The Wonder of a Name

Happy Third Sunday of Advent!  

What’s in a name?  Shakespeare asked it, and Johnny Cash sang about it in his song A Boy Named Sue.  When the angel appears to Mary in Luke 1:26-33, the angel tells her exactly what’s in Jesus’s name: salvation.  God is fulfilling the promise made to David by sending Jesus to establish the kingdom of God. Mary would have at least heard of the promises God made to David, and Luke uses similar language in the Annunciation in order for the audience to recall 2 Samuel 7. The coming of David’s offspring means restoration, the end of oppression, and rest from evil. Mary sings for joy about Jesus’ fulfillment of this promise in her well-known song, the Magnificat, found in Luke 1:46-55. 

Although today a person’s name is not necessarily directly linked to his or her persona or identity, names are still important. Sometimes parents pass down family names or names reminiscent of their heritage. Other times parents attempt to choose a unique name—one that no other child may have. Many parents use a name to attempt to set their child apart.  Identity in Christ – sharing in his name – is more powerful and important than any other identity you may embody. Jesus’ name brings freedom and salvation in a way that no other name can.  So, besides your birth name given by your parents, do you also share the name of Jesus as your identity?  Names are significant, and Jesus’ name tells us just who he is to us: our salvation. 


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.