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

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

Zoom Bible & Bagels

Meeting ID: 858 942 655
84 85 69
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 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