Life of the Church
SUNDAY JUNE 14, 2020
Virtual Sunday Worship Communities Begin June 28
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” John 4:23
Though we are all eager to return to normal life, including meeting in our historic sanctuary, this season has reminded us that worship of God is not based primarily on location. Worship in spirit and truth can take place in any location and in many forms. This spiritual truth is vital to remember now, more than ever.
While most of us will not yet be meeting at Zero Park Street, we do have other ways to gather as God’s people. As we continue to stream services online this summer, the ministers and elders are advocating that we immediately begin to organize into [Virtual] Sunday Worship Communities. These are similar to small groups but focused on Sunday practices of worship, fellowship, and prayer.
- 6–15 people streaming the 11:00 AM or 4:00 PM service;
- Virtual gatherings using Zoom; optional backyard meetings later this Summer;
- Resources for groups will make participation simple;
- Individuals will be placed into groups based on an option of personal preferences;
- Existing small groups or friendship groups are welcome to sign up together.
The Lord wants all of us to worship together, minimizing isolation, and organized for mission. Sunday Worship Communities help us become more nimble and able to navigate the uncertain length of the pandemic. We can’t wait to be worshipping all together in a jam-packed sanctuary, but since that time is a ways off, we invite you to register yourself as an individual or family, or as an existing small group or friendship group.
Emergency Relief Fund
We are excited to announce Park Street Church’s new Emergency Relief Fund. This fund has been established to provide relief for those in our city who are suffering due to the effects of COVID-19.
The fund is the direct result of Park Street working alongside other communities of faith during this time as well as our efforts to help care for those in need. Separate from the other funds of PSC, this fund will be used to directly support other like-minded churches and their ministries that are suffering as a result of economic losses from COVID-19 as well as organizations that are meeting the needs of the most vulnerable. This fund will allow us to more deeply express the generosity of God and our solidarity with brothers and sisters in Christ in our city.
To support this fund, select “Emergency Relief Fund” from the drop-down list on our online giving platform.
World Relief Sunday
On SUN JUN 21 we will be featuring an interview with Rev. Mark Booker and Scott Arbeiter, World Relief President. Webinars will be held at 1:00 and 6:00 PM, led by Scott Arbeiter and facilitated by Patty MacDonald, World Relief Northeast Regional Director of Partnerships, and will highlight the organization’s work on the field.
Throughout the month of June, you will have an opportunity to give toward World Relief’s International COVID-19 response by choosing “World Relief SUNDAY” on the Park Street giving page. Read here about World Relief’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SUN JUN 14, 2:30–3:30 PM
Boston Common, meet at the Parkman Bandstand
All are welcome to join in united prayer, scripture, and song in the Parkman Bandstand of the Boston Common on Sunday, June 14 from 2:30 to 3:30pm. The event will also be live-streamed on UniteBoston’s Facebook Page. Please wear a mask and physically distance, and help us to spread the word!
Missionary Receptions TODAY
SUN JUN 14, 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM. Join us on Zoom after the 11:00 AM and/or 4:00 PM services, as we celebrate the launching of our newest missionaries, Zane and Elisse. Listen as they share from their hearts about their calling to serve in Japan, and participate in a time of Q & A. The registration link is for both the 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM receptions. Contact [email protected] with questions.
Oh No, It's Monday! The Joys and Trials of Teaching from Home
MONDAYS, JUN 15
8:30–9:15 PM; last session!
Teaching from home is difficult for parents, students, and even educators! Hear from a panel of PSC’s own professional educators as they offer compassion and encouragement, and share from their knowledge and experience. There will be time for questions and break-out groups. Open to all parents!
Gospel Conversations: Practicing Skills
MON JUN 15, 8:30-9:30 PM. Join us for a practical webinar as we continue learning together how to engage in Gospel-centered conversations with family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. We’ll be spending time together in smaller groups practicing skills, gaining new ideas, and sharing resources. Whether you’ve been sharing the Gospel for years or haven’t yet felt comfortable turning a conversation to spiritual topics, there’s a place for you to connect and learn with us! Contact Robyn Bunch with questions.
