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

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“Blessing Completed” A sermon based on Luke 17:11-19

On Sunday, October 13th, 2019 Are you ready for thanksgiving? I don’t mean the celebration in November, though, I have to admit, I’ve already been thinking about ordering our locally raised turkey for this year’s feast. No, I’m thinking of taking stock of all for which we can be thankful. I think we certainly could use the change in perspective.[i] Recent days…

“Sharing Crumbs Ain’t Enough” A Sermon based on Luke 16:19-31

Sunday, September 29th, 2019 What a difference a week makes. Last Sunday, we explored one of the most challenging parables, challenging because it seemed so obscure and unclear. This week we have an equally challenging parable, but this time the challenge is that it is all too clear. It very clearly seems to suggest that if we hoard wealth in this life,…

“Sent Out” A sermon based on Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

On Sunday, July 7th, 2019 The waxing and waning of the household of faith is something that you can see beginning even in the Gospels. As John tells it, first there was Andrew and another follower of John the Baptist who followed Jesus. Andrew then goes to tell his brother, Peter, and Peter becomes the third disciple. Next comes Phillip and then…

“Resurrection Life – Mission” A sermon based on Acts 16:16-34

On Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 No good deed goes unpunished. Who said it first, no one is quite sure, but the aphorism sure seems too true sometimes. We might think of Charles Ramsey. He’s the gentlemen who rescued kidnapped girls in Ohio a few years ago. His interview after the rescue went viral, and he was much praised. But then a website…

Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 26, 2019 We Welcome to the Pulpit Today the Rev. Cindy Shepherd. The Rev. Shepherd is the Director of Outreach for the Central Illinois Office of Faith in Place. Faith in Place partners, such as the First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, consistently inspire her with their diverse and creative Earth Care initiatives. Cindy grew up in…