April 14, 2017
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 I mentioned at the start of the sermon, I love everything about Palm Sunday – the sanctuary decorated with palm branches, the pageantry of the grand procession (led by our favorite donkey “Jerusalem”), and the inspirational music. The combined children’s choirs accompanied by a string quartet, the Chancel Choir, and Doxology Youth Choir thrilled our hearts as they sang “Hosanna to the Son!”
We also were delighted to welcome 32 new members to Peachtree Road, and it was a holy moment to receive 9 of them on profession of faith. I believe these new members will make a significant impact on our ministry in the days to come and hope you will join me in welcoming them and helping them get connected with others. Sunday really set the tone for this week.
You are invited to join us today at 12 noon for the Community Good Friday Service at Peachtree Presbyterian. We will gather with members from Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist, Cathedral of Christ the King Roman Catholic, and Wieuca Road Baptist as well Peachtree Presbyterian and our church for a special time of worship. I will be preaching at the service and 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 a.m. in the columbarium (the courtyard area between the sanctuary and the Rollins building where the niches are located) shortly before daybreak. 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 angels, 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. With the aroma of Easter lilies in the air, we will gather in unrestrained celebration. 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 Matthew’s account of the Resurrection and two emotions associated with Easter: Fear and Joy. I can’t wait to celebrate with you!
We will receive a special offering this Sunday for Habitat for Humanity. During the Lenten season, volunteers from our church have been building a house for Uriel Daniel and her family. This house represents the 46th home we have built in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity. I encourage you to give generously to help the Daniels’ dream come true. You may make your check payable to Peachtree Road, mark it for Lenten Offering/Habitat, and place it in the offering plate this Sunday, or you may give online. Thank you for your support. Together, we are changing lives!
I 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 a.m.). Interestingly, in recent years, the largest attendance has been at the 9:45 a.m. service, and we certainly are pinched for parking between that service and the 11:15 a.m. service. In keeping with our theme this Lent, I encourage you to breathe and to be patient 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, our regular Sunday morning breakfast by Joy Cafe will be available from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. in Grace Hall. Join us between the sunrise service and our first festival worship service.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we celebrate the presence of the Risen Christ!
PS – For those who have children (or grandchildren!) aged 1 year old through 5th grade, you are invited to join us for an Egg Hunt from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon at Bob and Becky Hill’s house at 4950 Jett Road. The schedule is as follows:
10:30 a.m. – ages 1-2
11:00 a.m. – ages 3-5
11:15 a.m. – ages 6-8
11:15 a.m. – ages 9-11 Scavenger Hunt
In addition to the egg hunts, the event features a number of other fun family opportunities. Come join us on Saturday morning!