Relationship is at the heart of mission. Cultivating relationships across boundaries because of the good news God offers us in Christ is a foundational and sustaining part of our work as United Methodists. In January, explore how relationship with God and with one another is embodied through the work of Global Ministries – global health, disaster response, missionaries and evangelism and church growth. To keep reading, click here.
Mark your calendar and plan to join us for a food-packing event with the Society of St. Andrew, Gleaning Network.
5-9 p.m., Saturday, February 29, Tampa Convention Center.
We are looking for 100 Volunteers to glean from a food trade show! Each volunteer should complete this form to register.
Volunteers should be at least 13 years old.
All volunteers will be provided a T-shirt.
The Southeast Produce Council (SEPC) is, once again, donating all leftover produce from their annual food show. Most produce will be donated and distributed in the greater Orlando area, with the exception of a few organizations in the Tampa area, including Hyde Park United Methodist’s Open Arms ministry.
Activities will include packing leftover food into boxes, stacking on pallets, shrink-wrapping and loading produce into 18-wheeler trucks.
For more information, contact Steve Rorrer, ministry liaison, at Srorrer@omniagroup.com or Society of St. Andrew, Gleaning Network Contact: Kelly Sizelove, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help prepare breakfast and serve our Open Arms Guests with Children’s Ministries.
4th Graders – Join us Feb. 9. Register here.
Meet at 7:30 a.m. in Wesley Center Room 309 for an important orientation with doughnuts and OJ. Serving will take place in the Harnish Activities Center and should wrap up by 9:15 a.m. For kids that are staying, we will take them up to Sunday Morning Live for 9:30 programming. At least one parent is encouraged to come as well!
We have a limit of 10-12 kids who can participate so please RSVP
Dear Hyde Park Family,
Today is my 47th birthday, which means among other things, I have a lot of renewing to do. I have to run over to the DMV and renew the registration on my car. While Grace is back for a break from college, we are going to renew our passports, which expire soon. We will also be renewing our participation in the TSA Pre-Check program, to ease getting through airport security.
But the most important thing I’ll be doing is joining you all this Sunday in renewing our commitment to our baptismal vows. My birthday always falls somewhere around the second Sunday of the year, when Christians around the world celebrate Baptism of the Lord Sunday. We will be coming forward, touching the water, and experiencing again the God who “gave us new birth through water and the Spirit.”
THE THREE QUESTIONS
Before we do, we will stand together and say, “I do” to our baptismal vows. These are vows that connect us to centuries of Christians who affirmed these promises before God, rooted in the ancient liturgies of the Roman Catholic Church.
In those ancient rituals, those to be baptized stood before God and the people, facing toward the west, which symbolized the world’s darkness, as they responded to these first two vows:
1. On behalf of the whole Church, I ask you: Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin? (I do.)
2. Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves? (I do.)
Then, the person would turn toward the east, in the direction of the rising sun, a spiritual and physical turn toward the Light of the World in Jesus, as they affirmed their commitment to him:
3. Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races? (I do.)
BAPTISM OF THE LORD SUNDAY
This Sunday, as we continue the start of our journey through the Bible, we make numerous connections between the story of baptism and the stories of our day. We reject the world’s powers that would lure us toward war, in the wake of rising escalations in the Middle East. We accept the freedom to resist the injustices of global climate change, especially as we see the horrors of earthquakes in Puerto Rico and catastrophic fires in Australia. We confess Jesus Christ as our Savior and place our trust in his grace, in a time when agnosticism and cynicism against organized religion is on the rise. And we work to honor and serve a church “which Christ has opened to all people,” in a society where white supremacy, hate crimes, and discrimination against persons for their age, ethnicity, and sexual orientation are on the rise.
The sacrament of baptism is as much a counter-cultural statement as it is a theological one. We are not only turning toward Jesus, we are turning our back on everything in our world that would subvert the way of Jesus, the way of peace, love, justice, and grace for all people.
Join me as we remember our baptism and conclude the book of Genesis as part of The Bible Project 2020. See you Sunday!
Grace and Peace,
The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist
BIBLE PROJECT 2020: READINGS FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK
We are just getting started! Visit bibleproject2020.com to join our journey through the Bible. On that site you can listen to our excellent and insightful weekly podcasts, download our daily devotional, learn more about our exclusive Facebook discussion group, join a small group, and more!
- Jan. 9: Genesis 24:1-25:18. Isaac and Rebekah. Who will you meet to draw into an experience of God’s love?
- Jan. 10: Genesis 25:19-28:9. Jacob and Esau. How will we avoid passing bad traits to future generations?
- Jan. 11: Genesis 28:10-30:43. Jacob’s dream and marriage to Rachel. How will we live lives of truth and integrity, rather than trickery and deceit?
- Jan. 12: Genesis 31:1-36:43. Jacob wrestles with God. How might it be okay to wrestle with God, in a way that results in blessing?
- Jan. 13: Genesis 37:1-41:57. Joseph and his brothers. How might God be working in your life over the long haul, to form you more into the image of Christ?
- Jan. 14: Genesis 42:1-45:28. Joseph forgives his brothers. Whom is God calling you to forgive? From whom do you deed to ask forgiveness?
- Jan. 15: Genesis 46:1-50:26. Jacob’s last words, and reconciliation in the family. How might you extend hospitality to those that others might exclude?
Help is needed with the House of Hope’s greeting card project, one of the their regular fund raising programs. Join us from noon – 2 p.m. Jan. 26 in Knox Hall Room 150. No card making/crafting experience necessary – just willing hands to aid this ministry for formerly incarcerated women. All supplies and instructions are provided. Contact Billie Trocke by email with questions.
Shining The light Ministries December newsletter
As I look back at the past year, I am in awe of all the firsts that we achieved. From a remarkable vision trip to partnership trips to a record setting income, we have been abundantly blessed in all of our efforts. We want to thank all of our supporters for their support and prayers. As we look forward to 2020 we will start out the year with a STLM Board meeting in Nicaragua with the board of ABLLDC. We plan on having more trip opportunities throughout the coming year. To keep reading, click here.