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“BAPTISM: DYING AND RISING”

Posted on 23 Jan 2022
Follow Me:  Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Baptism:  Dying and Rising” Romans 6:3-11 January 23, 2022     Romans 6:3-11 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by
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“Cross the Divide”

Posted on 09 Jan 2022
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living SERMON “Cross the Divide” Rev. Alex Rodgers January 9, 2022 Decatur Presbyterian Church   Cross the Divide (Parting of the Red Sea)  This morning we continue with the theme of Baptize and our text comes from Exodus. It is
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“Remember Your Baptism”

Posted on 03 Jan 2022
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living SERMON “Remember Your Baptism” Rev. Tully Fletcher January 2, 2022       Prayer for Illumination Prepare us, holy God, to hear Your Word through the Scriptures of this day.  Confront us with Your claims on our lives. 
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“Wearing Your Christmas Clothes”

Posted on 26 Dec 2021
Micah 6:6-8; Colossians 3:12-17 December 26, 2021         Micah 6:6-8 ‘With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
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“PROCLAIM HOPE”

Posted on 19 Dec 2021
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Proclaim Hope” Zephaniah 3:14-20; Luke 4:16-21       Zephaniah 3:14-20 Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away the judgments against you,
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“SHARE HOPE”

Posted on 12 Dec 2021
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Share Hope” Third Sunday in Advent, December 12, 2021 Mark 2:1-12       A reading from the second chapter of the gospel according to Mark is not your typical Advent text. It doesn’t involve prophecy. It’s not a part of the
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“SEE HOPE”

Posted on 05 Dec 2021
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “See Hope” Isaiah 9:2-7;  Luke 1:76-79 Second Sunday in Advent, December 5, 2021     Prayer for Illumination Our Old Testament reading is a familiar Advent text from the prophet Isaiah.  In this passage, Isaiah looks forward
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“HEAR HOPE”

Posted on 29 Nov 2021
“Hear Hope” Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living Rev. Emily Wilmesherr Decatur Presbyterian Church November 28, 2021   Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—  on them light
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“Repair”

Posted on 21 Nov 2021
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Repair” – Luke 19:1-10 November 21, 2021       Prayer for Illumination Over the past months, we have been exploring various biblical practices, practices which lead to faithful living before God and faithful living
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Communal Transformation

Posted on 15 Nov 2021
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Communal Transformation” Isaiah 58 (selected verses) Commitment Sunday, November 14, 2021     Prayer:  O Lord our God, we know that when we worship you in spirit and truth,   and love our neighbors in tangible, helpful
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“Individual Transformation”

Posted on 07 Nov 2021
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Individual Transformation” Luke 3:3-14 November 7, 2021     Our Follow Me curriculum theme for this month is “Confess”, and today’s particular theme is “Individual Transformation”. What struck me as I considered this
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Confess – “Reformed and Always Being Reformed”

Posted on 31 Oct 2021
  Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living Confess – “Reformed and Always Being Reformed” Psalm 51 October 31, 2021   On this Reformation Sunday, a Sunday on which we celebrate the history of the Presbyterian Church,   our text is a Psalm of David, Psalm 51. David
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Welcome All – Challenge Othering

Posted on 24 Oct 2021
DPC 2021-22 Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living Welcome All – Challenge Othering Luke 7:36-50 October 24, 2021     Our Biblical Practices for Faithful Living theme for today is Challenging Othering. To “Other” is the verbal process of setting up another person or
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Welcome All – Know Your Gifts and Encourage the Gifts of Others

Posted on 17 Oct 2021
DPC 2021-22 Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living Welcome All – Know Your Gifts and Encourage the Gifts of Others Luke 10:38-42 October 17, 2021   Luke 10:38-42 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.
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Seeing Christ in Every Person

Posted on 10 Oct 2021
Seeing Christ in Every Person (From Follow Me: Welcome All) {Matthew 25:31-46}   Today, we find ourselves at the end of a string of parables in the gospel of Matthew. It is, of course, Jesus who is telling these vivid stories and the stories precede what may be to the disciples, the most
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Welcome All: Holy Ground Service

Posted on 04 Oct 2021
                                                    Decatur Presbyterian Church Holy Ground October 3, 2021 Luke 14:15-24 Welcome All        
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Welcome All:  “God Welcomes All”

Posted on 04 Oct 2021
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living Welcome All:  “God Welcomes All” Genesis 1-2 (selected verses) World Communion Sunday, October 1, 2021     Today is World Communion Sunday, the Sunday on which we intentionally recognize the unity of humanity at this Table.
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Reimagining what it means to “make disciples”

