Welcome to Saint Paul’s

In coming to our website, I realize you might have many questions. 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. 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 feel more comfortable with visiting us in person and knowing more about who we are. 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, and when our younger members are welcomed to be a part of our adult ministries. We believe that it does take 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 projects such as our Pillowcase Dresses, Prayer Quilts, and Stop Hunger Now).
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 kind of 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 image 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!
 
In Christ,
 
Robert

Robert’s Blog

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Hi Everyone,

 

On Sunday we’ll read from Ephesians 4:1-7 and Matthew 6:16-21.  We’ll look at Jesus’s instructions after the Lord’s Prayer and see how they invite us to be more aware of the way our wounds cause us to sin, getting stuck in a behavioral “rut” that we can only get out of through the love of Christ and the community of faith helping us through.  I’ll share a story of getting stuck in a rut myself.  What got me out wasn’t the traction of my tires or the heat of my engine, it was the love of family who literally risked their lives to get me out of a mess I had gotten into all on my own.

Since we’ll be worshipping virtually this Sunday, we thought it would be helpful to have links to all our content for this week in one place.

Sunday’s Service—if you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to access the chat and fellowship through the YouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 3/29/20 Online Service.  The premier page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!

We have introductions to both our SPKidz Church and iClub lessons on our YouTube channel. After you watch the introductions to the lesson, be sure to download the packet with discussion questions and activities to do at home!

We will also have a special lesson and learning for our iClub at 10:00 on Sundays, just as we would if we were together!  You will be able to access this through GoToMeeting, which is an online conferencing tool.

SPKidz Church Intro

SPKidz Packet

iClub Intro

iClub Packet



Fourth Sunday in Lent

Hi Everyone,

Since we’ll be worshiping virtually this Sunday, we thought it would be helpful to have links to all our content for this week in one place.

Sunday’s Service—if you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to access the chat and fellowship through the YouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at:
 

3/22/20 Online Service

 

On Sunday we’ll read from James 2:1-13 and Matthew 6:1-8. We’ll dive into the Lord’s Prayer together and imagine what the world would be like if we lived our lives in the framework of the Lord’s Prayer. Evangelist E. Stanley Jones had a great example in his Round Table gatherings as he evangelized to the people of India. We’ll hear his story and his model of living the Lord’s Prayer as we study it together!

We have introductions to both our SPKidz Church and iClub lessons on our YouTube channel. After you watch the introductions to the lesson, be sure to download the packet with discussion questions and activities to do at home!
 

SPKidz Church Intro

SPKidz Packet

iClub Intro

iClub Packet

 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these rough 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 office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.



COVID-19 Update

Re: COVID-19 Response for St. Paul’s

As news continues to roll out about the spread of the new Coronavirus, I want to give everyone an update on our response here at St. Paul’s. With greater transparency, I hope we can all work together to limit the spread of this global pandemic in our own community, especially to those who are in more vulnerable populations. As a church full of different age groups, this offers us the chance to look out for each other’s wellbeing, no matter what our own risk may be.

Here at St. Paul’s we are closely monitoring and following directions from our local Marion County Health Department as well as the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. We are staying informed, not panicking. You can help prevent the spread of rumors and disinformation yourself by monitoring these same websites at marion.floridahealth.gov and cdc.gov.

Here are some of the things we’re planning on doing at St. Paul’s:

  • At this point, we are not planning to cancel Roundtables or other gatherings because of COVID-19. We will still gather for worship on Sundays, although we ask that everyone practice some common-sense “social distancing” in the form of fist bumps or other greetings instead of shaking hands.
  • Starting Sunday the 8th of March, we have replaced “Go Now in Peace” with “This Little Light of Mine” as our response hymn, and we recommend clapping to the music instead of our traditional holding hands.
  • We have hand sanitizer in the narthex for your use, and we encourage you to use those and/or bring your own.
  • Remember to wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds – sing happy birthday twice, pray the Lord’s Prayer, or find some other fun new handwashing routine to help you keep the time. Soap and water have proven to be the best ways to clean this virus from a person’s hands.
  • When you cough for whatever reason, cough into your sleeve, not your hand.
  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and how it is different from seasonal flu, colds, or seasonal allergies like we have this time of year.  
  • If you feel sick or you have a fever, stay home. If you have to miss worship and are not able to give in person, you are welcome to give online at spocala.org/giving, or mail your check to the church so we can continue in ministry while we are experiencing this slight change in our usual routine.
  • Volunteers in our hospitality ministry will have gloves available to wear while they’re serving.
  • When using our tables in the Fellowship Hall or the Sanctuary building, remember to wipe them off before and after use with cleaners that will be provided in these rooms.

