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2020-01-17 Worship Online or In-Person Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Welcome to Our Worship Page

Worship Guide (v1) for January 17, 2021

Readings January 17, 2021

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for January 17, 2021

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for January 17, 2021

This week is the perfect time to join in our worship online or in-person. 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: 882-3154-2428 Password: 1714. (Please remember to use the Passcode to have the very best worshipping experience on the phone!)

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!

Worship Your Way!

While we continue to worship online every week, we are excited to welcome all who are able and comfortable to worship in-person in our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM. Your safety, health, and wellness are our our top priority. West Jersey Presbytery approved our session’s re-opening plan and our pastor, staff, and teams have worked hard to prepare for your arrival. Following the guidance from the CDC and health officials, we have implemented safety protocols, and designed an approximately thirty-minute worship experience that will be spiritually energizing and safe for you, your family, and other worshippers.

 Dear online worshipping friends: We apologize in advance should our live stream be interrupted (again!) by Facebook. We are working with Facebook and the music publisher to honor our music licenses and resolve these issues. Should you experience an interrupted live stream, please rejoin as soon as we are back online! Thank you for your patience.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required to attend worship. If you’d like to worship in person, you may contact the office 609-884-4065 or email hello@coldspringchurch.com.

 

 

2020-01-10 Worship Online or In-Person Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Welcome to Our Worship Page

Worship Guide (v1) for January 10, 2021

Readings January 10, 2021

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for January 10, 2021

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for January 10, 2021

This week is the perfect time to join in our worship online or in-person. 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: 882-3154-2428 Password: 1714. (Please remember to use the Passcode to have the very best worshipping experience on the phone!)

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!

Worship Your Way!

While we continue to worship online every week, we are excited to welcome all who are able and comfortable to worship in-person in our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM. Your safety, health, and wellness are our our top priority. West Jersey Presbytery approved our session’s re-opening plan and our pastor, staff, and teams have worked hard to prepare for your arrival. Following the guidance from the CDC and health officials, we have implemented safety protocols, and designed an approximately thirty-minute worship experience that will be spiritually energizing and safe for you, your family, and other worshippers.

 Dear online worshipping friends: We apologize in advance should our live stream be interrupted (again!) by Facebook. We are working with Facebook and the music publisher to honor our music licenses and resolve these issues. Should you experience an interrupted live stream, please rejoin as soon as we are back online! Thank you for your patience.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required to attend worship. If you’d like to worship in person, you may contact the office 609-884-4065 or email hello@coldspringchurch.com.
There will be a brief congregational meeting following worship today. 

This Week’s Worship Preview

We are a star-struck culture. Those that dominate social media and dictate popular styles and attitudes are called stars. Entertainers, performers, You-Tubers, athletes, tech giants, and even everyday heroes inspire us to be our best. Since the pandemic began, more and more people also seek comfort and guidance from the cosmic stars as we consult birth-charts, astrologers, and psychics. We seek light to lead us out of the coronavirus chaos and the isolation and daily constraints, the fear and uncertainty, and COVID-19’s sickness and death. This week, we can focus on the Star, the Bright and Morning Star, the Light of the World, which brings real hope and a future.

This week Christmastide concludes with the last day of the Twelve Days of Christmas. In the season of Light, we call Epiphany, and we travel with the stargazing Magi who followed the Jesus Star. It was a very bright moving star that came to a rest just above the spot where Jesus lay. Their long journey, likely from modern-day Iraq, led to a house in Nazareth, not a manger in Bethlehem as is often depicted on Christmas cards. And when they saw Jesus, they were overjoyed!

What star shines brightest for you on this new year’s horizon? Where does that star lead you? What gifts will you bring into the year? Follow the Jesus star. It is the only one that will take you home in God’s emerging future of hope. It is the only one that will make you a rising star and not a shooting star. Find out how to follow the Jesus Star this week at Cold Spring Church.

This Week’s Music Preview

We will sing the traditional carol, We Three Kings, which will stir our spirits this week. as our worship begins and after the message.  stir our spirits this week, inviting us to join them on their stargazing journey. Despite the well-loved title, the Scripture identifies the gift-bearing visitors as “magi” meaning scholars, not kings. And there were three gifts, but the actual number of scholars is unspecified. Yet, this carol remains our favorite!

The scholars did indeed bring three gifts – gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These gifts are traditionally interpreted to acknowledge Jesus as king, God, and sacrifice, respectively, as depicted in the hymn. Herod slaughtered two-year-olds and younger boys suggesting that Jesus could have been up to two years of age when the gifts were presented to him. Jesus’ family would’ve living in a house by the time the magi arrived. The magi offered their best to Jesus, and we can be inspired to do the same, today.

