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.