One of the best weapons we have in combating COVID-19 is common sense. Let’s stay informed, follow CDC and FLDOH guidelines, use good judgment, know what signs to look for, and know to ask our local health departments when we have additional questions. We will keep looking for ways to improve our response to this situation as the need arises. We urge caution, but not fear. Most importantly, please continue praying for each other and for those affected by COVID-19.

Thank you and God Bless,

Robert



Lent 2020: Teach us to Pray so We Learn to Love

One of the central places we Christians learn about prayer is from Jesus, who made prayer a central part of his personal life and his teachings to the Disciples.  In two separate Gospels, Matthew and Luke, we have what is commonly called “The Lord’s Prayer,” taken from Jesus’ specific instructions to “pray like this” in Matthew 6:9 and Luke 11:2.  In both passages, Jesus teaches about prayer, yes, but he teaches about prayer as a way to build community.  Moving from personal to social, the Lord’s Prayer isn’t just a prayer for us individually, but a prayer for and a challenge to build community.  Jesus is not teaching his disciples a prayer just so they can have a handy formula to memorize, he is teaching his disciples how to pray so they learn how to love.  Through the practice of prayer, we learn to listen to God and those around us who are also bearers of God’s divine image.  This lesson on building community is especially important as our United Methodist Church family both here in Florida and around the world come together for General Conference in May.

Through using the Lord’s Prayer as a way to build community, we learn to let go of hatred, pretention, and power-grabbing.  Instead of seeking our own “kingdom” in competition with others, we pray that God’s Kingdom would come on earth as it is in heaven.  Instead of considering our names as holy, we proclaim God’s name as holy, and we might notice that everyone else praying this prayer is asking the same thing.  We ask God to forgive our sins specifically because we have forgiven those who have sinned (or “trespassed”) against us.  And another thing; Jesus taught this prayer in first-person plural —as “we/our” and not “I/me.”  It should cause us to think of our faith as something we do together, not just individually.  A faith practiced and prayed according to the lessons of Jesus, then, is a faith that builds community and does not tear it down.  It uses prayer, not as a personal showpiece (Matthew 6:1-8 & 16-18), but as a vessel of God’s transforming, healing, and life-giving love.  It uses prayer to be salt and light to a dark and flavorless world (Matthew 5:13-16).  I could go on and on.

This Lent, dear Jesus, teach us to pray so we learn how to love.

Pastor Robert



Ash Wednesday Worship

Ash Wednesday

Worship

February 26th

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Ashes, Prayer, & The Hard Work of Repentance

Lent begins with a rather outlandish idea: let’s come and remember we’re finite and fallible, imperfect and mortal.  Far from the revelry of Springtime, Mardi Gras, and the planning for March Madness brackets, Lent makes for strange counter-programming, and skipping this time of repentance and deep looks inward would definitely be easier.

However, this crazy idea is also the first step in acknowledging our need for God.  Without confessing our sins and asking for forgiveness, we can never have Christ in our hearts, following him as Lord and Savior.  That’s why Ash Wednesday is so important, and why we’ll have the sanctuary open for twelve hours, from 7am-7pm.  Anytime during these hours, you are welcome to prayerfully begin your Lent in this unique worship experience.  You’ll receive a booklet to guide you through the stations, and your experience will end with ashes in the sign of the cross on your forehead.  There will also be booklets for Children and Youth so that they can go through Ash Wednesday in their own special way.  You can take as long as you need to process through the stations; your pace is between you and God.

During the Sundays in Lent, we’ll be diving into prayer through the Gospel of Matthew.  We’ll ask Jesus to teach us to pray so we learn to love, following Jesus as he is tempted in the wilderness (Ch. 4:1-11) and as he gives his disciples the Lord’s prayer during the Sermon on the Mount in Chapter 6.  We’ll also take a Sunday to hear about the work God is doing through our new church start at Lowell Correctional Institute in Reddick.  In all these times of worship, I hope you’ll worship through the ashes of repentant prayer so you may receive the world-changing forgiveness of God’s love.

As outlandish as Lent and Ash Wednesday may seem at first glance, the work to go through them always pays off.  Extracting ourselves from all the distractions around us, we can more effectively work with God to re-make us into the forgiven, loving, joyful, eternally peaceful person God created us to be!

