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

First Sunday in Lent – March 10, 2019

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 and evening services
Fellowship Time – after worship
Sunday Seminar: “Stages of Life Part I” – 11:00 a.m.
Theology Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.

“Honeycomb North Facade,” in the Abbey Church of Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota

Now that Ash Wednesday has launched us on another journey with Jesus to Jerusalem, through scripture, prayer, fasting, self-examination and service, the readings for the First Sunday of Lent offer us a glimpse of what awaits us. “A land flowing with milk and honey.” The Promised Land. A settled land. Home. From ancient times, then, honey has symbolized the blessings of stability. As I have contemplated the scriptures this week, I remembered the Abbey Church of Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota. Designed by Marcel Breuer, the north wall of the church stands as the largest wall of stained glass in the world. Presenting 430 honeycomb cells, the wall is as strong as it is beautiful. It stands as a symbol of the strength of the community and a reminder of the blessings of stability. One of the vows Benedictine monks make is to stability, to remain a part of the community where they make their vows for the rest of their lives. Join us on Sunday as we contemplate the scriptures and their call to remember covenant stability.

Pastor David