Dear Hyde Park Family,

I have been listening to Bruce Springsteen’s latest album Letters to You since its release last Friday. It was recorded live with his legendary E-Street Band in less than a week, in what Springsteen has called “one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had.” [1]

One of my favorite tracks is the song “Ghosts,” written as a memorial to longtime bandmates Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons, who passed away in 2008 and 2011, respectively. Its lyrics describe how Springsteen continues to feel their presence, in the echoes of their music:

I hear the sound of your guitar
Comin’ in from the mystic far
Stone and the gravel in your voice
Come in my dreams and I rejoice

It’s your ghost
Moving through the night
Spirit filled with light
I need, need you by my side
Your love and I’m Alive

Toward the end of the song, Springsteen pledges to live in their legacy, offering his music both as a vow to them and a continuation of his own sacred journey.

I shoulder your Les Paul and finger the fretboard
I make my vows to those who’ve come before
I turn up the volume, let the spirits be my guide
Meet you brother and sister on the other side


This Sunday, we join with Christians around the world in remembering the saints who have gone before us. In a year that has been filled with much grief and loss, who are the ones that you will remember? Who are the people whose lives and legacy continue to echo in your hearts, whose “songs” you will sing in the way you live your life with hope, confidence and love?

We will continue our journey through Acts as part of the Bible Project 2020, focusing on one of the defining moments of the early church – the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15. We will listen to the voices of our spiritual ancestors, who call upon us to extend the reach of God’s inclusive love to wider and wider circles of people. And, I will be sharing an important announcement related to worshiping on campus soon.

See you Sunday!

Grace and Peace,


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


We celebrate a wonderful night of ministry for our children and families at last Saturday’s Family Fun Night. It featured a “trunk or treat” event, in which 179 children and parents gathered for a safe night of costumes and candy on our Magnolia parking lot. The decorations were amazing, and many families expressed joy in being together and having a safe way for their children to observe Halloween. See the full recap here, and all the wonderful pictures!

And last Sunday, our Merge youth program had a raucous “Great Pumpkin Race” scavenger hunt. We had over forty participants enjoying a fun night hunting for clues all around the city of Tampa. Thank you to the adults and staff who created a memorable evening for our youth.


And enjoy that extra hour of sleep!

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