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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!

2020-06-21 Third Sunday after Pentecost Worship Online Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Last Week’s Service June 14,2020

Worship Guide (v1) for June 21, 2020

Readings June 21, 2020

Notes to Share for June 21, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for June 21, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for June 21, 2020

This week is the perfect time to join in our worship online. We simplified our online service and made it even easier to participate, and viewing does not require a Facebook account! Join the video stream on Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/coldspringchurch) or, if you don’t have internet access, use our New call in number: +1 (929) 205-6099. Enter Meeting ID: 875 2479 7260.

Photo-Op for Everyone!

Who are you? Take a photo of something that might help describe who you are, what you’re like, or what you like! We are more than our ID card might include. Share a photo, drawing, or poem about YOU. Post your photos on Facebook, and tag coldspringchurch, send via Facebook Messenger, or email.

Share Your Experience!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. Once you and your family are ready, share the picture with us by posting to Facebook #ColdSpringChurch or Instagram #coldspringchurchnj. You may want to subscribe to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

Get Your Life Right Side Up!

Hi friend.

Does your life feel a bit upside down? Normal is gone. (I know we don’t like to hear this, but this can be a good thing. Reflect on 2 Corinthians 5:17. See what I mean?) Adapting, re-aligning, and gaining new resources are essential skills now more than ever. This week get your life right side up with a message that just might transform you in fantastic ways. Get ready for the Jesus Paradox!

Many of us identify with the gentle Jesus, the welcoming, peacemaking Jesus. We easily picture Jesus with kids on his lap. We like his expressions of compassion and acts of healing. Jesus paid attention to those no one else did. We love seeing Jesus’ laughter and humor, and we marvel at his wisdom. But there is another side of Jesus’ emotional life that we don’t often talk about, let alone reflect on, and that’s Jesus’ anger. Here are a few examples of what I mean. Jesus cursed a fig tree (lots of leaves, no fruit), overturned temple tables (unjust money exchanging and denying all people access to a place of prayer). But the most elevated expression of anger was reserved for anyone who mistreated a child (tie a stone around their neck and drown them in the sea!).

This week we will consider Matthew 10:24-39 (with a backstory about Issac and Ismael from Genesis 21) when Jesus tells us “not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul” and how he has come “not to bring peace, but a sword” which will turn family members against one another. Then comes the hardest part of the Jesus paradox: “Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”

Where have you come from (identity) and where are you going (destiny) are best understood in Jesus’ incarnation (God becoming a human to live among us) and Jesus’ justice (humans to become like Jesus in how we treat one another). Jesus rejects patriarchy. Jesus rejects sexism. Jesus rejects ageism. Jesus rejects nationalism. Jesus rejects racism. How is this possible? Because Jesus affirms our baptism as members of his body (Rom. 6). Our identity and destiny are not limited to our DNA or family, or other identifiers, but in a relationship with Christ and with one another.

Don’t settle for upside living! Together, let’s begin to get right side up at Cold Spring Church.

Sincerely,

Pastor Kevin

2020-06-14 2nd Sunday after Pentecost Worship Online Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Last Week’s Service June 07,2020

Worship Guide (v1) for June 14, 2020

Readings June 14, 2020

Notes to Share for June 14, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for June 14, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for June 14, 2020

 

This week is the perfect time to join in our worship online. We simplified our online service and made it even easier to participate, and viewing does not require a Facebook account! Join the video stream on Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/coldspringchurch) or, if you don’t have internet access, use our New call in number: +1 (929) 205-6099. Enter Meeting ID: 875 2479 7260.

Photo-Op for Everyone!

Time for ice cream! Take a photo enjoying an ice cream treat. How has your favorite flavor changed over time? Recall a childhood ice cream memory. God is scooping out love in Christ by the Holy Spirit! (Romans 5:5). Share a photo, drawing, or poem about ice cream. Post your photos on Facebook, and tag coldspringchurch, send via Facebook Messenger, or email.
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Share Your Experience!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. Once you and your family are ready, share the picture with us by posting to Facebook #ColdSpringChurch or Instagram #coldspringchurchnj. You may want to subscribe to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

An Abundance of Hope

Hi friends,

Did you know that ice cream is the number one purchase during stressful times? Have you ever eaten ice cream and not felt better?! There is something delightful about ice cream. In the 10th century, emerging glacier’s added milk to the ice only concoction. In the summer of 1851, commercial ice cream production began in Boston but the frozen treat became an international bestseller when the United States Army packaged ice cream with wooden spoons during World War II for our GI’s to enjoy on the battlefield of all places. 90% of American households eat ice cream, the average person consumming 48 pints per year!

