PCL at a Glance for August 25, 2020

Inspirational Thought: Ready! Set! Go! Our new church website is ready to be launched. For a few months now, we have updated and add new features that will tell our PCL story in a succinct way. The new website address is: Yourlivingstonchurch.org. I hope that you will check it out and provide any comments or suggestions to me and I will forward them to the Website team. We are looking to make this the best introduction to our church that we can possibly do. It is important to make a good first impression and let others know that our church is their church. We are hoping that this will become a household phrase, “Your Church has (name of the event or ministry).” As you look at the website you will see a video and written welcome from me, links to our zoom and Facebook platforms, information about our church’s mission and ministry, our open and affirming statement, and a way to give online offerings.

I would like to thank Mark Annett, Alison Clark, Felix Amoyaw, and David Calabrese for dedicating their time and talent to make the new website possible. Their collaborative efforts produced a fine resource to reach out to many in our community with the message of welcome and gracious hospitality.

Please share this website with others who might want to take a look and see what our church is all about so that, hopefully, they will come and check us out.

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

Pastor Dan

Prayer of the Week: Lord God, we ask that you will lead us and guide us along our way. In these challenging and uncertain times that we live in, may you provide for our every need. We don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future. Help us to be in constant prayer for our church, others, and ourselves so that we will connect to your abundance and  providential care as we strive to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you; through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Birthdays for August
Herta Conrads – Aug 28
Lori Jackson (organist) – Aug 28

Come Worship with Us This Sunday!
August 30, Twelfth 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& Friday 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.

Please don’t forget to check out our new website: Yourlivingstonchurch.org.

Livingston Light Up Night
July 1, at 8 pm, on LTV

Reading the Bible with the Lectionary
August 23-29, 2020

Sun: Exodus 1:8-2:10;Psalm 124:1-8; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20

Mon: Psalms 57; 145; Job 4:1, 5:1-11, 17-21, 26-27; Acts 9:19b-31; John 6:52-59

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

Wed: Psalms 65; 147:1-11; Job 6:1, 7:1-21; Acts 10:1-16; John 7:1-13

Thu: Psalms 54; 146; Judges 2:1-5, 11-23; Romans 16:17-27; Matthew 27:32-44

Fri: Psalms 130; 148; Job 2:1-13; Acts 9:1-9; John 6:27-40

Sat: Psalms 56; 149; Job 3:1-26; Acts 9:10-19a; John 6:41-51

Lord, please help our faith to be greater than our fears.

PCL at a Glance for August 17, 2020

Inspirational Thought: Life has always been a challenge. There have always been ups and downs, twists and turns, mountain top experiences, and valleys to travel through. I would question someone who would say that they had a smooth ride in life. My question would be, “did they get involved in another person’s life or a cause that would lead them to be a voice to right the wrongs?” We confess we ought to do better, reason out our non-involvement, and rationalize what Jesus calls us to do just as long as it doesn’t touch our lives. However, throughout scripture, and take the Good Samaritan story as an example, of how we are called to be involved with our neighbor. In the story, from Luke 10, it tells of a Jewish man that was going from Jerusalem to Jericho. This man was beaten by thieves and left for dead until a Samaritan man came along to help. This Samaritan was half Jewish and half Gentile and hated by the established Jewish nation. But it was this man that helped his Jewish neighbor who was “the other.” He mends his wounds, brings him to an Inn, and even pays for his care and stay. Now, this Samaritan really got involved. I wonder if this was difficult for him to do. Was he taught not to interact with Jews? Was he instructed not to stop and help anyone along this notorious corridor where thieves would lay in wait for their next victim? According to our story, the Samaritan made the choice to get involved in the messiness of life. In my view, life becomes a challenge – going back to our previous thought – when we do what Jesus invites us to do and become involved with our neighbors – the other amongst us. This possibly would mean getting involved with justice issues, being a voice for the voiceless, walking alongside someone whose reputation has been damaged because of rumors over indiscretions. And, if we do this out of love then we have made the right choice in living out our faith of doing good and sharing with others, no matter how messy it becomes. Until we meet again, may God’s love,

Pastor Dan

Prayer of the Week: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. (Attributed to Francis of Assis )

Come Worship with Us This Sunday!
August 23, Twelfth 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& Friday 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.

