Activities & Events
Services for the Lord’s Day
During the summer months, it is the high privilege of Montreat Conference Center to host the community gathered to worship the Triune God. In Services for the Lord’s Day, Montreat welcomes summer visitors, conferees, cottagers, vacationers, and conference leadership. As the community is gathered around Font, Word, and Table—offering its praise and thanksgiving to God through thoughtfully crafted liturgy, musical gifts of the community and the world, proclamation of the Word and celebration of the sacraments—the people offer themselves to God and are equipped for God’s service in the world.
All Sunday worship services are held in Anderson Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. Download the 2013 Summer Worship brochure.
The 2013 Summer Worship Series
- June 2* – Mr. Matt Flemming, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
- June 9 – Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
- June 16 – The Rev. Dr. Christopher Edmonston, White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC
- June 23 – The Rev. Dr. Fairfax Fair, First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, MI
- June 30 – The Rev. Dr. Richard Ray, Montreat, NC
- July 7* – The Rev. Dr. David Davis, Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ
- July 14 – The Rev. Dr. Nora Tubbs Tisdale, Yale University, New Haven, CT
- July 21 – The Rev. Dr. Paul Roberts, Johnson C. Smith Seminary, Atlanta, GA
- July 28 – The Rev. Michael Lindvall, Brick Presbyterian Church, New York, NY
- August 4* – The Rev. Fleming Rutledge, preacher, author, teacher, Rye Brook, NY
*Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
For more information on our speakers, please see press releases for the Summer Worship Series on our blog.
Dr. William Brown, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA. Dr. Brown has abiding interests in the use of scripture in the life of the church and contemporary theological discourse, as well as in the ancient cultural contexts out of which scripture emerged. His particular interests include Psalms, wisdom literature, Pentateuch, Isaiah, the history of ancient Israel, and modern literary theory. Brown holds a Ph.D. from Emory University, the M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a B.A from Whitman College. A beloved member of the Montreat community, Dr. Brown will offer the Bible study on Sundays July 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 9am in the Walkup building.
Summer Liturgy Writer
Serving as summer liturgy writer is Dr. Mel Bringle, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and chair of the Humanities Division at Brevard College in western North Carolina. She has been a Montreat regular, having led seminars in worship and music. As a noted hymn writer, she served on the Executive Committee of The Hymn Society in the US and Canada, and more recently as chair of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song. She grew up in the First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC.
Conference Center Musician
Eric Wall, the year-round Conference Musician at Montreat Conference Center, will provide and lead worship through music each Sunday. In addition to his responsibilities at Montreat, Wall is director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Asheville. Much appreciated for his vast realm of musical genres, his creative vision, and his gift for drawing congregations of all ages and backgrounds into the celebration of music, Wall’s leadership is a major part of the Sunday summer worship series.
Summer Worship Artist
The Rev. Dr. Ann Laird Jones, the year-round Director of Arts Ministry at Montreat Conference Center, will use her talents to include the arts each Sunday morning, translating the theme of the day in various forms of creative expression. She is a graduate of Eckerd College, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and Wesley Seminary in Washington, DC, where she earned her Doctor of ministry degree in Arts and Theology, under the guidance of Catherine Kapikian. She is a Teaching Elder and member of St. Andrew Presbytery, and splits her time between Greenville, MS, and Montreat, NC.
Summer Arts and Theology Intern
This summer we welcome our second seminary intern for arts and theology at Montreat. Johanna Carley Garrity (Hannah) holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Cornell University and a Master of Science Degree in Teaching from Pace University. She worked as an elementary school teacher for eight years in Brooklyn, NY and Charlottesville, VA. She now works as a free-lance artist and graphic designer. A life-long Montreater, Hannah is honored to join the incredible Arts Ministry as Arts Ministry Intern at the Montreat Conference Center!
During morning worship, child care for children six months through completed kindergarten is available at the Updike Child Care Center on Texas Road.
Opening at 11:45 AM, a lunch buffet is served at the Galax Dining Room in Assembly Inn, $12.95 for adults; $6.00 for children 5-11. See the latest issue of This Week in Montreat for lunch menu.
To request a 2013 Sunday Summer Worship brochure by mail, please email carolo[at]montreat.org.
To order CDs from our 2012 Worship Series, please download an order form.
The Summer Worship Task Force invites feedback about these worship experiences and encourages anyone with comments or suggestions to contact Merri Alexander, Vice President, Center for Faith and Life at Montreat Conference Center.