First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, a Member Church of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and More Light Presbyterians

Epiphany of the Lord – January 6, 2019

Worship – 9:30 a.m.
Childcare is available for infants through preschool age, downstairs in Rooms 4 and 5 for morning and evening services
Fellowship Time – after worship
Communion at Clark-Lindsey – 1:30 p.m.
Un-Decorating Party – 6:30 p.m.

From the Pastor/Head of Staff

Epiphany is the 12th and final day of Christmastide. We mark the completion of the celebration of the Nativity with a celebration of the manifestation (that’s what Epiphany means) of Christ to the Gentiles, in the form of the Magi. Around the world, Christians celebrate the day in a variety of ways. One of those involves chalking a door at our homes. In a tradition that goes back centuries, the faithful write the letters CMB and the numbers of the current year, separated by crosses (+), over the top of the door: 20 + C + M + B + 19 or CMB + 2025. The letters CMB stand for the traditional names of the Magi (Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar) or the Latin phrase Christus mansionem benedicat (Christ bless this house). Who knows how many of our neighbors will even notice, but the chalking will remind us of God’s grace and inspire us to embody this grace and give thanks that it has come for us. Here’s a prayer you might use from our new Book of Common Worship. “God of doors and homes, bless this home this year and every year. Bless all who come and go through this door, both those who live here and those who visit. May all who enter through this door come in peace and bring joy. May all who come to this door find welcome and love. May the love and joy in this home overflow and spread into the community and the world. And may Jesus the Christ watch over us all. Amen.”

Pastor David