November 2019 Sermon Series: The Holy Ordinary

November 2019 sermon series

November 2019 A Pecan Street Mission Sermon Series How do you find God in your ordinary, everyday life? Through simple, common elements like light, water, and bread God shows up in our lives every single day. These basic necessities of human existence are also extraordinary, mysterious conduits that carry God’s love to us. This November, we’ll utilize Psalm 23 and these physical elements of light, water, & bread to explore how God makes even the most ordinary of moments extraordinarily sacred and holy. With light we will remember the saints who have come before us and who still surround us in the great cloud of witnesses. With water we will remember how God consistently brings new life by leading people through uncharted and tumultuous seas. With bread we will remember how God faithfully shows up around the table in order to nourish our bodies & spirits. Every single day of … Read More

October Series: “Jesus Talks Money”

October 2019 sermon series Jesus Talks Money

October 2019A Pecan Street Mission Sermon Series You know what probably got Jesus kicked out of lots of dinner parties? All his talk about money. Out of the 38 parables Jesus tells, 16 are about money (that’s 42% of his stories, all about money). If you add up every verse in the Gospels, 1 out of 10 (288 in all) deal directly with — you guessed it — money. The Gospel of Luke, in particular, preserves some of Jesus’ most uncomfortable teachings and parables about money. Just try out these memory verses: “You cannot serve God and wealth” (Luke 16:13); “Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor…then come, follow me” (18:22); “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor” (19:8); “To all those who have, more will be given; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be … Read More

Life Groups: Fall 2019

Fall 2019 Life Groups Week of September 29 – Week of November 17, 2019 Did you know we were created for community? One of the first things God says in Genesis is, “It is not good that the human should be alone” (Genesis 2:18). We are social creatures who were created for community with God and with one another. At Pecan Street Mission, community is one of our core spiritual practices. Twice a year, we gather groups of people from diverse walks of life into 8-week intentional Christian communities — Life Groups. These groups covenant to meet weekly to do three things: Eat Together – Groups share simple community meals each time they gather. This might look like coffee and muffins at Trinity Street Coffee Bar or a potluck style meal around a family dinner table. Holy moments happen around the table, so every time groups gather, we eat! Explore … Read More

September 2019 Sermon Series: “Becoming Human: From Isolation to Community”

Becoming Human

Fall 2019A Pecan Street Mission Sermon Series In our digital age of hyper-connection, many are finding themselves more isolated than ever before. Although we have 500 “friends” at our fingertips, a sense of true community grows ever more fleeting. In a world where everyone is searching for connection, what does it mean to build intentional and transformative communities in which we can truly know & be known by others? What might it look like to become human together? Jean Vanier spent his adult life living in and building intentional Christian communities of people with intellectual disabilities. These communities, known as L’Arche, became places where Vanier and others learned what it meant to become human – to become more fully the persons God created them to be. Through exploring the essential vulnerabilities that form our shared humanity, Vanier and the L’Arche family began to walk the journey from isolation to community. … Read More

Dinner Church Summer 2019

Dinner Church

Dinner Church Summer 2019 Wednesday Evenings, 6:00-7:30pm @ the Methodist Activity Center of FUMC Decatur One of the earliest traditions of the people who follow Jesus is to gather together around the table, sharing a meal and sharing our lives. At Dinner Church, informal worship takes place around the table with a delicious meal brought together by the entire community. Communion is made as we share food & share our lives in exploring scripture, singing, and praying together. Bring your faith. Bring your doubts. Bring your appetite for something bigger than yourself. This family-friendly worship environment is created to be hospitable to people of all ages and stages of life. Just like your family table at Thanksgiving, this is a place for the youngest & the oldest, for those with beliefs and those with doubts, for solo parents and single people, for business professionals and professional parents, for those who … Read More

Summer 2019 Sermon Series: The Gospel According to Pixar

Summer 2019 Sermon Series: The Gospel According to Pixar

“The Gospel According to Pixar” A Pecan Street MissionSermon Series Summer 2019 Pixar Studios has an amazing history of utilizing imagination, passion, & creativity to dive into some of the deep truths of life. This summer, we’ll use a few of our favorite Pixar movies to explore faith through the eyes of our children. Jesus said, “Unless you turn and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3). Join us this summer as we learn to see the world through the imaginative eyes of faith! Sunday, July 14Toy Story: Childlike Imagination Sunday, July 21Monster’s Inc: Confronting Fear Sunday, July 28Finding Nemo: Rethinking Family Sunday, August 4The Incredibles: (Secret) Identity Sunday, August 11Wall-E: Creation Care Sunday, August 18Up: Love and Adventure Sunday, August 25Inside Out: Grief and Joy

Ordination Celebration: June 2, 2019

Rev. Ricky Harrison’s Ordination Ordination CelebrationSunday, June 2, 2019 All Family Worship10:00 a.m.Sanctuary Brunch11:00 a.m.Asbury Hall Service of OrdinationMonday, June 3, 20197:00 p.m. Christ United Methodist Church 3101 Coit RdPlano, TX 75075 On Sunday, June 2, 2019, the entire Decatur Methodist Family will gather for a morning of celebrating Rev. Ricky Harrison’s ordination in The United Methodist Church. To recognize Pastor Ricky’s milestone moment and the ongoing work of the local church in helping set apart, train, and nurture people into ordained ministry, the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) has planned a morning of celebration. We will gather for a combined All Family Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary, followed by Brunch at 11:00 a.m. in Asbury Hall. It will be a great day of worshiping together and recognizing the work of Ricky and the Church in building God’s Kingdom! The Service of Ordination for Pastor Ricky and … Read More

Spring 2019 Sermon Series: Coming Out

“Coming Out” A Pecan Street Mission Sermon Series Spring 2019 When asked to describe present-day Christianity, the most common responses include: anti-gay, judgmental, hypocritical, out of touch, old fashioned, and insensitive. For many people, modern day Christianity no longer seems … well … Christian. For the love of God, it’s time for people who follow Jesus to “come out” with a better witness to the love of God. This Spring, join the Pecan Street Mission community as we “come out” to stand boldly with the God of Love. We’ll have brave & honest conversations about many of those things the Church has often refused to talk about — the life & death places where our faith in Jesus collides with the real world. Is there a place for queer people in Church? Should women be in ministry? Is God more than “Father”? How does God feel about suicide? Aren’t most … Read More

Community Easter Sunrise Worship: April 21, 2019 @ 7:00 am

Community Easter Sunrise Worship Service

Community Easter Sunrise Worship April 21, 2019 • 7:00 am @ The Courthouse Square All are invited to the second annual Community Easter Sunrise Worship on the Downtown Decatur Courthouse Square! We will gather at 7:00 am to sing, pray, worship, & celebrate the good news of the resurrection! Our neighbors at Trinity Street Coffee Bar will be providing Free Coffee on the Square for everyone!

Lent 2019 Sermon Series

“Faith Made Flesh: Why We Practice a Common Faith” A Pecan Street Mission Sermon Series Lent 2019 What if “faith” is less about believing the right things and more about practicing the right things? Too often, we focus on the beliefs of the Christian faith without considering how those beliefs get fleshed out in real life. This Lent, we’ll examine some of the practices – often called spiritual disciples or holy habits – that help Christians put hands and feet to our faith. Why do Christians live in peculiar and particular ways? Why do people who follow Jesus live the way they do? What are the holy habits that turn ordinary people into saints? What simple, everyday practices inspire God-sized hope in our world? Join us this Lent as we “practice” our faith together – “practice” fleshing out our faith in the world. How do we live out the love … Read More