In this week’s message from Luke 12, Jesus says, “Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.” Gain resources this Sunday to turn FOMO into fearless kingdom living. 

(Tip: Remember that friends don’t let friends miss out on spiritual energy that can change their lives! This week is a great time to invite others to join you!)

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A beautiful hymn medley of Be Thou My Vision with Amazing Grace will be shared by the Rev. Larry Moyer.

Pat Barrett, one of the composers of our video lyric hymn, Build My Life, says “Build My Life is one of those songs that has carried me through so many years of change and uncertainty. Life rarely behaves with our plans and it’s usually in the uncertainty and the not knowing and the trials that reveal what we’ve been standing on and what we put our trust in. Jesus talks about a man who dug a hole and built his house on a rock. When the storm came, the house withstood the storm. This really is a reminder for us that we can build our life on anything, we have the freedom to build our life on whatever we want. And the invitation of Jesus is to build our lives on things that last.”

The closing hymn, How Firm a Foundation was sung by American troops engaged in the Spanish-American war on Christmas morning in 1898. With all of its notoriety, the author is somewhat of a mystery. The hymn is attributed to “K” in the original publication.

“…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 welcomed 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.

Worship anytime on YouTube Live!
(click here)

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.