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Sermon from October 17, 2021 - "Worth the Investment"

In Becca Bateman's sermon this Sunday we explore ways we can encourage one another and discover those small, sometimes unnoticed glimpses of hope and renewal - evidence of God’s presence.

DPC Sermon from October 10, 2021 - "Letting Down the Nets"

John’s Gospel concludes in chapter 21 with Jesus seeking out his disciples and offering them breakfast on the beach. Join us as Pauline Sexton invites us to listen in on their conversation and catch another glimpse of the grace of the Risen Lord.

DPC Sermon from October 3, 2021 - "God's Presence"

This week, Becca Bateman focuses on World Communion Sunday, celebrating God's presence with us in the body of Christ - with more than just those around our little table. Though our interconnectedness can also bring divisiveness, we are called to love. How will we face this challenge together?

DPC Sermon from September 26, 2021 - "An Inside Job"

In the sermon, John Willingham concludes a two-part look at the Matthew 25 journey by focusing on our commitment to work toward dismantling structural racism. Where do we begin to address such a massive, and for some, controversial effort? Join us as we ponder that question and a suggestion for how each of us can be part of the change.

DPC Sermon from September 19, 2021 - "Learning From God's Favorites"

*This sermon was recorded as we gathered outdoors on Mechanics St. on Sunday during a special worship service. Please excuse the noise from the wind!* In his sermon, John Willingham begins a two-part series on our Matthew 25 initiative focusing this week on how issues of racial justice might intersect with poverty. In particular, we will ponder the moment Jesus said to his disciples “Blessed are you who are poor.” What might the M25 journey teach us about his meaning and our response? Join us as we reflect together.

DPC Sermon from September 12, 2021 - "The Invitation of 9/12"

Recent days have brought back memories of the horrific events of 9/11. The twentieth anniversary of that day has appropriately resulted in articles and observances, lesson plans and conversations, documentaries and remembrances. In his sermon, John Willingham draws upon that shared experience by focusing our attention on an opportunity present on 9/12. Join us as ponder together that gift as people of faith.

DPC Sermon from September 5, 2021 - "A Long Obedience in the Same Direction"

In Sunday’s sermon, Pauline Sexton finishes up the sermons focusing on the Book of Daniel. Daniel, a man of faith, faced many trials and challenges but his commitment to worship his God encourages us all. Pauline speaks of the book by Eugene H. Peterson "A Long Obedience in the Same Direction" (InterVarsity Press) after which she has titled her sermon.

DPC Sermon from August 29, 2021 - "A Winsome Witness"

In this Sunday's sermon, Becca Bateman examines the faith of Daniel and the surprising impact it had on others. After a closer look at the characters in the passage and also in our lives, we realize the impact of a life of faith. Following worship, our members joyfully approved Becca's Terms of Call as our new Associate Pastor for Education and Family Ministries!

DPC Sermon from August 22, 2021 - "The Risk of Any Strength"

In the sermon, John Willingham begins the final phase of our summer-long look at the book of Daniel by reflecting on a new crisis for the title character. Ironically, it was a personal strength of that Jewish man which put him at risk. Join us as we ponder that reality for him and ourselves in the fullness of life.

DPC Sermon from August 15, 2021 - "Learning to Live"

In our scripture, both characters in Daniel and in the gospel of Luke fail to learn the lessons of those before them. Roberta Kearney invites us to consider what it means to live more simply and with generosity, as God teaches us, so our possessions do not define and confine us.

DPC Sermon from August 8, 2021 - "Pizza and a Balance Beam"

In his sermon, John Willingham continues our reflection on the Book of Daniel, by focusing on a Biblical moment that is the origin for our expression of “the handwriting is on the wall.” Join us as we ponder what that ancient scene has to say to us about human courage in those times when words of truth can be hard to speak.

DPC Sermon from August 1, 2021 - "Making Time, Changing Focus"

As we continue our summer series in the book of Daniel, we find King Nebuchadnezzar failing to accept the message of the dream that he must change his ways. God invites us to change our ways over and over, but sometimes an event causes us to truly stop and assess what we are doing. In her sermon, Roberta Kearney asks us to consider our own readiness to change the focus of our lives.

DPC Sermon from July 25, 2021 - “Signs of Our Sovereign”

In the sermon, John Willingham reflects on another day when Daniel is brought in to interpret the king’s dream. Its message is about hard times ahead for Nebuchadnezzar while offering a word about what it means for him and us to recognize God as sovereign over all of life. Join us as we listen in and ponder how you and I might best demonstrate faithfulness toward our heavenly ruler.

Episode 8 - Sermon from July 18, 2021 - "The Fractional Christian"

In his sermon, John Willingham continues our summer look at the Book of Daniel by focusing on the moment three people of faith faced a literal trial by fire. The response of the king to those events and the angry suggestion centuries later by two disciples of Jesus invite us to look at our own lives of faith with candor and humility. Join us as we ponder those ancient scenes together, seeking a word of hope for today.

DPC Sermon - July 11, 2021

**During Sunday's sermon, a longtime and beloved member of the church fainted. We have edited the response to this medical emergency out of this podcast. Thankfully, the member is now recovering well. We continue to hold her in our prayers.** In his sermon, John Willingham continues our summer focus on the Book of Daniel by reflecting on the moment three exiles refuse to bow down to an idol. What does their moment of courage and a similar act by two of the first disciples centuries later suggest about how we best live out our faith amidst the challenges of today? Join us as we ponder that question together.

DPC Sermon - July 4, 2021

In his sermon, John Willingham continues our summer focus on the book of Daniel by reflecting on the moment that title character reveals the content and meaning of a king’s dream. What does that ancient scene have to say to us as our nation marks its 245th birthday? Join us as we ponder that question together.

DPC Sermon - June 27, 2021

In his sermon, John Willingham continues our summer focus on events in the story of Daniel, reflecting on a day when King Nebuchadnezzar demanded insight into a troubling dream. Join us as we draw lessons from that moment and from a time in Jesus’ final hours when the response to a dream proved to be life-altering, too. Don't forget to check out www.dtownpc.org for all the latest news and happenings here at DPC!

DPC Sermon - June 20, 2021

In his sermon, John Willingham continues our summer focus on events in the story of Daniel, reflecting on a day when King Nebuchadnezzar demanded insight into a troubling dream. Join us as we draw lessons from that moment and from a time in Jesus’ final hours when the response to a dream proved to be life-altering, too.

DPC Sermon - June 13, 2021

In his sermon on Sunday, John Willingham begins our summer series that will focus on the Old Testament character of Daniel. We start by pondering a day when, as an act of faith, Daniel refused to eat food sent to him by the king of Babylon. Join us as we reflect upon that decision and what it might say about how we faithfully live in a world that often has different priorities as well.

DPC Sermon - June 6, 2021

In Sunday’s sermon, Roberta Kearney looks at the covenants and promises God makes to us in baptism and the promises we make throughout our journey of faith. We respond to those promises in confirmation and affirmation of our faith as do those serving as officers in the church through the ministry of Deacon and Elder. Join us as we reflect on what it means to trust in our covenant-making God.

DPC Sermon - May 30, 2021

In his sermon, John Willingham concludes the series on Noah and the flood by focusing on the image of a rainbow. What does that sign promised by God in the narrative say to us as people of faith? Join us as we ponder that gift anew. Visit www.dtownpc.org to learn more about the various ministries and programs offered at DPC.