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…

Welcoming (5x)
Loving (4x)
Inclusive (4x)
Joyful (3x)
Caring (3x)
Christ-Centered (2x)
Compassionate (2x)
Courageous (2x)
Accessible (2x)
Fun (2x)
Forgiving (2x)
Diverse
Safe
Feeling
Friendly
Inviting
Helping
Accepting
Peaceful
Healing
Together
Unifying
Unified
Uplifting
Holy
Faithful
Grace-filled
Full
Growing
Healthy
Spirit-filled
Accepting
Full of empathy
Diversified

Nurturing
Ten Commandments
Kind
Us
Meditative
Humble
Magical
Christian
Accepting of all
Giving
Scriptural
Non-judgmental
Heartful
Alive
Non-threatening
Fearless
Spirited
Authentic
Committed
Inspiring
Non-dualistic
Bible Rooted
Christ-like
All Voices
Love
Open Minded
Spirit Seeking
Community
Supportive
Accept me as I am
Not about me
Agape
Empathetic

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,

Magrey

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.

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