A quick Wikipedia search brings up several definitions of nuts and bolts: hardware fasteners, a British comedy (ten years ago), a video game, and a certain study within physics. I missed the mention of a nice salty nibble snack. Nuts and bolts reference something about practical details, mundane but essential bits and pieces that keep the whole part working well. I have accidentally come upon a marvelous metaphor for ministry: nuts and bolts.
This Lenten issue of our newsletter brings you the practical details and essential bits and pieces that bring about ministry at Park Presbyterian Church.
Severe weather and worship
May worship always put you at risk: risk of realizing God at work in your life (that’s a bit risky, but well worth it.) However, please do not put yourself at risk to attend worship services during severe weather. If the weather is frightful feel free to worship at home, read the morning texts in silence and have a conversation with God over them.
Our church webpage has the weekly readings for each Sunday. Sermon summaries will be added to the texts from the previous weeks. Upcoming events and information are posted on the webpage.
Year of the Bible – About 50 of you are following the daily readings on our webpage, with the printed out versions available at church or on our Facebook page. Feel free to “friend” Park Presbyterian Church and you will receive the daily readings automatically, or just visit the web page to see the daily readings. We can also drop off or mail you a printed out version of the daily readings each month. The texts are printed out, currently we are reading in Genesis, the Gospel of John, and the first book of the Psalms. The voice of God is heard in a new way when contrasted with multiple situations: Living water at the well, and anger over absence of compassion in Sodom. Include your voice in the series: make comments or ask questions on Facebook, or with a group of friends. Make the Bible part of your daily nuts and bolts.
Lent at Park Church
To add or to subtract, that is the nuts and bolts question. Please do both. This Lent add a dollar a day to your weekly offering for 40 days. It will make a huge difference in someone’s life as your contributions turns into ministry. During the 40 days of Lent read the Bible every day, for 40 days, and see if it catches your attention in a new way. Do without something special, but non-essential, that helps remind you of Psalm 23:1 – The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want for anything.
Ash Wednesday – March 5 at 6:30 in Smith Hall. The Imposition of ashes with prayer and worship will be celebrated. We will begin the first of a series of studies on prayer, based on the books by Joan Chittister, OSB, The Breath of the Soul and Illuminated Life.
Stations of the Cross – Wednesday, April 9, a visual and musical walk with Jesus
Holy Week –
Wednesday Seder Meal led by Donna Stone
Thursday Maundy Thursday and Tenebrae service in the sanctuary at 7:00, with communion by Intinction
Friday Streator Ministerial Association Good Friday Service, is tentatively being held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 7:00
Wednesday Night Worship
Weekly services resumed on February 12th at 6:30 in Smith Hall. Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time, by Tim Scorer with Marcus Borg is a weekly study guide we will be using in the weeks leading up to Lent. This is a companion study to the Year of the Bible readings providing an opportunity to look at questions behind the scriptures and how it is that reading the Bible seems to always surprise us.
During Lent we will be following a couple of books by Joan Chittister, OSB. An excerpt from The Breath of the Soul: “Prayer is the link beyond the mundane, the daily, the routine, the immediate dimensions of life. It is the beginning of relationship with the God who is closer to us than we are to ourselves.” An excerpt from Illuminated Life: “This book talks about your life – the one you fear is not spiritual because of its complexities and concerns.” Joan steers us away from prayer as “escape” and embraces wholeness as staring into the eye of chaos, with God’s help.
Continue reading for more nuts and bolts that make up the whole of ministry at Park Church.
God bless you as we progress toward Easter joy together!