March 29, 2018

Dear Lenten Pilgrims,

from

The Crucified

by Kahlil Gibran

Oh, crucified Jesus,
who art looking sorrowfully from Mount Calvary
at the sad procession of the Ages,
and hearing the clamor of the dark nations,
and understanding the dreams of Eternity:

Thou art, on the Cross,
more glorious and dignified
than one thousand kings
upon one thousand thrones
in one thousand empires.

Thou art, in the agony of death,
more powerful than one thousand generals
in one thousand wars.

With thy sorrows,
thou art more joyous than Spring with its flowers.

With thy suffering,

thou art more bravely silent than the crying of angels
of heaven.

Before thy lashers,
thou art more resolute than the mountain of rock.

Thy wreath of thorns is more brilliant and sublime
than the crown of Bahram.
The nails piercing they hands are more beautiful
than the scepter of Jupiter.
The spatters of blood upon thy feet are more resplendent
than the necklace of Ishtar.

Forgive the weak who lament thee today,
for they do not know how to lament themselves.

Forgive them,
for they do not know that thou has conquered death
with death,
and bestowed life upon the dead.

Forgive them,
for they do not know that the strength still awaits them.

Forgive them,
for they do not know that every day is thy day.

On behalf of the staff and lay leadership of Hyde Park United Methodist Church, I wish you a blessed Holy Week and a joyous Easter. Join us for any of our worship services listed below.

Maundy Thursday services (today) commemorate Jesus’ final hours with his disciples and includes Holy Communion.

  • 12:15 p.m. at The Portico campus
  • 7 p.m. at the Hyde Park campus

Good Friday services (tomorrow) include the Service of Tenebrae and Darkness. We remember the day of Christ’s suffering, crucifixion, and death.

  • 12:15 p.m. at The Portico campus
  • 7 p.m. at the Hyde Park campus

Easter Sunday Worship Services:

  • 6:30 a.m. Water Works Park: The Rev. Justin LaRosa
  • 8 a.m. Traditional in Sanctuary: The Rev. Magrey deVega
  • 9:30 a.m. Traditional in Sanctuary: The Rev. Sally Campbell-Evans
  • 9:30 a.m. Contemporary in Harnish Activities Center: The Rev. Magrey deVega
  • 11 a.m. Traditional in Sanctuary: The Rev. Magrey deVega
  • 11 a.m. Modern in Harnish Activities Center: The Rev. Justin LaRosa

Grace and peace,

Magrey

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

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