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

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.

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