Traditional Worship

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.

Psalm 95:6-7

When is traditional worship at LUMC?

Traditional worship at Lititz UMC is held Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM. Other traditional services are held on special holidays, including Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday (in conjunction with Brunnerville UMC in alternating years), as well as Christmas Eve.

Where do I go if I want to attend?

Lititz UMC is located at 201 Market Street in Lititz, PA, approximately 0.6 miles from the square downtown.

Traditional services are held in the sanctuary on the church’s upper floor. Parking is available on both the upper and lower levels, and elevators are available for upper-floor access if needed.

What does traditional worship at LUMC look like?

A traditional worship service at Lititz United Methodist can take on many forms, but it generally follows a similar, basic structure every week. Service music is normally provided by organ or piano, with the occasional addition of other instruments. The congregation sings hymns from the United Methodist Hymnal, accompanied by the organ. You will also see congregational greetings, readings from Scripture, a sermon from the pastor or speaker, and special musical programs presented by the Senior Choir, the Vocal Band, Kids’ Kreation Choir, and other singers or instrumentalists.

Regular Special Services

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

Communion

Communion services are held on the first Sunday of each month. At the traditional service, communion is given by distribution; that is, you remain in your seat and servers will bring the elements (bread and cup) to you. You don’t have to get up and be in front of people.

Our communion is usually very similar from month to month, although there are some variants for World Communion Sunday and other special holidays. We use simple 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.

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 communicants is that you come with an open mind and a heart in need of repentance.

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 particular 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.

Who should I expect to encounter at this service?

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Jerry McGrath
Senior Pastor
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Steve Rodgers
Director of Music & Pastor of Congregational Care
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Kevin Bergman
Director of Small Group Ministries
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Keith Reifsnyder
Organist & Choral Accompanist
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Sean Brown
Director of Multimedia

You’ll likely see these staff members at a traditional service. Feel free to speak to any of them if you have any questions. You can also speak to the hospitality volunteers in the lobby at the welcome center or any of the ushers you see at the door.