It may be hard to think about ice cream and joy when we are personally and nationally affected by a pandemic and persistent racial injustice. A new future is emerging and uncertain, and chaos leaves us feeling overwhelmed. We lack things we need. We lack a cure. We lack treatment. Many lack employment. Businesses lack employees. We lack solutions. We struggle just to feel safe as building restrictions are lessening but confirmed cases and unrest climb. We conclude that injustice is even more complex to solve than COVID-19. What can we do other than just sit it out. Our fainting hope can often leave us disappointed. But, there is Good News!

This week during Worship Online we will discover “An Abundance of Hope” can be your’s. Right now! Yes. Even as we experience stresses, struggles, suffering, and separation from our favorite people and activities, we can possess a “hope that does not disappoint us because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts…” (Rom. 5). Literally, scooped out like ice cream! God’s love in Christ is to be enjoyed even more than ice cream!

But wait! There’s more! Jesus wants us to see opportunities right in front of us when he says, “ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest… proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near” (Matt. 9 and 10). We don’t have to wait till things are better. Each of us can do our part, no matter how small or large it may appear to be. What Good News will you experience and share this week?

Its time for an “ice cream-like faith” at Cold Spring Church because we are to enjoy God’s love that has been lavishly scooped out for us. Christ died and rose again for US! And Jesus, lovingly sends you and me outside ourselves to experience the abundance.

Enjoy ice cream this week and remember to invite others to join you online. “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in God! (Psalm 34:8).

Sincerely,

Pastor Kevin

2020-06-07 Trinity Sunday Worship Online Resources and Communion

By Intersections, Sermons

This week is the perfect time to join in our worship online. We simplified our online service and made it even easier to participate, and viewing does not require a Facebook account! Join the video stream on Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/coldspringchurch) or, if you don’t have internet access, use our New call in number: +1 (929) 205-6099. Enter Meeting ID: 875 2479 7260.

Today, you are invited to share in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper during Worship Online. If you’d like to participate, please take a moment to ready yourself with the elements of bread and cup. The bread can be of your choosing. For the cup, you may use grape juice or wine, or use water as a most acceptable substitute, remembering that Christ is the Living Water for all.

Photo-Op for Everyone!

This week’s Photo Op: For a kite to soar, it must be tethered. This week, go fly a kite if you can. Or recall when you last flew a kite high in the sky! Kites can remind us that God wants our spirits to soar. Share a photo, drawing, or poem of anything that soars! (Thank you for sharing your “other country” photos which will be posted online!)

Post your photos on Facebook, and tag coldspringchurch, send via Facebook Messenger, or email.

Share Your Experience!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. Once you and your family are ready, share the picture with us by posting to Facebook #ColdSpringChurch or Instagram #coldspringchurchnj. You may want to subscribe to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

Soar in the Spirit of God’s Love!

For more than three centuries, Cape May has been the region’s preferred destination for re-creation— literally to create again. We all want to creatively soar, like a kite! But when the kite disconnects from its tether the kite crashes! You and I are like a kite. We will only soar in the spirit when we are tethered to God’s love in Christ. As we gather around the virtual communion table this week on Trinity Sunday, we will hear the words of Paul from Scripture when he urged the cosmopolitan, creative, recreation-loving, citizens of Corinth to, “agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” Why? Because God wants us, all those who follow Jesus, to respect everyone, to promote peace, and to work for the reconciliation of the world. And when we do that, we will experience God’s love and peace!

Our nation is feeling pretty far from peace and love right now, like we are no longer tethered. Since March, our nation has been reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic that has left 106,538 people dead. Our prayer list includes many who are suffering in pain and other’s who are mourned. Restrictions are cautiously being lifted for many businesses while places of worship and other large group venues remain closed. Our nation is also reeling from racial injustice and police brutality again with the murder of George Floyd, who’s name is tragically added to a long list. How can the world, you and I, be so far from God’s love and peace?

We do not want to discount the many beautiful stories told in our pandemic and unjust world. But hopeful headlines do not offset the horrendous ones. In our Gospel reading, we realize that God wants us to breathe in the Spirit and hear Jesus say, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me!”

Who do you give authority to write your life’s story? In what ways this week can your spirit soar as you extend the love and promote peace of the Lord’s Table.

