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Sunday, July 25, 2021

"Looking to the Future"

David is nearing the end of his life, and he recognizes that because of his warlike nature, God has forbidden him from building the Temple. His final words therefore not only seal his achievements and summarize his life, they also serve as a transition to Solomon and his reign. More significantly, in the next chapter, David decides to build an altar of praise and confession to God, praying for an end to the plague. That act of contrition cements that location as the very place where the plague would stop and where the Temple would eventually be built. This story reminds us that God always has the bigger picture in mind. Where we see defeat and despair, God sees resurrection. Where we see an end, God sees a transition into a bright future. Where we see only the limits of our existence, God sees the enduring legacy that we can leave behind.
Online Worship – 9:30 and 11 a.m.: The Rev. Magrey deVega

Indoor Worship9:30 a.m.: The Rev. Magrey deVega

Did you miss Magrey's message Sunday? He shared David's realization of what God wanted from the Israelites ... and wants from us. It's not enough to be a fan, we must be followers. See his message and others in our Archive.
New Series - "Questions Jesus Asked" – Begins Aug. 1

Our next sermon series, "Questions Jesus Asked," considers a favorite method Jesus used in responding to the questions of others. His questions were often more provocative than the ones asked of him. Each one cuts right to the heart of what it means to be human, and offers challenge and encouragement in strengthening our relationship with God. They provide a fuller understanding of the things Jesus really cared about, and shows us where we can place our priorities as well.
Second Sunday Service Starts Aug. 1

Our new Sunday worship service begins Aug. 1 in Hyde Park's Sanctuary. Our worship team is excited about providing an additional opportunity for our members and friends to return to indoor worship. There's nothing quite like worshiping and sharing fellowship together. Our Online Worship services will continue at 9:30 and 11 a.m. as will our On Demand Worship Service on YouTube each Sunday beginning at 7 a.m.
Cuba Prayer and Briefing Meeting Wednesday

You are invited to a meeting for prayers and information regarding the situation of our sister churches in Cuba and about general conditions there during this tumultuous time. The meeting will be led by Elio Muller, Hyde Park's liaison to the Florida Conference's “Methodists United in Prayer” Cuba Covenant group. We will begin with prayer, and then will share information about our brothers and sisters in Cuba. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21 Hyde Park Chapel
Upcoming Summer Classes

Looking for an interesting class this summer? We are offering two adult groups to provide a new insight or perspective. Choose from these titles:

  • The Jesus Challenge – Wednesdays, July 28 - Aug. 11
  • The Drama of Eden – Thursdays, July 22 and 29

Backpack Blessing for Students, Teachers and Staff

As our children return to public schools on Aug. 10, we will offer a blessing of their backpacks at both of our indoor worship services Sunday, Aug. 8. Bring your backpacks to either service for a special blessing and a gift.
Early Response Team Training – Aug. 17, 19 and 28

Hurricane season is upon us once again. In conjunction with the Florida Conference, Hyde Park is participating in an Early Response Team training workshop. Participants will learn how to help with specific needs in the early days after a disaster, regardless of whether the calamity is caused by tropical weather or a building collapse. Attendance at two online classes, Aug. 17 and 19, and and one in person class, Aug. 28, is required to be certified. Space is Limited – Register Today!
The Portico Porch Gathering Sunday

Join us for our next Porch Gathering at this Sunday. These chats are for folks with a heart and vision to help build our missional community. We’ll consider how God is calling us to bless the community and reach new people for Jesus Christ. Our focus is on building relationships through engaging conversation and centering contemplative practices. 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 25, The Portico (downtown Tampa) Interested? Contact Justin by email.
Gatsby "Dressed as a Friend" Art Exhibit

Gatsby, a local street artist, uses his art to reflect his experience and to alleviate trauma. The Portico's Community Hall on our downtown campus will host an exhibition of his work, with Opening Night 6 p.m. Saturday, July 31. Learn More on Facebook.
Pre-K4 Enrollment at Small Blessings

Our Small Blessings Preschool is now enrolling students for its Pre-K4 program. We have space for nine children. To register your child, please call Isabela Schlabach, Small Blessings Director, 813.259.9688.
Ways to Help and Serve

Looking for a way to get involved in our faith community? We have a variety of places where you can make a difference. For example, read Scripture or prayers for Online Worship or Serve with Children's Ministries. See the complete List of Opportunities