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

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Adult Bible Study – 8:15 a.m.
Proclamation Choir Rehearsal – 8:30 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 worshipSunday Seminar “Biblical Interpretation 101” – 11:00 a.m.
Twice Is Nice Clothing Shift – after worship and 11:30 a.m.
Session Records Review – 3:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall

From the Pastor/Head of Staff

The image is of a segment of mural on the Berlin wall entitled, “It Happened in November,” by Kani Alavi.

Many of us are old enough to remember, and fully appreciate, the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. We remember the protests that preceded the fall, especially in the city of Leipzig. In the months that followed, artists were turned loose on the segment of the wall in a part of eastern Berlin called Friedrichshain. The area has come to be called the East Gallery, and draws more than 3 million tourists a year. Artist Kani Alavi had an apartment near Checkpoint Charlie in the Fall of 1989. He had left the troubles of his home country of Iran in 1980 to live in the divided city of Berlin. From his apartment there, he watched the wall “fall.” A few months later, the local municipality granted him permission to begin painting. He entitled his work, “It Happened in November.” The segment pictured here has come to be known as the Exodus mural.

During worship on Sunday, we will hear a passage from the Book of Exodus about the way the Hebrews began to complain so soon after their deliverance from Egypt. Rather than seeing this archetypal story as only ancient history, we will be invited to understand it as our story. Spiritually, we are all on a journey, and in many ways, our stories resonate with the story of the Exodus. So join us on Sunday, and let us consider our journeys to freedom, to wholeness, to find our resurrected selves.

Blessings, David