Friends,

The most iconic image of the "Royal Burgh" of St. Andrews, Scotland, where I did my doctoral work, is this one. It's the ruined cathedral, that in the Middle Ages was the largest church in Scotland and the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishop. It sits in a dramatic location overlooking the North Sea.

What led to the ruination of that once-magnificent structure was, sadly, the Protestant Reformation. As the wave of reform swept through the Scottish church, over-zealous followers of John Knox sought to remove any sanctuary furnishings they considered idolatrous. Out went the altar and all its trappings. Out went the statues of saints. What also went out was the medieval stained-glass windows, smashed beyond repair. Over time, the cathedral fell into ruin, with only three short stretches of wall remaining. They're still standing today. As for the other stones that once made up the cathedral walls, citizens of the town absconded with them to build their own houses. It was a slow-motion demolition. Medieval stones from the Cathedral are now scattered all over St. Andrews, embedded in the walls of Reformation-era structures.

You can still see the the outline of the windows, though, in the walls that remain. There was no photography in the 16th Century, of course, and it occurred to no one to paint a picture of the stained glass windows, so we have no idea what they looked like. The remaining windows are now open to the sky.

I love stained glass windows. I love the way they filter the light coming into a church. I love their soft glow. But there's one problem with stained glass, that's especially evident in a place like St. Andrews Cathedral. Stained glass conveys light into a sanctuary, but it prevents the people inside from looking out .

There's a parable in that, for our church - indeed, for any church. We come to love our churches, and the people in them, perhaps a little too well. Our Savior gave us the great commission to go forth into the world and proclaim the good news, but it's hard to do that if our gaze is mostly inward-looking. If we're not careful, as a congregation, we'll only have eyes for the life within our walls.

I'm preaching this Sunday on a passage from the book of Acts, in which Paul found a riverbank outside the Greek city of Philippi to be a more congenial place for proclaiming the good news than the platform inside the local synagogue. His listeners had no problem seeing the world outside their gathering: there weren't even any walls!

On this day of our annual congregational meeting, it's an appropriate theme to consider. What do we see from our vantage-point in the sanctuary? And where does our Lord call us to go from there?

Come for the worship service this Sunday. Stay for the congregational meeting. Hope to see you here!

Pastor Carl
Worship Notes
Sunday, February 24

Pastor Carl's sermon this Sunday, "Beyond the Stained Glass," is based on Acts 16:9-15 .

In music, Jim Goldsworthy and the choir will feature pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach. A beloved hymn, Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us by William Bradley Roberts will be performed by Ritika Thomas on violin.

Hope you will join us for Sunday worship at 10:15AM. Immediately after worship this Sunday will be the Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation--see below for more information and to view the 2018 Annual Report.
Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation
February 24, 2019
Immediatley after Worship
The meeting will include a number of reports on the life of our church and we will elect the slate of leadership candidates presented by the Nominating Committee. 

Annual Report Available Online
Click on the button below to view the 2018 Annual Report including the financials. (Printed copies will be available at the meeting.)
Please note that in the event of snow, the meeting will take place at the same time the following Sunday--March 3.
Confirmation Class
Camp Johnsonburg Retreat
Friday, February 22-Sunday, February 24

The programming for the Retreat will be provided by the Johnsonburg Camp staff. Participating will be members of Presbyterian Confirmation classes from churches all over the State. Attending as the Lamington Church adult advisors for the entire weekend - and staying overnight - will be Dr. Scott and Cindy Campbell. Pastor Carl will be there on Friday evening and Saturday.

We'll be car pooling and will need to leave LPC at  6:30PM  on Friday (please eat dinner before you get here). The group will return on Sunday morning just before noon.


Weekly Adult Bible Study

Join us on Wednesday evenings for our weekly adult Bible study, from 7:00-8:00PM. These "fireside Bible studies" are led by Pastor Carl at the Manse.

This first series of studies is on the Parables of Jesus: a different parable each week. The passage for Wednesday, February 27 is The Parable of the Widow and the Judge , Luke 18:1-8.

