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

Fifth Sunday of Lent – March 18, 2018

Bible Study – 8:15 a.m.
Worship – 9:30 a.m.
Childcare is available for infants through preschool age, downstairs in Rooms 4 and 5 for morning service
Sunday School for Children and Youth – after worship
New Member Class – 11:00 a.m.
Seminar: “Reformation Roots: The Swiss Reformation” – 11:00 a.m.

From the Pastor/Head of Staff

The picture is of Charles Wesley.

No hymnal can include every hymn, so when one does as well as our new Presbyterian Hymnal in including so many classic as well as new hymns, that is a marvel. I love our hymnal. One hymn I find myself missing is by Charles Wesley. “And Can It Be.” Years ago, I was part of the American Baptist Churches Minister’s Council Senate. We would meet once a year, and we would usually sing this hymn during one of the worship services that week. Written by Wesley soon after his conversion in experience in 1738, the hymn captures the wildness and extravagance of God’s grace, grace that includes even us, while we are sinners.

And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!

And then the fourth verse, pure delight to sing:

Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth and followed Thee.

Look it up! Here’s a fine link on the YouTube:

The texts on Sunday present this amazing aspect of God’s grace. Jeremiah 31, Psalm 51, and John 12 all make clear that God loves us irresistibly and entirely. Join us on Sunday as we hear and try to absorb this great good news.

Blessings, David