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Listen to sermons delivered at North Decatur Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Decatur, Georgia. We generally update each week, but if we miss a week, check back soon. (These stained-glass windows don't just gaze at themselves.) Make sure you subscribe, so you can stay up to date. Services also stream on Facebook. You can always go back and find past services in the Video section of the NDPC Facebook page: facebook.com/NDPChurch. We welcome all. ndpc.org facebook.com/NDPChurch Twitter: @dlewicki
 
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1.15.23. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke often of the 3 evils of modern society–racism, militarism, and economic exploitation–and he called us to a “radical revolution of values.” Rev. Lewicki preaches on the 3rd of these evils, economic injustice, and he invites us to consider the question, “Is Capitalism Incompatible with the Way of Je…
 
12.18.22. It’s the fourth Sunday of Advent. We light the candle of Love. A younger and an older member of NDPC lead a short drama, a “conversation with God.” We read the story of the angel Gabriel’s “annunciation” to Mary, and we explore the meaning of her response: “let it be.”
 
12.4.22. We light the 2nd Advent candle as we pray for Peace. A younger and older member of the church lead us in the candle lighting liturgy–a “conversation with God” about peace. Rev. David Lewicki preaches on the startling word that starts the 40th chapter of Isaiah: “comfort.” Communion is celebrated.…
 
It’s the first Sunday of Advent. We light the candle of hope. Each Sunday of Advent, our meditation and candle lighting will be a led by a younger and older member of NDPC–a conversation with God. Our preacher this Sunday is NDPC Ministry Fellow Victoria Robinson. We celebrate the baptism of Coralie Arsenault. 11.27.22.…
 
11.20.22. It’s the “last Sunday” of the church year. Advent, which begins on November 27th, begins a new year in the liturgical calendar. This Sunday we end the year by reprising an NDPC tradition: The Whole Bible in 30 Minutes. Rev. Beth Waltemath tells the story of Scripture–this time through the eyes of women, beginning “in the beginning” with G…
 
10.30.22. Our children are learning the stories of the matriarchs and patriarchs of the Hebrew Scriptures. We join them this Sunday as we explore the story of Jacob’s Ladder. It’s one of the most vivid, and most enigmatic images in the Bible. Let’s walk up and down with the angels!
 
10.2.22. Rev. Lewicki preaches a second sermon on our 2022/23 churchwide theme, “BE.” The text is the Apostle Paul’s speech at the Areopagus in Athens, when he says to everyone in that public square, “In God, we live, and move, and have our being.” What was Paul saying then? What does that phrase mean now?…
 
9.18.22. Today, we dive into NDPC’s 2022-23 theme: BE. Being is something shared by all of life, but it is something we rarely reflect upon and and often take for granted. What is being? What is it for? And what do we perceive about the being of God? This week, we read the story of God’s revelation in the burning bush from Exodus 3. Rev. Lewicki, p…
 
7.17.22. Jesus ends his long farewell in John's gospel with a prayer for his disciples and the larger Christian community that they may all be one. In these perilous times when our nation is being torn apart by fear and mistrust, can Jesus' prayer for unity speak to us and set us on a path of healing? Rev. Bobbie Wrenn Banks preaching.…
 
6.26.22. Should I give money to someone who asks, or not? It is one of the most spiritually significant questions we are ever asked. In Luke’s gospel, Jesus says, “Give to everyone who asks of you, and if anyone takes away what is yours, do not ask for it back again.” So… why, when we are asked for money, do we hesitate? Rev. Lewicki, preaching.…
 
6.19.22. This Sunday, NDPC clergy affiliate and honorably retired pastor of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Nibs Stroupe is our preacher. The ministry of Nibs and his partner, the Rev. Caroline Leach, at Oakhurst was the PCUSA’s most important example of how a local church can address white supremacy and build a multiracial congregation.…
 
6.12.22. This Sunday on the Liturgical Calendar is Trinity Sunday, a day to focus on the mysterious, graceful interplay between the 3 persons of the Divine Identity. As the first post-Pentecost summer Sunday, we also lean into the commandment to take our Sabbath rest. Our preacher is Zeena Regis.
 
