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

Trinity Sunday – May 27, 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
Fellowship Time – after worship
From the Pastor/Head of Staff
“Three Dancing Maidens” fountain by German sculptor Walter Schott in the French North Conservatory Garden In Central Park, New York.
One day in the liturgical year. That’s what Trinity Sunday gets. Probably a good idea since of the spiritual mysteries we experience, the Trinity is the most inexplicable. In the course of my ministry, I have used many of the metaphors in sincere attempts to explain it, such as water having three possible forms: liquid, solid, and gas. Because all metaphors fall short, art offers the best means of understanding the Trinity, like this sculpture. The term “perichoresis” comes from Eastern Christianity. Literally, the term means “rotation,” but it is intended to characterize the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as involved in a dance. Theologian, David Bentley Hart writes, “The Christian understanding of beauty emerges not only naturally, but necessarily from the Christian understanding of God as a perichoresis of love, a dynamic coinherence of the three divine persons, whose life is eternally one of shared regard, delight, fellowship, feasting and joy.” That beauty, delight, fellowship, feasting and joy sustains me and anchors me in the face of our nation’s malady of violence and idolatry. Join us on Sunday for worship, and much needed consolation.