From the Pastor...

Friends,

The Hebrew prophets are famed for the powerful images they use to get their point across. Writing in the 8th century before Christ, the prophet Amos writes about a carpenter's tool that was considered ancient even in his day.

It's a plumb line (being used here by an African stonemason). It's an ingeniously simple device: a lead weight (known as the plumb bob) dangling from the end of a length of string. Here, the worker's using the plumb line to test if the wall he's just constructed is perpendicular to the ground.

It's the force of gravity that makes the device work - and gravity, of course, is one of the great constants in the universe. You can't negotiate with the force of gravity. You can't alter it. It just is. The force of gravity informs countless small decisions we make each day, without our even thinking about it.

" Then the Lord said, 'See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel'" (Amos 7:8). Like a mason building a wall, the Lord's going to hold a plumb line up against the lives of those who profess to follow God's ways. The plumb line doesn't lie. It reveals anything that's askew.

We're living through a time when so many objective standards seem to be disappearing. In political debates, both sides accuse each other of promulgating "fake news." Who are we to believe? Whose story is real and whose is made-up? Some may wonder if there's even such a thing as truth anymore.

"What is truth?" Pilate famously asked Jesus. His cynical question takes on new urgency in these chaotic times. Is there really an objective standard of truth out there? Or is truth just a collection of ideas grouped together in a system - which we can choose to believe or disbelieve as we wish, as long as the system seems to hold together internally?

Speaking for the Lord, Amos says "no" to that understanding of truth. We don't choose our own truths, grazing for them like shoppers in a supermarket. There are certain objective moral standards in this God-created universe, constant as the law of gravity.

What does the Lord's plumb line reveal about our lives?

Come to worship this Sunday: we'll talk about it!

Carl
Sunday Worship
July 15, 2018

“Then the Lord said, ‘See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel...’” -Amos 7:8b 

The flowers in the Sanctuary this Sunday have been given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Jim and Tommy Connors by Marlene and Family. 

We are delighted to welcome Soprano, Judith Bettina , as our guest soloist this Sunday. Ms. Bettina, who often performs with her husband, LPC’s Music Director, James Goldsworthy, is noted for her mastery in a wide range of musical styles, including contemporary classical music. She has been on the faculty of Stanford University School of Music and has appeared as guest soloist with such orchestras as the Houston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, and Munich Philharmonic as well as with James Levine and the Met Chamber Ensemble. 

Come and enjoy the special music and listen to Dr. Wilton's sermon, "The Truth Standard" based on Amos 7. Hope to see you at our 10:15AM worship service!
At their meeting on July 9, the Session took the following actions:

  1. Celebrated the receipt of a $40,000 gift from the Abbey K. Starr Charitable Trust, which covers a large portion of the cost of installing the new septic system at the Schoolhouse (which has recently been completed).
  2. Celebrated a bequest of $7,041.32 from the estate of the late Stanley Van Vliet Lyman, to be used at the discretion of the church's music director for support of the music program. Jim Goldsworthy is exploring the possibility of using some of this money for a string quartet program, primarily utilizing local student musicians.
  3. Approved guest preachers during the time of Dr. Wilton's upcoming vacation (which is July 30 through August 26): August 5 (to be announced); August 12, Andrew Wymer, Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship and Director of the Mast Chapel, New Brunswick Theological Seminary; August 19, the Rev. Ann Shamy, Chaplain, Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center, New Brunswick; August 26, the Rev. Stan Purdum, writer, editor of the "Proclaim" sermon resource, and United Methodist minister, Bound Brook.
  4. Elected a committee comprised of Elders Valerie Fraser, Dorita Pawlikowski and Georgia Schley, resourced by Dr. Wilton and Jim Goldsworthy, to explore the possibility of obtaining the new (2013) Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God. Most likely, the purchase of new hymnals would be covered by memorial or "in honor of" gifts that would be noted in bookplates.
  5. Discussed the possibility of a future trip to the Holy Land for members and friends of the church, possibly in the winter of 2020. (Any who would be interested in such a possibility, please speak to Dr. Wilton.)
  6. Noted that Debby Johnson and members of the Congregational Life Committee are in the process of planning for another Big Band Concert and dinner planned for the evening of Saturday, September 15.
  7. Approved a proposal from a wildlife management professional to relocate the bats that are living in the church steeple to other nearby areas.
  8. Discussed the possibility of a Consecration Sunday stewardship campaign for the fall, with its focus in early November.
  9. Learned that the Mission Committee is exploring some possibilities for mission trips in 2019, including not only the traditional summer dates but also the possibility of an early-winter trip to either Arizona (repairing Native American Presbyterian church buildings overseen by Grand Canyon Presbytery), or a Presbyterian Disaster Assistance trip to aid in hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico. A winter trip would be for BOTH adults and older youth.
  10. The Mission Committee is trying to find a date in August for hosting kids from the E-port Center.
  11. Approved a proposed clothing drive to aid Sylvie Ayedze of Togo, Africa, and her family (details to be announced). Sylvie is the widow of the Rev. Kossi Ayedze, a former student intern at Lamington Church.
SHIP's Galley
Friday, July 20

Members and friends of Lamington Church will meet at 10:00AM in the Church kitchen to prepare bag lunches for SHIP's Galley. The bagged lunches will be taken to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Somerville and distributed to the homeless, unemployed, hungry and poor. Please call Mary Jenkins at (908) 704-9197 if you can assist with this mission project. 
Black Cemetery July 2018
THANK YOU to the volunteers who recently spruced up the
Lamington Black Cemetery, renewing the wooden crosses
and placing new flags on veterans' graves!

PRESBYTERIAN PALATE
Gourmet delights are still available!

It's not to late to pick up the makings of a delicious meal for a summer's evening! Please contact the church office if you'd like to purchase any of these frozen delights, prepared by members of the church:

Country Style Spare Ribs
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Jamaican Fruit Cake
Pork Cutlet
Chicken Cacciatore 
Pioneer Woman Chicken Spaghetti 
Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili
Pasta Primavera 
Indian Chili
Fish Curry
Chili
Vegan Black Bean Soup
Vegetarian Soup
Escarole and Bean Soup with Sausage
Butternut Squash Soup
Lemonade Sundays

Summer is here and it's time for Lemonade Sundays! Beginning in July, Lamington church will serve lemonade and iced tea during fellowship time after worship. The Lemonade Sundays schedule and instructions have been mailed to our hosts. You can also click on the links below to see if you are on the summer schedule and/or read the set-up instructions. If you are unable to host, remember to call Debby Johnson at  (908) 832-7230  or email at  debrabjohnson@gmail.com .

Sunday, July 15 - Julie & Paul Murray
Sunday, July 22 - Pam Smith
Sunday, July 29 - Georgie Schley

Upcoming Liturgists

Sunday, July 15 - Duncan Rose
Sunday, July 22 - Clare Halsey
Sunday, July 29 - open


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!
Deacons on Duty

Sunday, July 15 - Mary Jenkins and Hunter Lewis
Sunday, July 22 - Eleanor Halsey
Sunday, July 29 - Sallye Grubel


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.
The Upcoming Week at Lamington

Sunday, July 15
10:15AM Worship
Friday, July 20
10 :00AM SHIP's—LPC Kitchen
Sunday, July 29
10:15AM Worship
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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