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.

Terror and Amazement

Happy Easter! 

I’ll bet you a cup of coffee that you didn’t expect to see “Terror and Amazement” with these beautiful pastel colors on an Easter Sunday blog post.  No, those aren’t the words we normally associate with Easter, but that’s what Mark gives us.  He’s a horrible storyteller, ending his account of Jesus’s life with the women fleeing from the empty tomb and telling no one because they were so afraid.  Where’s the Thomas moment?  Fish for breakfast by the seashore?  A walk to Emmaus anyone?  But alas, this is the way Mark chose to tell us his story, and it has so unnerved the church that they tried at least twice, according to most Biblical scholars, to amend the end of the story after verse 8.  What’s the deal with this terrible ending…or is it one at all?  We’ll find out on Sunday 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: 4/4/2021 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 Services On Easter Sunday we’ll have two outdoor, in-person services in our church courtyard between the Sanctuary and the Fellowship Hall: 

  • 7am Sunrise Worship: We’ll worship outsidephysically distanced and masked.  This Service will also include Holy Communion.  If you have it available, please bring your own chair, blanket, or something to sit on as we worship! 
  • 9am Easter Celebration: We’ll worship outside, physically distanced and masked here as well.  This service will not have Holy Communion. If you have it available, please bring your own chair, blanket, or something to sit on as we worship! 

Registration is not needed for either outdoor service.  

Our Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 9am in the Fellowship Hall. This week the nursery will be open for the 9:00am service and after the service and children or families are invited to come down to the Fellowship Hall to pick up a special Easter surprise! 

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. This week they aren’t meeting so they can spend time with their family. 

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. 

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. 

 


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.