Welcome to Saint Paul’s!

St. Paul’s is a different kind of church.  We’re not a large megachurch with a sound stage and a suped-up production machine, but we strive to be a church full of authentic followers of Jesus.  No matter how you come to visit us, we pray you’ll find clear examples of God’s love, whether through us or through our ministries – but hopefully both!

You might be excited about finding a church to belong to, or you might be a bit fearful from bad church experiences in the past. Either way, if you are looking for a church that focuses on creating spiritual fruits, not religious nuts, then you have come to the right place!

I hope the information on this website will help you get to know us, whether you’re an online or in-person visitor. Feel free to email me if you have any further questions that are not covered here.
 
Our Mission statement at St. Paul’s says a lot about who we are and what we do:

 

As a Christian family of faith,
Saint Paul’s affirms God’s love by
transforming lives,
connecting generations,
impacting our community & world,
and
making disciples for Jesus Christ.

 
Affirming God’s Love by
transforming lives:
Here at St. Paul’s we believe that we are supposed to transform peoples’ lives for the better because of our Christian faith. Whether it is feeding people who are hungry, giving hope to the hopeless, or voice to the voiceless, faith is not just for our own benefit, but is supposed to be for the whole world!
Matthew 25:31-46
 
Affirming God’s love by
connecting generations:
Here at St. Paul’s we believe that connecting generations is a key part of how we affirm God’s love. We believe in ministry that serves the needs of particular age groups but also connects generations together. This can be seen when our Children & Youth make and deliver gifts to our homebound members, when adult volunteers attend a “youth” mission trip, or when our younger members are welcomed to be a part of our adult ministries. We believe that it takes a village to raise a child, and that we all benefit when we are all involved in age-related ministries.
Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17
 
Affirming God’s love by
impacting our community & world:
Here at St. Paul’s we believe that our faith needs to have an impact in our community (through local ministries such as Interfaith Emergency Services and Open Arms Village) and our world (through Disaster Relief, Rise Against Hunger, or Peace by Piece Sewing Ministry)
Matthew 5:13-16
 
Affirming God’s love by
making disciples for Jesus Christ:
Here at St. Paul’s we believe that the core mission of the church to which all our activities point is to make people into disciples (followers) of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:18-20
 
St. Paul’s Christian School shares its campus with us and many of the families in our church and school come from the surrounding neighborhood. In this quiet, picturesque corner of Ocala we are like the neighborhood park – you’re likely to see families playing on our playground, couples taking a stroll around the campus, someone sitting for a prayer in our Memorial Garden, or our Scouts having a meeting at the fire pit. This is really the vision we have for St. Paul’s: a place that offers God’s grace, love and comfort to the people around us.
 
Want to know more?  Come and see what we’re all about, either online or in-person!
 
In Christ,
 
Robert

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Giving the Light Away

Happy Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost!  

As we worship this Sunday, we’ll be taking part in baptizing one of our own little ones, promising to care for her and help lead her toward a faith in Christ as she grows up and can later make the decision for herself.  We’ll impart the waters of God’s grace, bless her with our prayers, affirmations of faith and love, and welcome her into the fellowship of faith!   

So, what does sharing the light with others really entail?  We’ve been talking a lot lately about light, and as we share God’s light with someone new through Baptism, it would do us well to look at Jesus’s words in Mark 10:35-45.  Do we look for our benefit when sharing the light with others?  Or do we get irritated when someone seems to have gotten more light than we have?  Do we resent people who ask the challenging questions, or give the hard answers that challenge our worldview?  And, how can we most effectively share our light with the “little ones,” whether they are an infant or someone in a vulnerable place?  Come as we dig into God’s Word and the Scriptures in 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.  

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. 



Shining the Light Through the Eye of a Needle

Happy Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost!  

 

A special thanks to everyone who came and supported our Mission and Vision work last Sunday.  It was an awesome experience, and it tasted pretty good too!  Those 4 “P”s: Purpose, Presence, Partnership, and Passion, will continue to be prevalent in all we do as we do God’s work as a community of faith. 

