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

Third Sunday of Advent and Special Music Sunday, December 17, 2017

Adult 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.
Alternative Gifts Market – following worship
Sunday School for All Ages – following worship
Jazz Blues Service – 4:00 p.m.
From the Pastor/Head of Staff
In some Christian traditions, you will see four blue or purple candles in the Advent wreath, along with the white center candle, but in most traditions you will see three blue or purple candles and one pink candle. The pink candle is for the third Sunday. We are far into the Advent journey by that time, and after having heard warnings and admonitions from the prophets and the John the Baptist the first two Sundays, the third Sunday is time for a peek at what awaits us on Christmas Eve. Beginning in the 9th or 10th century in Rome, churches began to celebrate Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. The second scripture reading we will hear from 1 Thessalonians sets the tone. “Rejoice always.” Sunday will also feature wonderful music as we welcome a guest harpist and our choir will present five pieces from Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols.” Listen closely and you will hear them sing a variation of the word for the day, Gaudeamus.
See you Sunday! David
Advent Special Music: Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols”: Our special music for Advent features excerpts from Benjamin Britten’s beloved holiday work, “A Ceremony of Carols.” Composed during the Second World War, this work blends mystical medieval texts with Britten’s innovative musical language.
Thanks to our choir for providing uplifting music this and each Sunday!!
Director of Music: Lindsey Bruner Woodcock
Molly Abrams
Colleen Bruton
Alison Champion
Shari Hall
Marty Lampman
Miranda Molina
Nancy Morse
Sandy Nieman
Elaine Sprenkle
Elizabeth Zarley
Wayne Badger
Aaron Godwin
Case Sprenkle
Andrew Turner
Steve Hall
Warren Hapke
Don Uchtmann