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April 1, 2020

Dear Park Street Church,

In light of the fact that we are not able to be together, I plan to send out regular video updates to facilitate connection and share important information as we respond and adapt to our present moment. I am sharing the first of these video updates with you below.

I look forward to beginning Holy Week together in worship this Sunday. Join us live at www.parkstreet.org/live at 11am or 4pm.

I am praying for you all and really excited to be together in person one day!

In Christ,
Mark L. Booker, Senior Minister


March 24, 2020

Dear Park Street Church Family,

Greetings in the wonderful and beautiful name of Jesus, the one who is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13.8).  

These past few weeks have been extraordinary as we deal with the pandemic and with the dramatic changes it has caused in our lives, in our schooling, in our work, in our worship, and in our way of being the church. As this virus spreads, more are getting sick and hospitals are beginning to be stretched, and all this inclines many of us to fear and anxiety. It’s a time of unprecedented disruption on a global scale, at least in the modern world, and it looks as though this disruption is going to remain for some time.

This is, admittedly, an unusual moment for me to be joining all of you as your Senior Minister, but I trust that God knew this would be the case long ago. His timing is always right. I’m eager to get to know you and to be face to face (and not just screen to screen!). Until then, we’ll do our best with virtual connections, beginning as I preach this Sunday during our streamed worship services.

In the midst of this pandemic, I want us to remember several things:

  1. God is on the throne. He is ruling and reigning over the world and our lives, and he loves us more than we can fully comprehend. This is a love from which nothing can separate us—not death, not this pandemic, not an economic downturn. Nothing. Remember and rest in that love.
  2. We are a people, a family. The church is not a worship service. It’s a diverse and united family of those who worship God in spirit and in truth. That means that you and I are not alone, and we’re not meant to manage our varied responses to this pandemic alone. If you are alone, please reach out and know that we are trying to reach out to you as well.  
  3. We are a praying people. I love the psalms. They have taught me how to pray. One of their main lessons is this: be honest with God. He can handle it. Are you anxious? Frustrated? Angry? Annoyed? Tell him. Start there in prayer. We are called to pour our hearts out to him (Ps 62.8), and to cast our anxieties on God because he cares for us (1 Pt 5.7). In addition to being honest, intercede for one another, for your colleagues, for elected leaders, for your neighbors, and for the vulnerable. God hears and God has what this pandemic so clearly shows us that we lack: power.
  4. We are witnesses. This is always true, but trials allow us to bear witness in a uniquely powerful way. E. Stanley Jones, a Methodist missionary to India (d. 1973), wrote, “You are to find your finest opportunity for witnessing through these very troubles. In other words, you are not to bear your calamities, you are to use them. You are to turn your trials to a testimony.” How might we, the church, turn the trial of this pandemic into a testimony about Jesus? In many ways, no doubt, but let me suggest that we can do so by being a non-anxious community of worshipers who care for the vulnerable and love one another and our neighbors.

I’ve been encouraged by the thoughtful and clear leadership of our staff and elders over the past few weeks. Their focus on worshiping God, caring for the vulnerable, shepherding the flock, and reaching the lost has been so helpful to us all. As I join the team, I aim to help us continue to grow in these areas.

The opportunities in front of us are great, and I am filled with courage as we move forward because we serve a God for whom nothing is impossible. Let’s press into him and depend upon him. May we, together, lift up the name of Jesus above all in such a time as this, in our own lives, in our city, in New England, in the nation, and across the world, “standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel and not frightened in anything” (Phil 1.27).

I’m excited to be here, and I look forward to sharing life with all of you!

In Christ,

The Rev. Mark L. Booker

 


 

 

March 19, 2020

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Psalm 43:5 “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Yesterday, I was reminded how much easier it is to give spiritual advice than it is to live it. As I was working from home yesterday, thinking about the different things my family has going on, and listening to the concerns of our leaders and health professionals about this current pandemic, I was feeling a great amount of anxiety and stress. I started reflecting on a thought I shared on Sunday, that when we experience suffering we should be thankful to Jesus for His sufferings and ask him to use our suffering to make us more like Him. How was God using the stress, uncertainty, and anxiety that I was experiencing to make me more like him? I decided to pray and ask God those questions, His answer, humility. Before this circumstance, I cannot think of a time where I was made more aware of how dependent I am on routine, structure, and handling the familiar. I think God is using this in my life to humble me. I am learning that I am not as dependent on Him as I thought I was. God is freeing me from holding on tightly to my physical circumstances and showing me how to hold on to Him more tightly. How quickly our circumstances can change in a matter of seconds, minutes, days, and weeks. But God is unchanging. I don’t think I realized how much of my hope was in my circumstances. Don’t be downcast in this time Park Street, hope in God.

