Offering Grace, Peace, and Purpose

September 10, 2021

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you well. The last two years have been some of the most challenging many of us have ever experienced – a health pandemic that continues to circle the globe, an economic crisis that has brought into question the viability of many businesses, and social unrest that is tearing at the very fabric of our communities. It feels like a perfect storm has rocked our world. Yet, over the years my faith in Christ has taught me that God often does some of His best work in times such as these. When people are fearful about the present, anxious about the future, or sense that they are alone, God shows up and offers grace and peace and purpose. I believe this is one of those times. Please be open to the presence of God – stretching your faith, shaping your future, and granting you peace.

This Sunday, September 12, is Fall Kick-off Sunday here at Peachtree Road. I am excited about our hospitality emphasis entitled “Bridging the Gap” that will be our theme for the rest of this month. No doubt you are familiar with that awkward feeling you have when you meet somebody you do not know or who is of a different ethnic or cultural background from you. It’s difficult to know what to say or how to overcome the distance you feel. So, how do you “bridge the gap” with them? How do you develop a relationship that enriches the two of you? I hope you will join us this month for opportunities in worship, learning, and reflection as we seek to build bridges.

September 12 | Isaiah 11:1-16 | When God Gives You a Dream
September 19 | Matthew 12:25 | United We Stand
September 26 | Romans 15:7-13 | Everybody Welcome, Everybody Equal

Please sign up for the daily devotional readings entitled “The Courage to Love.” These reflections, written by some of our ministers and members, will give you the opportunity to hear different perspectives and stretch your understanding of what it means to follow Jesus’ commandment to “love your neighbor.” Please sign up here to have the daily readings emailed to you.

We especially are delighted to welcome Latasha Morrison to Peachtree Road for a forum on Monday, September 27, at 6:30 pm in our sanctuary. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Be The Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation and will speak to us on how we, as followers and believers of Jesus Christ, can work towards bridging the gap with our brothers and sisters of different ethnicities and skin color. This is a perfect way for us to conclude a month-long emphasis on hospitality and reconciliation, and I encourage you to make your reservation for this event here.

As we prepare for Sunday, I want to remind you of three important notes:

  • Launch of the new 10:00 am worship service in the Moore Chapel – this new service, designed to help families who hunger to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion every Sunday, is set to launch this Sunday. It will feature the excellence in music that we have come to expect in worship and has the added convenience of allowing those who want to participate in worship while their children are in Sunday School. I will be preaching and invite you to join me for something new at Peachtree Road this Sunday.
  • Sunday Dinner in Grace Hall – You are invited to join us after worship this Sunday for a fellowship meal with all of your Peachtree Road friends. Chef Bob and his team are frying the chicken and will have a delicious meal boxed and waiting for you to enjoy. The cost is $15 per adult and $12 per child. Persons new to Peachtree Road will be our guests, and the serving lines will be open from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm.
  • Return of Sundays @ 5 – we are excited to welcome back our afternoon chapel service beginning this Sunday at 5:00 pm. If you are late getting back into the city after being away for the weekend, come as you are for this informal time of worship in the Moore Chapel. We celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion each week at this service.

*Special Note: all of our services are now available by livestream – Sundays at 8:30 am, 10:00 am, 11:15 am, and 5:00 pm as well as Wednesdays at midday – 12:00 noon. Tune in through the church website.

At the close of this Sunday’s worship, I will be issuing an invitation for folks who would like to be “missionaries” as we launch in-person worship at the Westside Table – a new campus of Peachtree Road on the Westside of Midtown. This campus, pastored by our associate minister Daniel Ogle, is set to begin in-person worship the following Sunday, September 19, at 11:00 am at the Roundtop Brewery. Please pray for this new initiative designed to help folks in a fast-growing part of our city experience the grace of God we have found here at Peachtree Road.

Finally, I want to encourage you to join us tomorrow morning, Saturday, September 11, at 9:00 am for a Prayer Service in the Moore Chapel. I hope you will join me as we remember the events of twenty years ago and pray for peace in our world. The service will feature litanies, music, and the lighting of a peace candle and will be livestreamed through our church website. I encourage you to take time to watch and pray as we remember.

I am grateful for your faithfulness in so many ways to Christ and the ministry of Peachtree Road. We are set for a wonderful fall season, and I hope you will find your place with us!

Grace and peace,

Bill

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