Now, we move from the Mission and Vision to Financing it, something we’re often afraid to talk about in church.  Money is often a taboo subject for many of us, and that’s not a good thing.  It results in a warped relationship with something Jesus preached on more than any other topic.  And ignoring one of Jesus most frequent topics means we are ignoring one of the biggest areas of our spiritual growth!  This is where partnership comes in concrete form: your contributions directly affect the work the church can do in the world. 

In truth, money is like a walnut: morally neutral, and it’s what we do with it that puts morality into those slips of green paper cloth – or round walnuts.  We’ll read about Jesus confronting a poor financial relationship in Mark 10:17-31, and through that encounter delivering some revolutionary gospel truths.  You’ll hear an extended livestream so some members of our Finance Team can brief you on our Financial Awareness Campaign which will last until November 7th.  I’ll see you 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.  

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. 



Passion: Dreaming of a New Creation

Happy World Communion Sunday!  

As we end our study on the book of Revelation, we end with the goal in mind.  This goal of God’s to bring all creation to justice, restoration, and holiness, should provide us the passion we need to do work for God.  This is our why, and it’s a very big why indeed!  Without the animating passion for this goal, we are just another service agency trying to fix problems and ameliorate suffering.  Not that those are bad goals, mind you!  But with Revelation’s picture of the New Jerusalem before us, our world becomes less of a task and more of a calling.  This dream of God’s new creation should be what animates us and gets us (and those we help) through hard times.  When people meet us, or are helpes by us, they should see that we believe in this picture.   

As we lift up our fourth “P” during worship, we’ll have a final report on the Vision conversations at the end of worship, then we’ll end worship in celebration!  Sunday is also World Communion Sunday, and we’ll take up a special offering for scholarships through the General Boar dof HIgher Education and Ministry.  You can find more information on World Communion Sunday by going to umcgiving.org and clicking on “World Communion Sunday.”  As we share in Holy Communion during the service, we want to extend an invitation to you, whether you’re a member of our church or not, to sit at the Lord’s table with us and share in this moment of grace.   

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.  

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. 



Partnership: In Praise of Organized Religion

Happy 18th Sunday after Pentecost!  

“I don’t like organized religion…”  How often have you heard that, or maybe even felt it yourself?  Well, this Sunday as we read Revelation 14:6-13, we’ll talk about partnership.  It’s essentially what puts the “organized” in any religion or group of people.  Without partnership, we never disagree, we never feel put-upon, obligated, or misunderstood, and we also never get anything done.  With partnership, we are more organized, and we enter the dance of relationship, sharing life with others in all its forms.  Oh, and we stand a much better chance of getting things done.  Do we get the wrong things done sometimes?  Yes, absolutely.  But we also get the right things done too!  And on this side of the garden and Judgment Day, that may be the best we can do.  Thank God for that amazing grace. 

The real question is brought up in our passage from Revelation: With whom are you partnering?  Organized religion is wonderful when it is a true expression of God’s love, and it can be terrible when it is warped and twisted into the coercive, selfish, zero-sum world of what John would have identified as “the beast and its image.”  In his world, that was Imperial Rome.  What would it be in our world, and how much are we partnered with it in our day-day lives?  Let’s ask ourselves that question and pray for God’s wisdom, judgement, and partnership to be more evident in our hearts.  See you for 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.  

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. 



Presence: The Authority of Christ Come to Earth

Happy 17th Sunday after Pentecost!  

On Sunday we continue our series on Revelation and the vision of the church.  Last Sunday we began the 4 “P”s with Purpose, reflecting the importance of purpose for our relationship with God and our walk with God together as a church family.  This Sunday we’ll read through some sections of our Bible Study, from John’s visions about the Dragon, the two Beasts, the Lamb, demonic cavalry, swarms of unnatural locusts, and on and on!   As the presence and authority of these horrors come to earth, we’re encouraged by John to remember that we who worship the Lamb are to represent a different kind of authority: the authority of Christ.  Through our presence, we present a different narrative to the dragon, the beast, and their minions.   

