Mid Week Services-
These services arose out of a heartfelt need to deepen the experience of Holy Week through connecting with and relating to the human side of Christ's struggle as he journeyed to the cross. Too often the average worshiper leaves Palm Sunday to come back on Resurrection Sunday with only the barest of hints of the drama of the week before. In essence we go from celebration to celebration, not connecting and dwelling on the full emotional and painful price that God paid for us during Holy Week.
These services are meditative. The music is calm and reflective. The tone of the service is subdued. The leader is not the focus. We center on the Christ candle as it makes its way through the week to finally find it's resting place on the altar on Good Friday. At the end of Good Friday's service, it is extinguished as the flame of life leaves our Savior dead in a tomb. I have found that the only way I can fully feel Easter is by trying to fully feel Holy Week through the scriptures.
Every service will start at 7:00 PM and will last about a half hour. There are very few elements of the traditional worship services of Sunday morning: we gather to sing, to pray, to read scripture, to walk with our Lord in this His most painful days. It is that simple.
|Services for Holy Week|
or Mt 27:11-54
|7:00 PM||Isaiah 42:1-9
Luke 20:27-40, 21:37-38
|7:00 PM||Isaiah 49:1-7
Luke 21: 5-36
|7:00 PM||Isaiah 50:4-9a
|7:00 PM||Isaiah 52:13-53:12
We will be using John Ortberg's book, Who Is This Man: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus, as the basis of a sermon series over the five Sundays leading up to Easter. Each Sunday will have a reading list for those who would like to follow along in the book, and a video component for those who would like to watch it prior to the service on Sunday.
Here is the schedule of titles, scriptures, and book chapters:
- March 1- "Are You Amazed?"
- March 8- "Humanity Revealed"
- March 15- "But I Tell You, Forgive"
- March 22- "Living Ripples"
- March 29 (Passion/Palm Sunday- "The Eternal Three Days"
The schedule follows the order of the study guide for the book. The study guide is available at Amazon.com in print or Kindle versions.
A Podcast by Fr. John Strickland on the way that Jesus transformed the Roman subculture:
There are preparatory videos available to view before each of these Sunday topics, but, due to copyright, you must be registered to view them.
Once registered you will see a menu titled "Sermons" in the main menu on the left that you can select to view the videos.
Welcome to the website of the United Methodist Church of Hyde Park, 1 Church Street, Hyde Park, NY 12538.
We are an active and responsive part of the greater Hyde Park community, reaching out and welcoming in the name of Jesus Christ. We are a missional church whose primary goal is to form dedicated Christians who embody Jesus' world view not only when gathered on Sunday, but in every facet of our lives. To this end we sow seeds of care and hope in our world, seeking to shore up the blessings of our community and perfect it in the loving nature of our faith.
We have programs aimed at learning, fellowship, discipleship, missions, you name it, but these are simply a means of witnessing to a greater love and sacrificial commitment that we have to one another and our world. This love and commitment cannot be held behind doors, while it can be celebrated there. This love and commitment welcomes in, but goes out to meet the wanderer on the roadside.
We would love to welcome you to spend some time getting to know us. You can do that as easily as looking over and plumbing the depths of this website. But really knowing us is helping us to both celebrate and encourage the greater Hyde Park community through the outreach we have. You are always welcome to come worship with us at any of our three Sunday morning services, which are joy filled Holy Spirit led encounters with a living and vital God.
Blessing to you on your journey, and know that God loves you so much that He died to prove it.
Our Mission Statement:
"Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we are a worshiping community, seeking the will of God, teaching the word of God, and sharing the love of God."