Friends,

I've been thinking, recently, about this thing we do on Sunday mornings called "worship."

What is it, really? It vaguely resembles a lot of other activities -- social events, concerts, educational classes, motivational talks, charity fundraisers -- but such resemblances are all fragmentary and superficial. They don't come near to describing the mystery and the wonder that is worship.

In the class on Presbyterian Worship I'm teaching this semester at Princeton Seminary, we've had cause to examine the definition of worship found in our Book of Order : "Christian worship joyfully ascribes all praise and honor, glory and power to the triune God" ("triune" means three-in-one, in case you didn't know). "In worship the people of God acknowledge God present in the world and in their lives. As they respond to God's claim and redemptive action in Jesus Christ, believers are transformed and renewed. In worship the faithful offer themselves to God and are equipped for God's service in the world" (W-1.1001).

That makes worship sound like no other activity on earth: which is absolutely right. Because it's not like any other activity. Worship is unique.

But it's also subtle. Sure, there are some worship services out there that are pretty flashy, resembling rock concerts -- some even with smoke machines and light shows (I am not making this up) -- but those are the exception rather than the rule. Our Sunday worship, like that of most churches I know, is designed not to be dazzling but rather to slowly build and strengthen believers throughout their Christian life: which, after all, is a distance event, not the 50-yard dash.

One of the monastic Desert Fathers of the fourth-century church was a man by the name of Abba Poemen. He told a little parable that gets at precisely this point: " The nature of water is soft, that of the stone is hard; but if a bottle is hung above the stone, allowing the water to fall drop by drop, it wears away the stone. So it is with the word of God; it is soft and our heart is hard, but those who hear the word of God often, open their hearts to the fear of God." (The word "fear" here, is a lot closer to "awe" than "terror").

That means we've got to make worship a regular part of our lives if we want to receive its richest benefits.

This Sunday we'll be looking at a passage from Jeremiah that likens the lives of the faithful to trees planted on a riverbank. Their roots are sunk deep into the earth. Some of the bright water rushing between the banks is diverted, slowly and steadily traveling up those roots to nourish the tree.

Notice that the trees don't get up and walk around. They stay put. They can't choose their place of worship -- as we can, with our two legs -- but they do seem to know that changes that matter take time.

In just a few weeks, the season of Lent will begin. Many Christians make those forty days a time of renewed commitment to growing their spiritual lives. But you don't need to wait until Ash Wednesday (which, by the way, is March 6 this year). You can do it this very Sunday.

Hope to see you!

Pastor Carl
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 17

“A River Runs Through It” is the title of a bestselling novel and film. A river runs through all three of the hymns we'll sing Sunday morning as well: the river of God’s abundant faithfulness. Those who drink from that river never thirst! Pastor Carl's sermon this Sunday, "Down By the Riverside," is based on Jeremiah 17:5-10 .

In music, Jim Goldsworthy and the choir will feature pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, and the anthem will be Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God (Psalm 51:10-13) by Carl Mueller.

Hope you will join us for Sunday worship at 10:15AM!
When:
February 24, 2019
Time:
Immediately after Worship
Where:
Sanctuary
Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation 
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 here  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.
Clean Up Crew
We Really, Really Need some Help!!
Sunday, February 17 at 8:30AM

We need  four  men to help bring the IHN beds down the stairs and load them onto the van.  Volunteers should plan to meet at LPC this Sunday by 8:30AM.  Please click the button below to sign up or contact Meridith Scott at  meridith1027@gmail.com  or text (908) 797-6805.
Confirmation Class Update
No Class Sunday, February 17
Retreat February 22-24

Due to conflicts with the Presidents' Day holiday weekend, we will not have Confirmation Class Sunday, February 17 .

 The following weekend, February 22-24 (Friday evening through Sunday morning) is the Confirmation Retreat at Camp Johnsonburg. Please contact Pastor Carl with questions at cwilton99@gmail.com/(908) 910-5360.
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.

The first series of studies is on the Parables of Jesus: a different parable each week. The passage for Wednesday, February 20 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 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.
March 6
Ash Wednesday Worship Service
at Lamington Church
7:00PM
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.
(Leaving Camp Johnsonburg on July 15th)

Act now! Initial applications are due now!

Contact Trudi Folkes at office@elizabethpresbytery.org
if interested in attending as youth (completed 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade)
or a chaperone (must be at least 25 years of age)

Click here  to view more details
Click here  to access the application and FAQ
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 17
Ann Silk
Sunday, February 24
open
Sunday, March 3
Joe Scott
Wednesday, March 6
(Ash Wednesday)
open
Sunday, March 10
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 17 -Cindy Campbell
Sunday, February 24 - Eleanor Halsey & Etta Marshall
Sunday, March 3 - Etta Marshall & Joe Scott
Wednesday, March 6--Ash Wednesday - open
Sunday, March 10 - 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 17
Eleanor & Greg Halsey
Sunday, February 24
Nancy Hance
Sunday, March 3
Bonnie Hanna & Mary Jenkins
Sunday, March 10
Stefanie & Lance LaMarca
Sunday, March 17
Megan & Luke LaMarca
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

Sunday, February 17
8:30AM IHN Clean Up Crew
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship
10:30AM  Church School
11:30AM  Handbell Choir Practice
Wednesday, February 20
7:00PM Bible Study--Manse
Fri., Feb. 22-Sun., Feb. 24
Confirmation Retreat at Camp Johnsonburg (Fri. PM- Sun. AM)
Sunday, February 24
8:45AM  Adult Choir Practice
10:15AM  Worship
10:30AM  Church School
11:15AM  Annual Meeting
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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