Demonstrate Unity so All May Know God Loves Them
Together we are stronger. This is a reality that is difficult to argue against. Yet our way of walking in the world is, by default, all about me, me, me. Protecting me, defending me, proving me, improving me, being independent me, being right or wrong me, being me at a party, being me in my family, being me in my neighborhood, being me when observing other people.
Let’s pray for a great “us” to arise. Let’s pray for compassion to win the day. Let’s pray that empathy and care for strangers will grow. Let’s pray that family members, work crews and school communities will treat one another with respect, remaining curious rather than judgmental about differences.
The Bible is full of discussions of the unity of God’s creation – all of creation, including all humans. Jesus kept pointing out our narrow understanding of community every time he spoke to a woman, dined with a sinner, healed a leper or praised an outsider who demonstrated faith. In John 17 we read a beautiful prayer of Jesus praying for the unity – that we might enjoy the kind of love and unity that Jesus and his Father enjoy (17:21-22). This unity is to show the whole world that God loves them and sent Jesus (vs. 23). Everyone belongs to God; everyone is in the unity of God’s creation.
Let’s pray for a unified “us” to arise. Let’s pray that as we befriend and love people who seem “different,” the world will notice our assumption that there is an inherent unity among all people. Let’s pray that our culture of inclusivity and humble companionship will inspire others to embrace the unity Jesus prayed for.
Apostle Paul puts himself in danger in order to get the word out about God’s design of unity, specifically between Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians. Throughout Ephesians we find a variety of metaphors and images to help communicate the shape of this unity. In Ephesians 2:19-22 the church is compared to a family or household; to a building, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ as the chief cornerstone; and to a temple in which God comes to dwell, where members are the individual stones in the structure. All these images imply unity. Unity is also the focus in the metaphor of the body of Christ where each member serves as an indispensable part of an organism whose head is Christ (Ephesians 4). This image is worked out in more detail in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12.
Let’s pray for a structure of “us” to arise. Let’s pray that our desire for peace will outweigh our desire to be “right.” Let’s pray our yearning for meaning and purpose will outweigh our fear of strangers. Let’s pray that our need for love and community will lead us to discover the power of tearing down ideological and other barriers so we can work together.
How can you link your organization with another one to become a bigger “us”? LPC partners with others in the community to make an impact – Family Promise volunteers, Community Outreach Group (COG) and our project with the Holmdel Mosque last year are some examples. To display our understanding of unity, what unlikely community group could we partner with next? Who, after working with us, would be surprised by our understanding of creation’s unity?
To reflect and pray on unity: Ex. 19:4-6; 2 Sam. 22:50; Ps. 18:40; Ps. 24:1; Deut. 32:43; Ps. 117:1; Is. 11:10; Rom. 15:7-13; Rom. 8:20-23; Eph. 1:8-10; Eph. 2:11-14; Eph. 4:3; Eph. 4:13; Eph. 5:21.
In Faith with You,
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) urges your support for those affected by Hurricane Florence. PDA is delivering immediate aid to those impacted by Hurricane Florence on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Initial assessments suggest catastrophic destruction, but the full scope of the damage will not be known for many months.
The storm’s path is cutting across areas still recovering from Hurricane Matthew (2016). While these winds and waters have meant loss and destruction, the work of PDA might become, as the Psalmist says, “a river whose streams make glad the city of God.”
PDA is deploying teams to affected presbyteries to meet with Presbyterian and community leadership to assist in coordinating relief efforts and mucking out homes and churches. After initial needs are addressed, PDA will remain—providing spiritual emotional care and Long-Term Recovery to address unmet needs of those impacted. Through your prayerful gifts we draw hope out of the chaos.
The needs for the response will be great. God’s people are once again called on to stand in the “GAP”—Give. Act. Pray.
GIVE: Financial support for relief efforts can be designated to DR000194 which supports the church’s response to hurricanes and typhoons around the world. Gifts can be made online, by phone at (800) 872-3283, or by check, which can be mailed to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. ACT: Learn how you and your congregation can help families who have lost everything in the devastation. Stay informed and like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and share updates with your congregation.
19th Annual SHANTI Peace Event
Questions – contact J. Ritacco at JRitacco@comcast.net
or call UUCMC at 732-747-0707
NO HATE AT HOME RALLY, August 30, 2018
“This is about bringing respect for one another back into our homes, or communities, our places of business, schools, everywhere. It has to happen everywhere if we’re going to change the conversation and change the culture.”
These are the words of David Pascal, who has served as the chair of Red Bank’s Human Relations Advisory Committee for 12 years. The rally, held at Red Bank’s borough hall on August 30, was in response to the distribution of racist flyers in the borough recently. The purpose of the gathering was to fight not only racism, but all hate speech including religious and political. A key message was to reject, politely but vigorously, any bigoted and racist statements.
Another speaker, Rabbi Marc Kline of the Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls, has spent many years fighting hatred and bigotry in New Jersey and South Carolina.
