Sunday Worship Services

 Sunday, August 15, 2021

Lakefront Worship Service
8:30 a.m. Steele Memorial Bandstand
with the Sacrament of Holy Communion


Lakeside United Methodist Church Service
9 a.m. Lakeside United Methodist Church
The Rev. Karen B. Graham


Chautauqua Community Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Hoover Auditorium
The Rev. Dr. John Ed Mathison
Supported by Dr. James & Betty Jane Young

The Rev. Dr. John Ed Mathison will serve as Lakeside’s Preacher of the Week from Aug. 15-19. This week is supported by Dr. James & Betty Jane Young.

He will preach at the Chautauqua Community Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 15 in Hoover Auditorium.

Dr. John Ed Mathison served as Senior Minister of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama for 36 years.

Frazer grew from 400 members to 9,000 and had the largest Sunday School attendance for United Methodist churches in America. In 2006, the Church Reporter magazine recognized Frazer as the 25th most influential church in America.

Dr. Mathison has degrees from Opelika High School, Young Harris Junior College, Huntingdon College, Candler School of Theology, and Princeton Seminary.

Upon his retirement, the John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries was formed for preaching/teaching opportunities. He has trained more than 11,000 Pastors.

He has been a platform speaker for multiple National Conferences of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and seminar speaker at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. He received the National Clergyman of the Year Award in 1994. He was elected to serve at 6 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.

During his week at Lakeside, the Rev. Dr. John Ed Mathison will preach at 9 a.m. Monday-Thursday during Faith for Living Hour at the Steele Memorial Bandstand. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, he will lead Vespers by the Lake, held at the Steele Memorial Bandstand. On Thursday, Aug. 19, the Rev. Karen B. Graham will lead the 7 p.m. Vespers with Holy Communion at the Steele Memorial Bandstand.


Rev. Dr. John Ed Mathison's Themes:

Theme: Timeless Truths for Turbulent Times

The most unpleasant part of an airplane trip is when there is turbulent weather. It is comforting to know that there are trained pilots who know some timeless truths about navigating turbulent weather. It’s also comforting to know the timeless truth that planes have been designed to elevate and rise above the turbulence.

Life is like that. In the journey of life, we encounter turbulent times. 2020 offered extremely turbulent times with (1.) Covid-19 health pandemic, (2.) uncertain economic times, (3.) race relations challenges, and (4.) the challenges of daily living.

Nobody expected 2020 to turn out like this. I won’t dwell on how bad things are, but rather I’ll focus on how we can find meaningfulness and purpose in these days in which we are living. There are some timeless truths that can be applied to our lives during the turbulent times!

The things that have happened in 2020 caught us by surprise – they didn’t catch God by surprise. He is still in charge of the world He created. He’s also given us a lot of timely truths for any kind of time in which we live. Many of these circumstances are severe and dangerous, but we must not become so preoccupied with our circumstances that we are detracted from the timeless truths God offers us.

This week I want to explore timeless truths that address these challenges. The purpose is to proclaim that we can live above the turbulence!

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