5.2.22. We celebrate the 5th “mark” of a vital congregation: Spirit-Inspired Worship. What makes worship “good?” Traditional hymns or a rock band? Exegetical preaching or liturgical dance? Long periods of silence or ecstatic drum circles? Mimes! Definitely mimes. All of these things can make for great worship–or lousy worship. Rev. Lewicki talks ab…
 
5.15.22. Leadership has long been a buzzword in our culture–the leaders who have garnered attention are often corporate titans. The church has jumped on board the leadership train by embracing the image of “servant leaders.” What exactly is a servant leader? What kind of leader was Jesus? What kind of leaders should a church be developing for the w…
 
4.24.22. During Eastertide, we start a brand new worship series titled, “Full of Life.” In the seven Sundays from now through Pentecost, we look at the 7 “marks” of our Vital Congregations Initiative. This Sunday’s focus is on Lifelong Discipleship and how the church functions as a community of formation. Rev. Lewicki is the preacher.…
 
4.10.22. It is Holy Week. It is one worship service, extended into five gatherings over eight days. Today, Palm Sunday, we meet up with a procession headed to Jerusalem, and walk alongside Jesus and his followers. Worship convenes outside on NDPC plaza and we process with percussion and singing into the sanctuary. When inside, we hear four dramatic…
 
4.3.22. We’ve reached week 5 of our Lenten series, “Lighten Up: The Joyful Truth About Sin and Grace.” We promise–no devastatingly revealing hand puppets this week. Only Jesus. Specifically, we take a look at how sin and grace operated in Jesus’ life and ministry. What do we learn about dealing with our own sin from the ways that Jesus confronted a…
 
3.27.22. It is the 4th Sunday in Lent. We continue our Lenten series: Lighten Up: The Joyful Truth about Sin & Grace. Grace is the fundamental reality of creation. Still, sin enters in–both individually and on a systemic level–and threatens our lives. How, exactly, does God’s grace respond to sin? Rev. Lewicki preaches, with the elp of a few “handy…
 
3.13.22. Welcome to the second week of our Lenten series on “Sin and Grace.” This week, we do some weed whacking around the dubious theological idea called “original sin.” The Christian tradition has alternative ways of understanding sin and the saving event of Jesus’ death & resurection that feel much more true to the nature of sin and to the grea…
 
3.6.22. This first Sunday of Lent (3/6), we begin our Lenten series titled “Lighten Up: The Joyful Truth About Sin and Grace.” In worship together, we will explore what our tradition has taught about both sin and grace and we will explore how these theological ideas really work in our lives, at the level of our own bodies and spirits. While “sin” s…
 
2.27.22. We launch NDPC’s participation in the Vital Congregations Initiative. The VCI is a two year process that will involve the whole congregation in self-reflection, discernment, prayer, and the setting of a courageous and spirit-filled vision for our church’s future. Rev. Lewicki preaches on the commissioning of the 70 from Luke, chapter 10.…
 
2.20.22. Joseph’s brothers could not be more surprised: the young man they left at the bottom of a well is now one of the most powerful figures in Egypt. Join us Sunday for an awkward reunion as Joseph and his brothers renegotiate what it means to be a family. Erin Tolar preaching.
 
1.30.22. We explore the provocative story from Luke’s gospel where Jesus stands up in the synagogue in Nazareth and preaches a rip-roaring sermon. Everyone loves him… until they hate him. Why does Jesus’ sermon, based on a reading from Isaiah, create such strong feelings? If that sermon were preached to us, would we praise Jesus… or run him out of …
 
1.23.22. What do you know about the biblical figures Ezra and Nehemiah? Were these two leaders trying to Make Israel Great Again or build back better? Were walls and ethnic purity laws what Israel really needed to be truly great? What was missing? We draw wisdom from an old, old story into our own time in which the nation’s identity is fractured an…
 
1.16.22. Our guest preacher today is the Rev. Nibs Stroupe. Nibs grew up in the Mississippi River Delta in Arkansas. He retired in 2017 after thirty-four years as co-pastor of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, where he served alongside his partner, the Rev. Caroline Leach. Under Nibs and Caroline’s leadership, Oakhurst became nationally known for its l…
 
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