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Go Tell: “Break the Good News”

Posted on 04 Dec 2022
Follow Me – Biblical Practices for Faithful Living Go Tell: “Break the Good News” Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Decatur Presbyterian Church First Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2022     John 1:1-18 In the Gospel of John, there is no birth narrative, no angel appearing to Mary
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Go Tell: “The Right Story”

Posted on 27 Nov 2022
Go Tell: “The Right Story” Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living Rev. Emily Wilmesherr Decatur Presbyterian Church November 27, 2022     Luke 1:46-55 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked
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Forgive: “Build a Bridge to the Future”

Posted on 20 Nov 2022
Follow Me – Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Forgive:  Build a Bridge”  Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Decatur Presbyterian Church November 20, 2022     Prayer for Illumination Gracious God, by the power of your Spirit, open again your Word to us that we may hear it
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Forgive: “Forgive Others”

Posted on 13 Nov 2022
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Forgive Others” – Matthew 18:21-35 Decatur Presbyterian Church November 13, 2022       Our passage for today begins with Peter asking Jesus a fair question,  “Jesus, how many times must I forgive someone? As many as
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Forgive:  “Receive Forgiveness”

Posted on 06 Nov 2022
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living Forgive:  Receive Forgiveness Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Decatur Presbyterian Church All Saints’ Sunday, November 6, 2022     Psalm 51:1-17 Sometimes God is ready to forgive us before we are ready to forgive ourselves.  The good
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Forgive: “Recognize Sin”

Posted on 31 Oct 2022
Forgive: “Recognize Sin” Rev. Tully M. Fletcher IV Decatur Presbyterian Church October 30, 2022: Kirkin O’ the Tartan Sunday       1 John 1:8 – 2:2   8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  9 If we
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Follow Me: “Share Generosity – Share Power”

Posted on 23 Oct 2022
Follow Me:  Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Generosity – Share Power” Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Decatur Presbyterian Church October 23, 2022     Leviticus 25:1-4,8-13,23-24; Luke 18:18-30 Our theme for this week is Sharing Power. Sharing Power is the last in this
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Practice Generosity – “Share Wisdom”

Posted on 09 Oct 2022
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living Practice Generosity – “Share Wisdom” Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Decatur Presbyterian Church October 9, 2022     Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Acts 18:1-4, 24-28 Our Old Testament reading from Deuteronomy is called the Shema, which m
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Follow Me: “Share Resources”

Posted on 03 Oct 2022
Follow Me: “Share Resources” World Communion Sunday Rev. Emily Wilmesherr Decatur Presbyterian Church October 2, 2022     During the pandemic, a mom with 2 children struggling to find a job to support her family and pay off her medical bills, received a letter in the mail
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Vital Congregations Initiative:  “Healthy Church Life”

Posted on 25 Sep 2022
Vital Congregations Initiative:  Healthy Church Life September 25, 2022 Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Decatur Presbyterian Church     II Corinthians 5:16-21 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view;   even though we once knew Christ from a human point
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Vital Congregations Initiative:  “Caring Relationships”

Posted on 18 Sep 2022
Vital Congregations Initiative:  Caring Relationships Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Decatur Presbyterian Church September 18, 2022 Ephesians 4:1-3,15-16,25-32     We are created to live in healthy relationships, with God and with others. From our very first days after we are born until the
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“Worship Inspired by the Spirit”

Posted on 11 Sep 2022
Vital Congregations Initiative:  Worship Inspired by the Spirit Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Decatur Presbyterian Church September 11, 2022     Isaiah 6:1-8, Revelation 21:1-2, 22-26 Prayer: By the power of your Holy Spirit, illuminate the Word we read today that it may be ingested by us,
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“All Empowered to Serve”

Posted on 04 Sep 2022
“All Empowered to Serve” Rev. Tully M. Fletcher IV Decatur Presbyterian Church September 4, 2022       Scripture 1 Luke 10:1-5 & 17-18  1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and
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VCI: “Focused on Community Needs”

Posted on 28 Aug 2022
Vital Congregations Initiative:  Focused on Community Needs Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Decatur Presbyterian Church August 28th, 2022 Matthew 25:31-46   Focusing on the needs of the community includes physical, mental, social/emotional and spiritual needs.  An outward focus for the
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“Good News Intentionally Shared”

Posted on 21 Aug 2022
Vital Congregations Initiative:  Good News Intentionally Shared Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Decatur Presbyterian Church John 4:1-30,39-42 August 21, 2022   Frederick Buechner, one of my favorite Christian authors, died this past week at age 96. Buechner, an American theologian, wrote
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VCI: “Engaged and Growing Disciples”

