Happy Third Sunday of Easter!  

Now, as the Disciples were at this point in the Biblical story, a few weeks after the resurrection, I imagine it finally began to dawn on them that this whole Jesus thing was much bigger than they ever imagined.  They probably began to ask themselves: “What does all this really mean?  

“How are we to live now as the Disciples of a risen Savior, who now is no doubt the Son of God!” 

Many Disciples of Christ have tried to answer that very question, and Paul, several decades after the resurrection. Gives us some of the best advice we’ve got as to what flows from a relationship with God – we usually call them the Fruit of the Spirit. Paul names these Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians in 5:22-23 as: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.   

Now I want to caution all of us that these are fruit, not attitudes we try to change with our own will.  The first thing that comes in any fruit is the plant itself, and so the Spirit must come first if we are to get the fruit of said Spirit.  We must first deepen our relationship with God, then the fruit will come 

On Sunday we look at Kindness, another of the commonly misunderstood fruit of the Spirit.  What do you think would be the opposite of Kindness?  How does a living relationship with the Holy Spirit help us to be kind people, in a world that encourages us to be otherwise.  I’ll see you on Sunday as we continue getting fruity at church! 

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.  Masks are optional at worship, but there is still a section of pews in front of the sound booth reserved for those who wish to mask and keep a distance from others during worship. 


Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:30—You can now watch the Livestream on YouTube! We recommend logging into your account a few minutes before 10:30 am so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can access the YouTube livestream at or you can log into your Facebook account and see the Livestream on the St. Paul’s Facebook page. You can chat once the Livestream service has started on either Facebook or YouTube.  


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

Check the calendar at for updated information on our SPYouth meetings and Praise: New Generation meetings. 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us. You may contact the church office by email at 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.