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Our congregation in South Jersey


Join us every Sunday
at 10:30 am

Browning and Newton Lake Park Drive in Collingswood
(in Newton Lake Park)

At-Home Sunday meeting
5pm on YouTube

Cells on zoom and in people’s backyards throughout the week


Sunday Meeting in Newton Lake Park

Newton Lake Park details

  • We start at 10:30 am
  • Newton Lake Drive and Browning in Collingswood. Map Here
  • Check here for last minute details like rain cancellations.
  • Register here

Welcome 6/20/21

We’re glad you’re here. Our Pentecost Theme is “We Didn’t Start the Fire”

It’s our last Sunday in the Park (for now). We love you. We’re so glad you are here. May we experience he Father’s love as we love one another.

Worship

Song: Enséñame a Amar (Alex Campos)
O Señor, dame mas, de Tu amor y verdad
O Señor, dame mas, de Tu poder y gracia, O Dios
(Translation: O Lord give me more of your love and truth.
O Lord, give me more of your power and grace, O God.)


Enséñame a amar, Enséñame a ser como Tú, dame Tu corazón
Enséñame a amar, Enséñame a ser como Tú, dame Tu corazón
(Translation: Teach me to love. Teach me to be like you. Give me your heart)

Song: It Is Well (Horatio Spafford, Philip Bliss)
When peace, like a river, attends my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, You have taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well with my soul.”

Chorus:
It is well (It is well)
With my soul (With my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul. >> chorus

My sin, O, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! >> chorus

But Lord, ’tis for You, for You coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trumpet of angels! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul. >> chorus

Action: Flowerbombing
We want to make an impact in Newton Lake Park — leave a mark because the Holy Spirit left a mark on us. This week plant some flowers. This is another way to worship. And we’ll even start to sing as we get going.

Song: Remain in Me (Circle of Hope Original)
Remain in me, Remain in me
For I am the vine, you are the branches

Oh and we will bear very good fruit
But apart from you, we can do nothing

Message

A Message from Ben White. “Starting Out”

Acts 8:26-40
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.”

The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

Talk Back

Ben talks then we all Talk Back. What is stirring in you? Questions? Comments? Stories? Objections?

Closing Ceremony

Let’s seal our time with prayer (and sparklers!)

Get a sparkler and matches and light it together to celebrate the Holy Spirit’s power in our life together.

Confession of the Holy Spirit’s Power A Litany (your response in bold)

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit you fill us with all joy by making the ordinary glorious
By shining in us and through us onto all that we see and experience
You give us the power to trust God and to hope in God’s promises
Even when the hope seems impossible and the promises too good to be true

Shine in us, Holy Spirit

Your wind still blows us toward repentance
And reconciliation with you and each other
Your fire kindles in us hearts that burn with love
Bright fiery love that is not quenched by any darkness

Shine in us, Holy Spirit

You give yourself when we need,
You show yourself when we ask,
You answer when we call.
Your power, Holy Spirit, lives in us and helps us remember all that Jesus said
You help us know more than we can know in so many ways.
You bring us to newer life each day as you walk alongside us.

Shine in us, Holy Spirit

We’re bigger than this meeting


More about our South Jersey location

About our South Jersey congregation

Circle of Hope wants to be a place for people who are over the finger waggin’ Christianity they grew up with as kids and mostly grew sick of. We want to be an authentic expression of Jesus and we think we can do that without all the rules and judgment that seems to have scared a lot of people away from traditional churches. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” So we’ve set ourselves up to be perfected in love, even as the messed-up humans we are.

Tall order? Well, it is if Jesus isn’t actually alive making his presence known in our everyday lives. Good News! Jesus IS alive and we’ve found a way to serve and obey him in a fresh way.

We’re coming from a lot of different places, opinions and backgrounds. But Jesus is binding us together in love. We talk a lot because it’s our dialogue that keeps us together. On Sundays after the pastor talks, we all talk back. In our cells, circles of about ten people who meet in homes throughout the week, talking is the main agenda. It’s in that dialogue of love that we are finding new ways to move with God and including others in that movement. We’d love to include you, too.


Pastor – meet Ben White

Ben White, Pastor at 3800 Marlton Pike
[email protected]

I’m looking for the light and I think it’s ready to be revealed in all kinds of unexpected places, even you. I’ve found a lot of light in Circle of Hope over the past two decades. I grew up as a part of this church, playing my part even before I knew exactly what that meant. I became a Christian through soaking up the love of God in Christ as expressed to me in this community. The rhythms of cells and Sunday meetings have shaped my life and my vocation since I was a teenager. And now I’m the pastor! Wow! My wife, Gwyneth, and our two boys moved to South Jersey a few years ago from Philly to lead this congregation. I think it’s really fun to make stuff with Circle of Hope. I’m pretty ready to say “yes!” to most crazy ideas. God’s got us. I bring a poet’s sensibility to my Sunday messages and worship design, but I always want it to lead us to something we DO together. Even if it doesn’t work out, it’s usually worth it to try. I write about some of my adventures and other thoughts on my blog. I’d love to meet you soon. Let’s do stuff.


What To Expect – childcare and more

Where is it?

During the pandemic, everything is different. Check above for Newton Lake park details and/or youtube.com/circleofhope for details.

In “normal times” and hopefully very soon! We meet Sundays on Marlton Pike in Pennsauken, just one block off of Rte. 130 (Crescent Blvd) in a space that once housed a volunteer fire company. We’re easily accessible from Rte. 38, Rte. 70, and Rte. 130, just minutes away from Collingswood, Camden, Gloucester City, Merchantville, Maple Shade, Cherry Hill, Haddon Township, Oaklyn, Woodlynne, Audubon, Haddon Heights, Mt. Ephraim, Haddonfield, Moorestown, Cinnaminson, Palmyra, Westville, and Deptford.

What’s it like?

It’s an opportunity to explore and express God’s love. Take advantage of what you can. There’s usually singing to get us together and our hearts moving toward God in worship. There’s a speech when the pastor or someone else engages us in ways we can do that exploring and expressing. Often there’s a chance to talk back with questions and stories. It’s all up for grabs. Don’t feel like you have to do anything. Come as you are, be as you are, and see what God does.

Parking

Park in the rear parking lot and enter through the door in the back.

Public Transport

NJ Transit bus 406 has a stop across from the building. NJ Transit buses 409 and 414 stop a block away on Rte. 130 (walk northwest on Marlton Pike).

Childcare

Kids age 6 mos. through 3rd grade get to hang out with our team of dedicated caregivers and teachers. They get a snack and have fun, leaving their parents free to fully participate in the meeting. Of course, all caregivers are appropriately screened

In-Between Time

After and before our meetings we hang out with snacks to create community and conspire for goodness. Come early or stay after to join us.


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