To help usher in the centennial celebrations for the home of the World Methodist Council’s International Headquarters, General Secretary Ivan Abrahams delivered a sermon honoring “the commitment, vision, offering and sacrifices of our forebears who shaped, gave form and content to Lake Junaluska captured in the current vision statement; ‘a place of Christian hospitality, where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body’.”
The speech, given in the Stuart Auditorium on June 30, served as the launch of the Lake’s Homecoming week Centennial celebration. General Secretary Abrahams compared the history and wisdom that has passed through the buildings and halls of Lake Junaluska to the ancient temples of Solomon noting that “hundreds, no thousands of people can testify to the fact that Lake Junaluska is a place of transformation and healing.”
Also during the speech, Abrahams challenged attendees to “commit ourselves to be good stewards of this earth”, to “commit ourselves to pray for this nation, its leaders and all its diverse people so that God may abundantly bless the land” and finally to “commit this place, Lake Junaluska, its residence, the people who work here as well as ourselves anew to the Lord of Life”.
As he bid the audience farewell, Abrahams reminded them that a different world is possible, and that he prays that “we will move forward with unmatched boldness and commitment drawing new energy from the same transcendent God who guided those before us.”