Chautauqua Community Worship Service: Rev. Dr. Robert A. Hill
Lakeside Chautauqua is pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Robert A. Hill as Preacher of the Week from June 26-30. He will lead the 10:30 a.m. Chautauqua Community Worship Service on Sunday, June 26 in Hoover Auditorium. This Preacher of the Week is supported by the Rev. Dr. Ned & Shirley DeWire Endowment.
The Rev. Dr. Hill’s Sunday sermon is titled “Presence,” based on Psalm 16. His theme for the week is “Overtures to Biblical Theology.”
Featuring music and the spoken Word, Michael Shirtz and guest artists will provide musical leadership during the service, while the liturgy is led by the Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Senior Director of Religious Life & Pastoral Care.
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.
This week’s service will be live streamed. Visit lakesideohio.com/streaming to watch on the day of the service.
He will also lead Vespers by the Lake at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Steele Memorial Bandstand and Faith for Living Monday-Thursday in Orchestra Hall at 9 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Hill is the Dean of Marsh Chapel and a Professor of New Testament and Pastoral Theology at Boston University. He is the author of 12 books and his weekly sermon can be heard live around the globe at wbur.org, Sundays at 11 a.m.
His religious leadership at Boston University is across all of the 17 schools and colleges and involves the larger Boston community, rooted and grounded in the historic pulpit of Marsh Chapel. As Dean of the Chapel, the Rev. Dr. Hill preaches most Sundays, leads the Marsh staff, gives oversight to all university religious life, provides prayers for various all university events, meets with the Deans’ Council and University Leadership Group, and guides pastoral care for the community.
Since 1981, he has taught at several schools, including McGill University, Syracuse University, Lemoyne College, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Northeastern Seminary, United Seminary, Boston University and various church settings. His passionate interest lies at the intersection of Scripture and life, especially in the work of preaching. Hence, his research has combined publications related to the Gospel of John and Gnosticism, on one hand, and preaching in ministry, on the other.
The Rev. Dr. Hill has been preaching since 1976 with appointments in New Hope, Scott, Forest Home Ithaca, Burke, Constable, Erwin Syracuse, Oran, Central Lakes District, Asbury First Rochester, and Marsh Chapel Boston.
As an elder (Upper New York Conference) in the United Methodist Church, he has had experience in 10 local churches, five different annual conferences, multiple annual conference board assignments, General and Jurisdictional Conference participation, General Board membership (GBHEM), various speaking engagements and denominational leadership discussions.
Hill was given the Harry Denman Award for Evangelism in 2003 and currently serves on the Board of the New England Annual Conference United Methodist Foundation, the New England Annual Conference Stewardship Committee, the Board of Visitors of the Learning Project Elementary School (Back Bay, Boston), the Board of Visitors of Harvard Memorial Church and the Board of Harvard Epworth Wesley Foundation.
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.