Friends,

I'm back home now in Lamington, following my vacation - most of which I spent at our camp (or cabin, for those who don't know the Adirondack lingo) in Jay, New York. The last days of summer are upon us, and soon - with choir and Sunday School due to start up in the next few weeks - we'll be back in the swing of things here at the church.

Often, I follow the Revised Common Lectionary in deciding what scripture texts I'm going to preach on. This week, the Lectionary offers up a challenge to preachers, one I intend to take up. The recommended text from the Hebrew Scriptures is from the Song of Solomon.

If you've heard of the Song of Solomon at all, it's not likely because you've ever heard a sermon on it. It's way down on most people's list of favorite books of the Bible. Compared to the rest of scripture, the Song of Solomon is an odd duck, an outlier. It's a love poem, celebrating the emotional and - yes - the physical desire lovers feel for each other

Down through the centuries, a great many Christian theologians have been left scratching their heads, wondering why this book is included in the Bible at all. On the face of it, it doesn't seem very religious. Yet, it's been part of the definitive collection, or canon, ever since the 3rd Century, and it survived Martin Luther's Reformation-era decision to remove certain Hebrew books (those we now know as the Apocrypha), so there we have it. The lyrical poetry of two lovers mooning over each other remains in the Bible.

Much has been made of the physical connection these two feel for each other, but there's also a spiritual connection: a meeting of souls. At the heart of that spiritual connection is a simple act we all perform many times each day. We do it with all sorts of people, but most importantly we do it with the people we love.

It's the act of listening. The woman in the Song of Solomon is highly attuned to "the voice of my beloved." It thrills her. It inspires her.

"Attention," says the Christian philosopher Simone Weil, "is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” Listening to another person is a gift, one we'd all do well to practice more often.

We'll use another of this Sunday's lectionary texts to unpack the passage from the Song of Solomon. James urges us to "be quick to listen" (1:19).

Listening is the antidote to loneliness. Often, the best way to get others to listen to us is to practice the art of listening ourselves.

So, let's listen together to what the Lord is saying to us, through these ancient words. And let us resolve to listen more attentively to one another.

See you in church!

Pastor Carl
Sunday Worship at 10:15AM
September 2, 2018

In music this Sunday, come and listen to Music Director, Jim Goldsworthy, play pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and a special organ solo -- Sonata in b minor, K. 87 by Domenico Scarlatti.  

Dr. Wilton's sermon on Song of Solomon 2:8-13 and James 1:17-27 will be "Listening is for Lovers."

Please note that the church office will be closed on Monday, September 2 for Labor Day . Blessings to all for a safe and restful holiday weekend. Also, a reminder that September 9 is Kick-Off Sunday with Lamington's Annual Welcome Back BBQ immediately after worship . Bring a friend or two and join us -- hope to see you there! See below for more information.
Join Us!!
Sunday, September 9

We will celebrate Kick-Off Sunday by having our annual BBQ on the front lawn immediately following our 10:15AM worship service on Sunday, September 9 . Tables will be set up; but if you prefer to picnic, please bring a blanket to sit on the lawn.

To help make this day fun and special, please bring your favorite salad or a finger dessert . A ll salads and desserts should be plated and ready to serve Desserts should be FINGER desserts such as cookies or brownies.

We will also need volunteers for set-up and clean-up. If you have questions, please call Debby at (908) 832-7230 or Shelley at (908) 510-6961.

Invite a friend to come and introduce them to Lamington Church. Hope to see you there!!
In Memoriam
A service of Witness to the Resurrection giving thanks to God for the life of Harry G. Carpenter, who departed this life on August 5, 2018, will take place at Lamington Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 13 at 11:00AM . The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Lamington Presbyterian Church. An obituary may be viewed on  the Bailey Funeral Home website.
It's a Girl!
James and Marina Cummins are the proud parents of a new baby girl,  Louisa ("Lulu") Taylor Cummins . Lulu was born on June 16, weighing 8 lbs 8 oz and 20 1/2 inches long. She joins big sister, Lila--who is very excited to have a sister, and proud grandparents Carol and Jim Cummins.

It's a Boy!
Cecily and Billy Allison are the proud parents of a new baby boy,  Philip Duncan George Allison . Philip was born on August 27, weighing 6 lbs 14 oz. The proud grandparents are Juliette and Duncan Rose.
Meet Oliver!
It's been an exciting summer over at the manse--not only is there a beautiful new walkway, but a new pup who enjoys frolicking on it too! Meet Oliver: Carl's and Claire's new dog. Oliver is 6 months old and was adopted from the Home for Good Dogs rescue agency. He has a really sweet disposition, loves people, is full of energy, enjoys playing, being outdoors and going for walks. It didn't take Oliver long to adjust to his new surroundings -- he feels right at home here at Lamington. Be sure to say "hello" to Oliver if you see him out in the manse yard!
IHN at LPC
September 16 - 23

LPC is scheduled to host three families the week of September 16 – 23. Please consider supporting this important mission by cooking meals (5:00PM–7:00PM), helping out in the evenings (7:00PM-9:00PM), or staying overnight (9:00PM–6:00AM). We also need help with set-up on Sunday morning, September 16 (around 8:30AM) and pack-up on Sunday morning, September 23 (around 8:30AM).  We especially need help with the overnights. 
 
Please contact Debby Johnson about meals ( debrabjohnson@gmail.com  or (908) 832-7230) and Meridith Scott ( meridith1027@gmail.com   or (908) 236-0206) for other ways to help.
LPC's Big Band Jazz Event Is Almost Here
Don't Forget to buy your tickets!
Please share this invite with friends and family -
the more the merrier! 

To purchase tickets, please click here: Register Now

We look forward to seeing you on September 15th! 
Upcoming Coffee Hour Hosts

Sunday, Sept. 2 - No Coffee Hour - Labor Day Weekend
Sunday, Sept. 9 - No Coffee Hour - Kick-Off Sunday BBQ
Sunday, Sept. 16 - No Coffee Hour (Big Band Event Sept. 15)
Sunday, Sept. 23 - Laurel Rose

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

Upcoming Liturgists

Sunday, September 2 - open
Sunday, September 9 - Valerie Fraser

We Need Liturgists for September and on...!!


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, September 2 (Communion) - Monica Thomas
Sunday, September 9 (Kick-Off Sunday) - Mary Jenkins
Sunday, September 16 - Hunter Lewis
Sunday, September 23 - Eleanor Halsey
Sunday, September 30 - John Gordon & 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, September 2
10:15AM Worship--Communion
Monday, September 3
Church Office Closed-- Labor Day
Sunday, September 9
10:15AM Worship--Kick-Off Sunday
After Worship --Welcome Back BBQ
Monday, September 10
6:00PM --Session Meeting in Gladish Room
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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