Contemporary Worship

Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.

Ephesians 5:14

Contemporary Worship at LUMC

The contemporary service at Lititz United Methodist is an exciting and upbeat time of worship, inviting people to experience Christ. Our senior pastor, Jerry McGrath, delivers interesting sermons on relevant topics of the day, and the music is led by our own Awakened praise band, under the direction of worship leader Eric Fisher. The service music is a good mix of both current and classic worship songs, as well as contemporary versions of well-known hymns. The atmosphere is casual, so come as you are. Everyone is welcomed and loved. Most importantly, the name of Jesus is lifted high. Praise God!

Come join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM as we worship our Lord together.

What does contemporary worship at LUMC look like?

Our contemporary service at LUMC is always relevant to the times. Our band Awakened leads congregational singing, and the service combines songs of praise with other elements such as drama, videos, dance, movement, color, and media. This service also includes congregational meet & greet, prayers for the pastor and service, readings from Scripture, and a sermon from the pastor or speaker—and occasionally hymns from the United Methodist Hymnal.

Monthly, the youth praise band performs under Eric’s direction. In addition, special musical programs are presented by our Kids’ Kreation Choir, Jam Club, and various other artists.

Throughout the year, special contemporary services are held for holidays and other special occasions.  Check the Events section of the website for those special times.

Regular special services

In addition to the standard service materials, contemporary worship regularly contains the following special events:


United Methodists have an “open communion”. This means that you don’t have to be a member of our church, or a member of any United Methodist church, to come celebrate the Lord’s Supper with us. All that we ask of participants is that you come with an open mind and a heart in need of repentance.

Communion is held on the first Sunday of each month.  At the contemporary service, the way Communion is given may vary. Communion may be offered at your seat, or walking to the middle of the sanctuary or forming a circle, providing you the opportunity to administer the communion to the person beside you.

Our communion consists of breaking of the bread as the representation of Christ’s body, and grape juice as the representation of Christ’s blood. For those who are in need or prefer gluten-free options, we also offer Communion wafers in the tray as it is passed; this is also the way Communion is provided during flu season.

Spiritual Healing

Our church believes strongly in the power of prayer. Praying for healing, whether emotional, physical or spiritual, is one of the most important things we can do to help others.

A healing service at LUMC is not like something you might see on television or in the movies. It is a simple, quiet, and meditative time when those who feel they need the healing touch of God are given the opportunity to come forward and be prayed for. Members of the congregation, as they feel led, will come forward to pray with those who come before the Lord, and a pastor or lay leader will pray with them and anoint them with oil if they desire.

Of course, prayers for healing are not only limited to this service, which is held on the third Sunday of each month. If you would like to be prayed for at any other time, simply seek out a member of our prayer team, or you can submit a request right on this website through our Prayer Request form.