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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Reclaiming Our Power

Happy 4th Sunday after Pentecost! 

This Sunday during worship I will be on the road with our SPYouth as they lead a mission trip to Gulf Shores, and while I’m away, Deborah Pritts will be preaching and leading the service with Jo Crowder, our Director of Music Ministries.   Deborah is a retired United Methodist Minister from New York, and you also know her as our accompanist as she works with Jo to develop music for our worship each Sunday.  She’ll be preaching on Psalm 8 as she speaks about “Reclaiming our Power.” 

Many experiences during the pandemic have caused us to feel powerless and limited in our ability to function as God’s people in our church and in God’s world.  We will be reminding ourselves of our true identity in God, the limited yet critical nature of our contribution to God’s world, and the importance of “holy boldness” as we move forward.   

Worship with us in-person or on Facebook live during these Spirit-filled Sundays of Summer as we explore Reclaiming Our Power in the truest sense of the word – with God at the center.   

Sunday’s Livestream Service—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:30 so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can find a direct link to our Facebook page at stpaulsworship.org You will be able to 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. There will be a pop-up asking you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. We will also post the Livestream service to YouTube after the service is over. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service –Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.   Our current COVID Protocols have changed, so please go to our website to get the latest COVID-19 Update.  We will no longer be doing registration or temperature checks at the door, but we will still be entering from the south Narthex doors (facing the Fellowship Hall).  There will be space for those who still wish to social distance, and masks are still welcome, but not required, for worship. 

 

There are no regular Children’s ministries this week as our SPKidz Team is going on the mission trip! Our regular Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:15am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Please pray for the SPYouth this week as they are on a mission trip! There will be no meeting at the church this week. The next Praise New Generation practice is in July! Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth 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. 



Growing in the New Creation

Happy 3rd Sunday after Pentecost! 

Worship this week is about growing into the new creation that we are called to be in Christ. So, think about about growing.  We need stories to help us see what living as a disciple is like. We tell our stories, and we tell stories of others as examples of a faithful life.  What is your story of growth with God?  How has your relationship with God grown over the years, or has it?  If God were to co-author a book with you, what would be the title?   

Jesus was also good at telling stories and using metaphors, as we can see in our reading from Mark 4:26-34.  They were hints of stories, glimpses of something just out of reach. Some find these stories or images confusing. “Why doesn’t he just tell us plain?” Well, some things are too complex to be plain. Sometimes you have to share the bigger picture in order to see.  Jesus’s stories and metaphors were his way of giving us the eternal, other-worldly glimpses of the New Creation; a reality we were unable to see with our own eyes, unable to realize with our own efforts.

As we read about in 2 Corinthians 5:6-17, in Christ we are a new creation, reconciled to God. Just as it says, when someone comes to Christ – BOOM! There is a new creation!  So therefore, we are agents of God’s reconciling love for all creation. How, then, do we do the right thing and stay grounded in God’s love?

Worship with us in-person or on Facebook live during these Spirit-filled Sundays of Summer as we explore growing in the new creation– with God at the center of that new creation – the Kin-dom of God.  See you soon! 

Sunday’s Livestream Service—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:30 so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can find a direct link to our Facebook page at stpaulsworship.org You will be able to 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. There will be a pop-up asking you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. We will also post the Livestream service to YouTube after the service is over. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service –Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.   Our current COVID Protocols have changed, so please go to our website to get the latest COVID-19 Update.  We will no longer be doing registration or temperature checks at the door, but we will still be entering from the south Narthex doors (facing the Fellowship Hall).  There will be space for those who still wish to social distance, and masks are still welcome, but not required, for worship. 

 

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

SPYouth will be meeting from 4:00pm-5:00pm. The next Praise New Generation practice is in July! Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth meeting from 4:00pm-5:00pm every Sunday.  

On Sunday we have a special Kingdom of the Sun Brass Quintet concert, and we invite you to come!  The concert will be in the courtyard between the worship building and the Fellowship Hall at 6:30.  The concert is free, but a love offering for Kingdom of the Sun will be taken during the concert.  Please bring your own chair and some friends and family for this special summertime concert. 

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. 



Coming Home

Happy 2nd Sunday after Pentecost! 

Where do you go for sabbath rest? For time with God, alone or in community? Where is the place? When is the time? How do you plan for a time when you surrender fully to the presence of God and set aside everything else?  If you had only one word to describe that comfortable, anchored place, it would probably be home. 

