I thank my God every time I remember you.
- Philippians 1: 3, NIV
I want to begin by thanking everyone who reached out to me following my recent back surgery. I'm grateful for your prayers, cards, emails, texts, voicemails, meals, and gifts. Your words of encouragement and gestures of generosity meant a great deal to me. I believe my surgery was successful thanks to some excellent medical care, your faithful prayers, and the grace of God.
This Sunday we are beginning a new series of messages I'm calling “Seven Letters of Revelation.” Each letter gives insight into how we can live our lives fully as Christians, as the body of Christ, and as a part of the worldwide church. We begin this Sunday looking at the letter to the church in Ephesus.
(Revelation 2:1-7) If you want to go deeper in your personal devotions, or perhaps with your small group -- I would strongly encourage reading Eugene Peterson's book The Hallelujah Banquet based on these same seven letters.
We also have our upcoming concert on Sunday, August 29th at 10:00 a.m. in our Chapel. Guest soloist Timothy Miller will be giving a free concert that morning. Timothy has an amazing tenor voice. Those of us who are Braves fans know him because during the seventh inning stretch on every Sunday game, Timothy sings an amazing rendition of “God Bless America.” We're calling it our “Welcome Back Concert” to symbolize our transition back into our church buildings.
If you have yet to return to worship indoors – this would be a great time to “come back home.” Timothy will also be singing in worship at 11:00 that day before he heads to the Braves game that afternoon to sing, but you don't want to miss the wide range of excellent music he will be sharing. I'm sure there will be something for everyone. This would also be a great time to invite someone who does not yet attend our church to come!
Finally, please make plans to attend our Annual Congregational Meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday August 8 in the Great Hall. We will be electing our Elder Nominating Committee and hearing a few updates about the life of the church, but we need you there to have a quorum so that we can complete what we need to do at this time.