Kingston Presbyterian Church, Kingston, New Jersey
4565 Route 27
PO Box 148
Kingston, NJ 08528

Pastor’s Message – Rev. Sharyl Dixon

                     MARCH 2019

           Kingston Presbyterian Church

Where we seek to Welcome, Grow and Serve!

      Our Pastor’s Reflections

As winter continues to hold us, we long for spring and signs of new life. Psalm 42:1 says it well, “As the deer longs for the water so my soul longs for you, O Lord.” I am always thankful for the gift of Lent because, in Lent, we have the opportunity to quench our thirst as we turn toward and nurture our relationship with our God and Creator.

March 6th, we begin the journey, (the 40 days not counting Sundays) making our way to Easter. This year our Lenten theme will be Grounded: Compassion and Care ~ Healing and Wholeness. Through sermons, scripture, devotionals, weekly challenges and opportunities we will stretch our faith. We will explore ways we are connected to God, connected to creation and connected to community.

From the beginning God has called us to relationship and care. We hear it throughout scripture and through the Confessions. Here are some of the verses and a quote that has bubbled up for me as I’ve been preparing for our journey.

            Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10

            I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the    Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

“The whole universe is God’s dwelling. Earth, a very small, uniquely blessed corner of that universe, gifted with unique natural blessings, is humanity’s home, and humans are never so much at home as when God dwells with them.” Renewing the Earth.

This Lent where do you need God to dwell with you? Where do you long for heaven to come to earth? Where do you need God’s help to come? Where in Lent to you need God to grow your faith and to help you satisfy your thirst?

May this Lenten journey meet the longings of our souls and may it give us new experiences of where our God is and ways to live our faith in community and in creation.

Peace, Pastor Sharyl   

                                           Ash Wednesday

March 6 from 7:30 – 8:3

Ashes to Go

March 6 from 7:30 – 8:30 AM and noon to 1:00 PM, our own Pastor Sharyl and Pastor Jess from Kingston United Methodist will be offering ashes on Main St by Kim’s Deli and PJ’s Pancake House. Last year many in the village appreciated the opportunity to receive ashes and a blessing as their workdays didn’t allow them to make a service. If you won’t be able to join us Wednesday night but are around during the day please stop in. All are welcome to beginning this holy season of Lent mindful they are a child of God and will return to love.