The Wonder of a Manger

Happy Fourth Sunday of Advent!  

Our understandings of power and significance are not too far removed from those living in the first century. When we think of kings, we think of gold, jewels, crowns, and pomp and circumstance. We equate significance with possessions and power. On Sunday, however, we’re presented with a much different picture of a king in Luke 2:1-16.  God’s humble entrance into the world as a helpless baby lying in a feeding trough challenges our worldview and communicates that all—regardless of power or position—have equal access to God.  What child is this?  What king is this? 

Everything about the Nativity scene is humble and lowly. No one there deserved to be in the presence of the divine, but God intentionally chose humble beginnings to show us the extent God is willing to go to save us all.  God stripped off heavenly glory and power and became one of us. God became human, took on the human condition, and embodied Love for us. Jesus showed us how to be truly human by loving others, serving others, redeeming others, and bringing reconciliation. Because of the nature of his entrance into the world, Jesus is accessible to all, and that is the true wonder of the manger. 


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 You can chat once the Livestream service has started. If you don’t have a Facebook account you can also access the Livestream at 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.  

Praise New Generation will be taking some time off from practice. Look for their next practice in January. 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 for updated info. 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us. You may contact the church office by email at 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.