North Decatur Presbyterian Church

North Decatur Presbyterian Church

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Exploring the Creation Story. 9.15.19.
9.15.19. As we begin our church year, NDPC begins a brand-new yearlong sermon series: The Bible’s 9 Big Ideas.  What is the Bible about? What “big ideas” stretch across the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation, providing these disparate stories with continuity and integrity? Each month from September through May 2020, our worship will explore one big idea in depth, examining how the idea is introduced and how it deepens and develops. By the end of the series, you will understand the span of the Bible in a whole new way. In September, we explore CREATION. Where does our story begin? Why is there more than one creation story in the Bible? Why is life in Jesus a “new creation?” What does Revelation mean when it promises that the future will bring a “new heaven and new earth?” With art, poetry, scripture, music, and sermons, we dive deep into the relationship between the Creator and the Creation. Rev. David Lewicki, preaching.
21:30
September 15, 2019
God's Creative Story: The Bible's 9 Big Ideas. 9.8.19.
9.8.19. As we begin our church year this Sunday, September 8th, 2020, NDPC begins a brand-new yearlong sermon series: The Bible’s 9 Big Ideas. What is the Bible about? What “big ideas” stretch across the  scriptures from Genesis to Revelation, providing these disparate  stories with continuity and integrity? Each month from September through  May 2020, our worship will explore one big idea in depth, examining how  the idea is introduced and how it deepens and develops. By the end of  the series, you will understand the span of the Bible in a whole new  way. In September, we explore CREATION. Where does our story begin? Why  is there more than one creation story in the Bible? Why is life in Jesus  a “new creation?” What does Revelation mean when it promises that the  future will bring a “new heaven and new earth?” With art, poetry,  scripture, music, and sermons, we dive deep into the relationship  between the Creator and the Creation. Rev. David Lewicki, preaching.
28:16
September 9, 2019
What do we do when we worship? (Part 4) 8.25.19.
8.25.19. Every time a community gathers for worship, it is both a deeply conservative and a radically revolutionary act. A group of unrelated people come together in the same place at the same time, to engage in well-known ritualized actions, listening to a familiar and beloved story. This is the conservative part. The radical part is that we bring the expectation–even hope–that these elements will somehow become an encounter with the Living God. Encounters with the Living God change us forever. During the month of August at NDPC, we explored what we do when we worship: gather, renew, proclaim, respond. The final sermon in the series will be on Sunday, September 1. You will gain a deep appreciation for what worship is and why we do what we do each and every Sunday. Rev. David Lewicki preaching.
18:56
August 26, 2019
What do we do when we worship? (Part 3) 8.18.19.
8.18.19. Every time a community gathers for worship, it is both a deeply conservative and a radically revolutionary act. A group of unrelated  people come together in the same place at the same time, to engage in  well-known ritualized actions, listening to a familiar and beloved story. This is the conservative part. The radical part is that we bring the expectation–even hope–that these elements will somehow become an  encounter with the Living God. Encounters with the Living God change us forever. Rev. David Lewicki preaching.
20:26
August 18, 2019
What do we do when we worship? (Part 2). 8.11.19.
8.11.19. Every time a community gathers for worship, it is both a deeply conservative and a radically revolutionary act. A group of unrelated  people come together in the same place at the same time, to engage in  well-known ritualized actions, listening to a familiar and beloved story. This is the conservative part. The radical part is that we bring the expectation–even hope–that these elements will somehow become an  encounter with the Living God. Encounters with the Living God change us forever.  This week's scripture comes from Luke 18:9-14. Rev. David Lewicki preaching.
23:49
August 11, 2019
What do we do when we worship? (Part 1) 8.4.19.
8.4.19. Every time a community gathers for worship, it is both a deeply conservative and a radically revolutionary act. A group of unrelated people come together in the same place at the same time, to engage in well-known ritualized actions, listening to a familiar and beloved story. This is the conservative part. The radical part is that we bring the expectation–even hope–that these elements will somehow become an encounter with the Living God. Encounters with the Living God change us forever.  During the month of August at NDPC, we will explore what we do when we worship: gather, renew, proclaim, respond. You will gain a deep appreciation for what worship is and why we do what we do each and every Sunday. Scripture reading: Psalm 150. Rev. David Lewicki preaching.
23:36
August 4, 2019
Worship Unplugged. 7.28.19.
7.28.19. Throughout the month of July, NDPC will experiment with worship "unplugged." Instead of giving up electric instruments (which we don't often use anyway), we are giving up the formal liturgy that we use almost every week. Our hope is that by losing the liturgy, we can attune ourselves to the way the Spirit of God is moving in and through us during the time we are at worship. Can we notice God's presence? Can we move with it and respond to it? What does the Spirit do in our music-making... in our response to the scripture... in our praying with each other and for the world? Come and enjoy Spirit-led worship all month at North Decatur Presbyterian Church. Rev. Lewicki will convene each service. 
