This is the Sign


Happy First Sunday of Lent! 


So, entering the season of Lent this week, let me ask you a question: What could you do with a rock-solid promise? What would the security of a promise do to make your life different? Today we’re going to look at the rock-solid promise of Genesis 9:8-17 and hear Peter’s unpacking of the promise in 1 Peter 3:18-22.  Of course, you think, there are lots of promises in the Bible.  That is true, but essentially they all stem from the singular promise of presence.  “Best of all, God is with us,” as John Wesley supposedly said on his deathbed.  So today we focus on that simple and profound truth: God is with us; we are not alone. 

Now, the symbol of the rainbow is well known throughout the history of the faith.  And cultures throughout the world have always seen symbolism in the rainbow and its mysterious, ephemeral nature.  Today we’ll look at God’s promise of protection and presence to the world that God created.  The rainbow is a sign of God’s love and protection.  With the rainbow we point beyond ourselves to the naturally occurring light refracting through the rain and producing an arc of color and light; but because the church is the community of God doing Christ’s work, now we are the sign.  

The church has become the rainbow sign of the presence of God as we seek to gather up the scattered beloved people of God into one covenant community of faith. Where’s God’s sign of presence and protection for today?  It’s us – we are the sign. 

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: 2/21/2021 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: 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.  

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these trying times for everyone. Please contact the church office by email at 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.