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

Third Sunday of Lent – March 4, 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 service
Sunday School for Children and Youth – after worship
Seminar: “Dietrich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri.” – 11:00 a.m.
From the Pastor/Head of Staff
The image is “Christ Driving the Money-Changers From the Temple,” by Rembrandt, in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.
From the very earliest days of the Jesus Movement, Christians have held two basic convictions about Jesus. First, that he is fully divine. Second, that he was fully human. And from nearly the beginning, most disciples have been much more comfortable with the first. That God had a body like ours, felt emotions like us, that he sweat, and burped, had body odor, felt fatigue, very likely was sick just like us, most of us have trouble with. That Jesus became angry? Wow, that might be the toughest possibility to accept for those who imagine Divinity being placid and stoic. Thanks be to God for the story from John’s Gospel which we will hear on Sunday, for it presents Jesus as fully human, and angry, just like us. Some have said and written that if you are not ever angry, you are not paying attention. Jesus paid attention, to the way the poor and outcasts were treated by the Temple authorities. He saw how unjust that treatment was, and how contrary that treatment was to God’s intention for the religious life of the community. And it made him angry. Join us on Sunday as we hear about the day Jesus brought a whip to the Temple, and who got a whipping.
Blessings, David