 

2020-01-03 Worship Online or In-Person Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Welcome to Our Worship Page

Worship Guide (v1) for January 3, 2021

Readings January 3, 2021

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for January 3, 2021

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for January 3, 2021

This week is the perfect time to join in our worship online or in-person. 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: 882-3154-2428 Password: 1714. (Please remember to use the Passcode to have the very best worshipping experience on the phone!)

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!

Worship Your Way!

While we continue to worship online every week, we are excited to welcome all who are able and comfortable to worship in-person in our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM. Your safety, health, and wellness are our our top priority. West Jersey Presbytery approved our session’s re-opening plan and our pastor, staff, and teams have worked hard to prepare for your arrival. Following the guidance from the CDC and health officials, we have implemented safety protocols, and designed an approximately thirty-minute worship experience that will be spiritually energizing and safe for you, your family, and other worshippers.

 Dear online worshipping friends: We apologize in advance should our live stream be interrupted (again!) by Facebook. We are working with Facebook and the music publisher to honor our music licenses and resolve these issues. Should you experience an interrupted live stream, please rejoin as soon as we are back online! Thank you for your patience.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required to attend worship. If you’d like to worship in person, you may contact the office 609-884-4065 or email hello@coldspringchurch.com.

This Week’s Worship Preview

What will you be focusing on in the new year? This week, we gather around the Lord’s Table and consider how Jesus is not just the Light of THE World, but the Light of OUR World, illuminating our journey ahead. Let’s focus on Jesus and the light he brings to us!

This Week’s Music Previe

John Wesley Work, Jr., may not have originated the spiritual “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,” but he can take credit for the fact that we still sing it every Christmas. As the son of a church choir director, Work grew up in Nashville loving music. Even though he earned his Master’s in Latin and went on to teach ancient Latin and Greek, his first love continued to be music, and he went on to become the first African-American collector of spirituals rooted in the Black experience. This proved to be a daunting task for Work because they were passed down orally and very few were written down. But Work proved up to the challenge, publishing his first song book six years later. It was in this second volume that “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” first appeared. The original singers of the song fulfilled the same important task the angels gave the shepherds that first Christmas night outside of Bethlehem, proclaiming, “that Jesus Christ is born!”  And thanks to John Wesley Work, so can we. We end our service with our communion favorite, “The Blessing.”

 

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Hello. We’re glad you’re here! We believe that everyone deserves to experience God’s love in relevant and authentic ways. Come and experience energizing worship at 10:30 AM on Sundays in our beautiful, historic, red brick church. Inspiring message. Great music. An interactive time with kids. Our thriving faith community has begun a Brave New Year to put God’s love into action to help make greater Cape May a better place. We joyfully love and serve God and our neighbors in the name of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Join us.

You may be younger, or older; a long-time resident, guest, or seasonal visitor to Cape May; You may like being more dressed-up, casual, or prefer a ready-for-the-beach look at worship…  so stop by, just the way you are! Connect in the way that fits your schedule: Worship. Special Holiday Events. Concerts. Dinners. We are here for you.

And whatever your church background, or no church experience at all, you’re WELCOME! As it has for 306 years, Cold Spring Church continues to follow Jesus Christ and serve this community. We’ve been getting ready to meet you.

Let’s have a Brave New Year together. God loves you, and so do we. See you Sunday!

2020-12-27 Worship Online or In-Person Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Welcome to Our Worship Page

Worship Guide (v1) for December 27, 2020

Readings December 27, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for December 27, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for December 27, 2020

This week is the perfect time to join in our worship online or in-person. 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: 882-3154-2428 Password: 1714. (Please remember to use the Passcode to have the very best worshipping experience on the phone!)

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!

Worship Your Way!

While we continue to worship online every week, we are excited to welcome all who are able and comfortable to worship in-person in our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM. Your safety, health, and wellness are our our top priority. West Jersey Presbytery approved our session’s re-opening plan and our pastor, staff, and teams have worked hard to prepare for your arrival. Following the guidance from the CDC and health officials, we have implemented safety protocols, and designed an approximately thirty-minute worship experience that will be spiritually energizing and safe for you, your family, and other worshippers.

 Dear online worshipping friends: We apologize in advance should our live stream be interrupted (again!) by Facebook. We are working with Facebook and the music publisher to honor our music licenses and resolve these issues. Should you experience an interrupted live stream, please rejoin as soon as we are back online! Thank you for your patience.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required to attend worship. If you’d like to worship in person, you may contact the office 609-884-4065 or email hello@coldspringchurch.com.