I’ll see you on Ash Wednesday!  ~Robert

 



The Rest of the Story

I remember riding in the car with my sister and my father as we returned from our paternal visitation time, slowly winding over those rural Alabama highways and creating, for my 8-year-old self, one of the most boring drives ever.  One of the highlights of that drive, though, as we began to get within radio range of civilization, was listening to Paul Harvey’s hypnotic storytelling of “the rest of the story.”  Sometimes, unfortunately, we would drive out of civilization again before Mr. Harvey finished telling us the ending, so I was left hanging with interest, but not all of the facts; with some but not all of the context of the story I had just listened to.  It was maddening!

Many of you have told me you’ve felt that same maddening confusion as you’ve read news stories about the future of the United Methodist Church.  So here, in the limited amount of space I have in this newsletter, I want to give you the rest of the story as much as I am able. Here are some assertions I’ve seen personally in articles that I would like to correct in order to give you a better appreciation for the truth behind what you may have read or listened to:

  • “United Methodists could split over LGBTQ Issues” (headline from Los Angeles Times)

True.  Before the current issue in the UMC, other tensions made similar “church split” headlines during

  • racial integration in the 1950-70s,
  • the ordination of women in the 1940s and 50s,
  • alcohol prohibition and divorce in the 1930s and 40s,
  • and a regional split over slavery in the 1840s, to name a few.

News outlets have run with some version of this present split headline since roughly the 1972 General Conference, when a denomination-wide statement was put into our Book of Discipline that declared homosexuality “incompatible with Christian teaching.”  Since this statement was approved, it has remained contested as different groups seek to change it in one direction or the other.  General Conference happens quadrennially and, after decades of arguing over this issue, there are many plans being presented at General Conference 2020 for dividing the denomination.  Which leads me to my next headline:

  • “United Methodist Church Announces Proposal to Split Over Gay Marriage.” (headline from NPR)

While this article is informative, here’s the rest of the story.  First of all, the UMC did not announce anything, much less something as dramatic as a split.  Instead, an unofficial, diverse group of leaders from across the worldwide UMC participated in a professionally mediated discussion on how we, as United Methodists, might resolve this long-standing and bitter battle over human sexuality.  They reached a decision together and then released their proposal to much publicity right after the new year began.  In this mediation group were leaders from across the globe and across the belief spectrum on this issue, reacting to the disunity that was more apparent than ever after the 2019 Special-called General Conference. 

The product of their mediation was a document called “A Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.”  This Protocol has not even been sent to General Conference to be considered, but once it arrives, it will be competing with the 4 other major proposals dealing with the unity of the UMC amidst our disagreement over human sexuality.  Like any proposal at General Conference (similar to our US Government), it passes through committee, then to the floor of the Conference, where it will be put on the agenda with the whole host of other issues to be considered and voted upon.  Once the voting begins, there is the possibility that the 2020 General Conference will not adopt any proposal, and General Conference will reconvene in 2024 to, no doubt, revisit this issue.

Also, I find the word “split” particularly misleading.  It gives the impression of simplicity that does not exist because of our structure as a denomination.  The UMC, unlike other denominations, cannot simply “split.”  We are a complex knot, a connection of local congregations, mission outposts, evangelism efforts, colleges & universities, grade schools, hospitals, seminaries, disaster relief missions, administrative offices, and international conferences.  Our system is a blend of top-down and grassroots, and there are very few decisions made that are not also conversations with another group in the UMC connection.  For instance, decisions made by General Conference do not take effect until the beginning of the following year.  If any changes need to be made to our UMC Constitution, they must be ratified by delegates in Annual Conferences around the globe after General Conference.  Many of these separation plans would probably need that level of ratification.  Are you dizzy yet?  In the UMC, we all work together, and that makes church life more complex than a headline might lead you to believe.

Your church council has been hard at work in the past months to develop a round-table approach to help us all stay united in Christ as these winds of change and disagreement sweep over our United Methodist family.  St. Paul’s is a very friendly church, but it has been my observation, over the past six and a half years as your pastor, that we usually prefer to avoid talking about tough issues with each other.  While this may let us get along with each other on the surface, it can also result in a shallow relationship that does not withstand external pressure.  Both myself and the Church Council want our church family, in all its diversity, to weather this current season of external pressure and be stronger as a result of it.  Remember those moments when you talked about tough issues with a friend or a spouse and found yourself much closer as a result?  Those are the kind of conversations that we are aiming for this Spring as our denomination heads toward another contentious meeting.  With deeper relationships and a stronger sense of love for our neighbors in the pew, we will be better models of Christ’s love to those who don’t know Him yet.  I believe St. Paul’s already has what it takes to be this kind of a church.  In fact, I’ve seen you do it and love each other like this many times!  So this Spring, let’s put that love into practice and become closer friends with each other, even as the rest of the world fights and fumes.

