Midweek Message: A Carol for Holy Week

Midweek Message: A Carol for Holy Week

“A Carol”

Amy Carmichael

There are two Bethlehems in the land,
Two little Bethlehems there
O Wise Men, do you understand
To seek Him everywhere?
The heavenly Child lies holily,
The heavenly Child lies lowlily,
No crown on His soft hair.

 There are three crosses on the hill,
Three dreadful crosses there.
And very dark and very chill
The heavy shuddering air.
Is there a sign to show my Lord,
The sinner’s Savior, Heaven’s Adored?
‘Tis He with thorn-crowned hair.

 For in His lovely baby days
Heaven’s door was set ajar,
And angels flew through glimmering ways
And lit a silver star.
No need for halo or for crown
To show the King of Love come down
To dwell where sinners are.

 But when He died upon the Rood
(The King of Glory, He),
There was no star, there was no good,
Nor any majesty.
For diadem was only scorn,
A twisted, torturing crown of thorn ―
And it was all for me.”

 On behalf of the staff and lay leadership of Hyde Park United Methodist, I wish you a blessed Holy Week and a joyous Easter. For our full schedule of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter services, visit our web site.

Grace and Peace,


The Rev. Magre deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services

Experience Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday services include communion and remembrance, honoring Jesus’ last supper with the disciples.12:15 p.m. at The Portico campus. 7 p.m. at the Hyde Park campus.

Good Friday services observe the day that we remember Christ’s suffering, crucifixion and death. Good Friday is a day of repentance and reflection of Christ’s sacrifice. 12:15 p.m. at The Portico campus. 7 p.m. at the Hyde Park campus.

Parent Connect Night

Parent Connect Night

5:30-8 p.m. April 28

Want to understand your relationships and parenting style better?

Our Senior Pastor, the Rev. Magrey deVega, will share the Enneagram with all interested parents.

Join us on the 2nd floor of the Magnolia Building. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends and connect with our youth program and congregation. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and costs $5.

We invite parents and youth to take the online assessment prior to our event. Once you’ve received your results please email Emily Kuche with the information.

For more information please contact Emily Kuche, Director of Youth Ministries.

Lent 2019  //  March 6 – April 20

Lent 2019 // March 6 – April 20

This season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6 and ends on April 20.

Feeling stuck is the worst. We think that if we just start a new relationship or get a new job or reboot our lives, we could change for the better. But Jesus wants to move us through a deeper kind of stuckness, one that helps us find our highest purpose and truest joy in God. This Lent, let’s follow Jesus along the path to the cross, moving from temptation to freedom, sorrow to joy, and even death to resurrection. Join us as we dive deeper into our own self-examination, walking with God, on the road to Easter. And get ready to get unstuck.

March 10: Get Unstuck in the Desert
March 17: Get Unstuck Past All Obstacles
March 24: Get Unstuck from Suffering and Evil
March 31: Get Unstuck on the Road
April 7: Get Unstuck to Empty Ourselves
April 14: Get Unstuck Toward the Cross
April 21: Get Unstuck from the Tomb

Easter Sunday is April 21. Celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus with us at 6:30, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Seeking Stillness: The Practice of Christian Meditation

Seeking Stillness: The Practice of Christian Meditation

We don’t experience much silence in our lives. This retreat provides an opportunity to gather together and pursue an inner quiet.

This Seeking Stillness retreat is for anyone wanting to experience silence in a busy world: from life-long practitioners to those just beginning to explore meditation. The event features a talk and instruction from Carl McColman, contemplative writer, speaker, retreat leader and host of podcast “Encountering Silence.” This retreat will teach contemplation, centering prayer and a variety of different methods, including meditation’s Christian foundation.

Carl McColman is a prolific author and Lay Cistercian who helps people reclaim the heritage of Christian contemplative spirituality through teachings of the Christian mystics, the practice of silent prayer, and the revival of ancient practices like Lectio Divina.

Time/Date/Place: 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 29 and 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30.

The Portico – Community Room
1001 N Florida Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33602

  • Friday evening only $25 (per person)
  • Friday evening and Saturday with lunch $49 (per person)

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