Life of the Church and Prayer & Praise
SUNDAY APRIL 11, 2021
A Conference for the Church in the City
The Embody Conference kicks off this SUN, APR 11! Our Minister of City Engagement, Kimberley Morrison will share from God’s word the conference theme, “Embodying the Presence of Jesus” and the three invitations: “Follow. Seek. Take.” Then MON–WED (APR 12–14) try out the following “taster” sessions of the Communities of Missional Practice:
- “The Mission of God,” w/ Mark Booker & Kimberley Morrison | MON, APR 12
- “Neighboring,” w/ Hugh Halter & Simon Fowler | TUE, APR 13
- “Building Bridges to Jesus,” w/ Tammy McLeod & Roselle Heckendorn | WED, APR 14
All sessions available virtually, with the Fri/Sat teaching sessions available in-person* in the Park Street sanctuary. Zoom links for each session are available on the registration site, as well as special COVID-related registration links for in-person events.
Main Teaching Sessions
- “Follow Me,” with Hugh Halter | FRI APR 16, 7:30 PM (virtual and in-person*)
- “Seek First the Kingdom of God & His Justice,” with Hugh Halter | SAT APR 17, 9:00 AM (virtual and in-person*)
- “Take My Yoke Upon You and Learn From Jesus,” with Mark Booker | SUN APR 18 (regular Sunday service options)
Hope Rising Gallery on Boston Common
SAT APR 17, 12:00 PM–6:00 PM
SUN APR 18, 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
View the images and listen to the stories of 39 people who live and work in the neighborhoods around our church. Add your photo and story too! Located along Tremont Street.
Stories from the Kingdom
Stories from 40+ of your brothers and sisters at Park Street Church and other churches in Boston — God’s work through his people in his vocations:
- FRI APR 16, 12:15 PM | Stories from medicine, finance, entrepreneurship, education, music, law, etc.
- FRI APR 16, 6:00 PM & SAT APR 17, 6:00 PM | Stories from ministers from 15 Boston churches
- SAT APR 17, 4:00 PM | Stories from COVID-19 emergency responders
- SUN APR 18, 1:00 PM | Stories from students
Prayer & Prayer Walks
- FRI APR 16, 8:00 AM | Prayer time for the marginalized
- FRI APR 16, 1:30 PM | Prayer walk in Chinatown
- SAT APR 17, 8:00 AM | Prayer time for prisoners and their families
- SAT APR 17, 11:00 AM | Virtual prayer walk in the Projects in Jamaica Plain
*In-person attendance requires additional advance registration and guidelines to ensure COVID safety. Register on the session page in the main conference registration page.
Come with us as we journey along the Rocky Railway and learn how Jesus’ power pulls us through! This year Kidsweek will be virtual again. The two primary reasons for making this decision are the uncertainty of government crowd restrictions at that point and the uncertainty around people’s readiness to be in large crowds. This year, we will host live watch parties in the morning, and encourage families to team-up to do Kidsweek together! We are hopeful that in 2022, we will return to a full and robust in-person program!
Tweens will go on a field trip to Canobie Lake Park during the week. The field trip will be optional and have an added cost. At the end of our week, we will have an outdoor meet-up at a park.
Mary MacKenzie Scholarship
Applications due APR 30
Applications for the *Mary MacKenzie Scholarship are now being accepted. Eligible students must have been an active participant or member of Park Street Church for a minimum of three years and must be planning to attend a Christian college.
The application packet can be downloaded below.
Questions? Contact Judi Manola
*Mary MacKenzie was a long-time member of Park Street Church and served as the secretary for Senior Minister Paul Toms. She loved to travel and was known by her friends for her warmth and sense of humor. In 2015, Mary left funds to Park Street Church in her will to be used to “help students attending a Christian College.”
Join the Nursery Team!
Would you like to help raise up the littlest congregants of Park Street? Are you available once a month at 8:30? If so, please prayerfully consider serving in the nursery with 0–2 year olds. Serving would begin as soon as possible.
Park Street Dialogues | Arva Byron
Arva Byron works at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, where she supports adolescents, and as a Youth Minister at Roslindale Baptist Church. She and Mark discuss these vocations as well as her radio program, “Live with Arva J,” along the way considering what it means for followers of Jesus to be present in the lives of youth and all those around.
Job Opening: Director of Communications
The Director of Communications is responsible for directing and managing the production of communications media of all kinds: website, social media, video media, podcast material, and printed material. To apply, please send a cover letter, resumé, and portfolio to Mike Ahearn.
