This Sunday, September 21
, we turn worship upside down, destabilizing worship, imagining ourselves in the ark of the church, asking what it means to live in an earth that may be dying around us. What if you were Noah, and the survival of life on earth depended upon you?
This special worship coincides with the United Nations conference on climate change
and the world’s largest grassroots climate change action
taking place in New York City on the same day.
Early worship with Holy Communion begins at 8:30am. A nearly identical worship begins at 11am. The sermon is a participatory reflection on the reality of climate change.
Christian Education for all ages begins at 9:30am. Children’s classes are on the 2nd floor of the Education Building. Three classes for adults are held on the 1st floor of the Sanctuary Building.
First-time visitors are always welcome at NDPC! See you Sunday.
On Sunday, September 28, we will again host our annual St. Francis Day celebration, giving thanks to God for the renewed covenant with all of creation made in the wake of the flood. Dogs, cats, fish, snakes, and people are welcome to worship as we gather outdoors on the lawn.
“This is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel declares the Lord. I will put my Instructions within them and engrave them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33
North Decatur Presbyterian Church welcomes God-seekers of every age this Sunday as we start the church year together.
At 9:30am, our Christian Education year begins. Parents can bring children to the 2nd floor of the Education building to meet Amanda Osenga, Director of Children, Youth, and Family ministries, as well as their child’s Sunday School teachers.
Adult Education meets together in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 (parents come down after your children are settled). The Rev. Beth Waltemath will introduce us to the fall’s amazing adult education offerings.
From 10:30-10:55am, we gather in the Fellowship Hall for coffee and conversation.
11am we meet for worship in the Sanctuary. Our preacher for the day is Dr. Bill Brown, professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, who will open up our year-long focus text from Jeremiah on the covenant upon our hearts that binds us to God and to one another.
After worship, everyone is welcome (visitors too!) to stay for lunch. We will eat together in our neighborhood parish groups. Lunch is potluck–we provide a room-length sandwich, you bring a salad or side.
As always, first-time visitors and those seeking a new church community are especially welcome.
Can’t wait to see you!
This Sunday’s worship is our annual Labor Day Hymn Sing. I know… it sounds fuddy-duddy. But the facts are all there: singing is good for you. Hymn singing is not old–it’s old school. (It’s also known to defeat fascism of all kinds.) The lyrics are like poetry and the tunes are balm for the spirit.
This year’s hymn sing is organized around the stages of our lives. The songs are chosen for every life stage. In between each song, we’ve prepared a short reflection on what we humans learn as we walk through the stages of life. In a conversation yesterday, I heard someone say, “the church is one of the few places left where we experience a truly intergenerational community.” We live these life stages together; we learn, we laugh, we weep, we celebrate. Amen to that.
Come sing together. Your body–and your soul–will thank you.
Worship begins at 10am. The nursery is open for babies. Children 1st-grade and under leave worship before the sermon for a time of supervised play.
After worship, sip cold drinks on the patio.
First-time visitors are always welcome! See you Sunday.