This Week’s Worship Preview

This is the first Sunday after Christmas, and the last worship service of 2020. In these still uncertain pandemic times, we join in with all of creation to sing praises to God. Maybe you don’t feel like singing! That’s understandable. But God is here. With you. With us. And God’s grace is greater than any pandemic, any problem, and God’s abundant forgiveness is greater than all our sin. Sure, 2020 has left us out of sorts in every dimension of our life. We mourn lost loved ones. We grieve lost traditions. The Christmas Story proclaims that God is with us, Emmanuel, Jesus. That’s why we can celebrate.

In our Gospel reading we will witness the astounding effect the Christ Child had on those who met him, including Simeon and Anna. When Jesus is consecrated in the temple at 40 days of age, Simeon proclaims, “I have waited my entire life to see the Messiah, now I can die in peace.” Anna’s response is appears opposite that of Simeon’s, but is just as dramatic when she says upon seeing Jesus, “I have waited my entire life to see the Messiah, now I can truly live!” The message this week, The Christmas Nudge, asks us what our response is as we encounter Jesus today? Like Simeon and Anna, we too can feel God’s nudge to experience Jesus this year, as never before!

This Week’s Music Preview

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.

 

2020-12-24 Christmas Eve Worship Online Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Welcome to Our Worship Page

Worship Guide (v1) for December 24, 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: 882-3154-2428 Password: 1714. (Please remember to use the Passcode to have the very best worshipping experience on the phone!)

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!

Worship Your Way!

While we continue to worship online every week, we are excited to welcome all who are able and comfortable to worship in-person in our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM. Your safety, health, and wellness are our our top priority. West Jersey Presbytery approved our session’s re-opening plan and our pastor, staff, and teams have worked hard to prepare for your arrival. Following the guidance from the CDC and health officials, we have implemented safety protocols, and designed an approximately thirty-minute worship experience that will be spiritually energizing and safe for you, your family, and other worshippers.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required to attend worship. If you’d like to worship in person, you may contact the office 609-884-4065 or email hello@coldspringchurch.com.

 

 

Worship Service+

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Hello. We’re glad you’re here! We believe that everyone deserves to experience God’s love in relevant and authentic ways. Come and experience energizing worship at 10:30 AM on Sundays in our beautiful, historic, red brick church. Inspiring message. Great music. An interactive time with kids. Our thriving faith community has begun a Brave New Year to put God’s love into action to help make greater Cape May a better place. We joyfully love and serve God and our neighbors in the name of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Join us.

You may be younger, or older; a long-time resident, guest, or seasonal visitor to Cape May; You may like being more dressed-up, casual, or prefer a ready-for-the-beach look at worship…  so stop by, just the way you are! Connect in the way that fits your schedule: Worship. Special Holiday Events. Concerts. Dinners. We are here for you.

And whatever your church background, or no church experience at all, you’re WELCOME! As it has for 306 years, Cold Spring Church continues to follow Jesus Christ and serve this community. We’ve been getting ready to meet you.

Let’s have a Brave New Year together. God loves you, and so do we. See you Sunday!

2020-12-20 Advent 4 Worship Online or In-Person Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Welcome to Our Worship Page

Worship Guide (v1) for December 20, 2020

Advent Devotions for December 20, 2020

Readings December 20, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for December 20, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for December 20, 2020

This week is the perfect time to join in our worship online or in-person. 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: 882-3154-2428 Password: 1714. (Please remember to use the Passcode to have the very best worshipping experience on the phone!)

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!

Worship Your Way!

While we continue to worship online every week, we are excited to welcome all who are able and comfortable to worship in-person in our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM. Your safety, health, and wellness are our our top priority. West Jersey Presbytery approved our session’s re-opening plan and our pastor, staff, and teams have worked hard to prepare for your arrival. Following the guidance from the CDC and health officials, we have implemented safety protocols, and designed an approximately thirty-minute worship experience that will be spiritually energizing and safe for you, your family, and other worshippers.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required to attend worship. If you’d like to worship in person, you may contact the office 609-884-4065 or email hello@coldspringchurch.com.

This Week’s Worship Preview

Our Advent journey is in its final week as we witness Gabriel’s magnificent proclamation to Mary, and her Magnificat response to the news that she will give birth to the Savior. Pastor Kevin’s message, The True Location of Christmas, will stir our spirits in our pandemic world. Let’s reflect on Luke 1:26-38 and Romans 16:25-27 with the guidance of these questions:

1. If someone greeted you like royalty with “Your Majesty,” how do you think you would respond? Can you imagine addressing others in this fashion? Why, or why not?

2. What does it mean to you that God risked the vulnerability of becoming human “with us,” in our location, in order to restore us to our rightful place as bearers of the image of God?

