You don’t have to leave Haywood County to hear world class spiritual speakers. Just head to Lake Junaluska this summer for its annual Summer Worship Series, scheduled for Sundays, June 15 through Aug. 10. The series is open to everyone, but geared to adults.
Bishop Kenneth Carter will be the next guest preacher, Sunday, June 29, at the Summer Worship Series. Carter was elected bishop of the Florida Annual Conference in 2012. He has served as Waynesville District Superintendent in the Western North Carolina Conference and for seven years as senior pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte.
Carter is the author of several books and a contributor to many others, and maintains a blog, “Bear Witness To The Love of God in This World.”
This year’s theme, Grace Upon Grace, is taken from John 1:16: “From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace,” said Jennifer Martin, director of program ministries at Lake Junaluska.
“The beauty of the Summer Worship Series is that it offers a variety of services and world-class speakers, preachers, and the Lake Junaluska Singers, Martin said.
Each Sunday during the Worship Series, Holy Communion will be offered at 9 a.m. in Memorial Chapel, followed by an adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. at the Harrell Center, and traditional morning worship at 10:45 a.m. in historic Stuart Auditorium, with guest preachers. Inspirational worship music will be provided by The Lake Junaluska Singers. Childcare is offered at the 10:45 a.m. service for children six months old and older at the Wilson Children’s Complex, 21 Shackford Hall Road.
Each Monday, a Taize Service Of Prayer And Song will be held at 8 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. This service, Martin said, is a contemplative service in a casual atmosphere, modeled after the Taize Community in France, where participants engage in simple repetitive songs, scripture, candlelight, and silence. “It’s a way for people to slow down their fast-paced lives for just a while to contemplate their spiritual world,” Martin said.
Other preachers participating in the 2014 Summer Worship Series are: The Rev. Dr. James Howell, July 6; The Rev. Timothy Bias, July 13; The Rev. Dr. Mark Beeson, July 20; The Reverend Canon Gina Gilland Campbell, July 27; Dr. Derrick-Lewis Noble, Aug. 3; and Mr. Fred Bahnson, Aug. 10.
To find out more about the 2014 Sunday Summer Worship Series or Lake Junaluska, please visit www.lakejunaluska.com/summer-worship or call 800.222.4930.
* Melanie Threlkeld McConnell is a freelance writer, former AP newswoman, editor and media consultant based in Waynesville, NC.