This year, our Christmas Eve worship services will take on an unexpected aspect. Due to current case loads in Hillsborough County, the leadership of the church has made the difficulty decision to present worship services exclusively online. While we will still celebrate his birth with music, Scripture and a message, the place where we view and participate will be different. We have the opportunity to bring this celebration into our homes through our online worship platform.
Online Worship Services
2 p.m. | 3 p.m. | 4 p.m. | 5 p.m. | 6 p.m. | 7 p.m. | 11 p.m.
The Service of Lessons and Carols is a service form that includes the reading of scripture and the singing of Carols that trace the covenant of God with God’s people. It is a particularly fitting way to celebrate Christmas this year, as we end our Bible Project 2020.
In this time of social distancing, this year’s service will be offered in an online format.
Dear Hyde Park Family,
In this week of giving thanks to God, I offer you the lyrics of a new song by one of my favorite artists. It is titled “The Thanksgiving Song,” by Ben Rector. If you’d like to listen to the song and watch the clever music video, you can see it here.
The Thanksgiving Song
Lined with leaves turned brown
Making my way
Back into my hometown
Funny how this all looks different, but it feels the same
Like how life never stops changing but some things never change
So fill your plate and fill your drink
And fill this house with family
The kind of love that all these years can’t wash away
Cause the older that I get I see that life is short and bittersweet
Raise a glass to this Thanksgiving Day
Watching families grow
The old kid’s table all have kids of their own
Starting to see my grandfather in my nephew’s eyes
Mom still can’t talk about him and not almost cry
So fill your plate and fill your drink
Put your dishes in the kitchen sink
And let the leftover year just wash away
Cause we made it through I do believe the longest year in history
Thank God that it’s Thanksgiving Day
On behalf of the clergy, staff and lay leadership of Hyde Park United Methodist, I wish you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving Day, with many glimpses of gratitude over the days and months ahead. And we look forward to beginning our Advent journey, titled “Living Christmas,” this Sunday, Nov. 29.
Blessings to you and yours!
The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist
No matter what your Thanking looks like this year, we want you to help you be intentional about making sure fun, connection, and giving thanks are part of your meal as well — for the youngest to the oldest.
Make sure to put some colored pencils, pens or crayons on the table too!
The holidays are here – a season of love. But how can we love our neighbors when the city is so divided?
The summer of 2020 ushered in a new era of truth and advocacy that confronts our country’s history of racial discrimination and injustice. Beginning with the “Tampa Technique,” a documentary film about Tampa’s Central Avenue business, a conversation began about the need for a new social justice movement in our time. The dialogue that began there continues with this new event.
Lift Every Voice is a virtual storytelling event you won’t miss!
Storytelling can be a powerful tool in building bridges to our lived experiences. These stories will teach us to:
- Be better advocates for racial justice
- Be better allies to all people of color
- Know better and do better
Courageous conversations validate the lived experiences of injustice and discrimination of people in our lives and in our communities.
These are our friends and neighbors in Tampa Bay. They are people we love, in the city we love. Together, we can make this a better place and life for all.
The event, presented by The Justice Ministry of Hyde Park United Methodist, is free and open to the public. Please pre-register.