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 One Who Comes

Happy Palm Sunday! 

On Palm Sunday, we’re beginning the epic story that is Holy Week.  Palm Sunday represents a turning point in Jesus’s ministry as we welcome him triumphantly into Jerusalem.  We celebrate the victory that his ministry represents but around us, other things are going on leading to the climax of the story in this following week.  We watch as Jesus teaches, preforms miracles, drives the authorities crazy, and ultimately is betrayed, executed, and left for dead.  It seems this whole Jesus episode has been one big, tragic April Fool’s prank. 

This Sunday we’ll look at Jesus Christ as King, taking our cue from Mark 11:1-11.  We’ll also read Paul’s description of Jesus’s kingship in Philippians 2:5-11.  The title Jesus was most often referred by, “Christ,” isn’t his last name but a royal title that translates to the anointed one.  Kings were always anointed with oil when they were crowned in the Old Testament, and one of the central things Jesus taught about was the Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven, which is the kind of reality God means to usher in through the Messiah, and the kind of life we ought to live as Christians.  This makes us citizens and subjects of that Kingdom and of the authority of Christ.  So…what does true Kingship look like from God’s perspective? What kind of King did God have in mind when he sent Jesus?  What does that mean for us and our leadership of our familiesbusinesses, or whatever “kingdoms” we rule over?  Let’s open our hearts, our minds, and our Bibles as we worship on Sunday morning! 

 

This Holy Week we hope you will join us for one or more of our special services: Good Friday at 7pm either in person (register at cometoworship.org) or livestream on Facebook, 7am Sunrise Service in the Courtyard, 9am Easter Celebration Service in the Courtyard, or at 10:30am on YouTube.  

Exciting announcement—we are looking forward to April 18th when our in-person service will move to 10:30am (still with limited capacity, mask-wearing, and required registration) and we will be livestreaming our service on Facebook. If you have any questions about this change or need some help accessing Facebook please call the church office. We will be discontinuing the YouTube premiere service at that time, but hope to still post the livestream service on YouTube for those who can’t access Facebook. Please register for the upcoming 10:30 service at cometoworship.org. 

Sunday’s Online ServiceIf you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through thYouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 3/28/2021 Online Service.  The premiere page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!   

Sunday’s In-Person Service Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuarystarting at 9:00am, until April 11th. 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 9am in the Fellowship Hall. This week they are meeting at 8:30am in the Fellowship Hall for a special Palm Sunday activity! 

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. 

 


Written on the Heart

Happy Fifth Sunday of Lent! 

In John 12:20-25, “some Greeks” come and want to get a firsthand look at Jesus. And what do they see? Not a miraculous healer nor a wonderful preacher, they see a man on his way to death, giving his closest friends his Last Will and Testament.  As the prophet Jeremiah speaks into the hopelessness surrounding him, he also delivers the unexpected: a call to hope in a new covenant, not written on stone tablets, but on the very hearts of the people.  What do these two passages have to teach us about discipleship?  We’ll explore that and remind ourselves why we are here as we open our hearts, our minds, and our Bibles in worship! 

 

Sunday’s Online ServiceIf you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through thYouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 3/21/2021 Online Service.  The premiere page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!   

Sunday’s In-Person Service – We‘ve launched our in-person indoor worship in the Sanctuarystarting at 9:00am. 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 monthWe will also be livestreaming this service on Facebook as we explore ways to expand our online presence. 

Our Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 9am 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. SPYouth will be having a special event this Sunday—check with childrenandyouth@spocala.org for more information! 

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. 

 


Look Up and Live

Happy Fourth Sunday of Lent! 

Snakes!  Why did it have to be snakes?!  As the Israelites are wondering their way to the promised land, they are stricken with a plague of poisonous snakes that begin to bite and kill them.  Praying for relief, Moses is directed to fashion a bronze snake and put it on a pole so that everyone who looks at the snake will live.  It’s a rather eccentric story tucked in the backwoods of the Old Testament, and it sounds extremely odd to our post-modern ears.   

It would be difficult to preach this text from Numbers 21:4-9 without making reference to the Gospel reading for this week in John 3:14-21. It is John’s explication of this story that fits most neatly into our Lenten journey. John has Jesus reference this story from Numbers as a way of explaining what he, Jesus, was there to do. It is the first reference to being lifted up and goes back to this story with snakes and poison and grumbling people.  What could be so uplifting about a story of a snake on a stick?  Well, you’ll find out on Sunday! 

 

Sunday’s Online ServiceIf you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through thYouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 3/14/2021 Online Service.  The premiere page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!   

Sunday’s In-Person Service – We‘ve launched our in-person indoor worship in the Sanctuarystarting at 9:00am. 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 monthThis Sunday we are not offering in-person worship, but we will return to in-person worship next week, the 10th of January. 

Our Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 9am 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.