Touch and See

Happy Week 3 of Easter! 

This Easter, as we engage and learn from scripture, we look at ways we can live the resurrection in our lives and be ambassadors of that resurrection to the world.  This Sunday is a continuation of the previous week’s theme. The story of Thomas from last week had an emphasis on seeing; here it is on touching.  

In our reading for today, taken from Luke 24:36b-48, Jesus is trying to ground the disciples’ faith in the reality of his presence, in the concreteness of his being.  He reaches their hearts, not through magic tricks, a dramatic stage performance, and spectacle, but instead He tells them to touch him; he eats in front of them. In doing this, He is announcing that he is real, not pie in the sky by and by.  

The question for us is: What can we provide, what hands-on proof can we give that Jesus is alive among us?  With the remnants of the pandemic around us still, touching might be problematic.  Perhaps making contact or making an impact would be a way of understanding touching in this new world in which we live.  What are the communities around us in which we can make an impact for Christ? Where can we connect with real people with real needs, people who are on the margins of our society?  Where can we connect with communities looked down upon by many, but that could be lifted by our attention, our touch?  We’ll explore that as we read from the Gospel of Luke’s Easter stories. 

 

Sunday’s Livestream ServiceWe recommend logging into your Facebook account about 10-15 minutes early, so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can find a direct link to our Facebook page at stpaulsworship.org You will be able to 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. There will be a pop-up asking you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. We will also post the Livestream service to YouTube after the service is over. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service –Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.   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 month.  

 

Our Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:30am 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 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.