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.

The Wonder of a Manger

Happy Fourth Sunday of Advent!  

Our understandings of power and significance are not too far removed from those living in the first century. When we think of kings, we think of gold, jewels, crowns, and pomp and circumstance. We equate significance with possessions and power. On Sunday, however, we’re presented with a much different picture of a king in Luke 2:1-16.  God’s humble entrance into the world as a helpless baby lying in a feeding trough challenges our worldview and communicates that all—regardless of power or position—have equal access to God.  What child is this?  What king is this? 

Everything about the Nativity scene is humble and lowly. No one there deserved to be in the presence of the divine, but God intentionally chose humble beginnings to show us the extent God is willing to go to save us all.  God stripped off heavenly glory and power and became one of us. God became human, took on the human condition, and embodied Love for us. Jesus showed us how to be truly human by loving others, serving others, redeeming others, and bringing reconciliation. Because of the nature of his entrance into the world, Jesus is accessible to all, and that is the true wonder of the manger. 

 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 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 mask, and masks are no longer required at worship for those who are vaccinated. 

 

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 will be taking some time off from practice. Look for their next practice in January. Our regular Youth schedule most weeks 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 Wonder of a Name

Happy Third Sunday of Advent!  

What’s in a name?  Shakespeare asked it, and Johnny Cash sang about it in his song A Boy Named Sue.  When the angel appears to Mary in Luke 1:26-33, the angel tells her exactly what’s in Jesus’s name: salvation.  God is fulfilling the promise made to David by sending Jesus to establish the kingdom of God. Mary would have at least heard of the promises God made to David, and Luke uses similar language in the Annunciation in order for the audience to recall 2 Samuel 7. The coming of David’s offspring means restoration, the end of oppression, and rest from evil. Mary sings for joy about Jesus’ fulfillment of this promise in her well-known song, the Magnificat, found in Luke 1:46-55. 

Although today a person’s name is not necessarily directly linked to his or her persona or identity, names are still important. Sometimes parents pass down family names or names reminiscent of their heritage. Other times parents attempt to choose a unique name—one that no other child may have. Many parents use a name to attempt to set their child apart.  Identity in Christ – sharing in his name – is more powerful and important than any other identity you may embody. Jesus’ name brings freedom and salvation in a way that no other name can.  So, besides your birth name given by your parents, do you also share the name of Jesus as your identity?  Names are significant, and Jesus’ name tells us just who he is to us: our salvation. 

 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 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 mask, and masks are no longer required at worship for those who are vaccinated. 

 

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 will be taking some time off from practice. Look for their next practice in January. Our regular Youth schedule most weeks 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 Wonder of a Star

Happy Second Sunday of Advent!  

This second Sunday of Advent we will start an exciting new Advent worship series, The Wonder of Christmas. We’ll explore four elements of the Christmas story that teach us about the wonder of God’s great love for us: a star, a name, a manger, a promise. As we look to these wonder-filled aspects of the Christmas story, we will rediscover that the true wonder of Christmas is found in the love of Christ and made real in our hearts when we share that love with others.   

This week, we’ll look at The Wonder of a Star as we read from Matthew 2:1-12.  For the magi, the star was a sign, and our own lives are full of signs today—signs that point to God. What in your life is pointing you to God? What are your signs? Will you be like Herod, who closed his eyes, recoiled from the signs, and remained too proud to get off his throne? Or will you be like the magi, who had the eyes to see, the courage to follow, and the humility to worship? 

Join us this Advent as we embrace and celebrate the true wonder of Christmas, believing that because of God’s great love and light in Jesus Christ, anything is possible!   

 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 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 mask, and masks are no longer required at worship for those who are vaccinated. 

 

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 most weeks 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.