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Articles written by Rev. Thomas Hyde

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 By Rev. Thomas Hyde    Community    May 13, 2016

Facing our fears

Jesus’ gift of peace overcomes anxiety Are you anxious? Are you afraid of something? I feel a lot of anxiety around us. We’re afraid of people who are different from us, the others. We’re worried about the economic climate of our city. Maybe...

 By Rev. Thomas Hyde    Community    January 9, 2015

Humor can help keep us level-headed

Did you hear the story about the small boy swallowed who some coins and was taken to a hospital? When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, “No change yet.” Or did you hear about the two silk worms who had a race? They ended...

 By Rev. Thomas Hyde    Community    December 19, 2014


I love Christmas music. I just listed to Alvin and the Chipmunks singing of “Christmas Cheer.” Then I found the dog’s version of Jingle Bells. Amazing! They bring back memories of good times past. Christmas is supposed to be a happy, joyous...

 By Rev. Thomas Hyde    Community    October 3, 2014

The gift of humor

Did you know that a bicycle can’t stand alone? It is two tired. Or did you hear about the guy who fell onto an upholstery machine? He’s now fully recovered. And then there’s my favorite saying: Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banan...

 By Rev. Thomas Hyde    Community    July 18, 2014


Sometimes when I hear teenagers complain about their parents who won’t get them the kind of cell phone they want, I tell them that my parents wouldn’t let me get my first cell phone until I was 40 years old! Actually both of my parents died...

 By Rev. Thomas Hyde    Community    May 2, 2014

Time, prayer

There is an old story about a man who was praying to God. He said, “God!” God responded, “Yes?” “Can I ask a question?” “Go right ahead,” God said. “God, what is a million years to you?” God said, “A million year to me is only...

 By Rev. Thomas Hyde    Community    February 21, 2014

Life and Your Soul

I spend a lot of my time helping people in the midst of a crisis. Life is not easy, and we cope with disease, accidents, bad weather, and relationships that have gone bad. You can add to the list from your own experience, or the experiences of people...

 By Rev. Thomas Hyde    Community    December 20, 2013

A Christmas story

Everyone loves a good story, and Christmas has the best ones. What's your favorite Christmas movie? Is it A Wonderful Life, as George finds out that his life has meaning? Or is it Home Alone as Kevin...