July 7, 2017
Dear Peachtree Road Family,
The days of the summer are here, and I know many of you are enjoying time away with loved ones. While you may be away enjoying cooler climates on the weekends, I do want to keep you up with what is taking place at your church.
First, let me take a moment to look ahead. I really am looking forward to Sunday’s worship service. Of course, July means “Summer in the City” here at Peachtree Road. During this month, you are encouraged to dress “comfortably” for worship. Our services are more casual, and lemonade and cookies are served each week in front of the church at the close of worship. We also sing more during these services. In the bulletin we label them “Hymns We Love to Sing.” Now, I cannot deny it – I picked out the hymns we’re singing this week, and, yes, they are some of my favorites: “Love, Mercy, and Grace” (which was #153 in the old Cokesbury Hymnal) and “There’s Within My Heart a Melody.” I’m not planning on needing a hymnal this week! Our soloist for Sunday is Will Green and he will be singing “They Holy City” by Michael Maybrick.
Julie Schendel will be preaching this week as we continue our sermon series “Summer Psalms.” This week we will consider words from Psalm 27. I like the way the psalmist begins this song of triumph:
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
And I love the way it ends:
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Julie’s message is entitled “My Stronghold.” I believe this message could be just the tonic many of us need this week as we face trials and tribulations in our lives. In preparation for Sunday, I would encourage you to read the words over, let them sink into your spirit, and memorize several of the lines that really speak to you.
At the close of the 11:15 am service, we will commission the team members who are leaving for Nicaragua next week on the Family Mission Trip. I am grateful for these who have heard the call of the Lord, “Who will go for me and whom shall I send?” They have responded, “Here I am, Lord. Send me!” It will be a joy to send them off with God’s blessing on Sunday. I hope to see you Sunday as we sing, pray, and reflect together.
Next, looking back, last Tuesday we held our annual Party on Peachtree in front of the church. A good number of our members gathered from 7:00 am until 9:30 am to cheer on the 55,000 runners who ran in the Peachtree Road Race. I am grateful for those who helped organize this event. It was warm out there, but the heat and humidity did not dampen the enthusiasm of our members as they handed out bottles of water, cheered, and offered encouragement to race participants. I heard many of the runners express appreciation for the presence of our congregation out front, and you provided a good witness for the spirit of generosity of this church. Thank you for your participation. It was a good morning.
Finally, I want to encourage you to begin thinking about the fall and opportunities to engage in Bible study, prayer, and fellowship with others at Peachtree Road. We will be offering a number of classes (both short-term and long-term) beginning in September (including Disciple Fast Track – a shorter version of the popular Disciple Bible Study series for folks who already have a very busy schedule). Look for more details in the very near future.
I know many of you are traveling this summer. If you are unable to worship in person at Peachtree Road, I encourage you to stay connected to your church family by worshiping online at 11:15 am or watching the service later in the week.
See you Sunday for Summer in the City!