PCL at a Glance for July 21, 2020

Inspirational Thought: The last few Sundays we have been upping our Moment for Mission to having them each Sunday. I am hoping that these moments bring inspiration as well as inform us of the many resources available to help us during these uncertain times. I have found that the guest speakers have been engaging as they discuss ways to deal with life in this new frontier that we are journeying through. In the coming Sundays, our moments will have us reflect on how the homeless are dealing with the COVID virus, Our House, Inc. and the possible date when they will begin operation and ways that our church community may reach out to them. The world may have paused momentarily, but I have found through these moments that folks are doing amazing things to help and create new ways of dealing with the unknown. I have appreciated the statements of working together to make life a bit brighter for the common good and have been challenged to think about how our world is forever changed. It seems that the more we share with each other the more new opportunities come to the forefront of our thinking. Even with ideas, it takes a village. My hope is that our congregation will be free to share ideas, muse over ways to minister to our ever-changing world and community and to continue to take up the cause to proclaim that every child of God is important. May this be our hope not only for the future but for today.

Until we meet again, may God’s love be with you,

Pastor Dan

Prayer of the Week: Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being: You have made us for yourself so that our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Give us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, no weakness keeps us from doing it; that in your light we may see light clearly, and in your service find perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Birthdays for July
Matthew Gibbon – July 22
Kelli Geary – July 26

Come Worship with Us This Sunday!
July 26, Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
On-line service only, starting Sunday at 10 am

This Week at PCL

  • First Thursday of every month Taizé Contemplative Prayer Service on Zoom at 8 pm, phone: 1-646-558-8656
  • Centering Prayer (noon) every Wednesday on Facebook & Zoom.
  • Contemplative Prayer, (noon) every Tuesday & Thursday on Facebook & Zoom
  • Bible & Bagels, Saturdays, at 8:30 am
    • Canceled for the remainder of July
    • Will resume the first Saturday in August
  • Bistro – meets in the church parking lot at 10:30 am, second Saturday of every month
  • If you have friends who don’t have a church home, please invite then to join our on-line worship services, Bible studies and prayer service.

Worship & Other Opportunities

Facebook & Zoom

  • Facebook:  facebook.com/The-PCL-935676843185631
  • Sunday worship; contemplative prayer, Tuesday – Friday at noon (Zoom)
  • Zoom,
    Sunday Service:
    Meeting ID: 157 482 235
    Password: 84 85 69
    Phone: 1 646 558 8656

Contemplative Prayer

Zoom:
Meeting ID: 729 0137 4659
Password: 84 85 69
Phone: 1 646 558 8656

Zoom Bible & Bagels

Zoom:
Meeting ID: 858 942 655
Password:
84 85 69
Phone:
1 646 558 8656

Zoom Taizé Contemplative Prayer Service
First Thursday of every month at 8 pm.
Zoom ID: 826 6284 2267 / PW: 820 068

Tithes & Offerings
As we deal with the shelter-in-place and are unable to meet physically as a congregation, we ask you to mail your offerings to the church office.

Reading the Bible with the Lectionary
July 19-25, 2020

Sun: Psalms 19; 150; Joshua 6:15-27; Acts 22:30-23:11;  Mark 2:1-12

Mon: Psalms 135; 145; Joshua 7:1-13; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 26:36-46

Tue: Psalms 123; 146; Joshua 8:1-22; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 26:47-56

Wed: Psalms 15; 147:1-11; Joshua 8:30-35; Romans 14:13-23; Matt. 26:57-68

Thu: Psalms 36; 147:12-20; Joshua 9:3-21; Romans 15:1-13; Matt. 26:69-75

Fri: Psalms 130; 148; Joshua 9:22-10:15; Romans 15:14-24; Matthew 27:1-10

Sat: Psalms 56; 149; Joshua 23:1-16; Romans 15:25-33; Matthew 27:11-23

Imagine a World Tour

I’m reaching out to invite you and any of your interested parishioners to a virtual Imagine a World Tour, which is a moving, inspiring, and educational one-hour information session about our mission. These tours help us live our mission of raising awareness about childhood bereavement and provide education on how to support grieving children, teens, and adults.