In honor of Ray Rouse, our former Sexton, the church is giving a Peace Lilly. If you would like to contribute, please send your donation to the church. Please make your check out to Presbyterial Church of Livingston and mark the envelope “Peace Lilly.”

Reading the Bible with the Lectionary
August 16-22, 2020

Sun: Genesis 45:1-15; 133:1-3; Rom. 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matt. 15:(10-20) 21-28

Mon: Psalms 135; 145; Judges 17:1-13; Acts 7:44-8:1a; John 5:19-29

Tue: Psalms 123; 146; Judges 18:1-15; Acts 8:1-13; John 5:30-47

Wed: Psalms 15; 147:1-11; Judges 18:16-31; Acts 8:14-25; John 6:1-15

Thu: Psalms 36; 147:12-20; Job 1:1-22; Acts 8:26-40; John 6:16-27

Fri: Psalms 130; 148; Job 2:1-13; Acts 9:1-9; John 6:27-40

Sat:Psalms 56; 149; Job 3:1-26; Acts 9:10-19a; John 6:41-51

Address Change
Please keep Bill in your prayers.
If you would like to send him a card, his address is below

Bill Trafton
The Cliffs
707 Eagle Rock Ave.
West Orange, NJ 07052
If you would like to call him: 973.324.8771


			

PCL at a Glance for August 4, 2020

Inspirational Thought: When it comes to prayer – or, a dialogue with God – there are a variety of forms with which to have a conversation with the Holy One. Some like to kneel beside their bed while others take a walk in the woods pondering the petitions of their heart. In models like A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication) we can follow a pattern that will help keep our minds focused. As I have found, throughout my journey as a Pastor, I appreciate the hand method. Each finger and thumb represent a specific petition.

This is how it works:
Thumb: Those closest to us like our family, spouse, siblings;
The index finger: those who point the way as police, teachers, and our bosses;
The highest finger next to the pointer finger: those in authority or leadership;
The ring finger: This finger is the weakest, which reminds us to pray for others who are in need, have health concerns, or in a tough place in their lives;
The pinky fingers. This is reserved for our needs.

However, prayer is a conversation with God. It is not a monologue; it is a dialogue. During our prayer time we ought to set aside time to listen, simply listen to the voice of God deep within our being. This will help us to be still and know that God is our God and then listen to what God might be saying to us. To help us to be more intentional in the “be still and know that I am”, we have our monthly Taizé service. In these quiet moments, we quiet ourselves before God and listen. During the COVID pandemic, we have done a noon contemplative prayer service to help us be calm before God and refocus on the great I am. Our hope is that this helps deepen our relationship with God.

To be renewed and refocus on what is important in our lives, we need to be still and hear what God is saying to us. I invite you to come to Taizé this Thursday and come to the quiet. You never know, you might find the answer to what you have been searching for. It is time to pray.

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

Pastor Dan

Prayer of the Week: (from the hymn “Take Thou Our Minds Dear Lord”) Take thou our minds, dear Lord, we humbly pray; give us the mind of Christ each passing day; teach us to know the truth that sets us free; grant us in all our thoughts to honor thee.

Come Worship with Us This Sunday!
August 16, Eleventh 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
  • 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.

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:
•  August 6th 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

Reading the Bible with the Lectionary
August 2 – 8, 2020

Sun: Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21

Mon: Psalms 62; 145; Judges 6:25-40; Acts 2:37-47; John 1:1-18

Tue: Psalms 12; 146; Judges 7:1-18; Acts 3:1-11; John 1:19-28

Wed: Psalms 96; 147:1-11; Judges 7:19-8:12; Acts 3:12-26; John 1:29-42

Thu: Psalms 116; 147:12-20; Judges 8:22-35; Acts 4:1-12; John 1:43-51

Fri: Psalms 84; 148; Judges 9:1-16, 19-21; Acts 4:13-31; John 2:1-12

Sat: Psalms 63; 149; Judges 9:22-25, 50-57; Acts 4:32-5:11; John 2:13-25