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The Annual Meeting of the Corporation and Special Meeting of the Congregation: Session has set the date for the Annual Meeting of the Corporation to be Sunday, February 2 after the 9:30 a.m. worship service. The Corporation Meeting includes the annual review of church financial matters, the report of the Membership Rolls for 2019 and other appropriate business matters. Session has also called a Special Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday, February 2 just after the Annual Corporation Meeting, for the purpose of approving the Proposed Change in Terms of Call of the Pastor. The meeting materials will be available this Sunday, January 26 in the narthex so you can read them before the meeting. ... See MoreSee Less

The Annual Meeting of the Corporation and Special Meeting of the Congregation: Session has set the date for the Annual Meeting of the Corporation to be Sunday, February 2 after the 9:30 a.m. worship service. The Corporation Meeting includes the annual review of church financial matters, the report of the Membership Rolls for 2019 and other appropriate business matters. Session has also called a Special Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday, February 2 just after the Annual Corporation Meeting, for the purpose of approving the Proposed Change in Terms of Call of the Pastor. The meeting materials will be available this Sunday, January 26 in the narthex so you can read them before the meeting.

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First Presbyterian Church of Urbana

Day 4 of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity."Trust: Do not be afraid, believe"
That's the theme for Day 4 in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Today's readings:
Acts 27:23-26
“For the last night there stood by me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before the emperor; and indeed, God has granted safety to all those who are sailing with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. But we will have to run aground on some island.”

Read also:
Psalm 56
Luke 12:22-34

Reflection:
In the midst of the tempest Paul’s encouragement and hope contradicted the fear and despair of his fellow travellers. Our common call to be disciples of Jesus Christ entails being a sign of contradiction. In a world riven with anxieties, we are called to stand as witnesses to hope by placing our trust in God’s loving providence. Christian experience shows us that God writes straight on crooked lines, and we know, against all odds, we will not drown or be lost. Because God’s steadfast love endures for ever.
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Day 4 of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

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First Presbyterian Church of Urbana

Day 3 of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.The theme for Day 3 in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is "Hope: Paul’s message”

Today's readings:
Acts 27:22,34 “I urge you now to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship… none of you will lose a hair from your heads…”
Psalm 27
Matthew 11:28-30

Reflection:
As Christians belonging to churches and traditions that are not fully reconciled to one another, we are often discouraged by the lack of progress towards visible unity. Indeed, some have given up all hope and see this unity as an unattainable ideal. Others do not even see unity as a necessary part of their Christian faith. As we pray for this gift of visible unity, let us do so with steadfast faith, enduring patience and expectant hope, trusting in God’s loving providence. Unity is the Lord’s prayer for the Church and he is accompanying us on this journey. We will not be lost.
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Day 3 of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

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First Presbyterian Church of Urbana

Day 1 of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.The theme for Day 1 in the @Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is "Reconciliation: Throwing the cargo overboard”

Today's readings:
Acts 27:18-19,21 “We were being pounded by the storm so violently that on the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard and on the third day with their own hands they threw the ship’s tackle overboard… Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul then stood up among them and said, ‘Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and thereby avoided this damage and loss’.”
Psalm 85
Luke 18:9-14

Reflection:
As Christians from different Churches and Traditions, we have unfortunately, over the centuries, accumulated abundant baggage consisting of mutual distrust, bitterness and suspicion. We thank the Lord for the birth and the growth of the ecumenical movement over the past century. Our encounter with Christians from other traditions and our common prayer for Christian unity encourage us to seek mutual forgiveness, reconciliation and acceptance. We must not allow the baggage of our past to hinder us from drawing closer to one another. It is the Lord’s will that we let go, in order to let God!
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