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Ferguson: What does the Lord Require?

Like many of us this week, my soul has been “disquieted within me” after hearing the decision of the Ferguson, Missouri Grand Jury and the aftermath. As I write this, I must confess I’m struggling to make sense of it all. I’m trying to make sense of the loss of life, a young African-American man […]

Ministering with State Ave UMC

State Avenue UMC in Lower Price Hill is one of our church’s community ministry partners. Our partnership with them offers many ways to serve others and connect through service. Because State Avenue UMC serves and ministers to families in a socio-economically challenged area, finding ways to provide food assistance and other support is vitally important. […]

Give Thanks!

Thanksgiving begins a season of celebration with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. From Thanksgiving, through Advent and Christmas, to the New Year, we will spend time counting our blessings, expressing our gratitude, and sharing God’s love. As you give thanks this season, my hope is that you can pray this simple prayer: “O Lord, thank […]

Prayer Walking

Prayer Walking is for everyone. We all do it. If you walk to your car and ask God for protection on your ride home you were prayer walking. If you prayed for inner peace as you walked to your work place, you were prayer walking. I began praying the pews several years ago at 7:00 […]

A Future With Hope

Church Conference Report: The prophet Jeremiah spoke God’s reassuring words to the people during a season of rebuilding: “For surely I know the plans I have for you, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) On Sunday, November 16, Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church […]

The Truth About The Pilgrims

The winters in New England can be brutal. The truth about the experience of the first Pilgrims is captured by H.W. Westermeyer below: The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts…nevertheless, [they] set aside a day of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is more than one day!  Giving thanks to God brought joy to those first pilgrims […]

Tuesday Evening Worship

The Prayer Ministries of HPCUMC have been in existence from the beginning of our founding members’ plans to build this church.  They prayed about every aspect of our building, windows, architecture, and ministries. When I was approached to be a part of a prayer ministry team, my first thought was the same as a statement […]

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Gloria, an 84-year old loving wife and mother, was a resident in a dementia unit.  Her devoted husband visited her daily as she slipped further away from reality.  Gloria and her husband, Tom, had been members of Southminster Presbyterian Church for over 50 years.  One day when both Tom and their daughter were visiting Gloria, […]

Free at Last!

If we are to be a people who indeed live free, it will involve a change of attitude in how we approach life; it will involve making the shift from an attitude of “scarcity” to one of “abundance”. The problem with living life bound by an attitude of “scarcity” is that it shackles our perspective […]

The Prayer Wall – Heaven on Earth

The bulletin board across from the Welcome Center has been used as a Prayer Wall throughout the past several years.  It is a place you and I can post our needs and praises, and where others can share in our burdens and joys by lifting them up in prayer. This Prayer Wall is a visible […]