The Midweek Message

from Senior Pastor Magrey deVega

 

 

Midweek Message: Theodulf’s Little (Donkey)

March 17, 2016 Dear Lenten Pilgrims, One of the oldest hymns in our hymnal was written in the year 818, by a man named Theodulf, Bishop of Orleans. In addition to his ministry in the church, he was a noted poet who wrote a refrain that would become standard part of...

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Midweek Message: Establishment or Outsider?

March 10, 2016 Dear Hyde Park Family, We are five days away from Florida taking its turn in the presidential primary spotlight, in what you may agree has been the most unpredictable and unconventional campaign season in recent memory. By now, you have likely...

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Midweek Message: An Open Letter to Commander Scott Kelly

March 3, 2016   An Open Letter to Commander Scott Kelly Dear Commander Kelly, Welcome back to Earth! It is so good to have you back, safe and sound, after spending 340 days on the International Space Station. I understand that is a record number of consecutive...

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Midweek Message: Drive as if Your Life Depended on It

February 25, 2016 Dear Lenten Pilgrims, Can feeling safe be bad for you? In 1975, Dr. Sam Peltzman, a University of Chicago economics professor, argued that federal regulations designed to make automobile driving safer actually encouraged riskier driving. In an...

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Midweek Message: And the (Biblical) Grammy goes to…

Dear Lenten Pilgrims, After watching the Grammys with Grace and Madelyn last Monday night, I wondered what it would be like to give awards to songs that really matter. Remembering that the Bible is, among many things, a collection of songs that guide our Christian...

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Midweek Message: At the Tipping Point

Dear Hyde Park Family,   When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51) As we journey through the Christian year and through the life of Jesus, we now pass the tipping point in the gospel. Until now, momentum had been...

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Midweek Message: The Transfiguration and Homeless Jesus

Feb. 4, 2016 Dear Hyde Park Family,   For as much as Jesus came to earth in order to fully reveal God to us, he sure had a knack for staying hidden from plain view. As a boy, he disappeared from his parents who lost him in the Temple for three days. He slumbered...

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Midweek Message: Where Was God?

Jan. 28, 2016 Dear Hyde Park Family, Most people over thirty years old know exactly what they were doing thirty years ago today. I was in middle school, hanging out with friends during lunch recess, when I heard the news. The space shuttle had just exploded. Later in...

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Midweek Message: A Living Record

Jan. 21, 2016   Dear Hyde Park Family, One of my favorite childhood mementos is my very first Bible. I received it when I was five years old, when I was just learning to read. It is a brown, imitation leather, King James Version Bible given to me as a Christmas...

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Midweek Message: Open Space for a Third Way

January 14, 2016   Dear Hyde Park Family, Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived a wealthy farmer. He had a very good harvest, which made him the envy of his neighbors. One day, out of anger, his neighbors snuck into his land and filled up all of the...

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Midweek Message: Water from Home

Jan. 7, 2016 Dear Hyde Park Family, With my 43rd birthday just around the corner, I’ve been spending time over the last week reminiscing over all the significant people, places, and moments that have marked my path. As I turned my attention to this Sunday’s...

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Midweek Message: The Stable is Our Heart

Dec. 24, 2015 “Into The Darkest Hour” by Madeleine L’Engle It was a time like this, War and tumult of war, a horror in the air. Hungry yawned the abyss- and yet there came the star and the child most wonderfully there. It was time like this of fear...

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Midweek Message: An Advent Prayer for Our Relationships

Dec. 27, 2015 Dear Advent Pilgrims, Most popular depictions of the holiday season would have us believe that this is supposed to be a time of good cheer for everyone. Yet, despite musical pleas to make this “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and the...

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Midweek Message: Make ’em Laugh, Mary!

December 10, 2015   Dear Advent Pilgrims,   “Hail Mary, full of grace…now stop me if you’ve heard this one…”   My older daughter Grace has an interesting few days ahead of her. She is memorizing two rather long–and very different–pieces of literature....

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Midweek Message: Personal, Not Digital

Dec. 3, 2015 Dear Advent Pilgrims,   Then the angel said to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid; I am bringing you good news by email and text message. You can visit his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter. Mary and Joseph will post pictures on Instagram,...

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Midweek Message: On Being Grateful for Everything

November 26, 2015 Dear Hyde Park family, On Being Grateful for Everything By Henri Nouwen (from Bread for the Journey)   To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy,   But to be grateful for all of our lives— the good as well as the bad,...

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Midweek Message: Stewardship…Advent…Refugees

Nov. 19, 2015 Dear Hyde Park Family, Today’s Mid-Week Message finds me at an odd crossroads of contending topics. I had been fairly certain today’s message would focus on this week’s Commitment Sunday, which concludes our annual stewardship series, and the start of...

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Midweek Message: An Inside-Out View from the Pew

Nov. 12, 2015 Dear Hyde Park Family, While thinking about our “Elephant in the Room” Stewardship Series, and after re-watching Disney/Pixar’s recent wonderful filmInside/Out, here’s a glimpse into the mind of an ordinary worshipper from last...

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Midweek Message: The Power of Generosity

Nov. 5, 2015   Dear Hyde Park Family, Imagine if… …Brett Favre won the Super Bowl and then gave his Super Bowl ring away to a stranger. …Meryl Streep took one of her Oscars and tossed it to a passerby in the park. …Taylor Swift won a...

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Midweek Message: The Circuit Rider and the DeLorean

Oct. 22, 2015 Dear Hyde Park Family, In observance of yesterday’s “Back to the Future Day,” I offer you this glimpse of our past, and our future… October 21, 2015 – Patches of twilight cut through the misty fog of a barren, dilapidated...

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Midweek Message: Our New Frontier

Oct. 15, 2015 Dear Hyde Park Family, The little money the [Circuit Rider] carried with him had generally been spent, and now the question was, “After suffering so much, shall I abandon all and go back to my friends, or shall I try to weather it through?”...

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Midweek Message: Two Men Named John

Oct. 8, 2015 Dear Hyde Park Family, When Lynn Osborne, our Ministry Team Leader on staff, asked me the other day if I knew John Henry Newman, I immediately tried to picture someone from Hyde Park. I flipped through my mental Rolodex of people I remember here from...

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Midweek Message: An Acorn, By and By

Oct. 1, 2015 Dear Hyde Park Family, One of the most important things I do after arriving at a new church, even one as familiar to me as Hyde Park United Methodist, is to peruse through its historical archives. That practice helps me get a sense of a church’s...

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Midweek Message: The Hole and the Line

Dec. 1, 2016 Dear Advent Pilgrims, If you ever find yourself inside any of a number of cathedrals in Europe, you would best look up as well as down. Look up, and you may notice a dazzling painting of sun rays, all surrounding a hole in the middle of the ceiling,...

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