John’s Revelation

Happy 14th Sunday after Pentecost!  

John’s Apocalypse, what we call the Book of Revelation, is an account of John’s visionary experience with the resurrected Jesus, an experience facilitated from start to finish by the Holy Spirit.  To our eyes, it might seem a disjointed, disturbing, and other-worldly book, and it almost didn’t make into the Biblical canon because its imagery was so polarizing.  However, if we intend to join John in experiencing God’s revelation, we must be prepared to do so with our emotions as well as our intellect.  We must be prepared to ask “why” when we want to turn away for an easier morsel of Scripture. 

John’s first job is to tell is what he sees in this vision as he is exiled to the island of Patmos.  After a prelude in Rev. 1:1-8, he gets down to business, describing his opening instructions and the voice that speaks these instructions to him.  His description of Christ as the speaker is a strange one, and not meant to be taken literally, but the symbolism he draws on all points to who Christ is in this moment: not the babe in the manger, but the majestic, indescribable, and awesome Son of the Living God.  These words he writes down are meant for seven churches, and his command to record his vision is obviously heard with humility and supplication.   

On Sunday we’ll look at what John means to communicate as he describes this revelation of Christ to us.  John’s vision should also make us ask, “How do I see Christ?”  What’s your vision of Christ?  You might not be in a Spiritual trance on an island prison, but you still see Christ in one way or another.  Those visions can either inspire us or hold us back spiritually, and being in this present crisis might give us some good reason to edit some of the things we assume we see when we “see” Jesus.  I’ll see you and Jesus at worship! 

 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:45—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:45 am so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can access the service at stpaulsworship.org You can chat once the Livestream service has started. If you don’t have a Facebook account you can also access the Livestream at stpaulsworship.org without the chat feature. A pop-up will ask you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. The service will be available on YouTube either Sunday afternoon or Monday. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service at 10:30 –Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.  Please go to our website to get the latest COVID-19 Update. There will be space for those who still wish to social distance, and masks are now required for worship due to the increased communication of the Delta variant of COVID-19.  We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves and others. 

 

Our regular Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Praise New Generation and SPYouth will relaunch soon! Check with Kraig for specific details. Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm every Sunday and SPYouth meeting from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm every Sunday. You can always check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated info. 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us. You may contact the church office by email at info@spocala.org or by phone at 352-694-2161 if you have any questions or need any help. We will get back to you as soon as possible.