Inspirational Thought: I opened up a fortune cookie and this is what the proverb said, “Better face danger than be always in fear.” What a wonderful piece of wisdom – I thought — and wondered what scripture might be best suited for this gem. The scripture that I found is from Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
In this scripture, Paul is speaking to the church at Philippi. He is encouraging them to rise above the fray of fearful times to live a life filled with faith assurance. How many of us can learn from Paul’s words when we face our own fears? These fears could be in health issues, losses, a new direction in life, or concerns about tomorrow. Even the times of COVID have changed the way we live our lives. How have we adjusted? Through all times of trouble, we are reminded that we can do all things through Christ. For Christ will bring strength and encourage us through the valleys. We can do it because with Christ all things are possible; even when we can’t see how it will work out. I have a friend when faced with obstacles in her life says, “I can do this.” This statement exactly proclaims Philippians 4:13 and the fortune cookie proverb. May we learn that each step of the journey is a journey of I can, rather than I can’t.
Until we meet again, may God’s love be with you,
Prayer of the Week: Loving God, when life’s storms beat me down, I can rise with your steady hand to guide me gently along my way. Help me, through Your Holy Spirit, to be encouraged that you will give me strength to overcome and see me through to the other side. Amen.
Thought of the Week: How has God been faithful in your life?
Birthdays for May
Edith Young – May 2
Come Worship with Us This Sunday!
May 2 – Sunday Worship Service 10 am
Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
Confirmation Class at 6:00 pm on Zoom
This Week at PCL
Up Coming Events
May 4 7:30 pm Deacon’s meeting on Zoom
May 23 Day of Pentecost (Special Pentecost Offering Taken)
Confirmation Class Confirmed
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
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!
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 25-May 1, 2021