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

Fifth Sunday of Easter – Graduate Recognition

Photo: “Global Refugee Mural,” by Joel Bergner, in Silver Spring, Maryland

May 19, 2019
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 Children and Youth – after worship
Theology Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.

The life of the Church in world today so often feels overwhelming. Across denominations, we disagree about very important issues. So many of us feel the challenge of trying to keep up with how rapidly things are changing. Some want to ask, “Don’t traditions matter anymore?” Of course they do, yet we do well to remember the wisdom of scholar Jaroslav Pelikan. “Tradition is the living faith of the dead. Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.” Keeping things the same merely for the sake of keeping the same is traditionalism, and scripture is crystal clear that God does not want this. God loves to do new things, and no other book in the Bible presents more examples of this in breaking newness than the Book of Acts. All to say, when we are feeling kind of sorry for ourselves, Eastertide invites us to remember those first disciples and the days when the Church was very young. It must have seemed like everything was new, and even more, there must have been some days when it seemed that God just was not behaving. Join us on Sunday as we hear one example of how the disciples dealt with our God who does not always behave, at least as we expect.

Pastor David