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

Third Sunday of Easter – April 15, 2018

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
Sunday School for Children and Youth – after worship
Seminar: “Challenges to Sustainability: The Mahomet Aquifer, Our Source of Abundant Fresh Water” – 11:00 a.m.

From the Pastor/Head of Staff

“Christ Breaking Bread,” by Angelo da Fonseca, in Pune, India.

Pope Francis released a new exhortation this week called “Gaudete et Exsultate,” Rejoice and Be Glad. In it he issues a ringing call to ordinary holiness. He writes, “The important thing is that each believer discern his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts God has placed in their hearts.” This call reminded me of the work of one of my teachers, Glenn Hinson, who wrote some years ago about the need the Church has for saints. Relying on the work of the Quaker, Douglas Steere, he described seven characteristics of saints. Saints live from the center. They would rather be faithful than safe. They don’t give up easily. Saints are joyful even in tough times. Saints are visionaries. They are daring. They are prayerful. What does it mean to be holy? Well, attend to these characteristics, and strive to embody them, and you will be well on your way to understanding holiness. Join us on Sunday as we continue thinking about what it means to live life in the light of the Resurrection.”

Blessings! David