March 23, 2018
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
I hope this note finds you well. As I write these words, we are merely hours away from Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. This is one of our favorite Sundays of the year here at Peachtree Road. The children entering the sanctuary waving their palm branches, the beautiful music offered by the choirs, and, yes, having our favorite donkey “Jerusalem” leading the procession at the 11:15 am service make the day extra special. I love the passage we will read at the beginning of worship:
Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” – Mark 11:9-10
With this triumphant passage setting the initial tone for the day, we will bring our Lenten series on “Compassion” to a close. Each week we have gone deeper in our understanding of what it means to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind… and to love your neighbor as yourself.” This Palm Sunday, as we reflect upon Christ’s entry into Jerusalem and his death upon the cross, we will spend some time thinking about those who rendered humble service to Christ – the “donkey fetchers.” I look forward to worshiping with you.
I do want to call to your attention that the church is offering a congregational luncheon on Sunday in Grace Hall from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. I hope you will come and be our guest for a delicious meal and good fellowship as we begin this holiest of weeks together.
You also are invited to join us for our midday services Monday through Thursday during Holy Week in the Moore Chapel. These services begin at 12:05 pm and are followed by a luncheon in Grace Hall. The schedule for the week is as follows:
Thursday | Julie Wright, preaching | Clarke Harris, soloist
Our Holy Thursday service will be held in the sanctuary on Thursday, March 29, at 7:00 pm with Carolyn Stephens preaching. This service features the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion as we remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples and the stripping of the altar, signifying the abandonment of Jesus by his disciples and his prayers of anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane. We will leave the sanctuary in somber reflection to close one of the most moving services of the year.
Finally, we will bring the season of Lent to a close by joining with other Christians from throughout Buckhead for a special Community Good Friday Service on Friday, March 30, at noon at the Cathedral of Christ the King Roman Catholic Church. We will join members from Peachtree Presbyterian, Second Ponce de Leon Baptist and Wieuca Road Baptist as well as the Cathedral of Christ the King for the service. I hope you will join us for this particularly meaningful time of worship as we reflect upon Christ’s seven last words from the cross.
In addition to these services of worship, let me remind you of several opportunities for prayer and service:
- The 26th annual Great Day of Service is tomorrow. Serving is at the heart of compassion here at Peachtree Road, and there is a place for every person to participate on the Great Day. If you cannot join us this year, please pray for those who are serving on behalf of our church.
- Give generously to our “Give Up 2 Give” campaign. As you “give something up” for Lent, take the money you have saved and give it toward our Lenten offering which will support the 16 agencies we partner with to provide food, shelter, education, and support in our community. I am encouraging every member to give $1.50 a day for 40 days ($60 total) toward the offering. Help us change our city for the better! You may give now through the church app or online.
- Participate in Peachtree Road’s Holy Week Prayer Vigil. We have set aside 48 hours from 12:01 am on Thursday, March 29, until 11:59 pm on Friday, March 20, for prayer. When you register, a prayer guide will be sent to you by email. I signed up through the church app, and I hope you will join me in prayer during these holy days.
- Volunteers are needed for Easter Sunday. We are looking for 7 more volunteers for each service on Easter – 5 at each service to help with crowd safety in front of the sanctuary and 2 at each service to drive our golf carts from the campus parking lots. If you are interested in helping at one of the services, please contact Mimi Brunson at MimiB@prumc.org.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we begin Holy Week together!