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Advent Season Week Four – Peace

Advent is a four week period in which the church shows gratefulness for Christ’s birth and awaits His return. We wait and give thanks that He was brought back to us. Each week, the candle that is lit has a different meaning and symbolization. It is a time for preparation, anticipation and reflection.

Weekly, every different candle represents a separate aspect of our eagerness and there is a progression each Sunday. All flames signify that not only is something happening but that there is more to come.

The circular arrangement in not unintentional. It is an indication that God’s power has neither a beginning nor an end.

The fourth week, we light the candle of peace which serves as a reminder that Jesus was born to bring serenity to each and every one of us. With so much negativity, unrest and the sometimes seemingly elusiveness of tranquility both within ourselves and throughout the world, this candle is an indication that God is working within our hearts, leading us to new places. When we walk alongside Him, we can feel comforted, empowered and reminded that, while individually strong, we are much stronger together and can let go of our worries and spread compassion instead.

Christmas Cantata – Video

The combination of April Kwon’s amazing talent, planning and the wonderful members of our congregation who lent their beautiful voices made our annual Cantata a more beautiful and resonant retelling of the story of the birth of Jesus than we have ever had in past. For anyone who couldn’t make it to the service, here are some videos of the wonderful and meaningful anticipation and celebration.

Christmas Cantata

Every year, we celebrate the coming of Christ not only through the lighting of the Advent candles but through our annual cantata which is the telling of a story through music. Our congregation is blessed to have a magnificent pianist, April Kwon, who makes every piece of music resonate within but also simply come to life.

With narration from Lon Summers, the choir will be singing “Were You There on That Christmas Night?” by Lloyd Larson as well as the following songs:

“Bethlehem”
“Never Been a Night Like This!”
“Sing We Now of Christmas”
“Welcome to Our World”
“Glory to the Newborn King!”

The songs will be performed by our talented choir members:

Soprano: Michelle Bourianoff and Ruth Elswood
Alto: Anna Tapsak, Doris Lowe and Lisa Terbay
Tenor: Jon Zinn
Bass: Juan Zalles

The cantata is not only an opportunity to hear beautiful music but to hear the story of the coming of the Lord in a different format. Please join us on Sunday, December 14 at 10:30 for the special occasion.

Advent Season Week Three – Joy

Advent is a four week period in which the church shows gratefulness for Christ’s birth and awaits His return. We wait and give thanks that He was brought back to us. Each week, the candle that is lit has a different meaning and symbolization. It is a time for preparation, anticipation and reflection.

Weekly, every different candle represents a separate aspect of our eagerness and there is a progression each Sunday. All flames signify that not only is something happening but that there is more to come.

The circular arrangement in not unintentional. It is an indication that God’s power has neither a beginning nor an end.

The third week, we light the pink candle, the candle of joy. Its color signifies a movement toward the anticipation of the coming of Christ. It is a remembrance of when the Shepherds and Magi heard of the impending birth and their overwhelming feelings as they made their way to see Him in the manger.

The candle also serves as a reminder that we should all feel so joyful for the great gift we were given which influences and enriches our lives every day as well as that we should share that bliss with others.

Advent Season Week Two – Love

Advent is a four week period in which the church shows gratefulness for Christ’s birth and awaits His return. We wait and give thanks that He was brought back to us. Each week, the candle that is lit has a different meaning and symbolization. It is a time for preparation, anticipation and reflection.

Weekly, every different candle represents a separate aspect of our eagerness and there is a progression each Sunday. All flames signify that not only is something happening but that there is more to come.

The circular arrangement in not unintentional. It is an indication that God’s power has neither a beginning nor an end.

The second week, we light the candle of love which signifies a recognition of the fact that we are all constantly surrounded by and wrapped up in an unending love which overpowers everything, both good and evil in our lives. Whether in the darkest hours or brightest moments, we are enveloped by the love of God which is why we are able to share that love with others.

Feel gratitude for this blanket covering you have and share it with both those you know and strangers as there is no greater power than love.

Advent Season Week One – Hope

Advent is a four week period in which the church shows gratefulness for Christ’s birth and awaits His return. We wait and give thanks that He was brought back to us. Each week, the candle that is lit has a different meaning and symbolization. It is a time for preparation, anticipation and reflection.

Weekly, every different candle represents a separate aspect of our eagerness and there is a progression each Sunday. All flames signify that not only is something happening but that there is more to come.

The circular arrangement in not unintentional. It is an indication that God’s power has neither a beginning nor an end.

The first week, we light the candle of hope. It is a reminder that because of the Lord’s love for us, He will return and is lit in joyful expectancy.

Give thanks and praise as the celebration of Jesus’ coming begins. Feel full of hope for the future, for it is with sure confidence that the Lord’s second advent is coming shortly. May everyone’s hearts and minds turn to Christ.

Come back for the meaning of each new week and join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ.

What’s Mine is Yours

Part of what we believe is important in spreading the word and practicing our faith is giving back to the community. One way to do so is through our food pantry. It occurs every Tuesday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. A wide variety of non-perishable goods are available and anyone from any area of town is more than welcome to come.

The pantry is most full during the first two weeks of the month as that is when it has been freshly stocked. However, coming by the remaining Tuesdays will certainly give you enough items to feed yourself and your family.

Upon your first visit, some form of identification is required but not necessary subsequently. However, being a small church, we require that only one visitation a month is permitted so as to serve as many people as possible as serving others is what God wants us to do.

Welcome

If you are looking for a warm and friendly place to worship and don’t want to get lost in the crowd of a large church, Hyde Park Presbyterian Church may be what you are looking for. We are a small church with a big heart. Our members and friends are very welcoming and will make you feel at home. Our pastor delivers inspiring sermons which provide us with something to think about and to apply to our daily lives in the upcoming week. We also have gifted musicians who enhance our worship services with wonderful music.

Located in the historic area of Hyde Park, we have been serving the Austin community for over 100 years. Although we are a small church, we take pride in the number of outreach programs that we participate in and support.  Our worship service is on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. and we would love to have you visit.

What People are Saying about Hyde Park Presbyterian Church

“What a wonderful and warm place. I felt at home the minute I walked in the door. The diversity of the crowd was nice and everyone was so kind and friendly. It was just a great atmosphere overall!”

“There is a sweet, sweet spirit in this church. Everyone including the pastor, the musicians and the congregation made me feel very welcome. The sermon was delivered in a way that made it very relevant to daily life. In this day and age of mega churches and glossy ministers, I really like Hyde Park Presbyterian Church’s simple style.”

“A beautiful church, good service and people that are very delightful and accepting.”

“The people of HPPC make my home away from home. When I enter the sanctuary, I am always greeted by smiles and familiar faces. The dedicated members light the candle to symbolize our continued faith. The care of the buildings and grounds reflect the beauty and love of the people. I am so grateful to call HPPC my church, my home.”

“My son and I chose Hyde Park Presbyterian Church because it has a small congregation and also found everyone to be very friendly. The pastor is very loving and caring as well as always available to listen whether she has known you for years or you have only visited a time or two. When the passing of the peace comes around, each person reaches out for one another’s hand and/or exchange hugs and everyone is made sure to feel as if their presence is appreciated.”

Children’s Time

Each week, time is taken for the children who attend church so they may learn about things which are valuable to them both now and in the future. The focus is always on how to treat others, growing up to be strong, caring, giving and kind spirited individuals. The lessons always connect to the sermon and are directly related to God’s message yet in a special and fun way that a child can understand.