Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life."
- John 8:12
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A message from
Rev. John Scotland
March 19th, 2020 - Dear members and friends of Community Presbyterian Church of Brigantine. To all our brothers and sisters in Christ, peace be with you!
Almost two weeks ago in worship, we shared the possibility of the need for Social Distance and our ability to rely on Psalm 1:21 in difficult moments, and to remember the most important words in scripture right now - John 3:16, "That God so loved the world…"
I don’t believe that what we are experiencing is a judgment from God, what I do believe is that God is closer to us now than ever before. I am amazed that all this is happening during Lent, a season when we are called. To walk the lonesome valley (23rd Psalm) just as Jesus walked that valley so long ago. God calls to us and promises to be in solidarity with us, especially in times of suffering.
It feels like Superstorm Sandy all over again, but it's so different. Then we knew what we needed to do - we were active, getting together to share our woes, working together to clean up the mess, volunteering to help each other muck out and begin again. The streets filled up with debris and we were like busy bees. But today, the streets are abandoned and we feel isolated and alone - and we can’t gather together to share our sorrow, to comfort each other, or even to worship!
Personally, I have been frozen, not knowing what to DO! You know, I’m a doer so staying home, not being active, waiting - that is really tough for me. I’m sure it is for many of you. In this time, we can DO something. We need to work much harder at our communications especially electronic communications. We can gather together virtually, but it is going to take some work and time. But that is what I think we should DO!
Session is communicating with each other about caring for the Congregation.
We are looking for an updated list of names, current phone numbers and current email addresses. You may update by filling in the form to the right.
We hope to have a way to worship together on Sunday morning set up shortly. We will communicate with you about how to participate by email or phone call by Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Church Building is officially closed to all meetings and gatherings. Thriftshop is closed and is not taking donations at this time. Brenda and I will be working here, but please, do not come to the building unless its an emergency.
For now, we will continue to provide the True Spirit Coalition food pantry for people who are in need in Brigantine. Volunteers will still be organizing throughout the week and distribution will be on Wednesday mornings by appointment. Please call the office for more information.
The other most critical need according to the Volunteer Organizations Addressing Disaster (VOAD) a State emergency management group that worked so well during SANDY, Is mental health concerns. Just like Sandy, our most important need is a SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF PEOPLE. We will survive the CoronaVirus and the chaos it creates…as long as we support one another and remain in solidarity…as the BODY OF CHRIST!
We are called to be there for each other!
If you need me, please write me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can text or call me at 609-457-2999. I will try to write a bit on this website each day to provide updated information. If you want to publish something on this website, please get it to me and I’ll see that it happens!
Thanks to everyone who has been such a great support, who has already given others courage and strength during this trying hour.
Let us be the Church for one another, for Brigantine and the world.
Welcome to CPC
Sunday Worship Schedule
Community Presbyterian Church is a warm and caring place where you can worship God, be comfortable and feel cared about.
Each of us continues to face challenges and questions in our daily lives that can be eased through prayer and involvement in this Christian community.
Jesus accepts people just as they are - so do we.
1501 West Brigantine Avenue
Brigantine, NJ 08203
8:00 am in the Sanctuary
Meditative Service designed for quiet meditation and prayer.
10:15 am in the Sanctuary
Traditional Service filled with the traditions of our religion.
Monday Worship Schedule
7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Contemporary Service includes praise songs, prayer, meditations, stories and drama that reflect the lectionary text and scriptures of the week.
I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. (Psalm 138.2)