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, except for Maundy Thursday which will start at 7:30 PM due to the Seder, 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
|7:00 PM||Isaiah 49:1-7
|7:00 PM||Isaiah 50:4-9a
|Family Seder Meal
|7:00 PM||Isaiah 52:13-53:12
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.