June 29, 2018

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope this note finds you doing well. Last Sunday was a remarkable day here at Peachtree Road, and I am so grateful to all who had a hand in its planning and coordination. The annual “Celebration of Freedom” service is a favorite of many in our congregation, but I thought this year’s was especially meaningful. From the patriotic hymns we sang to the music of the large volunteer choir to the parade of veterans to the singing of “God Bless America” by Timothy Miller, it was a special day. If you missed it, you may watch online through the church app or website.

In the message, I made reference to two ideas the founders of our nation considered to be at the very core of what it means to be an American. The first comes from the words of the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

The founders anticipated the great diversity of our nation and set equality with one another at the very core of our values. We are equal to one another and everything we do as a nation is focused upon living out this identity. In fact, when you look through the pages of our history, we have gotten into trouble whenever we have forgotten these truths. I love the fact that the founders believed this is our calling by God, our reason for existence, and our responsibility to live out. This is our identity.

The second idea is found in the Preamble of our Constitution:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union…

As I mentioned Sunday, I believe that forming “a more perfect union” should be the commitment of every President who occupies the White House, every member of the House of Representatives or Senate in Congress, every elected public official, and every citizen of our great country. Every day we ought to wake up and ask ourselves, “How can I help our nation ‘form a more perfect union’ today?” If that were our commitment, it would make a difference in our nation, our world, our church, and even our families. My prayer is that we can honor our nation’s heritage by carrying the message of Freedom Sunday into the days to come.

Let me remind you about our “Party on Peachtree” Thursday morning, July 4. Please join us in front of the church from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. as we cheer on the 70,000 participants in this year’s Peachtree Road Race. If you are running the race, swing by and let your church family encourage you. This is a fun event and all are invited to be a part of it.

As we prepare to move into our summer schedule, I remind you of the following opportunities for worship each week:

8:45 am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
9:00 am Communion Service in the Moore Chapel
11:15 am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
11:15 am The Road Contemporary Worship in Heritage Hall
5:00 pm Sundays @ 5 Worship in the Moore Chapel

I realize many of you get away on the weekends and wanted you to know the available services for you to stay connected spiritually through worship and with your church family at Peachtree Road. I do remind you that Sundays @ 5 is a come-as-you-are service that is conveniently scheduled for those coming back into the city and preparing for the work week. I will be preaching in the service this week and would love to have you join us.

You also may worship with us online through the livestream at 11:15 am through the church app or website or you may watch either the sermon or the entire service online later in the week. Whichever option you choose, I do encourage you to stay connected to your church family throughout the summer.

Thank you for your prayerful support of Peachtree Road and its ministry in this community. These are exciting times as we continue to serve Christ and work to allow God’s kingdom to grow in us and through us. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve with you!