See you on Sunday! 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:45—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:30 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.  

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. 



Purpose: Who is Able to Stand

Happy 16th Sunday after Pentecost!  

This Sunday we begin our “Let the Light Shine” Visioning process.  This is also week 3 in our study of Revelation, which was written to give the church a vision of its purpose during a difficult time in history, as well as a vision of Jesus’s coming again.  Each week of this series we’ll be tying a theme from Revelation to one of the 4 “P”s that are meant to undergird and inform the ministry of the laity: Purpose, Presence, Partnership, and Passion.  Our title this Sunday comes from Revelation 6:17, which quotes the inhabitants of earth crying out “for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” 

Revelation tells us who can stand on that day, and it is people whose purpose is centered on Jesus Christ.  Churches are the same way.  Churches with a purpose will be able to stand because they have centered their purpose on Christ’s mission.  They are the people, and these are the churches, that will not have to hide in the caves among the rocks and mountains, but will be a beacon of hope and healing to the world around them.   

Sunday’s worship in the sanctuary will begin earlier for our livestream congregation and will be shorter than normal so we can have conversations about the visioning process in the Fellowship Hall/Christian Education Center.  If you’d like to attend the in-person session on Sunday, we regret to inform you that we have reached capacity in the Fellowship Hall and will only be able to accommodate those who have already signed up.  We do have availability in our Zoom meeting, so please contact the office for further details. 

 

Sunday’s Livestream Service start time will change THIS SUNDAY ONLY to 10:30—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:30 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 this Sunday, September 12, 2021. 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. 



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. 



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. 



The Armor of Love

Happy 13th Sunday after Pentecost!  

Beginning in August, we usually turn our attention to the school season.  Our patterns return to slowing down for school zones, watching for school buses, and the daily pattern of school days and weekends off.  Even if you don’t have children in school, this pattern still affects you in one way or another.  Our whole world has a different heartbeat to it, and we all feel it.  

And so the apostle Paul writes to the Ephesians to help them live their new Christian lives.  The decision to follow Christ has given these people a whole new heartbeat to their lives, and that new pattern of belief and behavior is affecting everything around them, even those who aren’t Christian.  Resistance to the change was building as more and more people began to take notice and didn’t appreciate the disruption to their lives, like people who curse the school buses and new drivers for slowing down traffic on the roads.  Some Christians were succumbing to the pressure to revert to their previous lives, or were doing their best to find a bland compromise.  Still others were looking for the advice Paul gives here, to “be strengthened by the Lord and by his powerful strength.” to “put on God’s armor…” so they can resist the societal pressure to go back to the way things had always been.   

So what does it mean in today’s world to “put on the Armor of God?”  Isn’t armor kind of uncomfortable?  Why should we do that?  Let’s find out as we read Ephesians 6:10-20 and study together.  See you then! 

 

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 are cancelled for 8/15/21 and 8/22/21 due to sickness (both COVID and non-COVID). We will keep you posted when they will relaunch! 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. 



Live in Wisdom

Happy 12th Sunday after Pentecost!  

Have you ever met a wise person?  I’m not talking about someone who is just intelligent, but someone who is wise.  Wisdom, the Bible says, is known by its fruits, and we can rightly say that the fruits of a wise life would be good things; a loving family, a legacy of kindness, and wisdom passed to the next generation, to name a few fruits.  King Solomon, as he begins his rule as a wet-behind-the-ears 20-year-old king, knows he will need one thing to rule well: wisdom.  We can read about it in Chapter 3 of First Kings.  When God appears to him in a dream and grants him a request, it is granted – and more.  This isn’t an argument for the prosperity gospel that claims we will have material and financial success if we follow God, but rather it is a lesson about priority.  Keeping first things first, Solomon asks for wisdom, and so should we, if we want to live in wisdom. 

 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:45 am—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 am –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.  

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.