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

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Worship – 9:30 a.m.
Childcare is available for infants through preschool age, downstairs in Rooms 4 and 5.
ReVision Mission Study Session Six – 11:00 a.m.
From the Pastor/Head of Staff

Photo: Wisconsin Protest, 2011

Most of us are familiar with the expression “burning bush.” We know that the story behind it can be found in the book of Exodus, and that Moses was the one who saw it. We may be less clear about the nature of the encounter Moses had long ago on Mt. Sinai. The story about the Burning Bush is a call story. Moses was called by God to lead the Hebrew people from Egypt because, God said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them…” The people were being mistreated. They were suffering oppression. They were working without enjoying any of the economic benefits of that labor, and God declared to Moses that God cares about this. Thus, through the ages, God’s people have cared about economic and labor justice because we know God does. In February of 2011, John Knox Presbytery issued a statement, in response to the proposed Act 10 legislation, calling on Gov. Walker and the state legislature to do right by the state’s workers. The statement introduced the governor and the legislature to “a longstanding Presbyterian principle that vocation is a lifelong response to God in all aspects of one’s life, and that work is an integral part of our response to God’s call. Therefore, all aspects of the workplace, including wages, benefits, working conditions, and labor-management relationships, are of concern to God and thus of concern to the church.” Sadly, the governor and his party in the legislature did not listen, and public-sector unions were undermined and collective bargaining was eliminated. We don’t win every struggle, but the call stands to do justice. Join us on this Labor Sunday as we contemplate the call of Moses, as well as remember the needs of working people and celebrate the progress toward labor justice that has been made.

Blessings, David