Lent 2021 // Feb. 17 – April 3

Lent 2021 // Feb. 17 – April 3

This season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 17 and ends on Saturday, April 3.
Easter Sunday is April 4, 2021.

Lent is a season of spiritual gardening, of inviting God to unearth in us what lies fallow, what needs to be tended, and what needs to die for new life to emerge. This Lent, we’re embracing the literal and spiritual practices of cultivating and letting go.

Worship with us Sundays in Lent

  • Online at 9:30 and 11 a.m.
  • Onsite at 9:30 a.m.
  • Find out more about our Sunday services.


Take your next step during Lent:

Read and pray:

  • 40-Day Inspirational Email during Lent includes readings, poetry, art, devotions and prayers. Arrives Feb. 17 – April 3, 2021. Subscribe now
  • Weekly Devotional Guide that connects with the weekly sermon themes. Can be printed or used directly on a computer or tablet. Download

Invite a Friend to Worship. Ask them ahead of time to watch with you on Facebook or through our website.

Hyde Park Trivia Night June 17

Hyde Park Trivia Night June 17

Do you miss seeing others at Hyde Park United Methodist during this time of social distancing?  We’ve got an exciting opportunity to meet and laugh with others in a fun night of Zoom trivia 6:30 p.m. Wednesday June 17.
At Hyde Park Trivia Night, we’ll get a chance to connect and have fun together as a congregation. The event will be held via Zoom, a free video-conferencing platform. Attendees will be broken up into teams which will work together to answer general knowledge, pop culture and Bible trivia questions. All ages are welcome at this family-friendly event.
You do not have to be a member or even attend Hyde Park United Methodist to join. This is a great opportunity to invite someone to connect with us for the first time.
To RSVP and request the Zoom meeting information, contact Nicki Taylor. The deadline is June 10.
Intergenerational Seder Dinner

Intergenerational Seder Dinner

Join us for a Traditional Jewish Seder meal

Although our in-person Seder dinner was canceled, we still connected and learned more about this Jewish tradition from the Rabbi Nathan Farb. His lecture on Passover and the traditional Seder meal was held 6 p.m. April 1.

Rabbi Farb shared the history of the Seder, how the meal is conducted, led us through some interactive elements and told some fun stories and memories from his childhood. Individuals were invited to bring a cup of wine or juice and two candles as optional, participatory items to engage in parts of the Seder dinner in their own homes.

Miss the Seder lecture or want to watch it again? Here’s the video.


Financial Peace University 2020

Financial Peace University is a nine-week small group experience that has helped nearly 6 million people take charge of their finances. It provides a simple yet effective method to eliminate debt, save and build wealth.

Thanks to a generous donor, Hyde Park United Methodist will be offering the course kits for free to anyone who completes the course ($129.99 value).

A preview night will be held 6:15 p.m. March 4. Classes will continue on Wednesdays through May 13. Note: the group will not meet the week of March 18, Hillsborough County Public School’s Spring Break.

For questions or more information, contact Nicki Taylor, Director of Small Group Ministries.

Bike Ministry

Bike Ministry

Hyde Park’s Bike Ministry continues to roll along and is very much in need of more volunteers. While there is always room for new mechanics, we also have non-mechanical need such as:


  • metal recycling once a month
  • intake assistance for an hour on Sunday mornings to tag bikes with people’s names and the repairs required
  • storeroom organization once a month
  • donation intake and processing
  • storage for bikes near the church
  • transporting donation bikes to and from storage
We currently have a small crew of three mechanics working up to 5 hours on 20 bikes on any given Sunday morning and would appreciate some additional assistance. While we try to offer services on a weekly basis, this all depends on the manpower available to facilitate them.
Email Maria Colfer with questions or to volunteer.
Dealing with Uncertainty

Dealing with Uncertainty

Uncertainty of Doubt
Scriptures to turn to when struggling with doubt

  1. Remember that God has been and never will be far from us, despite our own doubts (Acts 17:26-28)
  2. Remember when Thomas doubted, Jesus met him in his doubt (John 20:24-29)
  3. Remember even David wrestled with doubts and fears (Psalm 22:1-31)
  4. Remember even Peter doubted while walking on water (Matthew 14:22-33)
  5. Remember even some of the disciples doubted after the resurrection (Matthew 28:16-20)
  6. Remember even in our own darkness and confusion, we know good will prevail and God will win in the end (Romans 8:18-30)
  7. Remember that even Jesus cried out from the cross (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34)


United Methodist Church resources for struggling with doubt

  1. Weathering a crisis of faith
  2. God, why have you left me?
Uncertainty of Forgiveness
Scriptures to remind us why we forgive