Posted on 16 Aug 2022
“Engaged and Growing Disciples” Vital Congregations Initiative For the Sake of the Church and World Rev. Tully M. Fletcher IV Decatur Presbyterian Church Deuteronomy 11:18-21     18 You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign
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Vital Congregations Initiative (VCI) – Introduction

Posted on 07 Aug 2022
Vital Congregations Initiative – Introduction “For the Sake of the Church and the World” Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Decatur Presbyterian Church Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Romans 12:1-21 August 7, 2022   Prayer for Illumination:  Holy God of all peoples and places, pour out your Spirit
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Strong Women of Faith:  “ESTHER”

Posted on 31 Jul 2022
Strong Women of Faith:  Esther The Book of Esther (selected verses) Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Decatur Presbyterian Church July 31, 2022   Today, we explore the last in our summer series on Strong Women of Faith. Esther was a beautiful young woman who found herself with access to the
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Strong Women of Faith: “HANNAH”

Posted on 24 Jul 2022
Strong Women of Faith:  Hannah I Samuel 1 and 2 (selected verses) Decatur Presbyterian Church July 24, 2022       Have you ever prayed so fervently that someone might have thought that you had too much to drink? Has anyone ever walked in on you while you were kneeling
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Strong Women of Faith: “RUTH”

Posted on 19 Jul 2022
Strong Women of Faith: “RUTH” Rev. Tully M. Fletcher IV Decatur Presbyterian Church July 17, 2022       Introduction This is the story of love and loyalty that grew out of deep pain and loss.  It is a story of a female leadership and empowerment, a story of women
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Strong Women of Faith:  “Deborah”

Posted on 10 Jul 2022
Strong Women of Faith:  “Deborah” Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Decatur Presbyterian Church Judges 4 and 5 (selected verses) July 10, 2022   We continue today our summer series on Strong Women of Faith.  Today we highlight the narrative of Deborah – a prophet, poet, and
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Strong Women of Faith:  “MIRIAM”

Posted on 03 Jul 2022
Strong Women of Faith:  “MIRIAM” Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Decatur Presbyteriuan Church Numbers 12 July 3, 2022   We continue today our summer worship series on Strong Women of Faith.  Today’s Old Testament character is Miriam.  Miriam is known as one of the seven
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Strong Women of Faith: “SARAH”

Posted on 28 Jun 2022
Strong Women of Faith: “SARAH” Strong Women of Faith Summer Series Rev. Emily Wilmesherr Decatur Presbyterian Church June 26, 2022   A friend popped by my office this week who said after starting with Hagar, it’s going to be really hard to look at Sarah’s story in any kind of
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Strong Women of Faith: “HAGAR”

Posted on 20 Jun 2022
Strong Women of Faith: “HAGAR” Rev. Emily Wilkmesherr Decatur Presbyterioan Church Decatur, Ga June 19, 2022   Scripture: Genesis 16 Today starts the Summer Sermon series on Strong Women of Faith where we will dive into the stories of women in the old testament to see what they
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“Using Advantages to Overturn Inequalities”

Posted on 12 Jun 2022
Follow Me:  Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Using Advantages to Overturn Inequalities” Decatur Presbyterian Church Mark 10:17–23; Luke 19:1-10 June 12, 2022   This morning, we have two different biblical illustrations of what can happen when a person encounters Jesus.
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Challenging:  “Working for Liberation while Challenging Oppression”

Posted on 07 Jun 2022
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living Challenging:  Working for Liberation while Challenging Oppression Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Decatur Presbyterian Church Luke 6:17-31 Pentecost – June 5, 2022     Hear the Word of God from Luke 6:17-31.  He came down with them
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Honor God’s Diversity- “Centering Voices from the Margins”

Posted on 29 May 2022
Honor God’s Diversity – “Centering Voices from the Margins” Rev. Emily Wilmesherr Decatur Presbyterian Church May 29, 2022     Matthew 15:21-28 21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that
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“Honor God’s Diversity – Affirming Those Who Are Marginalized”

Posted on 22 May 2022
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Honor God’s Diversity – Affirming Those Who Are Marginalized” Genesis 1-2 (selected verses) May 22, 2022       Genesis 1-2 (selected verses) In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless
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“Practice Joy in All Times”

Posted on 19 May 2022
“Practice Joy in All Times” Rev. Tully M. Fletcher IV Decatur Presbyterian Church May 15, 2022         Philippians 4:4-7   4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is
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“Practice Joy – Sharing Joy with Others”

Posted on 08 May 2022
Follow Me – Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Practice Joy – Sharing Joy with Others” Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Dectaur Presbyterian Church Luke 15: 1-10 May 8, 2022     Luke 15:1-10 Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the
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Practice Joy – “Joy in God’s Creation” – Genesis 28:10-19a