For our couples retreat this year we are going to have a virtual two night event. Friday Night, you will be led step-by-step in creating your very own masterpiece by Park Street artist Adrian Johnston. Grab a bottle of wine or sparkling cider and make a cheese plate and join other PSC couple’s as we create priceless works of art. Then on Saturday night, we will have a guided cook night with Eataly Boston. A chef will walk us through cooking a classic Italian dish complete with a bottle of wine, hand selected by an Eataly Sommelier. After our time cooking together, we will hear an encouraging word from scripture.
MAY 7, 7:00–9:00 PM and MAY 8, 6:00–9:00 PM. Cost is $150 per couple.
Short-Term Volunteer Opportunity
WEDNESDAYS, 1:00–4:30 PM in East Boston
The Food Pantry of Central Assembly of God Church in East Boston needs at least three volunteers on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:30 PM for the next 8–10 weeks to help unload and sort the contents of 60 thirty-pound boxes of dairy, meat, and produce donated to them by the Mayor’s Circle. There is an urgent need for help in April and help is also needed in May–early June. Volunteer for one or two Wednesdays, or for the entire 8–10 weeks if you are able.
There is no deadline to sign up, but sooner is appreciated due to the urgent need for help in April. Contact Pastor Joe Corrigan by texting (781) 518-1329.
Discovery Apps Hackathon
APPLICATIONS DUE APR 12
Calling All Nerds: Are you an amateur nerd, a professional code monkey, someone with strong opinions about XKCD? Would you love to use some of the time you aren’t spending traveling this year, assisting our missionaries engaging seekers with the Gospel? If so, Park Street Church is sponsoring a Hackathon this MAY to create and improve tools used to share God’s word and replicate organically growing Christian communities in closed countries! We are in need of all skills, from graphic design to app development.
Ezekiel Study: Chapter 12 and Beyond
Begins SUN APR 11, 9:45 AM, via Zoom
Join our ongoing class studying the book of Ezekiel under the guidance of Elaine and Perry Phillips. Meets every Sunday.
Communities of Missional Practice
A Community of Missional Practice (COP) is “a group of people who share a passion for the mission of God and choose to learn how to do it better through regular interaction.” We invite you, as an already established small group or as an individual wanting to join a group, to participate in a 10-week self-led series of reflection and practice of God’s mission in your life, worked out with others in community.
Visit the City Engagement page for an in-depth introduction to the series, including a detailed description of its three components: Domain, Community, and a set of Practices. There will also be an opportunity to preview the series on APR 12, APR 13, or APR 14 during the Embody Conference. Registration and COP details can be found on both the City Engagement and the Embody Conference pages.
Recognition of Graduation
College Ministry House Opening
Park Street’s College ministry house (“Wilson House”), located in Harvard Square, currently has residential openings for men. Twenty-somethings with a heart for undergrad ministry are encouraged to apply! Six volunteer hours per week are required. Contact Abigail below for an application.
Details about these and other events can be found on the events page!
Live over Zoom after each service:
This link will be live immediately after the 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM services.
Prayer & Praise
Pray for the Congregation
- “As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!” (Psa 40:11);
- Rejoice in the hope of the glory of God (Rom 5:2);
- Our gifts are meant for others (1 Pet 4:10);
- Gaze into the mirror of faith and see that Christ is all (Rom 12:3).
Pray for the People
- For our Elders: wisdom, unity, and grace while making decisions and directing the course of our church;
- For our Deacons and Lay Leaders: abiding peace, joy, and hope for all addressing needs of members from our community;
- For our Global Missionaries, Mike and Caroline: as he trains new discipleship teams and collaborates on new media initiatives, and she orients new team members arriving in the Middle East;
- For our Staff: courage, grace, and patience in caring for the congregation throughout this extended period of pandemic and transitions;
- More of God’s love, grace, and perseverance for Christians sharing faith with those who have no faith;
- Consolation and comfort for families grieving loss from violent attacks across our country in recent days and weeks;
- Comfort, strength, and healing for the sick or recovering from illness, trauma, or the coronavirus;
- Wisdom, grace, and perseverance for all serving and caring for the suffering and vulnerable in our homes and communities;
- Changed hearts in a struggling marriage, and renewed commitment to reconcile by God’s strength;
- Compassion, dignity, and love for neighbors struggling with joblessness or anxious due to poor health, food insecurity, or housing uncertainty;
- Perseverance in personal efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and variants;
- Provision for distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations to all.
Pray for Grace
- To hold fast and abide deeply in our proclamation: “Christ is Risen!”;
- To slow down enough to hear and see one another more truly;
- To seek divine goodness and love for every soul God has created.