Montreat Reflections from Brian

I thought it would be near impossible for Montreat to live up to all the hype. Everyone, from Pastor Hugh to countless members, sang the praises of this North Carolina paradise and promised that I would love it as soon as I passed through the iconic stone archway. Well, everyone was right! As many of you know, Montreat, in a quiet but powerful way, brings you closer to God and reminds you of the amazing ways that God works in our lives. What a blessing to start my time at Trinity in Montreat!

The theme this year was “A Missing Peace.” Our keynote speaker, Rev. Paul Roberts, was tremendous and left us each morning thinking about the ways God brings peace amid chaos and calls each of us to be peacemakers. He didn’t shy away from the harsh realities of life and the cost of following Jesus, which gave us much to talk about, but at the end of the week, we felt encouraged and strengthened to live as God’s peacemakers. The evening worship services were dynamic and reverent. Ryan Obray, as a member of the Jeremiah Project, helped lead the camp in worship, and Haley Hauck was part of the opening processional for several worship services. After the service, our Trinity group reflected upon the day and digested, along with cupcakes and cookies, fruit and snacks provided by Sandy Hamilton, all that we heard from the speakers and our small groups. We all benefited from these conversations, as each person brought a unique perspective and insight from the day.

But it wasn’t all heady conversation. We ate ice cream, climbed Lookout Mountain, strolled through the camp, laughed over meals, and so much more. Ryan, Sara, Sarah Beth, and Haley were such a joy to be around. Tasha and I could not have asked for a better entry into our new life at Trinity, so thank you all for making this possible. Of course, it was sad to go, but we all look forward to next summer and the opportunity to share Montreat with a new group.

                                                                                                                                                In Christ,



Last Published: July 28, 2017 1:52 PM