Tearing Apart the Heavens


Happy Epiphany AND Baptism of the Lord Sunday! 


Welcome to worship everyone!  Yes, we’re combining a lot into worship, celebrating what would normally be two Sundays into one.  But this year, as we look at our world so differently, and as we see our need for the presence of Christ so clearly in light of recent events, it might make more sense than ever to combine these two Sundays.  This new year, while we are glad to have the old one over with, is still a year where we need the light of Christ to shine brightly within our human experience.  If we don’t see it after this week, then we’re really in trouble.  We need to find that light, we need to use it to keep our own spiritual chins up, but we also need it so we can point others to Christ.  We need to remember that Christ works in us as well as beyond us.  We’ll read from Acts 19:1-7 and Mark 1:4-11, as well as Matthew 2:1-12 on this important Sunday.  We’ll reaffirm our Baptisms and our commitment to God’s work of bringing all things together in Christ, the things in heaven along with the things on earth.” (Ephesians 1:10)  

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: 1/10/21 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. This Sunday’s SPYouth meeting will be an informational session on this year’s mission trip. 

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.