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

Sunday, September 16, 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

Sunday School for all Ages – after worship
Theology Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.

From the Pastor/Head of Staff

The image is of a sculpture, “Symbol of Wisdom,” by Pieter d’Hont, on the Spinoza Bridge, in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

All of us know that death and birth are a part of our lives. Seldom do we experience each as close together as we will this weekend. Tomorrow, we will gather to remember David Kay, who passed away very unexpectedly. We will celebrate his life, give thanks to God for him, stand in solidarity with Marilyn and her family, and offer comfort to one another in our grief. Later that day, more than a few of us will celebrate our solidarity with our LGBTQ friends and march in the Pride Parade. The very next day, Sunday, we will finally hear the name of Kwame and Sandra Darfour-Oduro’s daughter, and celebrate her baptism. As we gather around our brand new font, to celebrate new life and welcome our newest member into the Family of God, death will be there, too. That is part of the imagery enacted in every baptism. When each of us is received into the household of faith, we promise to turn from the old, dead ways of the world, even more, to die to our old selves, so that we can step freely into the new life God has in store for us. Death and Life. Sorrow and Joy. Emotions will be powerfully present within us this weekend. So plan to join with us, for David’s memorial service, for the Pride Parade, and for a new girl’s Naming Ceremony and Baptism. In life and in death, we belong to God. Thanks be to God!