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Pastor’s Post – March 2016

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Dear brothers and sisters:

As part of our Lenten emphasis on the Scriptures of the Old Testament, we have recently read in worship the story of the great gathering of the people of God convened by Joshua at Shechem to re-commit their national life to God.  This story contains the Old Testament in a nutshell:  1) God offers the covenant of his steadfast loyalty and love to the people; 2) the people promise in return to be faithful to God and his law for their lives; 3) the people then wander away from God and forget their promises to be faithful; 4) God punishes the people through defeat and occupation by hostile forces; 5) the people repent and cry out to God for salvation; and finally, 6) God hears their cries and restores them to their lives of peace and prosperity in return for their promised faithfulness.  This is the cycle of human behavior repeated several times in the Old Testament.

This Lent and Easter season, I would like us to borrow a script from Joshua and re-examine our covenant relationship with God and each other.   In our worship services the next several Sundays  and in our Sunday evening Bible studies, we will continue to explore the story of the people of God and their covenant relationship to God as it is told in the Old Testament.  On Easter morning, we, as one people, will make our own re-commitment to the divine covenant. Let us for the moment set aside the technicalities of merger and a new identity, and assume our identity as the unified assembly of the people of God.

I want us this year during the Easter service to renew our covenant relationship with God through a litany that we all will help write. So, I would like you to write down on a sheet of paper the things that God has done for us over the years. Now, I’m going to ask you to write in two columns—one column can be for the blessings that God has bestowed on you and your family, and the other column will be for blessings that God has bestowed on us as a people, as a church—you can think of your own church, Massapequa or Levittown plus our combined effort, should you wish to mention that.

On the other side of the form will be an opportunity to say what we should include in our re-commitment—what promises we should be making as a people to our God. This one too, will have a column for your personal re-commitments, and for the re-commitments you feel should we should make as a people of God—as one church growing out of two, however you want to think about it.

I’m going to distribute the form next week in church (March 6) and give you one week to work on it, and I’ll be the editor, to turn it into a litany of thanksgiving and re-commitment. You can sign the form if you so choose, or just contribute it anonymously. On Easter morning during our 10 a.m. service we will gather as the people of God gathered at Shechem to re-commit to the Lord and to the future of his ministry in this place.

Let this liturgy of re-commitment be the beginning our goal-setting for our life together, our renewed community life that we will live in the marvelous light that shines forth from the face of the risen Savior.  The apostle Paul reassures us in I Corinthians 10: 13 that God will not abandon us, that He will not let us succumb to the enticements of the devil, if we approach him with humbleness and repentance. Through his covenant, God will reward us beyond all that we ask or think, so let us turn our hearts during this special month toward God, our pillar of fire by night and cloud by day who will lead us through the wilderness of doubt and confusion into the promised land of love, justice and peace.

-Pastor Lou

 

 

Pastor’s Post – January 2016

From the Pastor

The New Year Brings a New Worship Opportunity

As we begin a new year of worship and work here in Levittown/Massapequa, I am looking forward especially to the re-launch of the Sunday evening service at our Massapequa campus on Sunday, January 3.  This will be a less formal worship opportunity in which we will be inspired by music written in recent years and performed by local musicians.  Our music leader will be Stella LaMassa, a member of Massapequa Church.  Stella was instrumental in a similar service that was held last year at Massapequa for several months.

The new service will begin at 5:30 p.m. and last for about 45 minutes and will continue through June.  Young people and children will be encouraged to remain in the service.  Afterwards there will be an hour of youth activities and Christian Ed programs for young people.  If there is sufficient interest, I will lead a Sunday School class for adults.  We can do some Bible study and also discuss current issues from a Christian perspective.

This new Sunday evening service will allow families to come together for worship and to deepen their understanding of their faith in a two-hour period at a time of day that will be less likely to conflict with other activities.  If you are a regular participant on Sunday morning, you may wish to attend both morning and evening worship, since each will be different, or you could continue to come to the morning service and then attend the Christian Ed hour, which will begin around 6:20.

I encourage you to think about friends and relatives who might be interested in attending this type of service at this time on the Sabbath.  Let’s not hide our new candle under a bushel basket!  -Pastor Knowles

 

Verse of the Day

Praise God

Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the Lord.

Jeremiah 23:24 NRSV

Summer Worship Schedule and Locations

Summer Worship Schedule

The First Presbyterian Church of Levittown and the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa will host Joint Worship Services for July & August.

July Worship Services will be held at 10:00a.m. at The Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa, 150 Pittsburgh Avenue, Massapequa.

 August Worship Services will be held at 10:00a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church of Levittown, 474 Wantagh Avenue, Levittown.

Please join us for Worship at both locations.

Verse of the Day

Praise God

[ The Narrow Gate ] “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Matthew 7:13-14 NRSV

Father’s Day Worship Service, Sunday, June 21st. at 10:00a.m.

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Father’s Day Worship Service   

 Sunday, June 21st. At 10:00a.m.

Celebrate Father’s Day With Bagels.

The Deacons will host a bagel breakfast for Father’s Day.

 Come and join us for morning worship and   afterwards come on down to Miles Hall for a   special breakfast to celebrate “Dad”.

Verse of the Day

But I do not count my life of any value to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace.

Acts 20:24 NRSV