Today I had the privilege of attending worship and making other observations about the historic Park Street Church in Boston, MA. If a little background on this congregation would be of help to you, here is a statement on their website about their beginning:
In a time of increasing apostasy from the gospel and rising Unitarianism in New England, a small group of devoted Christians, primarily from Old South Church, formed a “Religious Improvement Society” in 1804 to hold weekly prayer meetings and lectures. Though they faced opposition from all sides, the group continued to meet for six years, founding Park Street Church in February of 1809. This small group acted in faith that God would use their efforts to accomplish no small task. And he did. By April of 1809, our location in the center of town was chosen to serve as a beacon of the hope we have in Christ. By 1810, the small congregation had grown and raised over $100,000 to complete the construction of our current meetinghouse.
On their worship folder and website along with their name they have these three words: Evangelical. Congregational. International. In support of the international characteristics, the pastor indicated today that they have people from 60 national connected with the congregation.
Park Street has many things to offer, except for a parking lot. You cannot park at Park Street. Well, that is not exactly true. The parking meters on the street are not enforced on Sundays, and they do have an arrangement with an underground parking lot a block away that if your get your ticket validated at the church, you park at a reduced rate. That is, if you enter the parking building and turn to the left rather than the right. There are two underground parking lots that use the same entrance. Like a UPS delivery truck driver, I always turn to the right unless I have no other choice.
Keep reading to see my observations about this congregation. If you have questions about what I saw, leave a comment, or send me an email to BullardJournal@gmail.com.