 

This Sunday, you will enjoy special music, improved audio, multi-camera video, and screen lyrics for our hymns, too. Engage your faith with two mini-messages rooted in the Great Commission. We will consider Jesus as the author and finisher of our faith, and then how the 3-braided tether will help our faith soar!

Ground your faith in love and let your faith and love soar as we experience God’s peace and love.

Pastor Kevin

Last Week’s Service May 31,2020

Worship Guide (v1) for June 07, 2020

Readings June 07, 2020

Notes to Share for June 07, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for June 07, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for June 07, 2020

2020-05-31 Pentecost Sunday Worship Online Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

This week is the perfect time to join in our worship online. We simplified our online service and made it even easier to participate, and viewing does not require a Facebook account! Join the video stream on Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/coldspringchurch) or, if you don’t have internet access, use our New call in number: +1 (929) 205-6099. Enter Meeting ID: 875 2479 7260. Password: 278951.

Photo-Op for Everyone!

The world in our home! Share a photo of items or products displaying words in a language other than your “first” language, or made in a country other than your country of birth. Or, share a photo of a place you visited on vacation or a trip away from home.
(Photo:  Baby Avery in her Romanian attire with a Romanian prayer in the background on her pillow)

Post your photos on Facebook, and tag coldspringchurch, send via Facebook Messenger, or email.

Share Your Experience!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. Once you and your family are ready, share the picture with us by posting to Facebook #ColdSpringChurch or Instagram #coldspringchurchnj. You may want to subscribe to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

God Speaks Your Language

Numbers 11:24-34 (MSG)
So Moses went out and told the people what God had said. He called together seventy of the leaders and had them stand around the Tent. God came down in a cloud and spoke to Moses and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy leaders. When the Spirit rested on them they prophesied. But they didn’t continue; it was a onetime event. Meanwhile two men, Eldad and Medad, had stayed in the camp. They were listed as leaders but they didn’t leave camp to go to the Tent. Still, the Spirit also rested on them and they prophesied in the camp. A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp!” Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ right-hand man since his youth, said, “Moses, master! Stop them!” But Moses said, “Are you jealous for me? Would that all God’s people were prophets. Would that God would put his Spirit on all of them.”

Connect To the Spirit’s Network

Acts 2:1-21 (MSG)

When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.

There were many Jews staying in Jerusalem just then, devout pilgrims from all over the world. When they heard the sound, they came on the run. Then when they heard, one after another, their own mother tongues being spoken, they were thunderstruck. They couldn’t for the life of them figure out what was going on, and kept saying, “Aren’t these all Galileans? How come we’re hearing them talk in our various mother tongues?

Parthians, Medes, and Elamites; Visitors from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene; Immigrants from Rome, both Jews and proselytes; Even Cretans and Arabs!

“They’re speaking our languages, describing God’s mighty works!” Their heads were spinning; they couldn’t make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: “What’s going on here?” Others joked, “They’re drunk on cheap wine.”
That’s when Peter stood up and, backed by the other eleven, spoke out with bold urgency: “Fellow Jews, all of you who are visiting Jerusalem, listen carefully and get this story straight. These people aren’t drunk as some of you suspect. They haven’t had time to get drunk—it’s only nine o’clock in the morning. This is what the prophet Joel announced would happen:

“In the Last Days,” God says,
“I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people:
Your sons will prophesy, also your daughters;
Your young men will see visions, your old men dream dreams.
When the time comes, I’ll pour out my Spirit
On those who serve me, men and women both, and they’ll prophesy.
I’ll set wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below,
Blood and fire and billowing smoke, the sun turning black and the moon blood-red,
Before the Day of the Lord arrives, the Day tremendous and marvelous;
And whoever calls out for help to me, God, will be saved.”

 

Last Week’s Service May 24,2020

Worship Guide (v1) for May 31, 2020

Readings May 31, 2020

Notes to Share for May 31, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for May 31, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for May 31, 2020

2020-05-24 7th Sunday of Easter Worship Online Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

This week is the perfect time to join in our worship online. We simplified our online service and made it even easier to participate, and viewing does not require a Facebook account! Join the video stream on Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/coldspringchurch) or, if you don’t have internet access, use our New call in number: +1 (929) 205-6099. Enter Meeting ID: 875 2479 7260. Password: 278951.

Photo-Op for Everyone!

Smiling faces! Everyone loves a smile. Where in your life is God smiling on you? What has brought a smile to your family’s faces? What shines in your life? Share a photo. Draw a picture. Write a poem.Thank you! Post your photos on Facebook, and tag coldspringchurch, send via Facebook Messenger, or email.

How can I prepare for Worship Online?