That’s where we start this week, in Mark 3:20-35. Jesus went home – except it wasn’t home. Other translations don’t say home. One says he entered a house or the place he was staying. In other gospels, the text says he doesn’t have a home. But maybe that’s after he tried to go. Maybe that is the result of finding that homes aren’t the haven you hoped they would be.  That’s certainly what Jesus found in our passage today.  Jesus went home, and his family tried to restrain him, and his neighbors tried to call him out. Welcome home, Jesus.  

We think of home as a place of renewal. We think we can go home and rest. And we can, but only if our focus is right. Home won’t renew us, won’t build us up, unless the focus of our home is on the One who raises us into a new kin-dom, a new reality. Unless it is our true home, “not made with hands but eternal in the heavens.” That is the place of renewal, of strengthening. And it is available now as it will be in eternity. It is our peace, our grace now and a grace to be shared. A home to be built, here and now with all the people of God. 

Worship with us in-person or on Facebook live  during these Spirit-filled Sundays of Summer as we explore coming home in the truest sense of the word – with God at the center.  See you soon! 

Sunday’s Livestream Service—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:30 so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can find a direct link to our Facebook page at stpaulsworship.org You will be able to 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. There will be a pop-up asking you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. We will also post the Livestream service to YouTube after the service is over. Sunday will include Holy Communion, which ou are invited to participate in, even if you’re not attending in-person.  Before worship, grab some bread and grape juice and join us as we partake in God’s grace through the sacrament. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service –Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.   Our current COVID Protocols have changed, so please go to our website to get the latest COVID-19 Update.  We will no longer be doing registration or temperature checks at the door, but we will still be entering from the south Narthex doors (facing the Fellowship Hall).  There will be space for those who still wish to social distance, and masks are still welcome, but not required, for worship.  As you enter the sanctuary for Holy Communion, you’ll be invited to take pre-packaged bread and grape juice with you so you can be a part of the Sacrament. 

As a United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s celebrates Holy Communion with an open table, meaning we don’t have any tradition of refusing Holy Communion to anyone who comes forward with an open heart to celebrate with us.  We believe God’s grace is available to all who come forward to receive it, so we feel the same way about God’s grace through Holy Communion!

 Our regular Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall.  

The schedule for SPYouth is different this Sunday. They will be meeting from 6:00pm-7:30pm. The next Praise New Generation practice is in July! Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth 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. 



Born Again of the Spirit

Happy Trinity Sunday! 

This is the first Sunday after Pentecost.  The beginning of a long season that takes us all the way through the rest of the liturgical year until we reach Advent once again in November. So, this journey has some length to it. It’s also the church’s journey, the church’s story. The first half of the year, from Advent until Pentecost is Jesus’ story. From Pentecost, then, the story shifts to us—to all the followers really, to how we seek to live out the call to discipleship, how we fulfill the commission that Jesus gave us as he ascended. And we begin our journey by turning to our Creator first.  This isn’t an accident, as you might surmise. In part at least, this is a reminder that we are who we are because of who God is. Our identity is in God. Our story is wrapped up in “The Story” or in “God’s Story.” 

Today we dive into the story of “Nick at Night,” from John 3:1-17.  We’ve landed in this story recently already, but this week, as we celebrate Trinity Sunday on the Sunday after Pentecost, it’s a time to look again at this familiar passage.  This Greek-named Pharisee is coming to Jesus with questions, but what he needs is a re-orientation of his entire worldview in relation to God.  He needs a new birth of understanding, a new vision of God’s eternity, a conversion to a different life. 

This Sunday should be a time of wonder and awe. Let us pray to the God who astounds us, who surprises us, who can’t be nailed down. We tried that, remember, it didn’t work out so well! So, let’s open up to something bigger, something that inspires and transforms, something that unsettles a little bit too. The God we worship doesn’t want to leave us as we are, but to continually transform us. That is never an easy and often an uncomfortable process. But let’s prepare ourselves to tell the church’s story by reminding us that there is a God who guides us, who calls us, who claims us, and who loves us. Let’s be reminded that we are made new in the Spirit, continually renewed in the Spirit, as we seek to make disciples of ourselves and the world. 

