September 27, 2019
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope this note finds you well. I am writing you from Kansas City where I am attending a leadership conference exploring new possibilities for the church in the future. I’ll mention a word about that at the end of this week’s note.
First, I wanted to say that I hope you are getting as much out of our fall series entitled “Blessed” as I am. Each week we are considering one of the Beatitudes found in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. This week we move to the fourth beatitude:
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” – Matthew 5:6
I especially am looking forward to this week’s message because there literally are thousands of folks within a two-mile radius of Peachtree Road who are “hungering and thirsting” for something that will fulfill their hopes and satisfy their longings. However, in the words of the Irish band U2, they might confess, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” On Sunday we will talk about Jesus’ pronouncement of blessing upon us and how that blessing fulfills our deepest longings.
At the close of worship Sunday, I am going to invite folks to go deeper in our ministry of hospitality by being a part of a special initiative to reach out to others in our community in an intentional way. We want to invite them to join us in our walk with Christ, warmly welcome them to our church’s ministry, and help them find their place here at Peachtree Road. We live in a time that desperately needs the love, mercy, and grace of Christ, and now is the time for us to renew our commitment to the Great Commission given to us by Christ.
Our church is known for outstanding music, and on Sunday we will be twice-blessed:
• The Young Harris College Choir, under the direction of Jeff Bauman will be with us to offer pre-service music before the morning worship services in the sanctuary. Come early to prepare your soul for worship as you listen to this talented group of singers.
• Kinnara, one of the nation’s premier professional chamber choirs, will offer a concert featuring the music of Rachmaninoff’s “All Night Vigil” in our sanctuary on Sunday evening at 7:00 pm. Just so that you know, the concert itself will last only one hour, so don’t let the title fool you! This work of music has been described as contemplative, intense, and overwhelmingly devotional. This is a rare opportunity to hear some of the finest ensemble and solo singers in the country, under the direction of JD Burnett who also serves as Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Georgia. General admission for the concert is $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets are available here.
Sunday promises to be a great day at Peachtree Road!
Last week in worship, we heard from JJ and Ginger Wahl, who serve as foster parents and have been supported by Wellroot Family Services (formerly known as the United Methodist Children’s Home). They shared how they felt the Holy Spirit prompt them to become foster parents and now are offering love and support to a child who has become a part of their family through adoption. They have found the support of Wellroot Family Services to be vital to their family and came to Peachtree Road Sunday to say “thank you” for your generous support through our annual offering. I want to add my thanks to all who gave last week to help foster parents like the Wahls. If you would like to make a financial gift, it is not too late. Please give through the church app or online here.
Finally, let me add a quick word about the conference I am attending. About 2500 United Methodists from across the country are gathered at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas to prayerfully consider the church’s future. Our keynote speakers have been David Brooks (best-selling author, an executive director at the Aspen Institute, and a commentator on several news shows including NBC’s “Meet the Press”) and Ron Heifetz (founder of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School), and we are sharing best-practices from our churches as we lead one another to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ in the future. I do covet your prayers and look forward to sharing with you what we learn in this gathering.
As you can see, these are good days at Peachtree Road. Thank you for your service to Christ through this great church. If I may be of help to you, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
See you Sunday!