Women's Book Club
MON JUN 22, 8:00 PM. In the spirit of learning, leaning into discomfort, and facing truths about ourselves and the Church, the Women’s Ministry Book Club will be reading The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby as our June selection. Zoom link will be sent closer to the date. Email Amanda Milad-Cox with questions.
Men's Book Club
Date and Time, TBD. Men, how can we address the deep challenges around us? As Rev. Booker recommended, let us first listen to the lessons of the past from the voices of the oppressed so we may act from a place of understanding. Join us as we read a book on the history of the church’s involvement in racism and then discuss its impact today and moving forward. Contact [email protected] with questions.
Tea & Story
MONDAYS, 1:30–2:00 PM. Sign in 10 minutes early just to chat.
God has made us for story—to be part of his and to hear each other’s. One woman shares a time when God was very present to her, also shares a Bible verse that relates, then we have a brief time of silence, then we are placed in random breakout groups, each of which has a leader, and we share from a few presented questions (not pressure to share). Then we go back to the main room and have a brief closing. We aim to be vigilant about keeping to 1/2 hour.
Collegiate Days of Summer
AUGUST 10–14 (Registration open until June 15)
We are having to shake up how we do Kidsweek this year with the uncertainty of what the coming weeks and months will be like this summer. We will be moving Kidsweek to a digital space and changing our theme. We want to save Rocky Railway for next year when we can be together. Our new theme is Maker Fun Factory: Created by God, Built for a Purpose. How will a virtual Kidsweek work? We will make recordings of our live opening and the bible story room, showing the KidVid videos, mailing craft supplies and t-shirts, and incorporating the music videos into the opening. We will also create virtual spaces for you to connect with others. The cost will be $25 per child to cover the t-shirt, craft supplies, and shipping.
Fireside Chats in June
Our elders are continuing to hold their Fireside Chats through the month of June, but will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. With this new schedule, Mondays will be “Missionary Night,” Wednesdays will be “Interview Night,” and Fridays will be “Narnia Night.”
We encourage you to continue to take advantage of this platform as a way to connect and build relationships during this season of physical distance.
Small Group Resources
We believe that no one should be alone during these times of increased anxiety and physical isolation. If you find yourself on this journey without a support system, we desire to connect you with people who can walk beside you through virtual community. Please fill out this form and let us know how we can contact you.
Park Street Church staff and leaders are working to equip our small groups with resources to help them stay connected to each other’s spiritual, physical and social needs. If you have specific questions about your small group, please contact Pat Chen. Learn how to setup remote meetings.
Prayer & Praise
Pray for the Congregation
- Sing to him, sing praise to him, tell of all his wonderful acts (Psa. 105:2);
- Seek and find the Lord with all your heart and soul (Dt. 4:29);
- Love one another as God loves you (Jn. 15:12);
- Pursue justice with clean hands and a pure heart (Isa. 1:16-17).
Pray for the People
- For our missionaries, courage and creativity to reach people who do not know Jesus Christ, with the knowledge and love of God;
- For the Elders, wisdom and unity by God’s Spirit and deliverance from evil while implementing guidelines from the state and our Medical Response Team in creating a safe environment to gather and worship in our meeting house;
- For the Staff, wisdom and grace to care for the hurting, the lonely and discouraged;
- Praise for the congregation’s response to concerns of Covid-19, prayer that these opportunities lead to deepening relationships;
- Praise and thanksgiving for answered prayers, particularly for employment and financial relief;
- For Ziba Kheradmand, praise that all are safe following a MAY 22 house fire, prayer for recovery and a new home;
- For officers of the peace, protection of body and mind from harm in the performance of duty, and encouragement to serve with compassion and courage;
- For parents, wisdom in planning for their children’s daycare and schooling as communities reopen;
- Wisdom, patience and courage for those caring for others;
- Hope and help for those struggling with fear, anxiety or worry;
- Mercy and answered prayers for those seeking affordable housing and gainful employment.
Pray for Grace
- To repent of an ‘unexamined life’ and align our thoughts, speech and actions with God’s way, truth and life;
- To look beyond the superficial exterior and recognize the true value that God establishes in every human being;
- To recognize our roles in transforming race relations, and seek God’s grace for effecting change that transcends a mere return to normal.