PCL at a Glance for April 20, 2021

Inspirational Thought: In Psalm 97:6-7 it says, “The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory. All worshipers of images are put to shame, those who make their boast in worthless idols; all gods bow down before him.” How have we seen the glory of God in our midst? In days long past, folks would look to the sky for all types of things. They would find their way with the view of the North Star, calculate time by the movement of the sun, or see the glory of God’s handiwork in his marvelous creation that screams to us in the whisper of a gentle breeze, “God is alive and active in the world.” In our reformed theological way, we call this general revelation. We might look at the created order, nothing is by happenchance; there is order out of chaos. There is a divine plan for our world as it turns on its axis. However, there is another revelation that is dearer to our human nature for it reveals that God walks, and talks to us, and tells us that we are his own. This is called specific revelation. This is when the scriptures are enlightened by the Holy Spirit for our understanding. We behold the glory of God through miracles, healings, and the life-changing grace of Christ. When we put general and specific revelation together – then we behold God’s glory. Nothing can compare to it. So, why do our hearts and minds boast in worthless idols to satisfy our souls? Do we really need to give allegiance to things that take the place of God? Possibly, when our spirit is caught up in the affairs of this world, we search for answers other than “In God We Trust.” When we take our minds off of the ways that God created, restores, and renews life – then we will put something else in its place. Do they become worthless idols in our midst? As St. Augustine said, “My soul is restless until it rests in thee, O, Lord.” May we find that perfect rest by relishing in God’s glory as we look through the lenses of general and specific revelation.

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

Pastor Dan

Prayer of the Week: O God Almighty, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Grant us, we pray, to be grounded and settled in your truth by the coming down of the Holy Spirit into our hearts. That which we know not, reveal; that which is wanting in us, fill up; that which we know, confirm; and keep us blameless in your service; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen                                                                        (Clement of Rome (dc. 99)

Birthdays for April

Florence Rogers – April 20

Come Worship with Us This Sunday!

April 25 – Sunday Worship Service 10 am

Session meeting 10 minutes after the Service

This Week at PCL

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

Up Coming Events

May 4         7:30 am Deacon’s meeting

May 30       Wreath laying ceremony in the Memorial Garden after the morning service

News & Notes

Facebook & Zoom Links

Facebook: facebook.com/The-PCL-935676843185631

Sunday Service Zoom

Meeting ID: 157 482 235         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

A Special Invitation

The church is clean and very well ventilated. Surfaces have been sanitized. There is enough room in the sanctuary for everyone to social distance. We have masks available if you forget yours and plenty of hand sanitizer. It is very safe to come to church now, so come on back this Sunday. We miss you!

WE WANT TO SAY

Pentecost Offering 2021

Please give generously to the Pentecost Offering. Your gifts will help transform the lives of more young adults as they work for change alongside communities around the world.

Your gift will help our church step up its efforts to reach at-risk children.

Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised more than $11 million for ministries that benefit younger members of God’s family. We believe we are called to do even more to support and care for young people to build a strong foundation of faith. They are the future of our church and the world.

An Offering will be taken on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Please give generously.

Wreath Laying Ceremony

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

Sunday May 30, 2021 @ 11:15 am

Karen Endres Memorial Garden

Presbyterian Church of Livingston

271 West Northfield Road

Livingston, NJ 07039

Memorial Day is a day created to honor all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in military service to their country. It is a time for us to reflect and remember their bravery. Everyone is welcome to join our congregation in our Memorial Garden for the ceremony on May 30, 2021.

If you wish to make a donation toward the wreath, please make your checks out to PCL and designate wreath.

If you know someone who should be added to the list of honored veterans who have passed away, please contact the church office.

