About SiR

2018 begins the seventeenth season of the SiR program at St Armands Key Lutheran Church. Since 2002, fifty-eight scholars have presented a wide range of topics on the Bible, church history, Christian doctrine, church tradition, church music, world religions and the like.  This year as part of our 50th Anniversary Celebration – Remember and Rejoice – we have invited a unique mix based on our history, passion for growing in Christ, and vision for the future.


Rev. Paul Oman

Artist in Residence, Paul Oman Fine Art
Paul Oman, artist and pastor, shares his Drawn to the Word artistic ministry with audiences ecumenically across the country. He served as science teacher, then Lutheran pastor when, in 2011, he took up work as an artistic pastor full-time. Paul seeks to give new vision to God’s Word by using the process of painting to captivate audiences in our visually oriented culture.
Painting and drawing have been a part of Paul’s life since childhood. Receiving national & international recognition his work in watercolor, Paul uses this gift to proclaim the Gospel in a unique and powerful way that impacts lives and inspires mission.
Paul works in many settings, including congregations, schools, universities, camps, prisons, non-profits, and more. The larger-than-life sized murals are painted with acrylics on stretched canvas.

Theme: “Fine Art, Opening Eyes to Visions of Hope”

Sun., Mar. 25 at 9 am and 11 am Worship

“Passion/Palm Sunday— Drawn to the Word.“

Tue., Mar. 27, 10 am/ 6:30 pm

“Drawn to the Word: Mission and Ministry .“


A Note from our Pastor . . .

To reach the beautiful beaches of Lido and Longboat Keys from downtown Sarasota, folks pass St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. And so, it is much more than a metaphor to say that this congregation is at the intersection between city and beach; commerce and recreation; skyline and shoreline; visitor and resident. In our worship life, social justice ministry, and mutual learning, we seek to be that intersection at which people from all backgrounds may come together to find a “place at the table” for a lifetime or a season.

This year’s Scholar in Residence program runs the gamut from a virtual tour of Israel and Palestine, led by a native Galilean; to the work of a gifted artist devoted to capturing the Word on canvas; to a fresh look at Mary the Mother of Our Lord. Along the way we’ll also hear about how the Church raises up faithful pastors and deacons; explore what it means to have a servant heart the Church and the world; and watch as a larger-than-life sized mural is painted right in the midst of Palm Sunday worship!

So, come along and join our presenters as they teach, lead and guide. Also join us as they preach or paint in worship, either at our 9:00 am service (using praise songs and a simple liturgy); or at our 11:00 am service (using the historic liturgy and hymnody of the Church).

Blessings, Rev. Dr. Kenneth Blyth