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,
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
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
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