16:05
July 30, 2019
Worship Unplugged. 7.7.19.
7.7.19. Throughout the month of July, NDPC will experiment with worship “unplugged.” Instead of giving up amplified instruments (which we don’t often use anyway), we are giving up the formal liturgy that we use almost every week. Our hope is that by losing the liturgy, we can attune ourselves to the way the Spirit of God is moving in and through us during the time we are at worship. Can we notice God’s presence? Can we move with it and respond to it? What does the Spirit do in our music-making…in our response to the scripture…in our praying with each other and for the world? Come and enjoy Spirit-led worship all month at North Decatur Presbyterian Church. Rev. David Lewicki will convene each service.
19:14
July 28, 2019
(Ir)religious Freedom. 6.30.19.
 6.30.19. "(Ir)religious Freedom." On the Sunday before the birthday of our nation, we will look at freedom.  What are the diverse meanings of freedom in the United States today? And what happens to our own sense of freedom when we follow after Jesus? Rev. David Lewicki preaching.
19:42
July 3, 2019
Hope in the weirdness of the Bible. 6.23.19.
 6.23.19. Isaiah Lewis is a left-handed queer from Chester, West Virginia, home of the world’s largest teapot. He graduated with a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology in May 2019. He finds hope in the weirdness of the Bible. The scripture reading is Revelation 5:6-14.
13:36
June 23, 2019
Shannon Ball preaches on Exodus 1:8-22. 6.16.19.
6.16.19. Shannon Ball preaches on Exodus 1:8-22.   Shannon Ball was baptized at NDPC  many, many years ago but moved away as a child.  She came back to Atlanta to attend Columbia Theological Seminary. She has worked as a chaplain, non-profit program director, and now works for Enterprise Community Partners, a non-profit affordable housing advocacy organization. 
21:43
June 17, 2019
It Could Always Be Worse! 6.9.19.
6.9.19. Rev. Laura Mariko Cheifetz preaches on Ecclesiastes 1:2-9: It Could Always Be Worse! The Reverend Laura Mariko Cheifetz is an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has served in theological education, religious publishing, and social justice advocacy, and she has provided leadership in the national and international church. She is also the co-author and editor of Church on Purpose and contributor to Race in a Post Obama America, Leading Wisdom, and Streams Run Uphill. She is a contributing editor to Inheritance magazine. She lives in Decatur GA with her partner and their two Shih Tzus. 
11:14
June 17, 2019
Surprise, surprise, surprise! Things you would not expect to find in the Bible. 6.2.19.
6.26.19. Rev. Leslie Brogan preaches about the surprising things you can find in the Bible.
22:45
June 5, 2019
Easter 6. Mary and Martha. 5.26.19.
5.26.19. Summer is here! It's hotter than blazes, kids are bouncing off the walls, all of us are hoping for a little bit of rest and relaxation. This Sunday, Rev. David Lewicki looks at the story of Mary and Martha from the 10th chapter of Luke's gospel and uses that story to explore how we experience the tension between the work that "must be done" and the rest we all need. What are you discovering about the rhythms of work and rest that make for a healthy--and holy--life? 
24:35
May 27, 2019
Easter 5. The Power of Change. 5.19.19.
5.5.19. Rev. David Lewicki preaches this week on the power of change. How does God’s presence in the world help to make necessary changes in our lives? 
15:41
May 21, 2019
Easter 4. Faith for a Lifetime: Senescence. 5.12.19.
5.12.19. This Sunday, we conclude our yearlong "Faith for a Lifetime" sermon series. We've explored spirituality at every stage of life, from infancy to adulthood. This week, we look at the spiritual opportunities (and crises) that come toward the end of our lives, in a time called "senescence." NDPC's Pastor for Adult Spiritual Formation, the Rev. Mary Anona Stoops, preaches from John 21:15-19.  
24:36
May 20, 2019
Easter 3. Why does Jesus keep showing up? 5.5.19.
5.5.19. Why does Jesus keep showing up?  If we know what to do, why do we need God's guidance?  As we celebrate the Confirmation class with a worship inspired by their statements of faith and the commitments they make, we witness the farcical story of Jesus's third resurrection appearance in the Gospel of John (21:1-12) and ask ourselves will we ever get it right? Rev. Beth Waltemath preaching.
17:12
May 18, 2019
Easter 2. "I believe in the resurrection of the body...." 4.28.19.
