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During the time when our nation was suffering through polio, many people had to live in iron lungs.  Powered by electricity, these iron lungs helped people keep breathing.  Hospitals installed battery powered units to protect against power outages.  Family members who cared for a loved one at home would use hand pumps to keep the patient breathing in case the electricity failed.

During this season of stress and tension, it is tempting to believe that we are weak and that our power is limited.  As God’s children we are promised that we have power accessible to us at all times; The Holy Spirit is standing by, ready to come to our aid.  It is power that not only lifts us up and encourages us, but gives us strength to transform the world with the love of God.

In the book of Acts we read these words of Jesus to His disciples: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8)

This weekend we will continue our series called “Working our Core.”  As we continue our study on core beliefs, we will explore the most misunderstood part of the Trinity:  The Holy Spirit.

The gospel lesson for this weekend is John 14:15-27, part of Jesus’ farewell discourse to his disciples prior to His crucifixion.

Please join us online at 9:30 am  or 11:00 am through our website(hydeparkchurch.org) or our Facebook page.

I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday morning!

Peace,

Pastor Cathy

It Is Well With My Soul

Horatio Spafford wrote his timeless hymn, “It is Well With My Soul” after experiencing a number of personal and family tragedies within a short period of time.  In the midst of it all he was able to rest in the peace of God that passes all understanding.  In the aftermath, experiencing God’s eternal presence, buoyed by hope, Spafford was able to pen:

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll

Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say

It is well, it is well, with my soul

In the midst of the uncertainty and unknowing of our current reality, claiming the truth of Horatio Spafford’s words, over the past 3 months Pastors Cathy, Dave and Doug have offered a daily devotion, “It Is Well With My Soul.”  Monday thru Saturday at 10:00am you can join us by going to our web site: Hydeparkchurch.org.  On the home page click the “It is Well: Daily Devotion and Praise”.

We are pleased to announce that on June 15th, three additional pastors joined the team: The Rev. Kate Smith, The Rev. Dr. Michael Vilardo and the Rev. Dr. Pete Rudowski.  As we continue to provide an encouraging word for the day, grounded in scripture and prayer,  we welcome the addition of Kate, Michael and Pete.

Join us daily for this time of centering, gratitude and prayer.  The weekly schedule for the in-person recorded devotion is as follows:

Monday – Pastor Cathy

Tuesday – Pastor Dave

Wednesday – Pastor Doug

Thursday – Pastor Kate

Friday – Pastor Michael

Saturday – Pastor Pete

As we look to Sunday, June 21, Pastor Sadell Bradley (Pastor of The Warehouse, our second campus in OTR) will be with us as we continue our sermon series: “Working on Our Core”.  Her Sermon: Jesus: The Word Made Flesh, is based on  John 1:1-4.

Join us as we claim the presence of our healing Christ in these times of unknowing and uncertainty, and proclaim: It is well with my soul!  Happy Father’s Day!

Through Christ,

Pastor Doug

Working our Core

The Mayo Clinic has the following statement on their website:

“Core exercises improve your balance and stability.”

People in the health care industry and physical trainers are all in agreement: Working our core is critical to our physical health. Millions of dollars has been made selling programs such as “Abs of Steel.”  Strengthening exercises for our core are abundant and easily accessible.

What would happen if we apply the statement above to our minds and spirits, examining our faith and values?   

What would happen if we were willing to step back and examine what we believe so that we solidify our core – our core beliefs?

This weekend I invite you to join us as we begin a sermon series designed to strengthen our core.  We live our lives, day to day, based on what we believe.  We respond to what is happening in the world because of the values that we hold dear.  Jesus, the Christ, taught us to love God and neighbor, set the oppressed free, and work for healing, hope, and peace for all.

Each week we will take a deep dive into central beliefs of the Christian faith.  This week we explore the meaning of “The Glory of God,” studying both the biblical understanding as well as how it applies to our daily lives.

The times we live in can threaten to shake us, to throw off our balance.  I pray that during this challenging season you will join us for this sermon series that takes us back to the basics:  the core beliefs of the follower of Christ. 

May God richly bless you this week and always!

Peace,

Pastor Cathy

It’s Time…

As we conclude our sermon series on racism this weekend, it is not an end, but a beginning.  It’s time to invest ourselves in the transformation God seeks and God calls us to.  It’s time to name the systems and policies that divide and marginalize; it’s time to educate ourselves about systemic racism in our country; it’s time to stop pointing fingers, and engage in introspection, identifying where we’ve fallen short.  Courtney Ariel challenges:  It’s time to “listen more and talk less”; it’s time stop using dismissive language e.g. “I can’t believe that something like this would happen in this day and age!”(it’s been going on for over 400 years).  It’s time we “invested our time in educating ourselves”; It’s time to “stop talking about colorblindness” (people of color are crying out “See me”, see the beauty of my color).  The time is now; It’s time!

Pastor and friend Jeff Raker wrote: In the crypts of Westminster Abbey, the following words were written on the tomb of an Anglican bishop who lived in the 11th Century:  “When I was young and free my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it, too, seemed immovable. As I grew in my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it. And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realized: If I had only changed my self-first, then by example I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed my world.” . . .  Start with yourself and you will have taken the first step to changing your world.

It’s time for the Body of Christ to stand with all of God’s beloved.  It’s time to partner with God for healing, wholeness and empowerment of those who have been marginalized and disenfranchised.  May God’s blessings abound as we join in this kingdom work.

Through Christ,

Pastor Doug