• on Friday, April 2, 2021

The Message of Hope That the Resurrection Brings

    April 2, 2021

    Dear Peachtree Road Family,

    I hope you are well. As we come to the close of Holy Week, I still am reflecting upon last Sunday’s image of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Was it a parade or a funeral procession or a protest march? Was it a time to celebrate or mourn or get mad and demand change? As we concluded last Sunday, the answer largely depends upon the individual’s perspective. However, the message of Palm Sunday is that, regardless of how you view your circumstances, God is about to act in a decisive way that will change everything.

    Today’s Good Friday Service at noon promises to be a very meaningful time of worship as we reflect upon the death of Christ on the cross. The service begins with the ministers carrying the cross into the sanctuary and placing it at the chancel rail. Our Associate Minister Daniel Ogle will preach, and Scott Atchison will close the service with a musical interpretation of Jesus’ death entitled “Christus Cor” (The Heart of Christ). I hope you will join us in person or online.

    Of course, on Easter Sunday we will gather to celebrate the Resurrection – God’s decisive act in our lives that conquers sin and death. Words cannot express how much I am looking forward to Sunday. We all really need Easter this year more than ever! We need the message of hope in the midst of uncertainty that the Resurrection brings. The service will feature the Great Procession as we sing “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” stirring anthems by the Chancel Choir Staff Singers accompanied by the Atlanta Brassworks and the grand organ, and the singing of “The Hallelujah Chorus” to close the service. We opened registration for limited seating at the two services (8:30 am and 11:15 am) two weeks ago, and both services filled up in a matter of minutes. If you were unable to secure a seat to attend in person, I certainly hope you will join members of your church family at Peachtree Road online as we celebrate Easter together. Both services will be broadcast live.

    Also, please consider inviting others to watch our service of celebration. In this time of physical distancing, we are separated from loved ones, and that has caused no small amount of anxiety. Reach out to your family and friends across the country and invite them to worship online with you this Sunday. Also, consider inviting those you know 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 worship online with you at Peachtree Road this Sunday.

    I do want to remind you that we will receive our Lenten Offering on Sunday. In recent years, we have been designating the Lenten Offering to provide financial support for some of our ministry partners here in the Greater Atlanta community. As you can imagine, our partners have been particularly hard hit during the last year (at a time when the need is even greater than ever before). Your gift will help a child have food to eat; a veteran struggling with addiction to find hope and help; a single dad trying to raise his family to have a place to call home; and a single woman to receive a job and life skills that will restore her self-esteem. I challenge each of you to give a gift of $100 or more to the offering. Please join us in supporting our vision of a better Atlanta. You may make your check payable to Peachtree Road and marked for “Lenten Offering,” and mail it to the church office or give online through the church app or the website. Thank you for your generous support. Together, we are changing lives!

    Finally, let me remind you of a couple of opportunities:

    • Easter Cross of Flower Cuttings – covering the cross in front of the church with flowers is an Easter tradition that is enjoyed by our whole community. It is a stunning symbol of the Resurrection that testifies to our faith in Christ. This year we are asking you to participate by bringing your fresh-cut flowers, greenery, and flowering branches to the front of the church on Saturday, April 3, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Drive up in front of the church (on Peachtree), and volunteers will receive your cuttings. Thank you for your participation in this Easter tradition!
    • Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic – have you been able to get an appointment to get your COVID vaccine? If not, Peachtree Road can help. CORE has designated Peachtree Road as a site to be one of their Pfizer Vaccine clinics and will be offering the first vaccine the next two Saturdays, (April 3 and April 10) by appointment only. You may click here to make an appointment.
    Thank you for all you are doing. Thank you for your participation in worship, your fervent and regular prayers on behalf of others, your compassionate service and acts of kindness to strangers, and your generous sharing of your resources in the name of Christ. I look forward to worshiping with you either in person or online this Sunday as we celebrate together the Resurrection.
    Grace and peace,
    Bill

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