Reading the Bible with the Lectionary

April 18-24, 2021

Sun: Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4:1-8; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48

Mon: Psalms 97; 145; Daniel 4:19-27 1 John 3:19-4:6; Luke 4:14-30

Tue: Psalms 98; 146; Daniel 4:28-37; 1 John 4:7-21; Luke 4:31-37

Wed: Psalms 99; 147:1-11; Daniel 5:1-12; 1 John 5:1-12; Luke 4:38-44

Thu: Psalms 47; 147:12-20; Daniel 5:13-30 1 John 5:13-20 (21); Luke 5:1-11

Fri: Psalms 96; 148; Daniel 6:1-15; 2 John 1-13; Luke 5:12-26

Sat: Psalms 92; 149; Daniel 6:16-28; 3 John 1-15; Luke 5:27-39

PCL at a Glance for April 13, 2021

Inspirational Thought: I am thankful that the day of Easter is not a one-day celebration. Actually, we celebrate a mini-Easter each Sunday. With all the talk about ecumenicalism, the one thing that connects all churches together is the resurrection of Christ. The risen Christ is pivotal to our faith. With this in mind, I am so thankful that the liturgical calendar has a time called Eastertide, the 50 days from Easter until the Day of Pentecost. In the seven weeks of the Easter season, we concentrate on the appearances of Jesus to his disciples before Ascension into heaven, which is 40 days after Easter. In this most joyful season, we celebrate the great mystery of our faith – that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. During this season – and rightly so – we celebrate with fanfare and shouts of Hosanna and Alleluias.

However, at times, we use church language that even the disciples would be unfamiliar with. In this Easter season, we are going to explore ways in which Christ lived out a gospel of homecoming and modeled the primary need for and power of belonging, even before we know what exactly we believe or how we are to behave. The invitation is “come as you are and leave closer to what God intends you to be.” The challenge for me as a preacher – who is steeped in liturgical language – will be to use joining language in preaching and leading worship. I wonder how I will do. Come and see.

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

Pastor Dan

Prayer of the Week: Prayer of the Week: O Lord, help us not to be so caught up in the right way of behaving, believing, belonging that we forget your transformative Word in our daily lives through what we see and do; through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen. 

Anniversaries for April

Edward & Susan Conklin – April 9

Come Worship with Us This Sunday!

April 18 – Sunday Worship Service 10 am

Confirmation Class @ 6 pm on Zoom)

This Week at PCL

Thu. – Website task force 7:30 pm on Zoom

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

Up Coming Events

April 25      Session meeting 10 minutes after the service

May 4         7:30 am Deacon’s meeting

May 30       Wreath laying ceremony in the Memorial Garden after the morning service

News & Notes

Facebook & Zoom Links

Facebook: facebook.com/The-PCL-935676843185631

Sunday Service Zoom

Meeting ID: 157 482 235         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

Pentecost Offering 2021

Please give generously to the Pentecost Offering. Your gifts will help transform the lives of more young adults as they work for change alongside communities around the world.

Your gift will help our church step up its efforts to reach at-risk children.

Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised more than $11 million for ministries that benefit younger members of God’s family. We believe we are called to do even more to support and care for young people to build a strong foundation of faith. They are the future of our church and the world.

An Offering will be taken on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Please give generously.

Wreath Laying Ceremony

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

Sunday May 30, 2021 @ 11:15 am

Karen Endres Memorial Garden

Presbyterian Church of Livingston

271 West Northfield Road

Livingston, NJ 07039

Memorial Day is a day created to honor all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in military service to their country. It is a time for us to reflect and remember their bravery. Everyone is welcome to join our congregation in our Memorial Garden for the ceremony on May 30, 2021.

If you wish to make a donation toward the wreath, please make your checks out to PCL and designate wreath.

If you know someone who should be added to the list of honored veterans who have passed away, please contact the church office.