Adam Herndon, Minister to Families

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lenten Discipleship Institute | SUN, MAR 22

The Lenten Discipleship Institute will continue as a virtual model this Sunday. More information on the format and how to connect will come from your LDI small group leaders.

Small Group Resources

The 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 set up remote group meetings

We believe that no one should be alone during this time. If you need support through this journey and do not currently have a Park Street Church small group, we desire to connect you with people who can walk beside you through virtual community. Please fill out the form at the link below and let us know how we can contact you.

I am in need of community

Family Resources

If you have children and aren't currently subscribed to the Park Street Families newsletter, please consider signing up. The Family Ministries team is providing resources for spiritual enrichment an updates on programming for those who find themselves displaced from in-person meetings.

Sign up for the Family Ministries newsletter

Assistance for College Students

If you can help students with housing, transportation, etc. please contact Abi Herrera, assistant to Tammy McLeod, Dir. of College Student Ministry.

Contact Abi

Prayer Needs

If you seek prayer or support of many kinds, we have a robust team ready to pray for you and resources to help you. Please send us your requests below.

I have a prayer need

Giving

To accomplish your regular giving please see the link below to be able to give online. In addition, many may be struggling financially in our community. In addition to your regular giving, please also consider a gift to the Deacon's Fund, which seeks to provide help for immediate needs within our church community. Please consider how the Lord might prompt you to give above and beyond your regular tithes.

Give online

 


March 17, 2020

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
~ Psalm 46:1–6

We are living in unprecedented days in our life together as a church community. It is a moment that can seem confusing and chaotic, and yet it is also a clarifying call to mission and purpose. The staff and leaders of Park Street Church are working daily to ensure that our needs are being met, both individually and corporately, while continuing our mission of sharing the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

More information, including small group resources, will be coming throughout the week, so we encourage you to keep an eye on your inboxes, our social media pages, and www.parkstreet.org/covid19 for the latest news from the ministerial staff and health response team.

We are discussing what our worship experience will look like while we are corporately removed from our physical building. Here are some immediate items to help you prepare.

  • This week's Wednesday Lenten Service will be available only via streaming. It will be live from 12:15–12:45 PM, and available on our Youtube page afterward. We encourage you to take a moment in the middle of your day to worship corporately, yet remotely. This week, Miranda Kwon, a PSC pastoral intern, will be bringing us a short meditation, "Giving Back to God The Things of God."
     
  • Sunday services will be streamed online only. In compliance with Gov. Baker's declaration, we will only be permitting people essential to bringing you a virtual worship service into the church building. We are brainstorming new and creative ways to more fully involve our community in corporate worship. View the live stream.
     
  • The Installation Service for our new Senior Minister has been postponed until a later date. While Mark will still begin his ministry with us next week, a date for the formal installation service will be announced in the future.
     
  • Do you have a prayer request? If so, please submit it to us so our prayer team can pray for you. In the coming weeks we expect to have a great demand for needs within our community.
     
  • Please consider giving to the Deacon's Fund if you are able, which helps those members of our PSC community with direct, immediate need. If you know of someone in the PSC community who is in need, please contact Pat Chen.
     
  • Are you a deacon or ministry leader? We have resources to help you facilitate remote ministry. Visit www.parkstreet.org/remotemeetings for tips or get technical support.

Above all, we exhort you to pray at all times. Pray that we find new mission fields even in our own homes and neighborhoods, and that we equip each other to bring hope, light, and life in this time of darkness. If you have a specific prayer request, please send it to us. God knows what life will look like on the other side of this crisis. "Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way…".

~ Park Street Ministerial Staff


 

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March 19, 2020

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Psalm 43:5 “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Yesterday, I was reminded how much easier it is to give spiritual advice than it is to live it. As I was working from home yesterday, thinking about the different things my family has going on, and listening to the concerns of our leaders and health professionals about this current pandemic, I was feeling a great amount of anxiety and stress. I started reflecting on a thought I shared on Sunday, that when we experience suffering we should be thankful to Jesus for His sufferings and ask him to use our suffering to make us more like Him. How was God using the stress, uncertainty, and anxiety that I was experiencing to make me more like him? I decided to pray and ask God those questions, His answer, humility. Before this circumstance, I cannot think of a time where I was made more aware of how dependent I am on routine, structure, and handling the familiar. I think God is using this in my life to humble me. I am learning that I am not as dependent on Him as I thought I was. God is freeing me from holding on tightly to my physical circumstances and showing me how to hold on to Him more tightly. How quickly our circumstances can change in a matter of seconds, minutes, days, and weeks. But God is unchanging. I don’t think I realized how much of my hope was in my circumstances. Don’t be downcast in this time Park Street, hope in God.