Posted on 27 Sep 2021
September 26, 2021 Decatur Presbyterian Church Matthew 28:16-20 Reimagining what it means to “make disciples” Last week as a part of our Follow Me series, Todd preached on what Jesus called the two greatest commandments- Loving God and Loving neighbor and how these commandments lead us to see
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“Follow Jesus:  Learning to See Everything through the Lens of Love”

Posted on 19 Sep 2021
Follow Me:  Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Follow Jesus:  Learning to See Everything through the Lens of Love” Mark 12:28-34   Prayer:  Open again your Word for us, by the power of your Holy Spirit,  that we may be reminded of what is most important in this
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Following Jesus in Community

Posted on 13 Sep 2021
Follow Me:  Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Following Jesus in Community” Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 4:11-16   Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all
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Accepting Jesus’ Invitation

Posted on 08 Sep 2021
  Follow Me – “Accepting Jesus’ Invitation” John 1:35-51 September 5, 2021   Today, we begin a new theme for the program year called “Follow Me.” The Follow Me curriculum will explore timeless biblical practices that are meant for faithful living in today’s changing world. Each month,
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I’ve Been Meaning to Ask…Will You Come and Follow Me?

Posted on 03 Sep 2021
  I’ve Been Meaning to Ask…Will You Come and Follow Me? Matthew 4:12-23 August 29, 2021   This Week’s Conversation Questions Where are you now – physically…spiritually…emotionally…? Where are you going? When might you get there? Are you following anyone along
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Where do we go from here?

Posted on 23 Aug 2021
  Where Do We Go From Here? I’ve Been Meaning to Ask…   We are nearing the end of our “I’ve Been Meaning to Ask…” sermon series. We’ve been wrestling with and reflecting on some great questions: Where are you from? Where does it hurt? What do you need? These questions are intended to
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I’ve Been Meaning to Ask…Where Does It Hurt?

Posted on 09 Aug 2021
  “I’ve Been Meaning to Ask…Where Does It Hurt? Mark 5:21-43 August 8, 2021   We believe everyone carries hurt and has the capacity to acknowledge the pain of others. We believe God draws close to us in every moment of suffering.  We commit to vulnerability and compassion. (theme
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Where are You From

Posted on 04 Aug 2021
Sermon: Where are you from? Rev. Allysen Schaaf Scriptures: Genesis 2: 4- 15 John 1:35-46 Nathanael responded, “Can anything from Nazareth be good?” Philip said, “Come and see.”   August is our welcome and re-connection month here at DPC. During worship, fellowship and faith formation
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Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7

Posted on 29 Jul 2021
Holy (Dis)Comfort – Listening for God’s Word in the Minor Prophets – Zephaniah Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7 July 18, 2021   Our Old Testament text, that I will be reading near the end of the sermon, hails from the prophecy of Zephaniah. You may have never heard a sermon on
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Malachi 3:1-4

Posted on 29 Jul 2021
HOLY (DIS) COMFORT – Listening for God’s Word in the Minor Prophets Malachi 3:1-4 July 25, 2021   Today is our last Sunday with the Minor Prophets. We have heard some comforting words along the way from the prophets along with some rather discomforting words. Each week, as we gather
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When Scripture is Scary

Posted on 12 Jul 2021
  When Scripture is Scary             I’d ask you to raise your hand if you’ve read Nahum lately though I’m guessing we wouldn’t have many raised hands except maybe a few Faith in Real Life folks as they discuss the sermon text ahead of
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Beyond our Wildest Dreams

Posted on 07 Jul 2021
  Beyond our Wildest Dreams               So, we’re halfway through our summer series Holy Discomfort, our journey through the minor prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures and we’ve learned there are some doozies. As my mother loves to
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“Jonah” (selected verses)

Posted on 28 Jun 2021
  Holy (Dis)Comfort:  Listening for God’s Word in the Minor Prophets “Jonah” (selected verses) June 27, 2021   Before we turn to the narrative of the prophet Jonah, how many of you have heard the recent tale about the professional lobster diver in Massachusetts? Just two weeks
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Obadiah (selected verses)

Posted on 21 Jun 2021
Holy (Dis)Comfort – Listening for God’s Word in the Minor Prophets Obadiah (selected verses) June 20, 2021 What does “going along to get along”, “what comes around goes around”, and the Golden Rule have to do with one another?   We turn this morning to Obadiah, whose name means “servant of
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Joel

Posted on 08 Jun 2021
Holy (Dis)Comfort: Listening for God’s Word in the Minor Prophets  “Joel” (selected verses) June 6, 2021   This morning, we continue our summer series on the Minor Prophets,    those twelve prophets in the Old Testament whose messages are not minor 
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Hosea – selected verses; Revelation 21:1-5

Posted on 01 Jun 2021
  Holy (Dis)Comfort: Listening for God’s Word in the Minor Prophets Hosea – selected verses; Revelation 21:1-5 May 30, 2021   New Testament – Revelation 21:1-5 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no
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The Forever Advocate

