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From One Generation to Another

Sunday, April 2

Author: Deanne Townsend, Pastor for Family Ministries


Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise, his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another. They tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

Psalm 145:3-7


In 2015, Marnie Crumpler invited me to Atlanta to see Peachtree, hear about Peachtree’s commitment to the Next Generation, and to consider being a part of what God was and is doing in Peachtree’s community of faith. While in town, I was introduced to families, elders, volunteers, the story of the Honour family, and to the community in which I now serve.  

Immediately, I knew God was calling me to this place. Have you ever felt that sense of peace that only the Lord can provide? Have you ever felt the longing to be a part of something greater than yourself? Have you ever thought that if you didn’t say yes to something, you would be disobeying what God was calling you to do? I recall sitting in awe at what God was calling me to. Really God – I get to serve HERE? Am I worthy? Can I do it? Are you sure it’s me you want here?  

Some might think that it was lunch at the Swan Coach House that sealed the deal; however, it truly was our founding Peachtree story where Ida Honour suggested to her husband, on the way home from the funeral of their infant son, that they begin a Sunday school for children in memory of their son. This commitment to families from the founding of Peachtree to today is what God used to draw me in. I know from multiple conversations with many of you that Peachtree’s commitment to families drew you here.  

From 1909 until today, God has used Peachtree Church to be a shaping influence in the lives of thousands of families. I pray that for generations to come, Peachtree Church will be relevant – never compromising the gospel – yet relevant and ready to go for my grandchildren, your grandchildren, and the many generations that will enter our warm and welcoming doors.  

Our rhythms will be disrupted for a season. Our Sunday morning routine will be off. We may need to bring our own coffee once in a while, yet our generation commends the works of the Lord to another, and we join in Renewing God’s Promise. 


Gracious Lord, Thank You for calling us to this place at this time. May we tell of Your mighty acts, speak of the glories of Your splendor, and meditate on Your wonderful works. As we celebrate Your goodness and righteousness, help us discern how we can join You and Peachtree Church in Renewing the Promise. In Christ’s name, we pray, Amen.