4.28.19. "I believe in the resurrection of the body...." The Sunday after Easter is here, the egg hunts are behind us, there's no brass to brighten our worship, and most senior pastors are resting their gilded vocal cords. This is where it gets real. What did happen to Jesus' body? What will happen to ours? And what shall we make of this core Christian conviction--the hardest of all to believe--in the resurrection of the body? Rev. Lewicki preaches on the story of Thomas from John's gospel.
23:11
May 17, 2019
Easter Sunday. 4.21.19.
4.21.19. Easter Sunday. Scripture reading: Luke 24:1-12. "Then they remembered his words."
17:03
April 23, 2019
Palm Sunday. 4.14.19.
4.14.19. This week, we include the full service. Beginning with the procession of palms, we tell the story of Jesus’ last days in Jerusalem in five scenes. We end with Jesus’ anointing at Bethany and invite you to receive an anointing as we begin Holy Week. 
54:59
April 15, 2019
Lent 5: Giving Ourselves Away. 4.7.19.
4.7.19. How then, shall we relate to one another? What are other people for, if not to serve our needs? What is it to teach, encourage, and nurture another? Rev. David Lewicki preaching.
20:58
April 7, 2019
Lent 4: Hearing the Voice of the Deeper Self. 3.31.19.
3.31.19. Hearing the voice of the deeper self. Rev. David Lewicki preaching.
20:53
April 5, 2019
Lent 3: Coming to Terms with the Past. 3.24.19.
March 24, 2019.  With the gift of new perspective, we awaken to the pain our own past. We see clearly what we should have done, or what should have been done for us. Can we learn to see our own past through the lens of God’s mercy? Rev. David Lewicki preaching.  
22:27
March 24, 2019
Lent 2: Necessary Losses. 3.17.19.
March 17, 2019 What wakes us up is most often is a loss—a relationship, a job, our health, a death. It is often only a shock to the system that breaks us open to a deeper truth that lies beyond the loss. Rev. David Lewicki preaching.
23:43
March 19, 2019
Lent 1: Waking Up. 3.10.19.
March 10, 2019 In order to come alive, we must wake up to the limitations of a life lived according to our own ego needs. We follow Jesus into the wilderness, where he learns that a life that feeds only itself is no life at all. Rev. David Lewicki preaching.
16:30
March 11, 2019
Religion and Politics. 2.24.19.
February 24, 2019 We reflect on historical and current attitudes regarding religion and politics. Rev. David Lewicki compares a pre-Civil War theologian’s rejection of abolitionists’ religious arguments with the call for justice in Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. Rev. David Lewicki preaching.
22:41
March 11, 2019
Faith for a Lifetime: Early Adulthood. 2.3.19.
February 2, 2019 Our yearlong Faith for a Lifetime series continues this Sunday with an exploration of the role of physical and emotional intimacy and its intersection with our spiritual life. In young adulthood, identities--recently earned, are transformed through the practice of intimacy with both lovers and also with friends. Intimacy draws us into spaces of closeness, sharing, and honesty. But because intimate relationships mirror and reveal our flaws, they challenge our self-understanding. Spiritual intimacy with God can beautifully support, inform, and bless our most meaningful relationships. Rev. David Lewicki, preaching.
19:42
March 11, 2019
Faith for a Lifetime: Vocation. 1.27.19.
January 27, 2019 We return to NDPC's yearlong series, "Faith for a Lifetime," exploring the particular spiritual opportunities and challenges that meet us at each stage in our lives. As we begin our lives as adults, leaving adolescence behind, we begin to assume full responsibility for ourselves and our place in the world. We ask questions: "What am I supposed to do with my life?" "What am I good at?" "How can I make a living... and a life?" In the church, we call this our search for vocation, or "calling." Every person, we believe, is called. The questions is, to what? By whom? Rev. Lewicki, preaching. 
21:02
March 11, 2019
Strange Fruit. 1.20.19.
January 20, 2019 How does the struggle for racial justice look from here? This Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, we gather to reflect on the ongoing quest to create Beloved Community--in our nation, here in Dekalb County, GA, and within our own homes and families. This Sunday's worship will focus on the role of creativity in transforming not only structures and systems, but also relationships and individual hearts. We are created in the image of the One who flips the script: who turns terror into poetry, hatred into protest, heartbreak into hope, sorrow into joy. We share a powerful reflection about Billie Holiday's song, Strange Fruit, as we contemplate our own own capacity for being vessels of God's creative transformation. Rev. David Lewicki, preaching. Today in worship we watched a video about lynching, Strange Fruit, produced by the SALT Project. The recording has Rev. Lewicki's introduction before and reflection after the video and concludes with a recording of Billie Holiday singing the song Strange Fruit.
15:58
March 11, 2019
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