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Chautauqua Community Worship Service: Rev. Dr. Lovett Weems Jr.

This week’s service will be live streamed. Visit lakesideohio.com/streaming to watch on the day of the service.

To close the 2022 Chautauqua summer season, the Rev. Dr. Lovett Weems Jr. will serve as Guest Preacher at the 10:30 a.m. Chautauqua Community Worship Service on Sunday, Sept. 4 in Hoover Auditorium. This week’s guest preacher is supported by the Rev. Dr. Charles & Barbara Yoost.

Featuring music and the spoken Word, professional Christian Jazz musicians and Gospel music artists Johnny Parker and Jacob Bates join percussionist Jerry Powell and Michael Shirt for the service. Liturgy is led by the Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Senior Director of Religious Life & Pastoral Care.

Parker is a visionary in the field of Christian entertainment development, marketing/promotion, organizational design consultant and social work. When consulted about the possibility of returning to Lakeside this summer, Parker said, “I’d love to come back!” The Chautauqua Choir and anyone wishing to sing in the gospel music service are welcome to join.

Preceding the worship service, Parker and Shirtz will offer a music workshop at 9 a.m. on the stage of Hoover Auditorium. All singers are invited to attend, whether they have been part of Lakeside Chautauqua’s summer music program and/or choral groups in the past.

Parker’s appearance is made possible through the generous support of James E. Beardsley and Doris F. Beardsley, who have supported the summer musical offerings for the Sunday Hoover Community Worship all summer long.

Following the opening prayer, children (ages 5-11) will proceed to Bradley Temple for Children’s Church with Chip Richter. There will be a message by Richter, songs, crafts, and refreshments to share. Children ages 6 and under are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Weems is the Wesley Seminary Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership and Founding Director/Senior Consultant of Wesley’s G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership in Washington, D.C.

Weems was born and grew up in Mississippi where he was a United Methodist pastor for many years. He has degrees from Millsaps College, Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology and Wesley Theological Seminary. He has honorary degrees from Baker University, Central Methodist University and Millsaps College.

After 18 years as a seminary president at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, he became a Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership and the Founding Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary. He co-edits an online newsletter for congregational leaders available free at the Lewis Center’s website at churchleadership.com.

His publications include: High Yield: Seven Disciplines of the Fruitful Leader (with Tom Berlin), Overflow: Increase Worship Attendance & Bear More Fruit (with Tom Berlin), Focus: The Real Challenges Facing The United Methodist Church, Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results (with Tom Berlin), Church Leadership, Revised Edition, The Crisis of Younger Clergy (with Ann A. Michel), Take the Next Step: Leading Lasting Change in the Church, Leadership in the Wesleyan Spirit, and John Wesley’s Message Today.

Church Pass

Guests are welcome to attend Sunday morning church services free of charge by requesting a complimentary Church Pass between 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday; valid until 1 p.m. The pass includes admission to Lakeside for guests and auto, but not access to the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus pool.

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Sep 04, 2022


10:30 am - 11:30 am


Religious Life


Hoover Auditorium
Hoover Auditorium
115 West 3rd Street, Lakeside, Lakeside Marblehead, OH, USA

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