3. This Christmas, how does loving God and others help us deal with our own selfishness as we see Christ in others?

This Week’s Music Preview

“What Child Is This?” is our carol this week with lyrics composed in 1865 by William Chatterton Dix, in Bristol, England. Adapting the memorable melody of “Greensleeves”, he tells the amazing story of the incarnation that God With Us, Jesus, is the “babe, the son of Mary!” (Yes, the exclamation is in the lyrics.) Lenore Bowne and Jayne McDonough offer “Mary Did You Know?” Written by entertainer Mark Lowry, in 1984, it is an example of a more modern musical take on the Christmas Story popularized by the Gaither Vocal Band in the 1970’s.

 

Worship Service+

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Hello. We’re glad you’re here! We believe that everyone deserves to experience God’s love in relevant and authentic ways. Come and experience energizing worship at 10:30 AM on Sundays in our beautiful, historic, red brick church. Inspiring message. Great music. An interactive time with kids. Our thriving faith community has begun a Brave New Year to put God’s love into action to help make greater Cape May a better place. We joyfully love and serve God and our neighbors in the name of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Join us.

You may be younger, or older; a long-time resident, guest, or seasonal visitor to Cape May; You may like being more dressed-up, casual, or prefer a ready-for-the-beach look at worship…  so stop by, just the way you are! Connect in the way that fits your schedule: Worship. Special Holiday Events. Concerts. Dinners. We are here for you.

And whatever your church background, or no church experience at all, you’re WELCOME! As it has for 306 years, Cold Spring Church continues to follow Jesus Christ and serve this community. We’ve been getting ready to meet you.

Let’s have a Brave New Year together. God loves you, and so do we. See you Sunday!

Who Are You?

2020-12-13 Advent 3 Worship Online or In-Person Resources

By Intersections, Sermons

Welcome to Our Worship Page

Worship Guide (v1) for December 13, 2020 (updated)

Advent Devotions for December 13, 2020

Readings December 13, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 4-7 for December 13, 2020

Children’s Worship Ages 8-12 for December 13, 2020

This week is the perfect time to join in our worship online or in-person. 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: 882-3154-2428 Password: 1714. (Please remember to use the Passcode to have the very best worshipping experience on the phone!)

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!

Welcome Back!

While we continue to worship online every week, we are excited to welcome all who are able and comfortable to worship in-person in our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM. Your safety, health, and wellness are our our top priority. West Jersey Presbytery approved our session’s re-opening plan and our pastor, staff, and teams have worked hard to prepare for your arrival. Following the guidance from the CDC and health officials, we have implemented safety protocols, and designed an approximately thirty-minute worship experience that will be spiritually energizing and safe for you, your family, and other worshippers.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required to attend worship. If you’d like to worship in person, you may contact the office 609-884-4065 or email hello@coldspringchurch.com.

Worship Preview

 This third week of Advent is all about the Who of You! This Christmas is unlike any other. Uncertain times. Uncertain future. Christmas this year will definitely not be like Christmas’ of the past. So now, more than ever, its important to know who you are. Who you really are! John the Baptist knew who he was. He pointed people to the Light of Jesus. The religious leaders (who thought they knew everything)  demanded to know who John was. Find out John’s response and get help answering that question for yourself just in time for the holidays in Pastor Kevin’s message, “Who Are You?. We will hear Isaiah’s prophetic message of hope for all people, the very message Jesus claimed as his own and fulfilled.

Get ready: How would you answer the question posed to John when asked, “Who are you?” While your birth certificate states your name, who you really are goes way beyond our name. Who you are is connected to who you follow, what you do, and in whom do you trust. Clues to help with the Who of You can be found in your calendar. Where do you invest your time, energy, and attention? In the last hour, what was your focus and attention directed towards? Who do your activities say you are? If they align, if they are congruent with who you really are, who you want to be, then great. Keep doing those things. But if not, don’t despair, because every day is a new opportunity to reaffirm who you really are with what you actually do. Who God has called you to be? Listen. This week you can find hope and encouragement to live your very best life, the abundant Life that Jesus promised you!

Music Preview

This week’s carol is The First Noel which dates back to at least the 17th century. In 1823 William B. Sandys and Davies Gilbert edited and added lyrics to create the version we sing today. Noel is the French word, meaning Christmas, which is derived from the Latin word natalis, which means birth.  We will also enjoy It Came Upon A Midnight Clear sung by Barbara Cain with Jayne McDonough accompanying her on our grand piano. Unitarian minister Edmund Hamilton Sears wrote his carol, The Angel’s Song –It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, from the well springs of his profound faith in God and the belief that through the centuries, God sends his emissary angels to earth with a resounding message of peace.