Messages from Patmos

Happy 15th Sunday after Pentecost!  

Remember when we used to get mail…and read it?  While the experience of receiving a letter might not be as common as it once was, we surely know the enjoyment of reading a bit of personal correspondence.  John’s Revelation, meant for the seven churches he mentions in 1:11, has a larger purpose than first meets the eye.  Seven is the number for completeness, for all-inclusiveness, and perfection.  While he is addressing these seven churches individually, he’s also addressing all of them, and by extension, all churches everywhere.  Even the church in Thyatira could find things within the church in Ephesus that pointed to them and warned them of falling away from the Gospel, and churches throughout the world, whether in Havana, Timbuktu, or Ocala can learn lessons from reading the oracles to these seven distinct and yet generalized congregations. 

While we’ll go into more detail on the specific cities within our Bible Study, during worship we’ll look at the overall themes and warnings and how they apply to us today.  The real question isn’t “Are we Laodicea, Thyatira, etc…” but “How can we avoid the pitfalls in all these churches and be better disciples of Christ where we are today?”  

During worship this Sunday we’ll share in the sacrament of Holy Communion, and you’re invited to participate with us!  As a United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s welcomes all who come with an open heart to celebrate this sacrament with us.  For those of you in-person, we’ll give you a pre-packaged bread and grape juice when you come into the Sanctuary to worship.  For those online who are attending worship, you obviously can’t share in the same elements, but we trust in God’s grace to be present with us wherever we are when we share in the sacrament.  So, whatever you have with you that can represent the bread and the cup, bring them with you as you sing in to worship on Sunday.  We believe that Christ is spiritually present with us as we share in Holy Communion, and we pray you come to know Christ as your savior as you join us at the Lord’s table. 

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.