Reading the Bible with the Lectionary

April 11-17, 2021

Sun: Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133:1-3; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31

Mon: Psalms 97; 145; Daniel 1:1-21; 1 John 1:1-10; John 17:1-11

Tue: Psalms 98; 146; Daniel 2:1-16; 1 John 2:1-11; John 17:12-19

Wed: Psalms 99; 147:1-11; Daniel 2:17-30; 1 John 2:12-17; John 17:20-26

Thu: Psalms 47; 147:12-20; Daniel 2:31-49; 1 John 2:18-29; Luke 3:1-14

Fri: Psalms 96; 148; Daniel 3:1-18; 1 John 3:1-10; Luke 3:15-22

Sat: Psalms 92; 149; Daniel 3:19-30; 1 John 3:11-18; Luke 4:1-13

PCL at a Glance for April 6, 2021

Inspirational Thought: In Psalm 145:8-10 it says, “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and God’s compassion is over all that he has made.” How often do we show grace and compassion to those around us? Especially to those who hurt or harm us? In these moments we would rather show “righteous indignation” and put them in their place. We justify our actions by thinking that no one is going to get the best of us. I once heard a story from a mother who always brought up the misdeeds and hurtful words her children had directed toward her. When they did something that she didn’t like, she would talk to them about it. She had every right to do this – but how she went about it left more animosity between them than healing. One day in her time of meditation she heard the voice of God saying, “I never brought up your misdeeds toward me, why are you bringing up your children’s offences?” With these words of wisdom, she did just that. Instead of bringing up every little thing, she would keep her mouth shut. Soon her relationship with her children began to improve. In many ways, when we get incensed by others, we might say or do something that only builds walls and causes the barriers to grow larger. We might remember the words of Psalm 145, for God’s grace and compassion, is one where God doesn’t bring up our faults and weaknesses. God seems to have a short-term memory. I have always appreciated the quote from President Richard Nixon, “Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.” I am not advocating holding in our feelings. But when expressing them, we need to be filled with the gracious compassion that will foster healthy dialogue instead of building a wall of animosity. How do we do this? By following what Psalm 145:8 says, “slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Also, the ”count to 10 rule” is another piece of wisdom with which brings slowness to anger.

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

Pastor Dan

Prayer of the Week: Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ Amen 

Anniversaries for April

Edward & Susan Conklin – April 9

Come Worship with Us This Sunday!

April 11 – Sunday Worship Service 10 am

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

This Week at PCL

Tue. – Website task force 7:30 pm on Zoom

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

         10:30 am Bistro

         6:00 pm play rehearsal on Zoom (ID: 84791606757 / PW: 745074)

Upcoming Events

April 25      Session meeting 10 minutes after the service

May 4         7:30 am Deacon’s meeting

May 30       Wreath laying ceremony in the Memorial Garden after the morning service

News & Notes

Facebook & Zoom Links

Facebook: facebook.com/The-PCL-935676843185631

Sunday Service Zoom

Meeting ID: 157 482 235         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

April 4-10, 2021

Sun: Isaiah 25:6-9; 118:1-2, 14-24 1 Cor. 15:1-11; Acts 10:34-43 John 20:1-18

Mon: Psalms 97; 145; Jonah 2:1-10 Acts 2:14, 22-32; John 14:1-14

Tue: Psalms 98; 146; Isaiah 30:18-26; Acts 2:36-41 (42-47); John 14:15-31

Wed: Psalms 99; 147:1-11; Micah 7:7-15; Acts 3:1-10; John 15:1-11

Thu: Psalms 47; 147:12-20; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 3:11-26; John 15:12-27

Fri: Psalms 96; 148; Daniel 12:1-4, 13; Acts 4:1-12; John 16:1-15

Sat: Psalms 92; 149; Isaiah 25:1-9; Acts 4:13-21 (22-31); John 16:16-33

Wreath Laying Ceremony

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

Sunday May 30, 2021 @ 11:15 am

Karen Endres Memorial Garden

Presbyterian Church of Livingston

271 West Northfield Road

Livingston, NJ 07039

Memorial Day is more than just an excuse to have a family picnic. It is a day created to honor all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in military service to their country. It is a time for us to reflect and remember their bravery. Everyone is welcome to join our congregation in our Memorial Garden for the ceremony on May 30, 2021.

If you wish to make a donation toward the wreath, please make your checks out to PCL and designate wreath.