Living the Celebration

 
 

Merry Christmas! 

So, we’re wrapping up Christmas this week. The Christmas season officially ends on the Feast of the Epiphany, which is January 6th.  Some of you may have already packed everything away; some of you may still be sitting in the glow of the lights and tinsel. But the goal of this Sunday isn’t to shuffle all of our Christmas away, but rather to embrace the new community that we have become through the Christmas we’ve just celebrated.  Paul tells us in our scripture reading today from his letter to the Ephesians that this gift we have received, the gift of new life, is so that we might live for the praise of God’s glory.  

That’s what this worship is about – praising God. Yes, of course, every worship service includes praise, but God wants us to live a life of praise, living the celebration of Christmas every dayNow our circle is wider because of the company who have come and stayed, so we can share the celebration with more people!  

Maybe during your “different” COVID Christmas you built new connections with new people, maybe you were able to talk to them about Jesus… We’ve done this at the church this yearbecause  our service is on Youtube, we’ve been able to expand our community and reach new people in new ways, and there have been some exciting results!  The company that has stayed is the renewed spirit of Christ who dwells among us in new and dynamic ways, even as we fumbled and stumbled our way through last year 

In this new year, we should be embracing the new thing that God is doing in our midst. We celebrate the new community that we have become. Even if it is the same people, we are renewed and revived by our attention to the Advent and Christmas season. We didn’t simply endure all that went before; we are being transformed into a better, stronger church family in this new year because of it. 

What that transformation looks like is still being worked out, but as the new year gets started, let our hearts be glad as we live the celebration of Christmas with all the new company that has come and stayed, and the company of Christ that has dwelt among us in new ways this Christmas season 

 

 

 

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: 1/3/21 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: cometoworship.org 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 monthThis Sunday we are not offering in-person worship, but we will return to in-person worship next week, the 10th of January. 

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. All the SPKidz ministries and iClub will not be meeting on 1/3/2020 

SPYouth and Praise New Generation are invited to come hang out on 1/03 from 3:00pm-4:00pm for a Christmas Concert Livestream on the big screen! Praise New Generation won’t have another practice session until 1/10/20. 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 info@spocala.org 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.