Adam Herndon, Minister to Families

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lenten Discipleship Institute | SUN, MAR 22

The Lenten Discipleship Institute will continue as a virtual model this Sunday. More information on the format and how to connect will come from your LDI small group leaders.

Small Group Resources

The 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 set up remote group meetings

We believe that no one should be alone during this time. If you need support through this journey and do not currently have a Park Street Church small group, we desire to connect you with people who can walk beside you through virtual community. Please fill out the form at the link below and let us know how we can contact you.

I am in need of community

Family Resources

If you have children and aren't currently subscribed to the Park Street Families newsletter, please consider signing up. The Family Ministries team is providing resources for spiritual enrichment an updates on programming for those who find themselves displaced from in-person meetings.

Sign up for the Family Ministries newsletter

Assistance for College Students

If you can help students with housing, transportation, etc. please contact Abi Herrera, assistant to Tammy McLeod, Dir. of College Student Ministry.

Contact Abi

Prayer Needs

If you seek prayer or support of many kinds, we have a robust team ready to pray for you and resources to help you. Please send us your requests below.

I have a prayer need

Giving

To accomplish your regular giving please see the link below to be able to give online. In addition, many may be struggling financially in our community. In addition to your regular giving, please also consider a gift to the Deacon's Fund, which seeks to provide help for immediate needs within our church community. Please consider how the Lord might prompt you to give above and beyond your regular tithes.

Give online

 

March 19, 2020

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Psalm 43:5 “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Yesterday, I was reminded how much easier it is to give spiritual advice than it is to live it. As I was working from home yesterday, thinking about the different things my family has going on, and listening to the concerns of our leaders and health professionals about this current pandemic, I was feeling a great amount of anxiety and stress. I started reflecting on a thought I shared on Sunday, that when we experience suffering we should be thankful to Jesus for His sufferings and ask him to use our suffering to make us more like Him. How was God using the stress, uncertainty, and anxiety that I was experiencing to make me more like him? I decided to pray and ask God those questions, His answer, humility. Before this circumstance, I cannot think of a time where I was made more aware of how dependent I am on routine, structure, and handling the familiar. I think God is using this in my life to humble me. I am learning that I am not as dependent on Him as I thought I was. God is freeing me from holding on tightly to my physical circumstances and showing me how to hold on to Him more tightly. How quickly our circumstances can change in a matter of seconds, minutes, days, and weeks. But God is unchanging. I don’t think I realized how much of my hope was in my circumstances. Don’t be downcast in this time Park Street, hope in God.

Adam Herndon, Minister to Families

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lenten Discipleship Institute | SUN, MAR 22

The Lenten Discipleship Institute will continue as a virtual model this Sunday. More information on the format and how to connect will come from your LDI small group leaders.

Small Group Resources

The 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 set up remote group meetings

We believe that no one should be alone during this time. If you need support through this journey and do not currently have a Park Street Church small group, we desire to connect you with people who can walk beside you through virtual community. Please fill out the form at the link below and let us know how we can contact you.

I am in need of community

Family Resources

If you have children and aren't currently subscribed to the Park Street Families newsletter, please consider signing up. The Family Ministries team is providing resources for spiritual enrichment an updates on programming for those who find themselves displaced from in-person meetings.

Sign up for the Family Ministries newsletter

Assistance for College Students

If you can help students with housing, transportation, etc. please contact Abi Herrera, assistant to Tammy McLeod, Dir. of College Student Ministry.

Contact Abi

Prayer Needs

If you seek prayer or support of many kinds, we have a robust team ready to pray for you and resources to help you. Please send us your requests below.

I have a prayer need

Giving

To accomplish your regular giving please see the link below to be able to give online. In addition, many may be struggling financially in our community. In addition to your regular giving, please also consider a gift to the Deacon's Fund, which seeks to provide help for immediate needs within our church community. Please consider how the Lord might prompt you to give above and beyond your regular tithes.

Give online