Friends,

"You've got to go to Evensong at Magdalen College," he said to me, even before I arrived for my Junior Year Abroad studies at Oxford University. "It's an experience you won't want to miss."

Thankfully, I didn't miss it. I took that former student's advice and started going to that Sunday-evening musical service soon after my arrival in Oxford.

The setting was magical: a late-Medieval Gothic college chapel, lit almost entirely by candles. A powerful and ancient sung liturgy. Music provided by choirboys: students at a residential private school this Oxford college has operated for centuries.

Evensong was the highlight of the week for them: the time when these young musicians truly exercised their talents. It wasn't a concert. It was an Anglican worship service. You didn't need to buy a ticket (something I appreciated, on a student's budget). You could just walk in off the street and let the music transport you to a different place.

What I still remember today are the harmonies: soaring and richly intricate. This was a choir that practiced every day . On Sunday evenings, those who filed into the chapel - university students, professors, townspeople - were treated to something very special.

In Romans 15, Paul encourages a divided church to "live in harmony with one another...so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Searching for a metaphor for unity, Paul happens upon harmony: that joyful product of several different vocal parts, melded together.

The music sung by the sections of a choir is different. Sopranos, altos, tenors, basses each have their own song. They don't abandon it for a common melody line. They keep singing their own music, but somehow all the parts come together to create a greater whole.

None of us need to be reminded of the sharp political and cultural divisions that plague our larger society. We live those struggles every day: as we consume news media and as we converse with neighbors, co-workers and even family members. How do we handle those divisions, as a diverse group of church members coming together in worship? Do we manage the tension by silencing our song altogether? Do we limit ourselves to the melody only? Or do we take the riskier course, advocated by Paul, of singing our individual parts in harmony - figuring that God is the one who hears and enjoys the end result?

That's what we'll be talking about this Sunday. Hope you can join us!

Pastor Carl

Worship Notes
2nd Sunday in Lent

Pastor Carl's sermon this Sunday, "The Gift of Harmony" is based on Romans 15:1-7.

Music Director Jim Goldsworthy and the Lamington Choir will be performing several pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach. The introit also by J.S. Bach, is a solo by Ivey Mistele--Partita in a minor for flute, BWV 1013. The anthem is--Elijah, Op. 70-No. 31 Aria: O Rest in the Lord [Psalm XXXVII] by Felix Mendelssohn.
Hope you will join us for Sunday worship at 10:15AM.
Lenten Devotion--Week 2
March 17-23, 2019
by Jill Duffield, Presbyterian Outlook Editor

We are providing, during Lent, a weekly bulletin insert offering daily devotional thoughts and prayers based on scripture. The devotions have been written by Jill Duffield, editor of the magazine, The Presbyterian Outlook . Why not set aside a few minutes each day to read, reflect and pray?

(Click the button below to read this week's devotions.)
OFFICER TRAINING POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 24th AND 31st

ALL elders and deacons - not just those being ordained or installed next week - are encouraged to attend officer training, which has been postponed until next Sunday the 24th, and the Sunday following, the 31st: 11:30AM to 1:30PM both days. We'll have a light lunch available.

Ordination and installation of officers will take place during the worship service on Sunday the 24th, as previously planned.

We apologize for any inconvenience: the books have taken a longer time to come in than we had anticipated.
Elizabethport Community Library

Next Work Day & Launch Party Date

Another Elizabethport ( E'port) Community Library work day is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, from 10:30AM to 3:30PM at the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center.  Volunteers should meet at LPC at 9:30AM for a ride. Please let Susan Scott know if are planning to volunteer-- susanscott823@gmail.com  or call/text (908) 442-3200.
 
The  E'port Community Library launch party is set for Saturday, April 13 from 11:00AM-2:00PM.  Volunteers will help with crafts and games--like making bookmarks, painting book bags and giving tours of the new library with a “scavenger hunt.”  Anyone wanting to volunteer should meet at the church no later than 8:30AM and, please let Susan know no later than March 30 if you are planning to help out.
 
We hope you will join us for these special LPC mission events.
Wednesday Evenings in Lent
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 will be at a different church and a different pastor will lead the study portion of the evening. Lamington Church will be hosting the Lenten Soup Supper this upcoming Wednesday--March 20.
Wednesday, March 20
Rev. Lynn Mears

Wednesday, March 27
Rev. Thomas Jones

Wednesday, April 3
Rev. Dianna Stone

Wednesday, April 10
Rev. Elizabeth Estes
Services at Lamington Church

Palm Sunday
April 14 at 10:15AM

Maundy Thursday
April 18 at 7:00PM

Easter Sunday
April 21 at 9:00AM & 11:00AM
(Egg Hunt in between worship services)
Holy Week Flowers

If you would like to be part of the  Holy Week Flower Fund, please fill out an order form and return it along with a check--to the church office by Sunday, April 7 . Flowers for the sanctuary will be priced at $15.00 per plant--checks should be made payable to the Lamington Presbyterian Church, and please mark in the memo line “Holy Week Flowers”.

We ask that you please do not take your plant(s) home with you until after the second worship service is over--or you may pick them up the following week. Thank you!
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, March 17
Valerie Fraser
Sunday, March 24
Jodi Antunes
Sunday, March 31 - open
Sunday, April 7
Joe Scott
Sunday, April 14
Ann Silk
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 on the bulletin board outside the church office.


Upcoming Deacons on Duty
Sunday, March 17
Mary Jenkins
Laurel Rose
Sunday, March 24
Eleanor Halsey
Sunday, March 31 - open
Sunday, April 7
Joe Scott
Sunday, April 14 - 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.


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, March 17
Megan & Luke LaMarca
Sunday, March 24
Etta & John Marshall
Sunday, March 31
Kim & Chris McGeary
Sunday, April 7
Parents of 2019 Confirmands
Sunday, April 14
Dana & Angus Miller
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 or email the church office.


Next Week at Lamington

Sunday, March 17
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship--2nd Sunday in Lent
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
6:00PM Confirmation Class
Wednesday, March 20
6:30PM Lenten Soup Supper--Lamington Presbyterian Church
Sunday, March 24
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship--3rd Sunday in Lent
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
11:30AM Officer Training
6:00PM Confirmation Class
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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