“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”

So ends Charles Dickens' famous story, A Christmas Carol. Dickens, of course, is speaking here of Ebenezer Scrooge, after his Christmas Eve conversion that led him to start loving his neighbor.

The redeemed Scrooge is no longer the penny-pinching miser who faults Bob Cratchit for burning too much coal in the office stove, nor begrudges him a day off work on Christmas. The new Scrooge sends a Christmas goose to the Cratchit family and pays Tiny Tim's doctor bills.

He is, in every way, a new man.

The newly-lit flame that now burns in his heart is the fire of love. And isn't the birth - or rebirth - of love into our world what Christmas is all about?

We come to know love most perfectly in Jesus Christ. And so it is appropriate that our New Testament lesson this First Sunday after Christmas is Colossians 3:12-17, which includes this line: " Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony."

No doubt many of us opened Christmas presents that included articles of clothing: a new sweater, perhaps, or a tie or a warm pair of gloves. There's something about putting on a new article of clothing that makes us feel renewed.

That's what this verse from Colossians is all about. When we "put on" love, our lives are changed for the better. Much like that old rascal, Ebenezer Scrooge.

Let's gather, this Sunday, on the last Sunday before a new year, to consider the many ways we can put on love like a new garment in the year to come!

Pastor Carl
First Sunday After Christmas
December 30

This Sunday we are pleased to welcome Ben Wilton, guest musician and singer. Interspersed through the worship service, Ben will sing and play gutar to the following musical pieces: "I Wonder as I Wander" ( Traditional), "Canticle of the Turning" ( Star of the County Down - words by Rory Cooney), “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” (Traditional Spiritual). Music Director Jim Goldsworthy will play a piano solo by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Pastor Carl's sermon will be "Clothes Make the Christian," based on Colossians 3:12-17 . Hope you will join us for worship at 10:15AM!
2019 Offering Envelopes
Ready For Pick-Up

Please pick up your 2019 offering envelopes in the vestibule between the Sanctuary and the Gladish Room. Using envelopes helps the counters record the offering more quickly and efficiently. If you do not see a box of envelopes with your name on it and would like to have one, please contact Molly Falk at (908) 209-1080 or mafalk1@comcast.net .
New Bible Study to Begin on January 9th

Please mark your calendar now for a new weekly adult Bible study opportunity that will begin on Wednesday, January 9, from 7:00-8:00PM. These "fireside Bible studies" will be led by Pastor Carl Wilton at the Manse.

The first series of studies will be on the Parables of Jesus: a different parable each week. This will be an interactive study opportunity, with plenty of time for questions, discussion and sharing. Each study will conclude with a time of prayer, then a time of coffee and fellowship.

It's a great way to start off a new year!
Upcoming Liturgists

Sunday, December 30 - Ann Silk

We REALLY Need Liturgists!
A wonderful way to participate in Sunday worship is by volunteering to read scripture. We have many open Sundays to lead worship. Please consider giving to the church with your time & talents. Interested? A sign-up sheet is hanging on the bulletin board outside the church office--stop by and check it out after worship and sign up for a Sunday or two! You can also email the church office at (908) 572-7013, or lamingtonchurch@gmail.com . Come share with us!

Deacons on Duty

Sunday, December 30 - Sallye Grubel & Sandi Ramsay

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, December 30 - No Coffee Hour - New Year's weekend

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

The Upcoming Week at Lamington

Sunday, December 30
10:15AM Worship
10:30AM Church School
Sunday, January 6, 2018
8:45AM  Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice

Note: The Church Office is closed until January 2 for the New Year holiday.
Pastor Carl can be reached on his cell phone (908.910.5360)
for pastoral emergencies.
Do you have a question? Please contact us!
The Rev. Dr. Carl Wilton
(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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