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Youth Sunday

In Ephesians 6, Paul admonishes us to put on the full armor of God so we are prepared to take our stand for God’s kingdom. There are spiritual battles that we face each day. This fight can sometimes feel overwhelming. Students today face so many difficult things. Gossip and judgement. Bullying and violence. Addictions to […]

Join Us!

Hyde Park Community UMC will be sending a mission team to Samara United Methodist Church, Samara, Russia, June 22 – June 30, 2016. The mission team will be led by Kevin Betts and me. Hyde Park Community UMC, and Samara UMC have been ministry partners since 1996. This trip will mark the 20th anniversary of […]

Worship @11 Begins this Weekend!

Excitement is building…we hope you can join us in worship this Sunday! Because people connect with God in different ways, we are excited to announce our worship offerings this weekend: 8:00 and 9:30 am with our 88-rank pipe organ and adult choirs, and Worship @ 11 with our new praise and worship team. Here are […]

I Choose You!

Close to 1,600 people were blessed through the five worship services offered Christmas Eve.  It was a wonderful evening of celebration, contemplation, and spiritual renewal.  At the 4:00 pm family service I shared my alternative text to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  I have been asked by a number of people to share the text […]

Bishop Colaw’s Thoughts on Worship @ 11

Bishop Emerson Colaw, who served as senior pastor here from 1961-1980, writes about Worship @ 11, a new expression of worship, which begins on Sunday, January 24: I would like to speak to the place of a new and innovative approach to worship, different from any tried in the past, at Hyde Park Community United […]

Light in the Darkness…

The Epiphany (Manifestation of the Lord) marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas (January 6). The Epiphany is an ancient celebration of the Church that predates the first official celebration of Christmas. Originally The Epiphany focused on the nativity, incarnation, and baptism of Christ. Thus, to this day the principal day of celebration […]

Where’s Jesus?

I hope everyone had a peaceful and joyful Advent and Christmas season in celebrating the birth of our savior Jesus, the Christ! Have you ever had fun with a Where’s Waldo photo illustration? It’s a series of children’s books created by the English illustrator Martin Handford. The books consist of a series of detailed double-page […]

Hope!

The Gospel of Luke tells us that Simeon was “righteous and devout . . . and the Holy Spirit rested on him” (Luke 2:25); consequently Simeon lived in hope. Upon seeing the infant Jesus, he praised God, with what we now call the song of Simeon: “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, […]

Hospitality and Connecting Ministries

Hope! The Gospel of Luke tells us that Simeon was “righteous and devout . . . and the Holy Spirit rested on him” (Luke 2:25); consequently Simeon lived in hope. Upon seeing the infant Jesus, he praised God, with what we now call the song of Simeon: “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in […]

Worship @ 11 Update

On Monday evening our greeters, ushers, and liturgists gathered for training and an information update. A detailed green handout, “Questions and Answers: Worship @ 11”” is available at the Welcome Center if you would like more information. A general update follows: Vision: To reach more people for Christ by adding another option for Sunday morning […]