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Celebrate the Risen Christ!

March 30, 2018

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are having a meaningful Holy Week. We made a good beginning last Sunday with our Palm Sunday celebration. As usual, the music was grand as we welcomed Scott Atchison back from hip replacement surgery. Of course, our procession was led by our favorite donkey “Jerusalem;” our children’s choirs warmed our hearts with their singing; and the Flower Guild’s arrangements of palms throughout the sanctuary were beautiful. As we reflected upon Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, we observed that when you are in the service of Christ, there are no menial tasks. Let us remember that truth as we live out our Lenten theme of “compassion” in the coming days.

You are invited to join us today at 12 noon for the Community Good Friday Service at the Cathedral of Christ the King Catholic Church. We will gather with members from Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist, Peachtree Presbyterian, and Wieuca Road Baptist, as well as Christ the King and our church, for a special time of worship. We will be reflecting upon the seven last words of Jesus from the cross, and I hope to see you there.

Of course, Sunday is Easter, and we will offer four opportunities to worship the Risen Christ:

  • Sunrise service – This special service begins at 6:30 am in the columbarium (the courtyard area between the sanctuary and the Rollins building where the niches are located). For me, this service really captures the spirit of that first Easter long ago. We gather in what amounts to our cemetery here at Peachtree Road, hear the message of the empty tomb, light candles in the darkness, and process to the chapel to celebrate the good news. If you have not attended this service before, I invite you to give it a try. We would love to see you early this Easter Day.
  • Sanctuary services – Please note the special times for our festival worship in the sanctuary: 8:15 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11:15 a.m. Each service will begin with the congregation singing Charles Wesley’s majestic hymn “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” and close with the Chancel Choir offering the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by The Atlanta Brassworks.

In the message this Sunday, I want us to reflect upon the Gospel of John’s account of the Resurrection and take note of all the running around that took place that day. What were they running away from? What were they running to? Where does Easter take us? I can’t wait to celebrate with you!

We also will give our Lenten offering this Sunday. Many of you have been saving for our “Give Up 2 Give” campaign, and Sunday is the day to present your offering. I am encouraging every member to give $1.50 a day for 40 days ($60 total) to support the 16 agencies with whom we partner to make a difference here in Atlanta. Help us change our city for the better! You may give through the church app, online, or through the envelopes on Sunday when you come to church. Thank you for your generosity.

I also encourage you to invite others who may not have a church home to experience Easter at Peachtree Road. We are pretty good at recommending restaurants, movies, and books to others, but what about church? Think about someone who might need to hear the good news of Easter and encourage them to attend Peachtree Road.

Finally, let me offer two notes about Sunday’s logistics:

  • We will be running golf cart shuttles from our lots to the sanctuary throughout the morning, but parking may be difficult as we expect over 4,000 people for the morning services. One way you can help is by attending one of the early services (sunrise or 8:15 am). Interestingly, in recent years, the largest attendance has been at the 9:45 am service, and we certainly are pinched for parking between that service and the 11:15 am service. In keeping with our theme this Lent, I encourage you to be compassionate toward one another as you look for parking. Remember, as the lots turn over from one service to another, parking spaces do become available.
  • Overflow space will be available in both the Moore Chapel and Grace Hall throughout the morning. A live feed from the sanctuary will be available in each.
  • Also, breakfast will be served in Grace Hall from 7:00 am until 9:00 am. Chef Bob is cooking, and we would love to have you join us.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we celebrate the presence of the Risen Christ!

Bill

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