 

 

Sunday’s Livestream Service—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:30 so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can find a direct link to our Facebook page at stpaulsworship.org You will be able to 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. There will be a pop-up asking you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. We will also post the Livestream service to YouTube after the service is over. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service –Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.   Our current COVID Protocols have changed, so please go to our website to get the latest COVID-19 Update.  We will no longer be doing registration or temperature checks at the door, but we will still be entering from the south Narthex doors (facing the Fellowship Hall).  There will be space for those who still wish to social distance, and masks are still welcome, but not required, for worship. 

 

Our regular Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall.  

This week there is no Praise New Generation or SPYouth meeting. The next scheduled SPYouth meeting is June 6 and the next Praise New Generation practice is in July! Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth 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. 



Spirit Poured Out

Happy Pentecost!

Pentecost worship is about joy, and the invitation is to let the Spirit be poured out on you. But remember, that “you” is plural in the Scripture we will read from Acts 2:1-21. Let the Spirit be poured out on all y’all. It was because everyone was gathered together that this happened.  The Spirit is, essentially, corporate. Whether you’re attending worship online or in-person as we open up more capacity for our sanctuary, this gift, the Spirit poured out, is for the whole body, not just for a few.

The story of Pentecost is also about bridging gaps of understanding between people who see the world differently based on their cultures, languages, or political affiliations.  All these different people heard about God’s deeds of power in their own languages, and they began to understand, thanks to Peter’s preaching, that God was bringing the work of Jesus to continued fruition, this time to people groups outside the 12 tribes of Israel and Judah.  The Holy Spirit directly contradicts our tendency to tribalism, which is a lesson we could use these days.  As a part of our Christian faith, we should seek out and learn from people different than us who can show us the unique work of the Holy Spirit.

For worship on Sunday, let’s wear red, which signifies the Holy Spirit, as a symbol of our celebration!

Sunday’s Livestream Service—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:30 so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can find a direct link to our Facebook page at stpaulsworship.org You will be able to 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. There will be a pop-up asking you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. We will also post the Livestream service to YouTube after the service is over.

Sunday’s In-Person Service –Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.   Our current COVID Protocols have changed, so please go to our website to get the latest COVID-19 Update.  We will no longer be doing registration or temperature checks at the door, but we will still be entering from the south Narthex doors (facing the Fellowship Hall).  

 

Our nursery and SPKidz ministry will meet this week, but our iClub has the week off. Our regular Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall.

This week there is no Praise New Generation or SPYouth meeting. The next scheduled SPYouth meeting is June 6 and the next Praise New Generation practice is in July! Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth 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.



We Are Yours

 

Happy Week 7 of Easter! 

This Sunday we recognize our Youth as they lead us in worship, and we also recognize our graduating seniors as they head off into more independence after High School.  It seems like yesterday they were 6th graders in my first Confirmation Class here at St. Paul’s!  We’ll be presenting the 5 of them with Bibles that have all been signed by the congregation, wishing them well and offering encouragement for the road ahead.  As many of you can attest, there is a lot of growing up yet to do, and these upcoming years will be pivotal to them and who they become as adults.  So we celebrate, encourage, and lift them up for prayers as we worship! 

So the passage this week from the Revised Common Lectionary, recording Jesus’s words as he prays, seem perfect for a Youth Sunday and Senior Recognition Sunday.  This prayer that John records is a prayer that Jesus prayed for his disciples. The part that includes us (“but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word,” John 15:20) happens just after our text for this week. But we can be included anyway. Jesus is praying for us! What an amazing thing. Set this thought alongside the idea of Ascension, which happens on the church calendar on the 13th of May this year. Jesus is leaving, but Jesus is with us. Jesus takes his place at the right hand of God, returns to the circle of the Trinity, but at the same time continues to be present with us. 

Worship this final week of Easter needs to be a celebration of living the Resurrection with the Resurrected one at our side. It is a reminder that we are not alone, that we continue to journey with the one who calls us and the one who saves us; even as we look forward to the one who will empower us to continue the work of building toward the kin-dom of God. 

 

Sunday’s Livestream Service—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes early, so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can find a direct link to our Facebook page at stpaulsworship.org You will be able to 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. There will be a pop-up asking you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. We will also post the Livestream service to YouTube after the service is over. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service –Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.   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 month.  

 

Our nursery will still be open this week, but our Children’s ministries are invited to join their parents in the Sanctuary for Youth Sunday! Our regular Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall.  

