Trinity Sunday

Happy Trinity Sunday!  

Well folks, this is it.  After nine years of political turmoil, denominational dissention, ecclesiastical intrigue, pandemic lockdowns, social distancing and anxiety, masking, unmasking, isolation, success, failure, laughter, sadness, mourning, dancing, and everything in between, I have my last Sunday at St. Paul’s.  When the author of Ecclesiastes said “there’s a time for everything,” I had no clue it would be packed into one appointment! 
 
But, at the end of all things, and throughout all the stresses we may feel, there is the Gospel we are called to live and proclaim.  It’s not easy, nor is it meant to be!  But we can be thankful we’re at no risk of being thrown into the Coliseum for Roman entertainment.  So on this final Sunday I wanted to continue to go back to the basics; those cornerstones of our faith that have led the church and its people through good times and bad, through times of turmoil and peace, and above all represent what I have come to believe is the core of the Christian message.  We’ve heard from the Apostles, and we’ve looked at the Fruit of the Spirit, and now we come to Jesus’s most pivotal message: the Sermon on the Mount.  The Bible says Jesus is the Word of God made flesh, and so this represents the Word’s word to us.  This is “Light” Christianity – not that it lacks weight, but because it is a Christianity built upon the spiritual light contained in messages like the Sermon on the Mount.  This is a sermon I have preached a few times here, but I do it again because it never hurts to go back over the basics as we both prepare for a season of pastoral transition.  Your new pastor, as he begins his ministry here, will be going back to basics as well, building on the same foundation of Jesus’s message, and encouraging all of you to be that light shining in the darkness.  
 
Announcements:
After the service everyone is invited to join in the Going Away Celebration for Pastor Robert and Heather as this is their last Sunday with us. We are trying to get a head count, so if you have a minute head over to cometoworship.org to let us know how many are coming. It’s a potluck and we’re providing the meat and drinks–you can bring a side dish, salad, or dessert!
We hope to see you Sunday!
 

 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.  Masks are optional at worship, but there is still a section of pews in front of the sound booth reserved for those who wish to mask and keep a distance from others during worship. 

 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:30—You can now watch the Livestream on YouTube! We recommend logging into your account a few minutes before 10:30 am so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can access the YouTube livestream at stpaulsworship.org or you can log into your Facebook account and see the Livestream on the St. Paul’s Facebook page. You can chat once the Livestream service has started on either Facebook or YouTube.  

 

Our regular Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated information on our SPYouth meetings. 
 
Sunday Chat will be cancelled for the future because of schedule conflicts and Pastor Robert’s move.
 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us. You may 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. We will get back to you as soon as possible.