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The Gathering, Contemporary Worship Service, Sundays at 5:30pm hosted by the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa

Worship Music

The Gathering, Contemporary Worship Service

Sundays at 5:30pm at the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa.  Music by Stella LaMassa & The Gathering worship team.

 That last meeting of The Gathering before the summer break will be Sunday, June 26, 2-4pm at Homecoming Farm in Amityville (555 Albany Ave, 11701). William LaMassa will give us a quick tour of the farm, then we will enjoy some praise music and reflect on what we have learned from our time together before we look forward to re-uniting in September.   All are welcome. 

 

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

 

Joint Worship Service, Sunday, June 7th. at 10:00a.m. at the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa

come and worship with us

Please join us this Sunday, June 7th. at 10:00a.m. at the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa for a Joint Worship Service. (150 Pittsburgh Avenue, Massapequa)

Pastor’s Post for May 2015

Terri in light

“It is because one antelope will blow the dust from the other’s eye that the two antelopes walk together”- African Proverb

This is one of my favorite African proverbs. It is describing the role of community in the life of believers. When we come together as a church community we in essence blow the dust from each other’s eyes by learning to live and love together. We are in this process of becoming the beloved community together. It is in our questioning, listening and loving that we are challenged and we are ultimately transformed.

I am literally writing this letter with tears in my eyes 1) because I am preparing myself to leave a place that I have called home for over two years 2) because I suffered a corneal abrasion that resulted from the side effects of my recent surgery. It feels like I have dust is in my eyes. The preacher in me is always listening for sermons so when I thought about my eye situation the African proverb quoted above came to mind. If you listen closely you can hear God speaking in even the mundane things of life As Mother’s Day approaches I also give thanks for the gift of my mother. I can remember as a child having my mother blow something from my eyes. I am sure many of you can relate to the relief you felt when your mother did that same thing for you. A mother’s love blows dust from our eyes and refreshes our hearts. So how do adults blow dust from each other’s eyes? Surprisingly it comes from using our ears and not our eyes.

We can hear most clearly when we pray. Prayer is vital to listening to God and each other. This posture of “prayerful listening” is vital to a healthy community where God’s beloved children dwell. When we listen we can see things better. The spiritual dust is removed from our eyes or as Oprah likes to call it , you have an “aha” moment, Members of the beloved community engage in spiritual listening when we pray together and commune with God and each other. Communion is not just about sharing in the sacrament of communion but about breaking bread with one another in sacred fellowship. We practice “prayerful listening “ and commune with each other when we allow our differing opinions to be heard and respected and allow for the space and time to process what was heard in worship and live it out during the week. When this happens we learn to love and respect each other and learn from the things we understand and to accept the things that we don’t.

We can choose to listen and be propelled forward by the positive voices or succumb to the negative voices of failure. The scriptures admonish us to encourage each other to good works and to continue in fellowship with one another. It is important that we keep listening to the good voices or as I like to say the “God voice” inside of us that affirms and confirms God’s good plans for us. Scripture informs us that God’s plans for us are good and not evil. I love the way the Message Bible says it “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.” Jeremiah 29:11-12

In my years of ministry I have learned that the same God that calls you to a people and a place is the same God who walks with you through the good times and the bad with those same people. The key is to learn the lessons and to try your best to listen to what God is saying in the midst of it all and to remember that God’s plans for us are good and not evil. When we keep this in mind we can be thankful and grateful for the grace of God at work in our lives and trust that God is guiding us.

One thing I know for sure, God has guided me to this special church and this special people, for such as time as this.  I want to fulfill my calling and to help you become the church you were destined to be. I am looking forward to walking with you in the coming months as we walk out the Interim process and being to try new ways of worship and outreach in our community. Spring is here and it’s a time for new beginnings. I feel like I have been saying that almost every month now since I have been here. If we allow the dust to be blown from our eyes we will begin to see more clearly the good work that God has already begin in us.

I hope that with God’s help, I was able to blow the dust from your eyes and help you to see yourselves as the strong congregation that you really are. I will miss all of you dearly.   I am very thankful to God for the opportunity to serve here at the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown. You have helped me to grow and to blow dust from my eyes. My prayer is that the Lord will help us to continue to be faithful servants in the work of building up Christ’s church.

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Terri

Verse of the Day

Cross

[ The Resurrection of Christ ] Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures,
1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4 NRSV

Verse of the Day

shutterstock_50783101For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart,

Jeremiah 29:11-13 NRSV