While we were aware that Monmouth County is not without bigotry, we were totally unaware of KKK activity here. As for the rally, we were very moved by the passion of the speakers and the solidarity of the attendees. The optimistic spirit of the group was contagious.
Frank Munn & Irene Nordskog.
March/Rally: ”Monmouth County for Clean Energy – People’s Climate Movement –
Sierra Club RISE for Climate, Jobs, and Justice”
THANK YOU to the people who worked to make the Sept 8 March/Rally:”Monmouth County for Clean Energy – People’s Climate Movement -Sierra Club RISE for Climate, Jobs, and Justice” in Red Bank very successful with about 200 participants. Marchers from LPC were Jane Chou, George Lavigne, Frank Munn and Irene Nordskog, and Judy and Dave Reichard.
The day was a little damp, and that dampened the turnout some, but the participants were very enthusiastic, the speakers received lots of cheers, and all of the organizers and volunteers received lots of kudos.
There were 11 wonderful speakers, including Mayor Settembrino of Middletown, and statements from Gov Murphy and Frank Pallone that addressed all aspects of our climate/clean energy situation. Also 10 electric cars were displayed for the 1st day of National Drive Electric Week. There were 10 excellent table displays created by Middletown for Clean Energy, Environmental Organizations and Commercial Solar Vendors that were much appreciated.
All of these activities, plus the rather soggy march itself made for a memorable, effective, and very successful event. Thank you for your participation.
Middletown for Clean Energy
2018 LPC Food Drive
A HUGE THANK YOU to the entire congregation for participating in LPC’s recent food drive for COG (Community Outreach Group). Together, we collected 90 bags of food. It was such a wonderful sight to see all the bags laid out by the Church entrance after service Sunday September 16th. Following the service, congregation members loaded the food into three members’ SUVs and delivered the food to COG. Monday three of us returned to Calico Cat to sort the food into boxes and place them on COG’s shelves. Thank you also to so many of our giving neighbors, whose generosity was so inspirational.
The Outreach & Membership Committee
Family Promise @ Lincroft Presbyterian Church
October 7 – 14, 2018
Lincroft Presbyterian Church will host Family Promise guests the week of October 7 through 14, 2018. This is our opportunity to stand in solidarity with local homeless families as they work through a very challenging time.
Please volunteer! Pick your spot at http://signup.com/go/wDxEtDx, or contact Kathy Noah, 732.768.3247 or Dave Reichard, 732.972.3242. Our guests will arrive Sunday evening for dinner. Each night the following week two volunteers will prepare dinner, two will spend the early evening hours with the guests, and two will sleep overnight in the church. (Families can volunteer to provide dinner or to be the evening hosts.)
Red Bank CROP Walk
Team “Lincroft Presbyterian Church” On-line
To register (and/or donate) on-line and join team Lincroft Presbyterian Church:
Go to Red Bank CROP Walk at RedBankCROPwalk.com .
- Click Donate/Register on the left side.
- Select Register and/or Donate
- Select Donate to a team
- Begin entering “Lincroft” and/or select team Lincroft Presbyterian Church from the list.
Share with your social network to solicit sponsors’ donations.
Faith Leaders Bless Offshore Wind Farm
Call for Ambitious State Leadership
- Clean Renewable Local Energy from the wind (God’s “ruach” wind/spirit):
- Block Island Wind Farm: the first and only USA offshore wind farm
- We urgently need action by state leaders in response to the climate crisis
- Affordable power
- Generate power close to where it’s needed
- Reduce pollution
- Protect wildlife
- Create jobs
Pastor Diane Ford, Sue Smith, Judy and Dave Reichard joined 110 others from six states on the August 27 Trek to the Turbines, an educational tour of the Block Island Wind Farm organized by GreenFaith, an interfaith environmental organization, and the National Wildlife Federation .
While the ferry boat bobbed around below the massive blades of one of the five wind turbines, interfaith leaders lead a Multi-Faith Wind Turbine Blessing Ceremony. State plans for offshore wind development exist on paper for NJ, NY, Mass, RI, CT, MD & VA, but presently only one exists. Faith communities can help keep pressure on state governments to meet their offshore wind goals with environmentally responsible, pro-worker offshore wind development projects. Religious leaders spoke forcefully about the urgent need for offshore wind development as a response to climate change and to dangerous levels of air pollution.
Fun Facts about the Block Island Wind Farm:
- Generates enough energy to power 17,000 homes
- 30 megawatts combined capacity
- 5 turbines, each ½ mile apart; 2 mi. first to last
- 16 miles from RI mainland; 3 miles from Block Island
- 30 miles of 6-3/4 inch diameter electrical power cable buried undersea and under roadways
- Massive turbines (see diagram) rotating 4 to 11.5 revolutions per minute
- Blade tip speed: up to 200 mph
- Generates power with wind speed as little as 6.5 mph up to 56 mph
- Energy storage is the next big challenge, for “the wind blows where it wishes.” John 3:8
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