Summer Worship Series 2021

Sundays at 10:30 am

June 6–August 8, 2021SummerWorship
A Montreat Conference Center Event

Montreat Conference Center is a Christian hospitality organization with roots in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). For over 100 years, we have been a place set apart for those who journey here seeking a closer relationship with their Creator. Every summer we host 10 weeks of worship services in partnership with Montreat Presbyterian Church where we invite guest preachers to bring the Word of God to us. In 2021, we are committed to gathering as the body of Christ for prayer, preaching, art, music, and community.

The Covid protocols for Montreat Conference Center this summer enable us to care for one another, recognizing that not everyone is yet able to be vaccinated and that we are an intergenerational community.

Seating: You are free to sit and distance as you like and as may be comfortable.

Masks: Until further notice, all persons (staff, congregants, conferees, etc.) in worship, conferences, and clubs will wear masks indoors. If you arrived without one, you can pick one up at the front desk of the auditorium.

Singing: We’ll take our first steps by singing short responses and short portions of hymns. Other singing in the service will be done by assisting musicians. As we find our way back to singing over the next weeks, we will engage the words and music of hymns in a variety of ways: listening, reading, humming, singing.

Recordings: We try our best to get the recording of the prelude, postlude, and sermon posted in a timely manner. Recordings are typically posted no later than Tuesdays at noon. However, circumstances may arise where we’re unable to fulfill that time frame. We ask for your patience if a video is not yet posted.

Date Sermon, Prelude, & Postlude Recording Podcast Episode Bulletin
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Summer Worship Team

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.

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

Key Leaders
Eric 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 Theological 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.
Rev. Keith Grogg, Montreat Presbyterian ChurchThe Rev. Keith Grogg began as pastor of Montreat Presbyterian Church in April, 2014. He previously served as the pastor of Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church, and before that served a shared ministry in Kannapolis, NC, as pastor of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church and associate pastor of Bethpage Presbyterian Church.
Keith received the MDiv from McCormick Seminary in 1993, and is currently pursuing a DMin in Christian spirituality through Columbia Seminary. Keith has been married to Vivian Hare since 1992 and they have two young adult children.

Offering/Past Worships

Give An Offering

The offering at this service supports the worship ministry of Montreat Conference Center. If you would like to make a contribution to Montreat Presbyterian Church, checks can be made out to MPC and mailed to: MPC, PO Box 577, Montreat, NC 28757.

Find 2020 Services

Each Sunday’s service is recorded. Clicking the button above will bring you to a list of past services. You will need to choose the service you're trying to access to find the audio and video of that service. Past services remain available throughout the summer.

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