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

Sunday, August 5, 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
Fellowship Time – after worship
Communion at Clark-Lindsey Village – 1:30 p.m.
Ice Cream Outing at the Sidney Dairy Barn – 2:30 p.m.

From the Pastor/Head of Staff

Perhaps like me, you have been struck by how the scripture passages we have been hearing on Sunday mornings the last few months have had so much to say to us. Passages that are 2,000 years old for the New Testament, and 2,600 to nearly 3,000 years old for the Hebrew scriptures. Leaping from ancient times directly into one’s own is usually dangerous. When we read these ancient passages, we must translate not just the words, but also ideas, customs, and traditions. Taking all of this into account, the resonances between the settings and events of the ancient passages with our own times is inescapable. Most of us understand that women in the Bible did not have the social standing women have today. Yet that their patriarchal societies treated them that way does not mean that God intended that inequality. Sometimes God’s intention shines through, even in the Hebrew scriptures. Join us on Sunday as we hear the stunning passage from 2 Samuel in which the prophet Nathan confronts King David after his adultery with Bathsheba and his conspiracy to have her husband murdered in combat. What does God think about the mistreatment of women and foreigners? Come hear about the old news that remains very good news.