Worship Together, Remember, and Give Thanks

June 18, 2021

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you are well. I really am looking forward to Sunday as we bring our series of messages entitled “Leaving the Ark” to a close. For the last three weeks, we have been considering the story of Noah and discovering lessons for life in a post-pandemic world. Two weeks ago, we observed that Noah and his family immediately built an altar and worshiped God upon leaving the ark. When your life has been disrupted in a major way, worshiping God is the first step toward reorienting your life and spiritual growth. Last week we heard God’s command to Noah and his family to “be fruitful and multiply.” When you are making a new start in life, there is an opportunity to plant new seeds that will produce good fruit. Our faith encourages us to plant seeds that will produce the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Now, we come to the final lesson in our series: “A New Beginning with God.” I hope you will join us as we consider God’s promise to Noah and all of creation that was sealed in the sign of the rainbow.

Members of the Chancel Choir will be leading us in worship at the 11:15 am service for the first time in over 15 months. They have been missed! As we welcome the choir back, I want to express my deepest gratitude to the Peachtree Road Staff Singers who have led us in music every Sunday in the meantime. They have impressed us with their dedication and inspired us with their music. Please join me in expressing gratitude for our dedicated musicians. Also, if you are interested in being a part of the Chancel Choir, now would be a great time to join. Please contact Ruth Sommerville in the Music Department at ruths@prumc.org to get more information.

Of course, this Sunday also is Father’s Day. As we have done in recent years, we will recognize the oldest father present and the newest father present at each service. I have been thinking about the “good men” (my dad, pastors, coaches, and teachers) who have been influential in my life. As we worship together, we all will have an opportunity to remember and give thanks.

Next Sunday (June 27) is our annual Celebration of Freedom Sunday. The hymnals have been returned to the sanctuary, and once again we will be singing patriotic hymns, honoring our veterans, and praying for our nation. I will be preaching on the topic “A More Perfect Union,” and we will reflect upon our hopes for our country. The service will conclude with Timothy Miller leading us in singing “God Bless America,” and I hope you are planning to be present and encourage you to invite someone to attend with you! A fellowship picnic luncheon will follow the services.

Please be aware of these opportunities for the coming days:

  • COVID-19 Vaccine – through our partnership with CORE, Peachtree Road will be a vaccination site for the Pfizer and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this Saturday, June 19. The primary target is students, but anyone can register here.
  • Family Bible Olympics – parents are invited to join in the fun of this summer’s Sunday morning offering for elementary children. FBO is for children who have completed kindergarten through the 5th grade and a parent and meets each Sunday at 10:00 am either on the soccer field or in the gymnasium for a time of answering Bible questions and relay games. There are snacks and plenty of water. No registration is required. Just show up and enjoy the fun.
  • Dogwood Gift Shop – the gift shop is open each Sunday in June from 9:30 am until 1:00 pm. Drop by to pick up a Father’s Day gift, wedding gift, or summer party need. You can shop online here and also in-person Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. All proceeds benefit Peachtree Road’s global missions programs.

I look forward to worshiping and celebrating with you Sunday (either in person or online).

Grace and peace,

Bill

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