On God’s side
Ever been picked last for a team? Eugene Peterson recounts feeling like a “liability” when this happened to him. In Run With the Horses (IVP Books), he says God always wants us on his side — no matter our individual strengths or weaknesses:
“For a long time all Christians called each other ‘saints.’ They were all saints regardless of how well or badly they lived, of how experienced or inexperienced they were. The word saint did not refer to the quality or virtue of their acts, but to the kind of life to which they had been chosen, life on a battlefield. It was not a title given after a spectacular performance, but a mark of whose side they were on.”
Based on its Latin roots, the word "saint" is the noun form of the verb consecrate; in other words, Peterson adds, God gave us “spiritual shape” even before we had “biological shape” (see Jeremiah 1:5). Even before forming us, God set us apart, or consecrated us, as saints — and chose us to be on God's side.
Remembering that our All Saints' Day Remembrances usually run from November 1st of the preceding year to November 1st of the present year, please use the form (click on "read more" if visible) at the bottom of the page to submit a name you would like for us to remember on our "All Saints Sunday," the first Sunday of November.
We will be working our way through Tony Evans book "Watch Your Mouth: Understanding the Power of the Tongue."
Here is the final schedule of topics:
1. Sunday, October 15: Who's Master of Your Mouth?
2. Sunday, October 22: Your Voice Has Victory
3. Sunday, October 29: Your Mouth Mirrors Your Heart
4. Sunday, November 5: The Wreckage of Your Words
This book, along with the workbook, is available through AMAZON.COM
We will also be following the video presentations by Dr. Evans on RightNowMedia.com
All members or regular attendees of the United Methodist Church of Hyde Park have a free subscription to RightNowMedia.com. If you either need your invitation to your free subscription resent, or you have any other issue in accessing RightNowMedia, please let the Pastor Kregg know and he can help you get access.
We are now offering a study time from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM for the four Sundays we will be looking at Tony's book. The study will be using the videos from RightNow Media and can be previewed at
or wait till you get to class and watch it with everyone that morning. There is a study guide available, but you don't need to purchase it.
Where: "The Young Adult Room," #117
When: 10:00 AM, Oct. 15 - Nov. 5
What: Topic Study
Why: We're Going On To Perfection!
While Pastor Kregg will not be running the study, he will participate when he can. Hope to see you all there!
Below is Amazon's summary of the book:
"Does it really matter what I say?"
Your greatest weapon—for good or evil—is in your mouth.
From bestselling author Dr. Tony Evans comes a compelling resource to help you learn to tame your tongue. With life-changing insights shared through engaging lessons and anecdotes, you'll learn what the Bible teaches about talking:
● Discover the power of the spoken word to bolster your faith when you're doubting.
● Discern what should or shouldn't be said so that you honor God with your speech.
● Develop the ability to praise God and voice wisdom even in tough circumstances.
Get inspired by Tony's teaching on the tongue and model with your mouth the character of God. Don't let your words bring cursing or destruction to yourself and those you love. Instead, let your words minister to and speak life into the world around you.
While we will be covering some of the topics, the book is well worth the time to read it or, if you have more time in the car, listen to. I will be following the order of the workbook as we go through the sermon series.
Appreciation, thankfulness, has the ability to bring people together.That was true when our forebears, both native and pilgrim, gathered around this country’s first Thanksgiving table and it is true today. Thankfulness is a way of welcoming home, of appreciating what has been given to us, that makes us what we are, and also provides a promise of what we can become.
As a Hyde Park Community, we have so much for which to be grateful. With this heart come to the community table in this season of thankfullness as we not only share a meal as a community, but as we underscore our appreciation for being a part of Hyde Park.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
NY State Park Taconic Region HQ
9 Old Post Rd
Staatsburg, NY 12580
Tickets Available Starting October 10th At:
Cranberry’s at Tilley Hall
(1 W Market St, Hyde Park, NY 12538)
(4246 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538).
There is no take-out available.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, United Methodist Committee on Relief is calling for churches to help make cleaning buckets to distribute to survivors.
In our effort to make sure that there are cleaning kits to go out to not only current hurricane and flood relief, but to guarantee that there is a supply for any future needs, we will be collecting items for 10 cleaning kits
You can help by donating designated items for the kits. Item details and e-form are below. If you have any questions please contact Gina Lacey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please carefully read the list of needs below before signing up for items.
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."