Deck the Halls

Happy Third Sunday of Advent! 

After finding the mess and cleaning it up as the clean-up crew, what now?  Decorations! We’ve got to make the place look great for those who are coming, and the One who is to come.  We want our welcome to be beautiful and our hospitality to be breathtaking, both for visitors to our church and for Jesus.  So where do we start?  What do we include?  What does it matter? 

Why do we decorate our homes or our sanctuaries? It could be argued that it is to show off, or to make us happy, to feel good about where we live and worship.  That’s certainly not untrue; but the real impetus for decoration is invitational.  As we listen to John’s Gospel and the Prophet Isaiah today, we’ll see something about decorating – that we are constantly pointing beyond ourselves. 

So, let our worship be about pointing to Christ.  We reflect our inner experience of Christ with our outward appeal. We decorate because we know the depth and promise to which those decorations point.  When our homes and our church is a place of joy, love, invitation and welcome, the environment reflects that.  Having reflected on our need to address the mess, we now set about decorating our homes, our church, and the world with the love and light of Jesus.  Let’s open our hearts, our minds, and our Bibles as we worship together! 


Sunday’s Online ServiceIf you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through thYouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 12/13/20 Online Service.  The premiere page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!   

Sunday’s In-Person Service – We‘ve launched our in-person indoor worship in the Sanctuarystarting at 9:00am. We are asking everyone to register at this link: so that we don’t go over our maximum capacity. We ask everyone to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Temperatures will be taken before entering the building, and communion elements will be provided as you enter the sanctuary to worship on the first Sunday of the month 

Our Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 9am in the Fellowship Hall. Please join them for an interactive socially distanced fun time as they learn their lessons and play games together. 

Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise NG will be meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth will be meeting from 4:00pm-5:00pm every Sunday.  

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these trying times for everyone. Please contact the church office by email at or by phone at 352-694-2161 if you have any questions or need any help.  While in-person office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.