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

Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 6, 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 and evening services
Sunday School for Children and Youth – after worship
Seminar on the Ways Easter in Celebrated in Orthodox Church – 11:00 a.m.
Communion at Clark-Lindsey – 1:30 p.m.
Walk among the Wildflowers (Allerton Park ) – 2:00 p.m.

From the Pastor/Head of Staff

“Messenger of Sympathy and Love,” mural by Eugene Savage in Washington, DC.

The Great Depression in the United States produced some of our nation’s best art. We see it in the art deco architecture, the monumental stone and wood structures and lodges in national parks, and a distinct style of painting. The work of Thomas Hart Benton might be best known, but another master working at the same time was Eugene Savage. Born in Covington, Indiana, educated at the Art Institute in Chicago, he taught for nearly 3 decades at the Yale School of Art and Architecture. He also painted this mural for what was formerly the U. S. Post Office Department in Washington, DC. He said of this work that he wanted it to convey “the human values” which furnished the reason for the existence of the postal service. Heroic? Absolutely. He portrays the mail service as a source of unity between citizens, young and old, rural and urban, joyful and grieving, near and far way. It’s all stated twice, in the art, and in the description at the bottom, “Messenger of Sympathy and Love, Servant of Parted Friends, Consoler of the Lonely, Bond of the Scattered Family, Enlarger of the Common Life.” The postal service may not hold the same place in our culture today, but this mural offers deep consolation to us in our time that is less heroic and beautiful. Join us on Sunday, the 6th Sunday of Easter, as we hear the scripture passages remind us of our source of unity, and call us to live into the unity that is already ours, when we abide in Christ.