Note: The Wednesday Bible study will not meet during Lent. We will resume after Easter with another topic. Members of the group have decided to attend the ecumenical Lenten Soup Suppers. See information below.
March 6
Ash Wednesday Worship Service
at Lamington Church
7:00PM
March 13 - April 10
6:30-8:00PM

All are invited to participate in the Wednesday evening ecumenical Lenten Soup Suppers. There will be five of these Lenten events jointly sponsored by area churches. The overall theme is, "What gets in the way of following Jesus more closely?" Each week a different pastor will lead the study portion of the evening. Watch for details on the weekly location. Please note that, on Wednesday, March 20, Lamington Church will host the Lenten Soup Supper.
Basket Day 2019--Saturday, May 11
Preview Night--Friday, May 10

Basket Day's Marketing Committee is looking to get an early start on marketing materials for our annual Fundraiser. We would like to give visitors an idea of what we offer by highlighting special pieces in our promotions. If you have one or two quality items, large or small, that you are willing to donate, we ask that you bring them to LPC any Sunday in February. 

Please let us know what you might have, and when you can drop it off. Keep in mind that we are NOT looking for bulk drop-offs at this time.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Melinda Nye at  melnye08@gmail.com , or at (908) 787-2020.
Lead us in worship! A wonderful way to give to the church and to participate in Sunday worship is through your time and talents. Please consider volunteering to read scripture and lead worship--we have many open Sundays to fill.

Upcoming Liturgists
Sunday, February 24
Nivita Thomas
 Sunday, March 3
 Joe Scott
Ash Wednesday, March 6 - open
Sunday, March 10 - open
Sunday, March 17 - open
Sunday, March 24 - open
Sunday, March 31 - open
We Really Need Liturgists!
Do You Want To Sign Up?

You can now sign up to be a liturgist online! Check out the new online sign-up! It's easier than ever--just  click the button below to view open dates and enter your name!
Other Ways to Sign Up?

  • Check out the sign-up sheet hanging on the bulletin board outside the church office.


Upcoming Deacons on Duty
Sunday, February 24 - Eleanor Halsey & Etta Marshall
Sunday, March 3 - Etta Marshall & Joe Scott
Wednesday, March 6--Ash Wednesday - open
Sunday, March 10 - open
Sunday, March 17 - Mary Jenkins
Sunday, March 24 - open
Sunday, March 31 - open

A Note to the Deacons: You can now sign up for Deacon Duty online! Check out the new online sign-up ! It's easier than ever--just click the sign-up button below to view open dates and enter your name! (A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office.) If you have questions about scheduling, please email or call Monica Immanual at monica.immanual@gmail.com -or- (908) 450-7278. Click here to view the Deacon on Duty Worship Instructions.

Deacons--Sign Up Now!
We need two Deacons to assist with worship duties for for each Sunday and special service.  Please choose an open date and sign up to be a Deacon on Duty—there are many slots to fill. 
Coffee Hour Schedule
Coffee Hour Hosts
Sunday, February 24
Nancy Hance
Sunday, March 3
Bonnie Hanna & Mary Jenkins
Sunday, March 10
Stefanie & Lance LaMarca
Sunday, March 17
Megan & Luke LaMarca
Sunday, March 24
Etta & John Marshall
Sunday, March 31
Kim & Chris McGeary
Each member/family at Lamington Church has been invited to host a Sunday coffee hour. 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

Next Week at Lamington

Fri., Feb. 22-Sun., Feb. 24
(Fri. PM- Sun. AM)
Confirmation Retreat--Camp Johnsonburg
Sunday, February 24
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship
10:30AM  Church School
11:15AM  Annual Meeting
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
Tuesday, February 26
7:00PM Common Threads--Gladish Room
Wednesday, February 27
7:00PM Bible Study--Manse
Sunday, March 3
10:15AM  Worship
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
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
Closed Monday
Tuesday-Friday 10:00AM to 4:00PM
(908) 572-7013

Sunday Worship at 10:15AM
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