Set the environment in your home to allow you to focus, participate, and enjoy the service. Fix your coffee, tea, or snack. Make sure everyone can comfortably watch and prepare to receive from God as we worship together, apart!

Share Your Experience!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. Once you and your family are ready, share the picture with us by posting to Facebook #ColdSpringChurch or Instagram #coldspringchurchnj. You may want to subscribe to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

God is Shining On Us All!

Hello friend.

Memorial Day is a particular time to remember. We realize in this pandemic that God is present with us, offering hope, even as we experience discomfort, inconvenience, suffering, stressors, and losses. Our neighbors, nation and the world need hope, too. Join us for Worship Online and discover how God is shining on you, and shining through you to others. While we remember the sacrifices of those who have died serving our country, let’s remember that our country sacrificed not only for our nation’s freedoms, but we have always sacrificed so that others around the world could experience freed, too. God loves the world. Jesus said, “There is no greater love than this, that one lays down their life for another.” God so loved the world! 

What do you remember about this Memorial Day? Give thanks to God for freedoms here at home and around the world. For freedom in Christ! God is shining on you! That is something to remember every day!

Thinkable for this week: Sometimes, we may think God is frowning on us. But the Good News is that in Jesus Christ, God’s love, forgiveness, and hope set us free! 

  1. How do you experience God’s smile on you?
  2. What new blessings do you want to thank God for right now?
  3. In what ways does your life shine on others? What will you do today to let your light shine even more!

 

Last Week’s Service May 17,2020

Worship Guide (v1) for May 24, 2020

Readings May 24, 2020

Notes to Share for May 24, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for May 24, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for May 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update- May 21, 2020

By Intersections

Hello friends of Cold Spring Church.

Thank you for your faithfulness in taking care of yourself and others during the pandemic. We continue to pray for and stand with those serving on the frontlines, those who are sick, and we mourn with those who have lost loved ones and neighbors to this disease. We miss seeing each other, and being with each other: in person, in the sanctuary, and in ministry we enjoy across our campus. Also, thank you for continuing your generous financial support and participating in our Worship Online each week. While the State of New Jersey has announced measured re-openings, and hopefully some relief for small businesses, building restrictions are expected to remain in force through June and we should be prepared for a longer period of time. Our session and pastor remain in consultation with neighboring communities of faith and with our amazing presbytery leaders as we consider the many variables for even partial church sanctuary openings.

Let us not grow discouraged or dismayed as we wait to gather together in our sanctuary. Let’s prepare one another for the new reality, a new way to safely gather in worship. Emerging guidelines for congregations are particularly hard to hear regarding many aspects of worship that we have grown accustomed to. For example, limiting the spread of COVID-19 will severely limit or eliminate the use of hymnals and Bibles, bulletins, congregational singing, and affect the way we enter and exit the sanctuary. Our commitment to the health and wellness of everyone will require strict adherence to six-foot social distancing and mask protocols, and may require other safety or screening measures. We will get through this, together, as we co-create a new reality of corporate worship. Christ is our hope and God’s emerging future will be filled with grace and abundance.

There are three important ways you can experience new spiritual energy today!

    1. Praying
    2. Giving
    3. Engaging

Remember to practice social solidarity and not spiritual distance. You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. Our thriving faith community puts God’s love into action to help make greater Cape May a better place.

2020-05-17 6th Sunday of Easter Worship Online Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

UPDATED Worship Guide v2 below.

This week is the perfect time to join in our worship online. We simplified our online service and made it even easier to participate, and viewing does not require a Facebook account! Join the video stream on Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/coldspringchurch) or, if you don’t have internet access, use our New call in number: +1 (929) 205-6099. Enter Meeting ID: 875 2479 7260. Password: 278951.

Photo-Op for Everyone!

God is in our midst, doing new things. What new experiences have you noticed during the pandemic? Any plants blooming? Babies born? Discoveries made? Have any new recipes brought a smile to you family’s faces? Maybe worship online has brought new energy to your spirit! As restrictions are gradually relaxed, what are you noticing that’s new outside?Share a photo of your new. Draw a picture. Write a poem celebrating the new! Sure. We’re locked down, but we’re not locked out of God’s mercies that are new every morning! (Lam. 3:23)Thank you! Post your photos on Facebook, and tag coldspringchurch, send via Facebook Messenger, or email.
Photos: Shannan and David’s new baby and Liam’s new tent and new home for bald eagle on our Cold Spring Campus.

How can I prepare for Worship Online?

