From the Pastor...

"So, what do you want first: the good news or the bad news?"

It's an old comedian's set-up line. We all know how to answer: choose the good news first, because the bad news is a dark-humor zinger, calculated to make you smile.

The scripture verse that's the basis of this week's sermon is just the opposite: first the bad news, then the good news. Paul writes to the Corinthians: "Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day." ( 2 Corinthians 4:16b).

The older members of our congregation probably have a better grip on this verse than our younger members. They, at least, have more day-to-day experience with the aches and pains and impertinent disabilities of our "outer nature" in rebellion. Yet, for all of us - no matter how many times we've traveled around the sun - aging is a reality of life. It's a truism that "we've been dying since the day we were born." It's the human condition.

I've often heard older people remark - and, now that I'm in my sixties, I confess to occasionally feeling the same way myself - that there's a part of them, deep inside, that feels forever young. The face in the bathroom mirror appears, at times, to be that of a stranger. Maybe that has something to do with that "inner nature" Paul's talking about. Call it our soul (to use traditional theological language) or our "inner essence" or "life-force" (if you prefer more secular terms), but it's a common human experience.

I remember reading, somewhere in the writings of St. Augustine, that he figured the spiritual body of every soul in heaven is 30 years old. Where he got that number, I have no idea, but I think he's probably reflecting on this inner awareness of an ageless spirit.

Through prayer and contemplation and the disciplines of the spiritual life, I believe we can nurture the life of that inner nature. We don't have to be advanced in years to do it, either: just like physical exercise, habits of prayer and worship pay big dividends later in life. Yet - also like physical exercise - it's never too late to start.

I promise you, the sermon this week won't be a good-news, bad-news joke. The glorious truth of our faith is that the good news is saved for last.

Carl Wilton
Sunday Worship
June 10, 2018

“Even though our outer nature is wasting away,
our inner nature is being renewed day by day."
2 Corinthians 4:16b

Come and hear Dr. Wilton's sermon this Sunday titled, “Still Growing After All These Years”. And, come and listen to Music Director, Jim Goldsworthy, play pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and an organ solo based on "Amazing Grace." C ome and worship with us at 10:15AM.

The flowers on the communion table this week are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of John Whitman by Christie, Kate and Taylor.
PLEASE --Stop & Read
We REALLY Need Liturgists!
Many Sundays are in need of a liturgist! Volunteering to be a worship leader and to read scripture is a wonderful way to participate in Sunday worship. The summer is a good time to volunteer. Perhaps you have always wanted to be a liturgist but find it intimidating to be in front of a large audience--the summer is a good time to give it a try--the crowd size is slightly smaller! Everyone is welcome to participate--students home and off for the summer, members and friends who were away for the winter, and even young children who enjoy reading and are confident readers. Please consider giving to the church with your time & talents. Being a liturgist is an important part of Sunday morning worship.

Click here to view the liturgist sign-up sheet --please call or email the church office if you would like to sign-up for one of the open dates. A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office--stop by and check it out after worship and sign-up for a Sunday or two!
Upcoming Liturgists
Sunday, June 10 - Clare Halsey
Sunday, June 17 - open
Sunday, June, 24 - Christie Whitman

Thank you to all who helped make Carl's installation at Lamington Church on May 20 a wonderful and joyful event. This service of the Presbytery of Elizabeth featured the Rev. Bill Carter and the Presbybop Jazz Quintet. Thank you to the participants from the Presbytery, thank you to the Jazz musicians, thank you to Jim Goldsworthy and the choir singers, thank you to Immanual Thomas for taking these great photos, and thank you to our amazing Lamington chefs! The reception that followed the service and concert was outstanding--the food was amazing and abundant! It was a memorable evening that was enjoyed by all! (Photos by Immanual Thomas)
Garden Plot Available

As of this writing, there's one raised-bed garden plot available for rental in the church's community garden. The donation is $50 for the season.

To find out more, please email Pam Smith at pklipsmith@gmail.com
A Moment for Mission

When the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Synod of Zambia was established in 1984, it had four ordained ministers, 16 congregations and two presbyteries with fewer than 10,000 members.

As of 2016, the synod had grown to 78 ordained ministers, 83 congregations, 15 presbyteries and more than 80,000 members. To address a shortage of pastors, the church opened Chasefu Theological College in eastern Zambia in 2007.

Partnerships with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) and others are important in the work and lives of people in Zambia. As children of God and brothers and sisters in Christ, we are invited to partner through God’s global mission. We may have different gifts and outlooks, but we have the same goal — to work for God and achieve what God has put on our hearts, for God’s glory.

You can read more here about Presbyterian mission work in Zambia.
Deacons on Duty
Sunday, June 10 - Eleanor Halsey and Sandi Ramsay
Sunday, June 17 - Mary Jenkins and Monica Thomas
Sunday, June 24 - John Gordon and Hunter Lewis



A Note to the Deacons: To make a change to the Deacon on Duty schedule or to sign-up for Sunday duty, please call or email Monica Immanual at (908) 450-7278, monica.immanual@gmail.com . A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office.
Upcoming Coffee Hour Hosts

Sunday, June 10 - Suzy Nagle
Sunday, June 17 - Susan & Patrick Palmer
Sunday, June 24 - Dorita & Ron Pawlikowski

Each member/family at Lamington Church has been invited to host a Sunday coffee hour. The schedule has been sent to your home and a postcard reminder will be sent sometime before you are scheduled. If you are unable to host on your assigned day, please call Debby Johnson at  (908) 832-7230  or email at  debrabjohnson@gmail.com . Instructions for coffee hour set-up can be found in the church kitchen.

The Upcoming Week
at Lamington

Sunday, June 10
10:15AM Worship
10:30AM Church School
after worship Deacon Meeting--
upstairs classroom
Monday, June 11
6:00PM Session Meeting--Gladish Room
Friday, June 15
10:00AM SHIP's--meet LPC kitchen
Sunday, June 17--Father's Day
10:15AM Worship--The Rev. Claire Pula, Guest preacher
10:30AM Church School

Do you have a question? Please contact us!
The Rev. Dr. Carl Wilton
Pastor
(908) 910-5360

James Goldsworthy
Director of Music

Bess Ploener
Director of Handbells

Regina Morris
Office Manager
(908) 572-7013
 
Church Office Hours
Monday-Friday 10:00AM to 3:00PM
(908) 572-7013

Sunday Worship at 10:15AM
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