Posted on 25 May 2021
BEING TRANSFORMED “The Forever Advocate” John 15:26 – 16:15 (selected verses) May 23, 2021 ‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from
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The Power of Prayer

Posted on 18 May 2021
  The Power of Prayer Much of the power and meaning of this text is, for me, due to its location within the biblical narrative. This prayer of Jesus comes between the last supper and the crucifixion, between foot washing and betrayal. As we are aware, Jesus knew what would happen to him in
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The Good Shepherd for the Good of the Earth

Posted on 10 May 2021
BEING TRANSFORMED “The Good Shepherd for the Good of the Earth” Ezekial 34:1-6,11-16; John 10:11-18 April 25, 2021 – Earth Sunday   Ezekiel 34:1-6,11-16 The word of the Lord came to me: Mortal, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel: prophesy, and say to them—to the shepherds: Thus says
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Loving Friend

Posted on 10 May 2021
BEING TRANSFORMED “Loving Friend” Exodus 33:7-18; John 15:12-17 Mother’s Day and Confirmation Sunday – May 9, 2021   Exodus 33:7-18 Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp; he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lord would
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So I Send You, Easter Sunday

Posted on 13 Apr 2021
BEING TRANSFORMED “So I Send You” – John 20:19-23 Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021   Our New Testament text for today is not always heard on Easter morning. This section of the Gospel of John is from the evening of the first day, the first Easter. The disciples were not yet raising their
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Committing Ourselves to Follow

Posted on 25 Mar 2021
BEING TRANSFORMED “Doing the Work:  Committing Ourselves to Follow” John 12:20-33 Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 21, 2021 Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.   In our text for today, when two Greeks, two Gentiles, show up to see Jesus, they
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Doing the Work:  Coming to the Light

Posted on 19 Mar 2021
BEING TRANSFORMED “Doing the Work:  Coming to the Light” John 3:16-21 March 14, 2021   If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all
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Listening for God’s Word

Posted on 02 Mar 2021
Listening for God’s Word           The word of the Lord from Isaiah 55 says that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and God’s ways are not our ways. I think we probably feel like we’ve got a handle on that without the word of the Lord from Isaiah
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Opening our Hearts and Minds

Posted on 22 Feb 2021
A Lenten Series on Doing the Work of BEING TRANSFORMED “Opening our Hearts and Minds” Psalm 25:1-10; Mark 1:9-16 February 21, 2021   Psalm 25:1-10 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. Do not
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A Mountaintop Experience

Posted on 15 Feb 2021
  “A Mountaintop Experience” Mark 9:2-9 February 14, 2021 Mark 9:2-9 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could
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Praying Early in the Morning

Posted on 08 Feb 2021
  BEING TRANSFORMED “Praying Early in the Morning” Isaiah 40:28-31; Mark 1:29-39 February 7, 2021   Isaiah 40:28-31 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. The Lord does not faint or grow weary; God’s understanding
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What’s Next?

Posted on 02 Feb 2021
  What’s Next? (Follow up to Matthew 25 sermon series)            Keenan and I love the TV show The West Wing though it’s moved streaming services now and we won’t be able to see it anymore. The show follows the goings on in the west wing of the
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Eradicating Systemic Poverty

Posted on 25 Jan 2021
  BEING TRANSFORMED “Matthew 25 Emphasis – Eradicating Systemic Poverty”   Isaiah 58:6-13; I John 3:1-3,11-18 January 24, 2021   Isaiah 58:6-12 Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and
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Dismantling Systemic Racism

Posted on 19 Jan 2021
  BEING TRANSFORMED “Dismantling Systemic Racism” Colossian 3:1-15; Matthew 25:31-33, 41-46 January 17, 2021   Opening Sentences Let the peace of Jesus Christ rule in your hearts, a peace to which you have called  because you are an integral part of body of Christ, which is the
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Building Congregational Vitality

Posted on 11 Jan 2021
  BEING TRANSFORMED Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 25:31-36,40 “Building Congregational Vitality”   Friends, this has been a long and emotional week in the United States of America. Yesterday, I found myself unusually exhausted for no particular reason other than following the news cycles
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Growing in Wisdom and Divine Favor

Posted on 27 Dec 2020
BEING TRANSFORMED “Growing in Wisdom and Divine Favor” Luke 2:41-52 December 27, 2020   Before turning to God’s Word in Holy Scripture, let us turn to God in prayer… Gracious God, your Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.    Just as the experts in
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Home by Another Road

Posted on 21 Dec 2020
Home by Another Road At the beginning of each Advent season, there is a social media account that I follow with great delight. I don’t know who created it or who maintains it. It’s called Wandering Wisemen and it follows three magi playmobil figures along with their camel on their journey from
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