Please share this information with anyone you think may be interested.
Here are our upcoming tour dates:
•  July 23 at 7 PM – 8 PM
•  August 6th at 8 AM – 9 AM
•  August 6 at 8 AM – 9 AM

I hope one of these dates works! To register just visit www.imaginenj.org/tour. 

Warmest regards,
Mary
Mary Robinson, MA, CT
Executive Director and Founder, Imagine

PCL at a Glance for July 14, 2020

Inspirational Thought: I was introduced to the Deer Prayer by Karen Sinclair, who attends our zoom Bible & Bagels and worship service. The prayer penned by St. Patrick in 433 CE has a lot of inspiration – inspiration that we might need to hear for our own peace of mind. I hope that you will find it meaningful.

The Deer Prayer

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun, splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning, swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea, stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me, afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding,
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

Until we meet again, may God’s love be with you,

Pastor Dan

Birthdays for July
Holly Anderson – July 14

Come Worship with Us This Sunday!
July 19, Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
On-line service only, starting Sunday at 10 am

This Week at PCL

  • First Thursday of every month Taizé Contemplative Prayer Service on Zoom at 8 pm, phone: 1-646-558-8656
  • Centering Prayer (noon) every Wednesday on Facebook & Zoom.
  • Contemplative Prayer, (noon) every Tuesday & Thursday on Facebook & Zoom
  • Bible & Bagels, Saturdays, at 8:30 am
    • Canceled for the remainder of July
    • Will resume the first Saturday in August
  • Bistro – meets in the church parking lot at 10:30 am, second Saturday of every month
  • If you have friends who don’t have a church home, please invite then to join our on-line worship services, Bible studies and prayer service.

Worship & Other Opportunities

Facebook & Zoom

  • Facebook:  facebook.com/The-PCL-935676843185631
  • Sunday worship; contemplative prayer, Tuesday – Friday at noon (Zoom)
  • Zoom,
    Sunday Service:
    Meeting ID: 157 482 235
    Password: 84 85 69
    Phone: 1 646 558 8656

Contemplative Prayer

Zoom:
Meeting ID: 729 0137 4659
Password: 84 85 69
Phone: 1 646 558 8656

Zoom Bible & Bagels

Zoom:
Meeting ID: 858 942 655
Password:
84 85 69
Phone:
1 646 558 8656

Zoom Taizé Contemplative Prayer Service
First Thursday of every month at 8 pm.
Zoom ID: 826 6284 2267 / PW: 820 068

Tithes & Offerings
As we deal with the shelter-in-place and are unable to meet physically as a congregation, we ask you to mail your offerings to the church office.

Reading the Bible with the Lectionary
July 12-18, 2020

Sun: Genesis 25:19-34; Psalm 119:105-112; Rom. 8:1-11; Matt. 13:1-9, 18-23

Mon: Psalms 5; 145; Joshua 2:1-14; Romans 11:1-12; Matthew 25:1-13

Tue: Psalms 42; 146; Joshua 2:15-24; Romans 11:13-24; Matthew 25:14-30

Wed: Psalms 89:1-18; 147:1-11; Jos. 3:1-13; Rom. 11:25-36; Matt. 25:31-46

Thu: Psalms 97; 147:12-20; Joshua 3:14-4:7; Romans 12:1-8; Matt. 26:1-16

Fri: Psalms 51; 148; Joshua 4:19-5:1, 10-15; Romans 12:9-21; Matt. 26:17-25

Sat: Psalms 104; 149; Joshua 6:1-14; Romans 13:1-7; Matthew 26:26-35

Duplicated: PCL at a Glance for July 14, 2020 – [#241]