Set the environment in your home to allow you to focus, participate, and enjoy the service. Fix your coffee, tea, or snack. Make sure everyone can comfortably watch and prepare to receive from God as we worship together, apart!

Share Your Experience!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. Once you and your family are ready, share the picture with us by posting to Facebook #ColdSpringChurch or Instagram #coldspringchurchnj. You may want to subscribe to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

Wake up, Everybody!

What’s new? Our pandemic news cycles are informative, but stressful. All of us have been affected by the escalating counts of the sick and the dead. Lockdown orders keep us safe while our lack of sleep, interrupted wellness routines and isolation darn our energy. Working from home, working on the front lines in healthcare or service businesses, or not working at all, we all need hope! But we have hope within us. Christ is no the foundations or our hope, Christ is our hope!

While our lockdown experiences may seem as novel as the coronavirus itself, there are many lockdown stories in the Scriptures. But lockdowns can keep us safe until the new day has downed. Remember Noah? Locked down in that ark, God kept the family dry and secure from the threats outside. Even the disciples on that first Easter morning were locked down in fear, trying to keep the threats at bay. This Sunday’s worship online will awaken your faith. My message from Acts 17 will help us wake up and engage our local context because our faith was made for times like these!

Wake up, everybody! Christ is our hope!

Sincerely,

Pastor Kevin

(Background Photo credit: Sunset Beach, ©Christine Cloer)

Worship Guide (v2) for May 17, 2020

Readings May 17, 2020

Notes to Share for May 17, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for May 17, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for May 17, 2020

2020-05-10 Mother’s Day Worship Online Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

This week is the perfect time to join in our worship online. We simplified our online service and made it even easier to participate, and viewing does not require a Facebook account! Join the video stream on Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/coldspringchurch) or, if you don’t have internet access, use our New call in number: +1 (929) 205-6099. Enter Meeting ID: 875 2479 7260. Password: 278951.

Happy Mother’s Day

Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate! – Proverbs 31:31

 

Shout-Out to the Kids!

Last week Pastor Kevin wanted to see photos of your pets! Pictures of dogs, cats, or some other animals you enjoy. Here are a few of the pictures you sent!

Again this week, Pastor Kevin is asking the kids to take a photo of something that brings them joy while being quarantined! Once you and your family are ready, snap a pic or video to share with us by posting to Facebook #ColdSpringChurch or Instagram #coldspringchurchnj. While we have to live apart, we are never alone! The love of Jesus is for everyone, and Eastertide is the perfect time to remember Jesus’ victory.

How can I prepare for Worship Online?

Set the environment in your home to allow you to focus, participate, and enjoy the service. Fix your coffee, tea, or snack. Make sure everyone can comfortably watch and prepare to receive from God as we worship together, apart!

Share Your Experience!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. You may want to subscribe to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

From Fragile To Antifragile Faith

Cape May County, like every other region of the country, seeks a holy grail of achieving both population safety and economic health and a return to normal. Our neighbors across the street and friends across the pews can struggle with their faith. Robust individuals and businesses resist the pandemic’s worst consequences, and resilient ones try to bend but not break under the severe stress. But fragile populations and organizations weaken and too often, tragically break.

We may feel fragile. Our faith may appear fragile. While fragile systems break, the opposite of fragile, antifragile systems benefit from shocks and thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, stressors, and uncertainty. This week, Pastor Kevin’s message from Acts 7:55-60 invites us into a new reality, from fragile to antifragile faith as we look at disciple Stephen whose faith first appeared to be robust, but once arrested and tested, resilient was all that was hoped for, a return to normal. But to his persecutors like Saul (aka Paul), Stephen’s faith appeared fragile as he was crushed to death under the stones of hatred and fear. Find out how a fragile faith can be transformed into an antifragile faith. everybody’s story is different. Stephen. Saul. You, me. Everyone.

God is not a routine. Jesus is not a cliché. Faith is not a franchise. Years later, Paul (formerly Saul) wrote, “There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next (Romans 5:3-5). 

Let’s discover what Go is doing next. We can engage our pandemic world, and our search for safety and prosperity, with a faith in Christ that goes beyond robustness or resilience to an antifragile faith: growth in stress. See how our lives can be strengthened and create a new reality, full of hope.

