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

Communion Sunday – November 4, 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
Sunday Seminar – 11:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
Communion at Clark-Lindsey Village – 1:30 p.m.
Theology Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.

From the Pastor/Head of Staff

“The Raising of Lazarus,” a 6th century mosaic in the Basilica of Saint Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy

Who says ancient Christians had no sense of humor? This mosaic offers just one example of the way early disciples expressed both faith and delightful holy humor. The mosaic depicts the raising of Lazarus, which we will hear about in the Gospel reading on Sunday. Jesus stands easily identifiable, with one of the disciples. But look at Lazarus. He’s standing in the sarcophagus, still wrapped rather snuggly in his burial cloths, with a facial expression that is priceless. It’s as if he’s thinking, “Oh, hey! I’m alive again. Great. Now what?” Makes you wonder whether the disciples went in to help Lazarus, or did they make him hop out of the tomb all by himself. Join us on Sunday as we celebrate All Saints Sunday, and contemplate this wonderful story from the Gospel of John. What if God leaves part of the work of resurrection to us? Not the giving of new life, of course, but the unbinding and setting free.

Pastor David