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 Word of the Lord

Happy Fourth Sunday after Epiphany!  

The prophet Jeremiah lived in interesting times.  His prophetic ministry occurred during the turbulent times of the late seventh and early sixth centuries BCE.  He lived to witness the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians in 597, 586, and 582, and was himself exiled from his homeland as his prophetic ministry ended.  Despite the punishment for their sin and the turbulence of the times, Jeremiah still saw hope and a future for God’s people and their covenant.  He saw this hope because he was grounded in his call as a prophet and servant of God.  He heard “the Word of the Lord,” and followed it, even through suffering, self-doubt, and misunderstanding.   

Just like Jeremiah, each of us has “the Word of the Lord” upon us.  What is this Word telling you about your call, and your responsibilities?  What does God already have you involved in that he’s calling you to use for a purpose?  Once you grab hold of that purpose, hear, and follow that Word, you are in that special sacred place that we read about in the Scriptures.  Whether that purpose could be considered large, significant and visible, or dutiful, out of the spotlight and low-pressure, God still calls it holy and significant, and will equip us for that purpose, whether we believe ourselves worthy or not.    

Let’s worship and meditate on the Word of the Lord as we gather on Sunday.  I’ll see you then! 

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.  Masks are required at worship. 

 

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. 



Lessons Learned at the Water Gate

Happy Third Sunday after Epiphany!  

The bungled break-in at the Watergate Hotel in the summer of 1972 ultimately brought down the Presidency of Richard Nixon and forever changed the lives of many who were part of that administration. As a result, a whole new vocabulary was introduced into our political dictionary. Any potential scandal is now quickly identified by the suffix “gate”—such as Iran-gate or Whitewater-gate. 

Did you know that another important event is associated with the Water Gate? Not a hotel, but an actual gate in Jerusalem through which people accessed water for their homes and businesses.  This story is found in the Old Testament, in the book of Nehemiah. A remnant had returned from exile. The wall around the city of Jerusalem had been restored. Now moral and spiritual rebuilding had to take place so the remnant would come to see themselves as people of God once again. 

Ezra, the scribe, is the key figure. The Instruction (Torah) from Moses is the key document. The people of God are active participants. The Spirit of God is the empowering agent. What are the lessons learned from this experience?  We’ll see on Sunday as we look at this episode from the Bible and hear the Word of God for us today.  See you then, in-person or online! 

 

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. Masks are currently required for anyone attending worship. 

 

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. 



What’s In A Name?

Happy Second Sunday after Epiphany!  

Prospective parents spend countless hours every year trying to decide on just the right name for an expected child. “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” doesn’t ring true. We want just the right moniker for our progeny. Why? What’s so important about a name anyway?  

This Sunday we read from the prophet Isaiah, Chapter 62:1-5.  It’s a passage full of illustrations that Isaiah makes to help his congregation appreciate the good things God has for those who remain faithful in the face of adversity.  The central illustrations in this passage involve names that Israel will be called at the fulfillment of God’s promise, evoking images of peace, partnership, prosperity, and goodness.  So, what’s your name to God, and what does it mean?  How has God changed your name through salvation and his promise of partnership with you?  It’s not just an imagination exercise, it’s a way to tell our stories to those who don’t know God.  We’ll talk about living our faith and our faith-names as we read from Isaiah and reflect on some important named figures in the faith – namely Martin Luther King, Jr.. 

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.