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