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

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Adult 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.
Sunday School for Children & Youth – following worship
Sunday Seminar: “Challenges to Sustainability” – 11:00 a.m.
PYC (Youth Fellowship) – 6:00 p.m.

From the Pastor/Head of Staff

One aspect about the Lord of the Rings movies involves the nature of the characters. It is easy for us to tell the good from the bad. The Elves look beautiful, and behave with grace and dress with elegance and live in beautiful homes and cities. Not so with the Orcs. They are ugly, rough, uncouth, ill mannered, and live in places that reflect their natures. Hobbits are not perfect, but they come close to embodying innocence. The ones who exist in the middle of the good and the bad are the women and men. We cannot tell, merely by appearance, whether they might be good or bad, a hero or a villain. If only we lived in a world with even this much clarity. Instead, we find ourselves having to pay attention always, and “test the spirits,” as the Apostle Paul wrote. For many in our day wear the mask of an actor. That’s how they used to do it in Greek theater. The actors wore masks. The image you see in some theaters of two masks, one a happy face (comedy) and one a sad face (tragedy) are relics from long ago. The word the Greeks used for that mask lives on in our day, too, as hypocrite. A hypocrite is someone who presents themselves as something they are not. I suspect a case can be made that ours is a time overflowing with hypocrisy. Join us on Sunday as we hear how Jesus faced certain hypocrites in his day, and how he unmasked them.

Blessings, David