Dear Hyde Park Disciples,
Well, the people have spoken. You all did, actually, and the Spirit through you.
Last Sunday, at the conclusion of each sermon, we invited you to call out the words or phrases that came to mind to complete the statement “The Church I Long for is …”
We claimed together the qualities of the kind of church we believe God is calling us to be. It was also our way of praying God’s blessing over the upcoming special General Conference, which I wrote about last week.
I invite you to prayerfully read through this list, pondering what you might do to help make this vision for the church a reality through you. Other words and phrases may come to mind, which you might lift to God in prayer.
THE CHURCH WE LONG FOR IS…
Full of empathy
Accepting of all
Accept me as I am
Not about me
And join us this Sunday as we conclude our four-part series “Forward Together” with an exploration of the word “Adapt,” the overall theme of our Vision Plan.
Grace and Peace,
The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist
THANK YOU, KIM UCHIMURA
Last Sunday, we received word that Rev. Kim Uchimura, on staff for nearly three years as our Executive Pastor, has been reappointed to serve as the Interim Pastor at Temple Terrace UMC. We give thanks for the ways she has ministered among us, and pray God’s blessing upon her, her husband Greg, and the congregation she now serves. You can read the statement I shared in worship.