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. Timothy Bias will be the guest preacher for the July 13 worship service. Bias was elected as General Secretary of the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) in October of 2013. He has previously served at the GBOD from 1995 to 1999 as the Director of Evangelism Ministries. Bias has served churches in West Virginia, Illinois, and Ohio, and has written extensively about ministry in the UMC.
Bias received his B.A. degree from Marshall University, a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary.
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. 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.