Gathered around Font, Table, and Word
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.
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. Adam Anderson, 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 of Jasiel Hernandez, Paige Maconochie, and Andy Spaulding; and our audio visual 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.
The worship task force that worked in preparation for this summer was John Rogers, David Cozad, Edna Banes, George Anderson, Taylor Lewis Guthrie Hartman, Keith Grogg, Richard DuBose, Lynn Gilliland, and Carol Steele.
Bible Study with Visual Art – July 9, 16, and 23
Bible study with visual art, led by Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity, will be held in the Walk Up Building from 9:00-10:00 am on July 9, 16, and 23. Come prepare your hearts and minds for worship through Visio Divina meditation and bible study. Latin for “divine seeing,” Visio Divina extends the 6th century Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina by using visual imagery for meditation, reflection, and prayer. Throughout this series, participants will use visual art to delve deeper into the scripture texts for Sunday worship. Illuminations from the St. John’s Bible will be incorporated when applicable. Sessions will blend individual meditation with group study and discussion.
As an artist, pastor, and retreat leader, Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity works with communities of all kinds across the nation, using art as a means for deeper connection to faith and community. She is the founder and creative director of A Sanctified Art LLC, a collaborative arts ministry providing multimedia resources for churches. She resides in Black Mountain, NC, with her husband and pup.
Key Leadership for Summer Worship Series
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.
The 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 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.
Adam Anderson, liturgy writer and seminary intern for Montreat’s 2017 summer worship series, is a second year student at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a candidate for ministry in the PC(USA). Before seminary, Adam worked as a program and policy designer for the Ohio Departments of Medicaid and Mental Health and Addiction Services in Columbus, Ohio. Adam also worked in campus ministry in Erie, Pennsylvania and Columbus, Ohio. Adam’s has a deep interest in how liturgy connects us to the central things of our faith, and enable us for service throughout our lives, and hopes to bring that excitement to Montreat.
Child Care Available During Worship Service
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.
Sunday Lunch Buffet
Enjoy the lunch buffet at the Assembly Inn’s Galax Dining Room every Sunday from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm. Adults – $12.95; Children ages 5-11 – $6.50; Children under five eat free. Please see This Week in Montreat for menu details.
- For details on our speakers, please see our blog a week prior to the service.
- For more information on other Montreat programs, check out our conference schedule.
- Listen to sermons from past worship services.