Summer Worship Series

Anderson Auditorium, Sundays at 10:30 am

June 7–August 9, 2020Worship
A Montreat Conference Center Event

During the summer months, it is the 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 to worship. All of the summer Sunday services in the series are at 10:30 am in Anderson Auditorium, just off Assembly Drive in Montreat.

As the community is gathered around Font, Table, and Word – offering its praise and thanksgiving to God through thoughtfully crafted liturgy, musical gifts of the community and world, its own artistic expressions of thanksgiving, 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.

See below for information about our preachers, key leadership, child care, Sunday lunch, and more.

Summer 2020 Preachers

We release press releases for our guest preachers a week before they come. If you would like to read the press releases, check our blog.

June 7 Dr. Jonathan Walton
June 14 Rev. Matt Gaventa
June 21 Dr. Eric Baretto
June 28 Rev. Dr. Brandi Casto-Waters
July 5 Rev. Dr. Glen Bell
July 12 Rev. Mindy Douglas
July 19 Rev. Dr. Chris Currie
July 26 Rev. Dr. Ron Shive
August 2 Rev. Shavon Starling
August 9 Rev. Amy Starr

Sunday Schedule

10:15 am - Child care opens, Updike Building
10:30 am - Worship in Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am-1:30 pm - Sunday lunch served in the Galax Dining Room, Assembly Inn
7:00 pm - Hymn Sing, Assembly Inn Lobby

Key Leadership

Planning for each Sunday service begins with a scripture text chosen by the week’s guest preacher. With texts in mind, the study and planning begin. Ann Laird Jones, arts ministry director, and Hannah Garrity, summer liturgical artist, begin to imagine how the text can be interpreted visually. Eric Wall, conference center musician, selects music that will proclaim God’s Word through congregational and choral singing. The summer liturgy writer writes the words that move the congregation through gathering, hearing the Word, responding, and being sent into the world. As summer approaches, the team expands to include Keith Grogg, pastor of the Montreat Presbyterian Church; the summer ministry team; and our audiovisual director, Heather Scott. This group, along with Richard DuBose and Carol Steele, meets regularly through the summer. Many other hands contribute to summer services as ushers, singers, communion servers, liturgists, and facilities and production crew members.

Key Leaders

Eric Wall, Montreat Conference CenterEric Wall is conference center musician at Montreat Conference Center, and leads worship through music each Sunday. In addition to his responsibilities at Montreat, Wall is assistant professor of sacred music and dean of the chapel at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. 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.

Ann Jones, Montreat Conference CenterThe Rev. Dr. Ann Laird Jones is director of arts ministry at Montreat Conference Center and loves the process of visual proclamation in the ongoing conversation between art and theology. She treasures the collaborative process between visual artist, musician, liturgist, and preacher which is central to worship at Montreat! She is a graduate of Eckerd College, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theogical 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 commutes between Greenville, MS, and Montreat, NC.

Hannah Garrity, Montreat Conference CenterHannah Garrity holds a bachelor of fine arts in painting from Cornell University, and a master of science in teaching from Pace University. Beginning with Teach for America in Brooklyn, NY, she is an elementary educator. She presently teaches art at Powhatan School in Boyce, VA. Inspired to God's ministry through art, Hannah joins the summer worship team as the summer liturgical artist.

All comments concerning the Summer Worship Series can be directed to Carol Steele.

Sunday Lunch

Enjoy the lunch buffet at the Assembly Inn’s Galax Dining Room every Sunday from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm. Adults - $15.00 (includes tax); Children ages 5-11 - $7.50 (includes tax); Children under five eat free.  Please see This Week in Montreat for menu details.

Child Care

During the Sunday morning worship service, child care for children six months through kindergarten is available at the Updike Child Care Center on Texas Road.  Child care opens 15 minutes prior to the service.

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NOTICE: In accordance with North Carolina Governor Cooper's executive order, all Montreat Conference Center recreation facilities will be closed to the public until Wednesday, April 29, 2020. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • all Montreat Trails
  • Robert Lake Park and park pavilion
  • Welch Field
  • Moore Center Field
  • Dowd Green
  • Patricia Cornwell Tennis Center
Please note that there are NO public restrooms open in Montreat at this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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