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

Palm/Passion and Special Music Sunday – April 14, 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
Children and Youth Sunday School – after worship
Sunday Seminar: “The Environmental Impacts of Consumer Food Choices, Part I.”– 11:00 a.m.
Theology Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.

Photo: “Entry Into Jerusalem,” an altar woodcarving in the Church of St. Jacob, Rothenburg, Germany.

Sunday will begin beautifully as we gather in the Narthex with our palms in hand. We will say together, as did those first disciples, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” We will process into the sanctuary together, led by our handbells, re-enacting in our small way, the Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. That’s when the tone of the service will shift from the joy and celebration of the entry, to the drama of the passion of Jesus. It’s a shift that will be reflected in the Bach Cantata our choir will sing, “Jesus Gathered the Twelve to Himself.” All along, the disciples have misunderstood who Jesus really came to be and how he would accomplish our salvation. They were anticipating the victorious Messiah. Jesus came to be the Suffering Servant. Join us on Sunday to hear beautiful music, to hear a dramatic reading of Luke’s Passion Narrative, and to mark the shift from the joy of Palm Sunday to the passion of Holy Week.”

Pastor David