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.
The Rev. Dr. James Howell will be the guest preacher for the July 6 worship service. Howell is the senior pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte and has written more than 10 books. His most recent book, “Struck From Behind: My Memoirs of God,” was published in 2012.
Howell received his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Duke Divinity School where he teaches part-time.
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. 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.