Inspirational Thought: Jesus comes into town and disrupts the status quo by healing on the Sabbath. While He is teaching in the synagogue there is a woman in need of healing; she has been bent over for 18 years. Jesus sees a need and heals the woman. The religious leaders are angry that Jesus healed on the Sabbath. Would they rather have this woman suffer than receive a whole body? In many ways, we become like these religious leaders when Jesus doesn’t do what we want or expect. We tend to lean toward the wish list of heavenly favors rather than resting in the knowledge that our Lord will meet us where we are and give us exactly what we need. In this story from Luke 13, we see how Christ is not concerned about rules and regulations — the whys and how’s — Jesus is concerned about the person. When dealing with others, we need to ask ourselves how certain regulations or policies affect others. Do we cause others to be bent over because of the burdens we place on them, or, do we partner with Jesus so that their spirit is lifted with amazing possibilities? There are many ways that we can do this, but, the first thing to do is to see the need. Today, as we go through our daily tasks, may we stop, look, and listen for the needs of others and act in the way Jesus taught us.

Pastor Dan

Prayer of the Week: Grant to us, O God, the fullness of your promises. Where we have been weak, grant us your strength; where we have been confused, grant us your guidance; where we have been distraught, grant us your comfort; where we have been dead, grant us your life. Apart from you, O Lord, we are nothing, in and with you we can do all things. Open to us new possibilities that will lead us to new opportunities for growth through new beginnings. Amen.

Birthdays for July
Helen McNerney – July 7
Linda Yeatman – July 10

Come Worship with Us This Sunday!
July 19, Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
On-line service only, starting Sunday at 10 am

This Week at PCL

  • First Thursday of every month Taizé Contemplative Prayer Service on Zoom at 8 pm, phone: 1-646-558-8656
  • Centering Prayer (noon) every Wednesday on Facebook & Zoom.
  • Bible & Bagels, Saturdays, at 8:30 am
  • If you have friends who don’t have a church home, please invite then to join our on-line worship services, Bible studies and prayer service.

Worship & Other Opportunities

Facebook & Zoom

  • Facebook:  facebook.com/The-PCL-935676843185631
  • Sunday worship; contemplative prayer, Tuesday – Friday at noon (Zoom)
  • Zoom,
    Sunday Service:
    Meeting ID: 157 482 235
    Password: 84 85 69
    Phone: 1 646 558 8656

Contemplative Prayer

Zoom:
Meeting ID: 729 0137 4659
Password: 84 85 69
Phone: 1 646 558 8656

Zoom Bible & Bagels

Zoom:
Meeting ID: 858 942 655
Password:
84 85 69
Phone:
1 646 558 8656

Zoom Taizé Contemplative Prayer Service
First Thursday of every month at 8 pm.
Zoom ID: 826 6284 2267 / PW: 820 068

Tithes & Offerings
As we deal with the shelter-in-place and are unable to meet physically as a congregation, we ask you to mail your offerings to the church office.

Reading the Bible with the Lectionary
July 5-11, 2020

Sun: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45:10-17 Alternate Song of Solomon 2:8-13;

Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Mon: Psalms 62; 145; Num. 32:1-6, 16-27; Romans 8:26-30; Matthew 23:1-12

Tue: Psalms 12; 146; Num. 35:1-3, 9-15, 30-34; Rom. 8:31-39; Matt. 23:13-26

Wed: Psalms 96; 147:1-11; Deut. 1:1-18; Romans 9:1-18; Matt. 23:27-39

Thu: Psalms 116; 147:12-20; Deut. 3:18-28 Romans 9:19-33; Matt. 24:1-14

Fri: Psalms 84; 148; Deut. 31:7-13, 31:24-32:4; Rom. 10:1-13; Matt. 24:15-31

Sat: Psalms 63; 149; Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Romans 10:14-21; Matt. 24:32-51