…who can explain it to me?”

 

Happy 6th Sunday of Pentecost!

This Sunday we read a compelling story from the ministry of Philip, one of those Hellenist deacons we read about earlier.  While the apostles thought they were ordaining him to a life of “waiting on tables” as they called it in the food bank of the early church, he ends up doing all sorts of things as the church is attacked and scattered amid the killing of Stephen.

Philip, led by an angel, encounters an Ethiopian eunuch.  This eunuch was, essentially the secretary of the treasury for the Candace (Queen) of Meroe, a Nubian Kingdom on the banks of the Nile in modern-day Sudan.  This high-ranking (but enslaved and mutilated) eunuch goes to Jerusalem to worship, but does not find what he is seeking there.  Instead, he is barred from the Temple because of his non-Jewish birth and his condition as a eunuch (Lev. 21:20 & Deut. 23:1).  So he heads back home, probably reading the Isaiah scroll to himself and trying to figure it all out.  Why was I rejected?  What does all this mean?

Enter Philip – a Christian who helps him discover that he is not rejected, but is instead a part of the household of God.  When a Christian is invited to mentor someone who is seeking to find God, they should do so by interpreting Scripture for them as a gateway to that knowledge.  Afraid you don’t have the words?  Well, that’s why God is with you?  And who knows, you might get the chance to watch God change the destiny of an entire kingdom!

Sunday’s Online Service—If 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 the YouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 7/12/20 Online Service.  The premier page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!

Sunday’s In-Person Service – At 8am we will worship in the church courtyard (between the Fellowship Hall and the Sanctuary).  Worshipers are asked to bring their own chairs or picnic blankets, face coverings, hand sanitizer, and Communion Elements (bread & grape juice) to each service.

We have introductions to both our SPKidz Church and iClub lessons on our YouTube channel. After you watch the introductions to the lesson, be sure to download the packet with discussion questions and activities to do at home!

This week we have a special lesson and learning for our iClub at 9:45am on Sundays, just as we would if we were together!  You will be able to access this through Zoom, which is an online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this.

Check our YouTube channel for the SPKidz & iClub Video introductions: St. Paul’s YouTube

SPKidz Packet

iClub Packet

 

The Youth will be taking a break from regular meetings throughout the rest of the summer. Praise NG will be meeting in the Sanctuary on Sunday evening at 4:30pm as part of our re-launch plan approved by the trustees. Masks will be required!  Contact Kraig by email for more information if you are interested.

 

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 office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.