 

Last Week’s Service May 3, 2020

Worship Guide (v1) for May 10, 2020

Readings May 10, 2020

Notes to Share for May 10, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for May 10, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for May 10, 2020

2020-05-03 Worship Online Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Worship Guide (v1) for May 3, 2020

Readings May 3, 2020

Notes to Share for May 3, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for May 3, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for May 3, 2020

This week is the perfect time to join in our worship online and communion. We simplified our online service and made it even easier to participate, and viewing does not require a Facebook account! Join the video stream on Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/coldspringchurch) or, if you don’t have interest access, use your phone to listen by dialing: +1 (301) 715 8592. Enter passcode: 277 095 8375#.

Shout-Out to the Kids!

Pastor Kevin would like to see photos of your pets! Pictures of dogs, cats, or some other animals you enjoy. If you don’t have a pet, find a photo of a pet you like! Email them to hello@coldspringchurch.com, or post to your Facebook page and tag #coldspringchurch. (Image: Communication Coordinator Max’s daughter Avery, with her best friend Tyson.)

Once you and your family are ready, snap a pic or video to share with us by posting to Facebook #ColdSpringChurch or Instagram #coldspringchurchnj. While we have to live apart, we are never alone! The love of Jesus is for everyone, and Eastertide is the perfect time to remember Jesus’ victory.

How can I prepare for Easter Online?

Set the environment in your home to allow you to focus, participate, and enjoy the service. Fix your coffee, tea, or snack. Make sure everyone can comfortably watch and prepare to receive from God as we worship together, apart!

Share Your Experience!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. You may want to subscribe to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!

New Reality

South Jersey’s growing COVID-19 case count reminds us every day how upended most aspects of our lives are. We are acutely aware that the global coronavirus pandemic is now a local crisis – everywhere. But hope is alive because Jesus is alive, and all of us in Christ are alive, really alive, as well! That’s why we worship God. Gather. Pray. Give. Serve. Hope. Repeat.

This Sunday, May 3, plan to join our grand worship online when we celebrate at the Lord’s Table virtually. Yes, virtually! (If you’d like to participate, look for simple instructions in the Worship Online Guide, and you do not need a Facebook account or log in to watch the service.) The Good News message from John 10 will provide fresh ideas that will help us move forward into our new reality, and Jesus is the Gate!

We hear the word “unprecedented” a lot these days – and for a good reason. But don’t let fear or anxiety get you down. We have experienced “unprecedented” many times during our 306 years of community ministry serving greater Cape May. The Risen Christ is still leading us into a brighter, better, and different way ahead.

Are you looking for that new reality? Know that we’re here to provide spiritual resources today, tomorrow, and every day after that. Let’s open the Gate together this Sunday as we virtually 6-1gather around the Lord’s Table. Hope is alive!

Sincerely,

Pastor Kevin

Worship Guide (v1) for May 3, 2020

Readings May 3, 2020

Notes to Share for May 3, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for May 3, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for May 3, 2020

2020-04-26 Third Week of Easter Worship Online Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

This week is the perfect time to join in our grand celebration for the Third week of Easter. We simplified our online service and made it even easier to participate. Join the video stream on Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/coldspringchurch) or, if you don’t have interest access, use your phone to listen by dialing: +1 (301) 715 8592. Enter passcode: 277 095 8375#. And, we have a special request of the children this week.

Jesus hears the children.Shout-Out to the Kids!

Parents, I will be asking the kids to share a photo of something that brings them joy while being quarantined! The stay-at-home restriction has been hard on kids and You! Help you kids take a photo of enjoying games, using the kid’s worship worksheet, reading, drawing, watching worship, or making crafts or food.

Once you and your family are ready, snap a pic or video to share with us by posting to Facebook #ColdSpringChurch or Instagram #coldspringchurchnj. While we have to live apart, we are never alone! The love of Jesus is for everyone, and Eastertide is the perfect time to remember Jesus’ victory.

How can I prepare for Easter Online?

Set the environment in your home to allow you to focus, participate, and enjoy the service. Fix your coffee, tea, or snack. Make sure everyone can comfortably watch and prepare to receive from God as we worship together, apart!

Share Your Easter!

You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime.

Connect and Serve

We believe that everyone deserves to experience God’s love in relevant and authentic ways, while keeping themselves and the community safe, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our thriving faith community puts God’s love into action to help make greater Cape May a better place. We joyfully love and serve God and our neighbors through the power of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you for joining us!

“He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again’” (Luke 24:6-7).

Below are resources that can be used before, during, and after our 10:30 AM worship experience. Share them with others, too!

“Wherever two or three are gathered, there I am…” Jesus.

Worship Guide (v1) for April 26, 2020

Readings April 26, 2020

Notes to Share for April 26, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for April 26, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for April 26, 2020