PCL at a Glance for March 16, 2021

Inspirational Thought: We had a hard and fast rule in our house when I was growing up, when Grandma is babysitting Grandma is in charge. I was told this over and over again – hard-headed I guess. One day Grandma told me that I can play outside, but not across the street. Well, I selectively didn’t hear the words, “across the street.” My friend and I went across the street and into the vacant lot by his house. We were having fun playing soldier with sticks and creating quite a dust storm with our feet. Unfortunately, we stumbled across a beehive in a mound of dirt. The bees were swarming all around us. I got scared and ran home as fast as I could. When I reached my house, I rushed in and went straight to my room. My Grandma followed and asked what was wrong. I didn’t want to tell her that I went across the street, but a pesky bee was in my coat and soon flew out into the room. My Grandma knew at once where I had been – bawled me out and soon the bee was no more. However, it did take many tries and sprays to conqueror the little adversary. Many times, we get into trouble with many pesky bees when we don’t follow God’s law. In a sense, we go across the street to see if the grass is greener. Often times it is not and we find ourselves in a heap of trouble. This waywardness happened to the Hebrew children so much that we lost count. However, in their disobedience, God never forgot them and always showed mercy. We are assured of this too in I John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Not even a bee sting would take away his love and grace. But, the consequence would hurt for a while. Thank God for the grace that is the balm that will calm our troubled spirit and make us whole. Possibly, those bees are meant for us to get back to the right path again. In my case, it was to get home. Thankfully, God’s grace can lead us back home to His loving arms.

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

Pastor Dan

Prayer of the Week: Prayer of the Week: 

May the strength of God pilot us.

May the power of God preserve us.

May the wisdom of God instruct us.

May the hand of God protect us.

May the way of God direct us.

May the shield of God defend us.

May the host of God guard us against the snares of evil 

and the temptations of the world.

Christ be with us,

Christ before us,

Christ in us,

Christ over us.

May your salvation, O Lord,

be always ours this day and forevermore. Amen. Patrick of Ireland (389)

Come Worship with Us This Sunday!

March 21 – Sunday Worship Service 10 am (Fifth Sunday in Lent)

Installation Service for Rob DeFilippo and Edith Amoyaw

“Celebration of the Lord’s Supper,” (every Sunday through Easter)

Confirmation class on Zoom 6:00 pm

This Week at PCL

Tue. – Thu., Contemplative prayer in person (Sanctuary), on Zoom & Facebook (noon)

Sat. – Bible & Bagels at 8:30 am on Zoom

Play rehearsal, 6 – 7 pm on Zoom (ID: 84791606757 / PW: 745074)

Upcoming Events

March 28 Palm Sunday

One Great hour of Sharing collection taken.

Seder Dinner on Zoom, March 28, 5 – 7pm

April 1 Maundy Thursday service – 7:30 pm, in person, on Zoom & Facebook

(Use Sunday Worship Zoom)

April 2 Good Friday service – noon (in person at Full Gospel Church) & 

7:30 pm Tenebrae Service (PCL)in person, Zoom, & Facebook

 (Use Sunday Worship Zoom)

April 3 No play rehearsal today

April 4 The Great Easter Celebration 10 am in person, Zoom & Facebook

April 10 Play rehearsal 6 – 7 pm on Zoom (ID: 84791606757 / PW: 745074)

April 11 Easter play @ 6 pm on Zoom  (Use Sunday Worship Zoom)

News & Notes

One Great Hour of Sharing

Meet all the needs for which the world thirsts, O God.

May your spring of justice, compassion, and peace spring up quickly, 

and may it spring up quickly in us. Amen.

One Great Hour of Sharing is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world. Each gift to OGHOS helps improve the lives of the suffering and the vulnerable through three life-saving programs.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 

Restore streets to live in.

Presbyterian Hunger Program

Share your Bread with the Hungry

Self-Development of People

Loose the Bonds of Injustice

A collection will be taken, Palm Sunday, March 28th.

Please give generously.

Seder Dinner on Zoom

March 28, 5 – 7pm

If you would like to take part in this year’s Passover Seder dinner, please let Pastor Dan know as soon as possible so we can send the information to you.

Facebook & Zoom Links

Facebook: facebook.com/The-PCL-935676843185631

Sunday worship; contemplative prayer, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at noon (Zoom)

Sunday Service Zoom

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

Bible & Bagels Zoom

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

Taizé Contemplative Prayer Service Zoom

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

Reading the Bible with the Lectionary

March 14-20, 2021

Sun: Psalm 84, 150 Jeremiah 14: 1-9; Galatians 4: 21-5:1; Mark 8: 11-21

Mon: Psalm 119: 73-80, 145; Jeremiah 16: 19-27; Rom. 7: 1-12; John 6: 1-15

Tue: Psalms 34; 146; Jeremiah 17: 19-27; Romans 7: 13-25; John 6: 16-27

Wed: Psalms 5; 147:1-11; Jeremiah 18: 1-11; Romans 8: 1-11; John 6: 27-40

Thu: Psalms 27; 147:12-20; Jeremiah 22: 13-23; Rom. 8: 12-27; John 6: 41-51

Fri: Psalms 22; 148; Jeremiah 23: 1-8; Romans 8: 28-39; John 6: 52-59

Sat: Psalms 43, 149 Jeremiah 23; 9-15; Romans 9: 1-18; John 6: 60-71