  1. Remember Paul’s commands to “let love be genuine” and to not “repay anyone evil for evil.” (Romans 12:9-21)
  2. Remember on the cross, Christ forgave those who crucified him (Luke 23:34)
  3. Remember to “forgive each other, just as Christ forgave you.” (Colossians 3:12-17)
  4. “One who forgives an affront fosters a friendship, but one who dwells on disputes will alienate a friend.” (Proverbs 7:9-11)
  5. In Genesis, Joseph forgave his brothers who left him for dead (Genesis 50:15-21)
  6. The Lord’s prayer commands us to “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:9-15)
  7. Remember the parable of the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18:21-35)

United Methodist Church resources for struggling how to forgive

  1. Why those who are forgiven should be forgiving
  2. The secret to forgiveness: Focus within
  3. Forgiveness: A journey filled with choices
  4. Song: “Forgiven” by David Crowder
Uncertainty of Worry

In the moment when we are worried, the best thing to do is STOP whatever we are doing.  Then, take 1-5 minutes to pray, breathe deeply, take a walk or whatever you need to stop worrying. Need a reminder of this on-the-go?  Use our printable Worry Less – Live More card!

Scriptures to turn to when we are worried and anxious

  1. Remember Jesus told us not to worry (Matthew 6:25-34)
  2. Remember just as God was with the Israelites when they left Egypt, God is with you (Exodus 13:17-22)
  3. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…you are with me,” (Psalm 23:1-6)
  4. “The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1-14)
  5. “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:1-22)
  6. Remember Paul said “do not be anxious about anything,” (Philippians 4:4-7)
  7. Remember Jesus said God is always with us through the Holy Spirit (John 14:26-27)
  8. “So do not fear, for I am with you,” (Isaiah 41:8-10)

United Methodist Church resources for dealing with worry and anxiety

  1. Four Things You Can Do When You Are Anxious by the Rev. Jack Shitama
  2. Throw Your Anxiety to God by the Rev. Martha Epstein
  3. Living in the Moment by Senior Pastor, the Rev. Magrey deVega
Uncertainty of Mortality

Scriptures to turn to when contemplating the uncertainty of morality

  1. Read Paul’s words on the resurrection of the body (1 Corinthians 15:35-57)
  2. Remember that nothing, even death, will separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:31-39)
  3. Remember faith doesn’t mean having all the answers; admitting “I’m not sure” is okay (Hebrews 11:1-3)
  4. Remember everything, even life and death, has its time (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
  5. We can be encouraged by the hope of the resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
  6. God comforts us, even in “the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:1-6)
  7. There will be a time when there will be “no more death or mourning or crying or pain,” (Revelation 21:1-5)

United Methodist Church resources for dealing with worry and anxiety

  1. “What Happens When We Die?” by the Rev. Magrey deVega, Senior Pastor
  2. End of Life Planning Resources
  3. “When a Loved One Dies: Helping Children and Youth Cope with Death,” from the United Methodist Church
  4. Navigating Children’s Grief – Age Specific
  5. “What Happens When a Person Dies?” from the United Methodist Church
Uncertainty of Surrender

Scriptures to turn to when seeking Christ or surrendering to Christ

  1. Remember nothing, even our fear of surrender, can seperate us from Christ’s love (Romans 8:38-39)
  2. We do what we do in the Christian life for Christ and through Christ, not ourselves (2 Corinthians 4:1-15)
  3. When we surrender to Christ, there is so much more to gain than lose.  As Jesus said, “ For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it.” (Luke 9:23-25)
  4. Look at the story of Paul and Ananias: neither wanted to surrender to God’s plan for them, but their lives were changed for the better when they did! (Acts 9:1-19)
  5. Paul seemingly “had it all together” but gained so much more by surrendering to Christ (Philippians 3:1-11)
  6. When the Ethiopian Eunuch sought God, Philip was sent to help him find God (Acts 8:26-40)
  7. Before we surrender to Christ, before we are even born, God already knows and loves us (Psalm 139:1-18)

United Methodist Church resources for seeking or surrendering to God

  1. United Methodist Beliefs: Prevenient Grace
  2. Discovering God’s will: John Wesley’s difficult decision
  3. Holy Spirit moments: Learning from Wesley at Aldersgate
Uncertainty of Obedience

Scriptures to turn to when seeking to hear and obey God

  1. Remember the Rev. Magrey deVega’s “SOS” Method of Listening to God:
    1. Scripture (2 Timothy 3:10-17)
    2. Others (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
    3. Silence (Psalm 62:1-12)
  2. Remember Mary listened and obeyed, despite her uncertainties (Luke 1:46-55)
  3. Remember Gideon followed God’s call, even though he thought he was not qualified (Judges 6:11-40) and obeyed God’s command to go to battle with limited resources, only one hundred men (Judges 7:1-35)
  4. Paul’s ministry began with acts of obedience from Paul and Ananias (Acts 9:1-19)

United Methodist Church resources for seeking or surrendering to God

  1. “Listening for God’s Word” by the Rev. Magrey deVega, Senior Pastor
  2. “10 Ways to Improve your Prayer Life” from the United Methodist Church
  3. Get Your Spirit in Shape: Sacred Spaces

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