Our Florida Conference website (flumc.org) will feature resources and commentary by our Bishop to help make sense of these confusing times. In addition to praying for the General Conference delegates, I encourage you to read, watch, and listen to primary-source material on this upcoming General Conference, to be held May 5-15 in Minneapolis.

  • Let me also recommend the website resourceumc.org, which has many articles and helps on General Conference, as well as some in-depth resources on the different separation plans up for consideration. On this site you can even watch a discussion with the panel who published “the Protocol,” as it’s being called, and I believe it will give you a greater sense of “the rest of the story” with General Conference 2020. 
  • The United Methodist News Service has a website at umnews.org, which often fills in the gaps that secular sources leave out when they report news.

In closing, let me assure you that Christianity has weathered these storms before, and will weather them again.  On Sunday, May 22nd, you will come back to worship here at St. Paul’s. The good news is; you will notice that we will still be worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ and ministry will continue here, regardless of how our General Conference votes.  In the middle of our culture of polarization, violence, and anxiety, it is important that the church be a place of unity, peace, and assurance that God is bigger than the issues we think divide us.  My prayer is that these round-table discussions provide understanding, clarity, and a safe place for difficult conversations during this confusing time.  I encourage you to participate in the Round Table discussions that are being planned.  In the meantime, I am here if you would like to discuss these issues further, and as always, I am honored to serve as your pastor during these important times for our UMC and our witness as disciples of Christ. 



December 2019

What came into being
through the Word was life,
    and the life was the light for all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
    and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.

~The Gospel of John, from The Common English Bible

 

John opens his Gospel, not with the Nativity story like Matthew and Luke, but with a Spirit-filled prelude about God’s Word coming down to earth, or “moving into the neighborhood,” as The Message translation puts it. God’s Word—not words on a page but something deeper—brings life. This life, John analogizes, is like an inextinguishable light shining in the darkness. Give me that light!

Light is a theme we often use during Advent and Christmas. We light the Advent Wreath, each candle pointing to an increased light and the One True Light coming into the world. We might go to a candlelight service on Christmas Eve, singing Silent Night by the light of hundreds of candles. As the days get darker, we talk more about this light and the impact it can have on our world.

This Advent we’ll talk about God’s light as we head toward Christmas. Will God’s light grow in your heart as you get closer to the celebration of the Nativity? How do you access God’s light in the middle of the darkness? How can you use God’s light to see danger ahead? How can Advent be a light to our path and life to our souls all year long?

Join us this Advent as we worship and learn from the light of the world. Each of the four Sundays in Advent (December 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd) we’ll delve deeper into this mystery, and we’ll culminate our season on Christmas Eve as we worship at 5:30pm (Service of the Nativity) and 8:00pm (Service of Carols & Candlelight).

Hope to see you there, and may the Light of the World be with you!

Robert

 



Devote Yourselves to Prayer…

Most of us are taught from an early age to live an unsatisfied life. We are trained to see our current situation as unsatisfactory, that if we can just get through the next challenge, get to the next life milestone, that we will have “made it” and life will be better for us. No sooner have we crossed that milestone, however, than we are off to the races again to get ahead of the next challenge or milestone in life. But what if we were just thankful for what we have now? Could gratitude change our life for the better? You bet! That’s exactly why the Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church in Colossae, encourages these early Christians with the scripture verse above. The ethic of gratitude focuses our souls on praising God, it drives us away from selfishness and narcissism, and it helps us enjoy this one life we have here on earth!

My first pastoral appointment began in the summer of 2007, just two months after I graduated seminary. I started that first Sunday morning with the knowledge that, after those three years in graduate school as a working student, a whole new education was about to begin. I’ve been blessed to officiate at many weddings and also presided over many funerals and memorial services. Some were for people I barely knew, while others were for people I had grown to deeply respect and admire. And yes, some were for scoundrels. But in all the services I’ve ever done, I can’t remember a single time the family said, “I wish dad had worked harder and bought us a bigger house,” or “I’m so sorry we didn’t have a nicer car.” Instead, when I hear families talk about their loved one, they talk about how their loved one made them feel. They express gratitude for the good memories, the hard times that they went through together, and the love they often felt, even when it was spoken only with a smile. This gratitude is what allows them to heal and travel through the valley of grief; and I am thankful for how these families have, time and time again, inspired me with their expressions of gratitude for their lived one. Gratitude doesn’t just affect the person feeling it; I’ve come to realize, it is infectious in its ability to inspire others, even when it’s done through the tears of mourning.

