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

Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Advent Worship – 9:30 a.m.

Childcare is available for infants through preschool age, downstairs in Rooms 4 and 5 for morning and evening services

Christmas Eve Service – 7:00 p.m.


From the Pastor/Head of Staff

The Annunciation. The coming of God’s invitation to risk something big for something good. Who could resist such an invitation, right? Well, just about everyone. Whenever we read of a messenger from God, an angel, for example, making an appearance to someone in the Bible, the first words from the messenger are “Don’t be afraid!” That’s partly because seeing a messenger of God doesn’t happen every day. But it is also because the recognition quickly dawns on the one to whom the messenger appears that a big ask is coming, some call to do something important. Rarely is the summons to something easy. If God is asking, then it has to be for something big. That is what terrifies. The average one of us called to do something extraordinary? Even if for something so good, so redemptive, so holy, we fear we would mess it up. We fear it would be too hard. We fear that we might lose the life we want to live. But what if you can’t say no? What if you don’t want to say no to God’s invitation? Join us on Sunday as we consider together the Annunciation of Mary, and her response.

Advent blessings, David

The image is “The Annunciation,” at the Abbey of Keur Moussa, Senegal