Life of the Church
SUNDAY JUNE 21, 2020
Update on Summer Worship Opportunities
Between the Board of Elders’ meetings of June 3 and June 18, the Mayor’s office made a public recommendation that choral and corporate singing should not be a part of indoor worship services until further notice, due to increased risk of spreading Covid-19. Concurrent with that statement Park Street’s Medical Task Force, which has been helping to guide our response to the ongoing health crisis, submitted to the leadership of the church the same recommendation to refrain from all types of singing within the sanctuary if we were to meet for corporate worship. Because of these two clear recommendations, the Elders have decided that it is in the best interest of our church to maintain our current practice of streaming worship services and not to gather on campus for worship in the coming weeks.
This remains a fluid and dynamic situation that we are regularly revisiting and evaluating in consultation with our Medical Task Force, and we will communicate as we have updates. We do eagerly look forward to being together again for worship.
In the meantime, the Elders and staff encourage all those streaming worship on Sundays to participate in the emerging virtual worship communities and at-home opportunities throughout the summer.
Summer Worshiping Communities
Virtual and At-Home Worshiping Communities are similar to small groups but are focused around Sunday practices of worship, fellowship, and prayer.
- 6–15 people streaming the 11:00 AM or 4:00 PM service;
- Virtual gatherings using Zoom or if preferred backyard at-home meetings throughout the summer;
- Resources for groups will make participation simple;
Existing small groups or friendship groups are welcome to sign up together;
- Individuals not already part of an existing group will be placed into groups based on an option of personal preferences.
The Lord wants all of us to worship together, minimizing isolation, and to be 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 worshiping 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.
World Relief Sunday Webinars
This Sunday we will be recognizing World Relief as a long-term partner in gospel ministry. During our services you will hear an interview between President Scott Arbeiter and Pastor Mark Booker.
We also invite you to register for one of the two webinars that will be offered this Sunday at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM. They will be 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. Other featured guests at the webinars include Dr. Judy Dean, Professor of International Economics in the Brandeis International Business School; Jenny Yang, Vice President of Advocacy and Policy; and Joseph G. Bataille Jr., Country Director, World Relief Haiti.
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.
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.
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
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
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 the Lord, for he has done glorious things (Isa. 12:5);
- Abide in the Lord, walk in his way (1 Jn. 2:6);
- Confess your sins, pray for one another (Jas. 5:16);
- Whatever is truthful and just, think of these things (Php. 4:8).
Pray for the People
- For our missionaries, protection against discouragement, and grace for boldness, empowerment and focus in their mission;
- For the Elders, wisdom, patience and unity while working with state guidelines and our Medical Task Force to create a safe environment for gathered worship in our meeting house;
- For the Staff, grace and creativity to care for the congregation and to facilitate worship, fellowship and prayer in emerging virtual worship communities and at-home opportunities;
- Praise for the congregation’s response to concerns of Covid-19 and race relations in our communities, prayer for deepening relationships while shining God’s Light into these dark days;
- Praise and thanksgiving for answered prayers, particularly for miraculous healing, employment and reconciled relationships;
- For World Relief, God’s grace to empower local churches to serve the most vulnerable and address the world’s largest problems;
- For officers of the peace, dedication to duty, compassion for the vulnerable, and trust from communities they serve;
- Patience and understanding for those caring for others;
- Encouragement for those struggling with loneliness and isolation;
- Hope for those struggling in marriage and family, and courage to reconcile by God’s grace.
Pray for Grace
- To awaken so that the evil of racism finds no home in us;
- To lean into awkward or uncomfortable conversations;
- To strive for unity rather than sameness.