Be sure to join us this Sunday as our sermon series “Friday Night Lights” continues. We will be taking a look at the role that strength plays in the Christian life and from where our strength actually comes from.
Last Sunday we began a new sermon series here at Park Street entitled Friday Night Lights. The series is taking a look at what football can teach us about living faithfully and fruitfully in our world.
This past week the home team did not play because of rain and so Friday night’s lights became Monday night’s lights. And it was under these lights, this past Monday, that I saw one of the most touching displays of love and support I have seen in a long while.
I’m not going to go into any details about the experience. I don’t think that would be appropriate to share, but I do want to lift up something that I was reminded of in all of this: Glimpses of God’s Kingdom are often seen in unexpected places and in unexpected ways.
I’m going to say that again because I think it bears repeating. Glimpses of God’s Kingdom are often seen in unexpected places and in unexpected ways.
Sometimes they are seen in line at the grocery store, sometimes grabbing coffee in the break room, or sometimes even under the lights of a high school football game. So keep your eyes open because you never know where you might see the Kingdom breaking through next.
This summer I have had a great privilege as a pastor. I have had the opportunity to work with an outstanding young person with a heart dedicated to doing God’s work. All of you that have met Emily over these last 10 weeks have been able to see that she is truly called by God to do God’s work in the world. It has been such an honor for me to not only watch her grow, but to watch you grow and interact alongside of her.
Thank you Park Street for the care and kindness that you have showed Emily as she discerns her calling, and for living out our mission of Growing Discipleship through Relationships.
Thank you Emily for your amazing work and all that you have brought to the table to not only help our church grow, but to help me grow as well.
And thanks be to God for the calling and equipping of great young disciples like Emily.
As we move into the summer months it is time to begin our summer sermon series “Deeper Into Discipleship.” Over the next 8 weeks we will be looking at different aspects of discipleship and how each one of them helps us to grow deeper as followers of Christ. I hope you will join me this week as we begin this series together.
I haven’t spoken very much about the tragic events that took place last week in Charleston, SC. This is not because I haven’t been paying attention, nor is it because I don’t want to speak about it. The reason I haven’t said much is because I don’t know what to say.
It has been awfully hard this past week to try and put into words the pain that this event has caused for me. I’m sure for many of you the same can be said. The words that you wish to form are simply too hard to come by. And yet as Christians we must try. We must try to put into words our thoughts and our feelings and our prayers. We must try to look ahead and to voice not only our sadness but our plans of action as well.
This Sunday at Park Street we will be having two very different and very distinct worship experiences. I’d like to invite you to them both.
First, New Light worship at 9am, I will be speaking about the events of last week. I will talk a little bit about my own personal feelings and understandings, but I will also be sharing a Biblical story that I think speaks to this. And while it will never give us the answers that we are looking for, I think that it ultimately will lead us to a better understanding of the role that we as God’s people play in combating hate and violence in our society.
Second, during 11am worship, we will be having the closing wrap up for our VBS that will be taking place this weekend. For those of you that attended last year’s VBS service you know how much fun we had together, and this year’s service I feel sure will prove to be even better.
So instead of picking one or the other this week, I encourage you all to come and join us for these two very different very distinct worship opportunities. It will give us the chance as the Body of Christ to share and experience the full breadth of what it means to be in relationship with one another.
This Sunday at Park Street will be honoring our 2015 graduates during the 11am worship service. I hope everyone will be able to come and share in the joy of this special day as we worship together.
Park Street UMC is excited to welcome Ms. Emily Robbian who will be joining us this summer as a part of the Explore Summer Ministry Internship Program.
Emily is from High Point, NC where she is a member and attends Wesley Memorial UMC. She currently attends Pfeiffer University where she is a Religion and Practical Theology major with a concentration in Christian Education. Her ongoing plans include a possible look at youth and children’s ministry. As part of her endeavors at Pfeiffer, she is a part of a group called CEF (Christians Engaged in Faith Formation) where her and other members travel to other churches to perform worship services that they themselves plan and lead. Emily is also a Resident Assistant and volunteers her time as the At Risk Youth Coordinator for the Francis Center for Servant Leadership. In this role she has lead the center’s Angel Tree program, as well as helped with after school and tutoring programs. Emily hopes to use this summer to help discern God’s call upon her life.
Please join me in welcoming Emily this summer.