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 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. 



This is a Day of New Beginnings

Happy 11th Sunday after Pentecost! Oh, and Happy Back to School! 

This coming Sunday is a day of new beginnings, but in an old mess.  As a worship planning team, we had high hopes that this Sunday would be a freer worship experience, welcoming everyone back from their summer vacations and starting this new part of the year we so love here at St. Paul’s.  Once school starts, the sounds of children come back to us here at the church, and quite honestly it just fills a void, like things are finally all put back together.  However, this year, with a surge in Coronavirus cases and a society that is tired of precautions, it looks like our worship celebration will have a different context.  Blessing of the Backpacks, something we all love doing as a part of worship, will take on an added importance as we pray for those who work and study in schools this year amid a raging pandemic. 

But, whatever the mess may be around us, we have the promise in Scripture that God is with us.  There will always be one thing or another that is out of whack, messy, and unfortunate, and we practice our faith that world.   How can we sing the songs of God in such a strange land?  Sunday we’ll read from 1 Peter 1:13-21 and Psalm 137:1-6.  While the Psalmist empathizes with us, Peter gives us great advice for the messy business of dealing with other people.  Come, or attend online and be a part of learning how to live with the mess and see God in the middle of it. 

Sunday’s Livestream Service—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 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 –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.  

The next Praise New Generation practice is August 15th! Our Youth is taking a break this week and will relaunch next Sunday, August 15th. 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.