This week is Senior Recognition Sunday and Youth Sunday, so our regular Youth Schedule is cancelled for this week. Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth 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. 



No Greater Love

Happy Week 6 of Easter! 

This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you.  No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends.”  ~Jesus of Nazareth 

On Sunday, we are called to celebrate the love that has been poured out on us and then to strive to exemplify this love in our lives. Some of that loving is nurturing and supporting and caring, like the mother we describe at our best. Like the mother many of us had. So, how do we encourage acts of loving? How do we shape a life of loving in a difficult world?  

What does a life of sacrificial love look like?  For many, it looks like a mother’s love. For others, it might need to be more personal, more individual.  The call to sacrificial love is an encouraging call, rather than an impossible dream. We can do this; we can love like this. We know because we’ve been loved like this.  We know how to do it because of Jesus. 

Sunday’s Livestream Service—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes early, so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can find a direct link to our Facebook page at stpaulsworship.org You will be able to 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. There will be a pop-up asking you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. We will also post the Livestream service to YouTube after the service is over. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service –Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.   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 month.  

 

Our Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth 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. 



Abide in Me

 

Happy Week 5 of Easter! 

As we read John 15:1-8, abiding in the presence of Christ is our call this week.  How do we abide and how do we encourage abiding behavior at St. Paul’s? And perhaps most important, what does abide even mean?  It means to seek those moments when we can be in Christ’s presence, can soak up that word, can sing of praise and healing, loving and reconciling. We stay close, connected like a vine to branches. But how?  As we worship, we’ll look at how we can stay connected to the vine, abiding in Jesus and in God’s reconciling love.   

Sunday’s Livestream Service—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes early, so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can find a direct link to our Facebook page at stpaulsworship.org You will be able to 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. There will be a pop-up asking you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. We will also post the Livestream service to YouTube after the service is over. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service –Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.   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 month.  

 

Our Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth 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. 

 
 


Listen to My Voice

 

Happy Week 4 of Easter! 

This Easter, as we engage and learn from scripture, we look at ways we can live the resurrection in our lives and be ambassadors of that resurrection to the world.  Continuing the sensory journey from the previous weeks, we now go to hearing.  

In Jesus’ parable of the good shepherd, he says that the sheep listen to his voice. They hear his voice and they know his voice.  It’s something sheep do when they are familiar with their shepherd.  Now, what is interesting is that he is speaking of the sheep of other folds, not the ones in front of him.  So, how do we hear the voice of God? How can we be sure were listening to the shepherd and not someone else? 

Let’s open our hearts, our minds, and our ears as we worship together in-person and livestream on Sunday! 

Sunday’s Livestream Service—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes early, so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can find a direct link to our Facebook page at stpaulsworship.org You will be able to 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. There will be a pop-up asking you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. We will also post the Livestream service to YouTube after the service is over. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service –Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.   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 month.  

 

Our Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth 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. 

 


Touch and See

Happy Week 3 of Easter! 

This Easter, as we engage and learn from scripture, we look at ways we can live the resurrection in our lives and be ambassadors of that resurrection to the world.  This Sunday is a continuation of the previous week’s theme. The story of Thomas from last week had an emphasis on seeing; here it is on touching.  

In our reading for today, taken from Luke 24:36b-48, Jesus is trying to ground the disciples’ faith in the reality of his presence, in the concreteness of his being.  He reaches their hearts, not through magic tricks, a dramatic stage performance, and spectacle, but instead He tells them to touch him; he eats in front of them. In doing this, He is announcing that he is real, not pie in the sky by and by.  

The question for us is: What can we provide, what hands-on proof can we give that Jesus is alive among us?  With the remnants of the pandemic around us still, touching might be problematic.  Perhaps making contact or making an impact would be a way of understanding touching in this new world in which we live.  What are the communities around us in which we can make an impact for Christ? Where can we connect with real people with real needs, people who are on the margins of our society?  Where can we connect with communities looked down upon by many, but that could be lifted by our attention, our touch?  We’ll explore that as we read from the Gospel of Luke’s Easter stories. 

 

Sunday’s Livestream ServiceWe recommend logging into your Facebook account about 10-15 minutes early, so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can find a direct link to our Facebook page at stpaulsworship.org You will be able to 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. There will be a pop-up asking you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. We will also post the Livestream service to YouTube after the service is over. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service –Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.   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 month.  

 

Our Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth 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.