This November, I hope you’ll devote yourself to meditate on gratitude as we go from Sunday to Sunday. All Saints Sunday challenges us to be thankful for the Christians who have gone before us; the following Sunday will encourage us to be thankful for those who serve through our military and the service of our United Methodist Men of the year. On November 17th we are thankful for each other and for the work God is doing in our midst as we pledge another year of mission together. On November 24th, we express our gratitude for God’s love by loving those in our community who are less fortunate when we take our worship outside to bring in a harvest for Interfaith Emergency Services’ Food Pantry.

This month will be chock-full of gratitude, and my prayer is that it is infectious to everyone we meet!       

Gratefully Yours,

Robert

 



October 2019

October is the only month of the year that all the “big four” North American Sports Leagues schedule games. In October, the NBA begins basketball, the NHL is about one month into hockey, and both the National Football League and Major League Baseball are in full swing. In fact, there have been 19 days in which all four leagues have played games on the same day – something sports writers have called a “sports equinox.” It’s also interesting to note that the Canadian Football League and Major League Soccer are also playing games during this month, both approaching the ends of their respective regular seasons.
A lot of churches experience the same thing during this month too! It’s Charge Conference season, the Budget for the new year is getting planned out and many churches are doing some sort of Stewardship activity. Also, planning for fall festivals, pumpkin patches, Church School Open Houses and Trunk-or-Treats are going full-bore. Behind the scenes, the worship folks are already finalizing Advent and Christmas.
As we begin this latter-year lively-ness here at St. Paul’s, we begin this month with World Communion Sunday on October 6th, where we celebrate the worldwide church and our fundamental celebration of the Lord’s Supper. If you’ve got some sort of “traditional dress” that marks your heritage or nationality, you’re invited to wear it as we celebrate! October 7th marks our Charge Conference, connecting with other churches in our Mission Field as well as the larger United Methodist Church, certifying connectional items such as new candidates for ordained ministry, pastoral salary, and new officers for the coming year. We’ll be holding ours with the other churches of Mission Field Peter at Nueva Vida Central UMC at 7pm.  All members of St. Paul’s are welcome to come!
October also marks our annual “Trunk or Treat” for our community on October 27th here on the church grounds.  If you’re decorating a trunk for the event, please see the Trunk-or-Treat article for more detailed instructions! Last year we had over 500 people from our community come and get to know our church family!
Just at the beginning of November there is All Saints Sunday, this year on November 3rd during our morning worship. This solemn remembrance is a powerful way to remember our loved ones and friends who have gone to their eternal home during the past year. I hope you’ll choose to come and be a part of this important month in the life of St. Paul’s!
With the Peace of Christ,
Robert



Turning the page …

If you’re like me, then these calendar shifts in the year make you evaluate your life. While not as intensive as Lenten commitments, the summer is usually a time when I tend to think about these things, following my birthday in July and the new school year in August. I begin asking myself questions like: How am I doing in practicing my Christian faith? Are there any books I want to read? How am I doing emotionally? Are there relationships I need to repair, renew, or begin? Are there certain habits I want to recommit myself to, or certain things I’ve begun doing that I need to eliminate from my life? This summer I began to look for new resources to help me in preaching from the lectionary (which is a new thing for me). With a set series of readings each week, the lectionary gives you a “menu” of scripture each week to read and reflect upon, not just for a sermon but for anyone looking to develop or strengthen a regular scripture reading habit. In searching for resources, I’ve found some great material for devotions and reading based on the lectionary that I wanted to pass on to you if you are searching for a good habit to start in this new school year. If you have a smart phone, then podcasts can be a great way for you to listen to the Bible or to reflections based upon the week’s lectionary readings. One of my new favorites is “This Week’s Lectionary with the CEB,” which is a reading of the week’s Scriptures, plain and simple. Another is “Lectionary Lab Live,” which is technically meant for preachers but is really useful for anyone looking for fun and light-hearted Bible inspiration during the week. I also bought a new Bible this summer, a “CEB Lectio Divina Prayer Bible” to help me use this ancient Bible Reading practice more effectively in my life. Lectio Divina is a great way to systematically read and reflect on the Bible, and this edition is set up in sections to read prayerfully and actively. While I know I won’t always preach from the lectionary, I’ve found it has enriched my spiritual life greatly; and I hope these resources will help you in your walk with Christ as well! I’m here to help, and please let me know if there are resources that have helped you along the way!   

With the Peace of Christ,

Robert