We are a community of seekers, hungry to feed our minds and spirits. Broad Street Presbyterian Church is… a place where you can experience the presence of God a community where you can connect with people exploring issues of life and faith a place where people are committed to making a difference in our neighborhood and the larger world a community shaped by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Last Sunday, we shared in the joy of young children and their parents opening up the Bible – the story of God and God’s people.
The Bedtime Faith Rituals Milestone connects church and home by introducing families to new children’s Bibles. Each family chooses a children’s Bible for their family and makes a covenant to read it together.
The Children of God Storybook Bible by Desmond Tutu opens up fifty+ bible stories through gorgeous art, highlighting God’s desire for all people to love one another and to find peace and forgiveness in their hearts. The Spark Story Bible retells 150 of the most popular Bible stories, all accompanied by a little caterpillar named Squiggles, who quickly catches the attention of young children and encourages their imagination. The Jesus Storybook Bible, written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, puts Jesus at the center of the large arc of God’s story. It’s small! It’s the easiest for young children to hold.
Want to know more about the Bible as an adult? An easy way to start and encounter lots of stories is through reading a children’s Bible!
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Our worship service will be tonight at 7:00 p.m. with ashes and communion.
For Presbyterians, the idea of getting ashes is still relatively new, but it has become a meaningful experience for many of us. We like this video from Busted Halo, that explains Lent and Ash Wednesday in just two minutes.
During Lent, we take time to tell God that we are sorry for all the ways in which we disappoint God and our selves, and God offers us grace, forgiveness and a new beginning. On Ash Wednesday, we think about mortality, and that one day, we will die. Ashes on our forehead in the shape of a cross remind us that we are dust and to dust we shall return. The cross reminds us that we belong to God.
This Lent, we are asking you “where do you see the cross?” For the next forty days, we ask you to take photos of the cross you see in everyday life. Do you see it in a windowpane, in the branches of a tree, in the shadows of trees on the snow, in a building, or in a loaf of bread? Open your eyes to see the many unintentional displays of the cross that are present in our daily lives.
After you take a photo, print or email it to Nicole Denman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos will be displayed in various ways throughout Lent. Pray before engaging in this spiritual practice. Set aside 15 minutes to take photos of the crosses you see, or for a daily discipline, consider taking and submitting one photo of a cross each day during Lent. Great for all ages!
Thanks to Jordan Banda and Vyalema Khosas from Malawi for taking the time to visit us and share their story in Columbus this week. They were here to convey their appreciation to BSPC and continue our long relationship with the shallow well program which provides clean drinking water. After 30 years of operation, Marion Medical Mission, the shallow well program’s efforts have been dramatic, with infant and young childrens’ mortality rates in particularly sharp decline. More than one million people have benefited.
In addition to Sunday’s Palmer Hall presentation, Jordan and Vyalema were in Columbus for a few days this week. They volunteered in our Food Pantry, to express their support for those in need in our country, and they visited Ohio State and Amy Forrest’s organic farm to share their story and learn more about sustainable farming practices here.
For those of you who told us you forgot your checkbook at the Mission Fair in the Narthex the past couple of weeks or took home your giving sheet to consider which projects to support, you can bring your support this coming Sunday. Just drop your check in the offering place or sent it to the church office. The giving sheet is here to see the variety of ways to support global and national mission.
We give thanks to God for our mission partnerships and the ways we are invited to be part of God’s story in the world. Thank you for your support for our global & national mission partners!