Posted on 24 Apr 2022
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Everyday Living Practice Joy – “Joy in God’s Creation” – Genesis 28:10-19a Decatur Presbyterian Church April 24, 2022       Gracious God, open again your Word to us by the power of your Spirit that we, like Jacob, may
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Easter Sunday: “PERPLEXED, AFRAID, AMAZED”

Posted on 17 Apr 2022
“Perplexed, Afraid, Amazed” Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Easter Sunday – April 17, 2022 Decatur Presbyterian Church   Luke 24:1-12 Call to Worship Sometimes it seems like a curtain  Has been thrown over eternal things. But now and then a corner of the curtain Is lifted and we
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Practice Spritual Disciplines: “TRY NEW SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES”

Posted on 10 Apr 2022
Practice Spiritual Disciplines: “Try New Spritual Disciplines” April 10, Palm Sunday, 2022, Rev. Emily Wilmesherr Decatur Presbyterian Church     Hebrews 4:14-16 1 Throughout the season of Lent, we looked at different disciplines that Jesus kept: Fasting, Listening to God,
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Practice Spiritual Disciplines: “UNPLUG”

Posted on 03 Apr 2022
Follow Me – Biblical Practices for Faithful Living  Practice Spiritual Disciplines: “Unplug” Decatur Presbyterian Church April 3, 2022 Genesis 2:1-3; Mark 6: 30-34 Genesis 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished
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“Practicing Spiritual Disciplines: EMBRACING SIMPLICITY”

Posted on 27 Mar 2022
“Practicing Spiritual Disciplines: EMBRACING SIMPLICITY” The Rev. Tully M. Fletcher IV Decatur Presbyterian Church March 27, 2022       Scriptures Philippians 4:10-12    10 I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for
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“Practicing Spiritual Disciplines:  LISTENING TO GOD”

Posted on 20 Mar 2022
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Practicing Spiritual Disciplines:  Listening to God” Decatur Presbyterian Church I Samuel 3:1-11 March 20, 2022     In a time when a word from the Lord was rare, and visions were not widespread, God spoke to a young,
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“Practicing Spiritual Disciplines:  PRAYER”

Posted on 13 Mar 2022
“Practicing Spiritual Disciplines:  Prayer” Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Decatur Presbyterian Church Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living March 13, 2022   Today we continue our Lenten series on Practicing Spiritual Disciplines and our focus for this week is
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“Practicing Spiritual Disciplines: FASTING”

Posted on 06 Mar 2022
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Practicing Spiritual Disciplines:  Fasting” Matthew 4:1-4; 6:16-18 First Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2022 Decatur Presbyterian Church     A word about Covid…the numbers are below the thresholds we had been using, but our
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“PATIENCE, PERSEVERANCE AND PERSISTENCE”

Posted on 27 Feb 2022
Annual Report Sunday  “Patience, Perseverance, Persistence” Decatur Presbyterian Church Romans 5:1-5 February 27, 2022   A word about Ukraine… My friend and fellow pastor, Robert Gamble, is a Presbyterian mission worker in Ukraine.  Robert has spent much of the last decade
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“LIVE IN COMMUNITY – UPLIFT THOSE IN NEED”

Posted on 20 Feb 2022
“Live in Community – Uplift Those in Need” Rev. Emily Wilmesherr February 20, 2022 Decatur Presbyterina Church   The Lord said to Moses, “The daughters of Zelophehad are right; let them possess their father’s land.” A simple declaration but one that holds more weight when
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“LIVE IN COMMUNITY – FEAST AND LISTEN”

Posted on 13 Feb 2022
Follow Me:  Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Live in Community – Feast and Listen” February 13, 2022 Decatur Presbyterian Church Matthew 14:13-21 Focus Function   When Jesus hears about the death of John the Baptist, he gets in a boat on the Sea of Galilee and withdraws
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“LIVE IN COMMUNITY – GATHER ACROSS DIFFERENCES”

Posted on 06 Feb 2022
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living “Live in Community – Gather across Differences” Rev. Dr. Todd Speed I Corinthians 1:10-17 February 6, 2022   In I Corinthians, Paul addresses divisions that were brewing within the Corinthian congregation.   Paul points out that some
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“HONOR THE BODY”

Posted on 30 Jan 2022
                               Follow Me – Biblical Practices for Faithful Living Baptism:  “Honor the Body” Rev. Dr. Todd Speed I Corinthians 12:12-27 January 30, 2022 Our New Testament reading, which I will
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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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