Pray for Lititz on March 2

By on February 21, 2018

 

World Day of Prayer has been celebrated in Lititz for more than 30 years. The Lititz Moravian Trombone Choir has been around since 1766. The group, comprised of all brass instruments, is one of two ensembles providing a musical prelude at Lititz Day of Prayer services on March 2. (Photos from the Sketch Mearig Collection)

The Lititz Day of Prayer will be held the same day as internationally-recognized World Day of Prayer, March 2, at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 222 N. Broad St. Lititz. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. and a prayer vigil follows at 7.

The Warwick Association of Church Women has organized the prayer vigil for more than 30 years. Lititz churches each have a representative who serves on the association, and a different church hosts the prayer vigil each year. Reverend Harold Young gathered church representatives at Lititz United Methodist Church in 1986 to start the group.

This year’s vigil ushers in a new official name for the event: Lititz Day of Prayer.

“This service is for people who care about the world and who love Lititz,” says Pastor Rob Myallis of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, this year’s featured speaker.

Myallis will speak on the topic “Prayer is Not Passing the Buck.”

Pastor Rob Myallis

“We often hear people say, ‘our thoughts and prayers are with you.’ This is greeted with cynicism, as if simply passing along the buck,” Myallis says. “ Prayer is not an excuse for inaction, but a catalyst for loving and changing ourselves and the world.

“Being the beautiful, wonderful town that it is, we often have a perception of who our neighbor is. My strongest wish for the Lititz community is to help people become more aware of who their neighbor really is. Let nobody fall through the cracks,” he added.

Lititz Day of Prayer 2018 will be held at the first church to have hosted the prayer vigil, St. Luke’s United Church of Christ.

Ruth McKennon, founding member of the association, lives nearby and remembers that first Day of Prayer.

“I looked out the window and saw Raymond Reedy trudging through the snow,” she recalls. “As church bells were ringing, people were beginning to gather. It was beautiful, and I was so excited.

McKennon serves as the representative for Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church.

Local talent

Music by Lititz Moravian Trombone Choir and St. James Folk Group begins at 6:30 p.m.

“The committee tries to take advantage of the special talents that each church might have to offer. We have found that they always offer refreshing, meaningful and appropriate music to enhance the service,” says Nancy Weiss, who serves as secretary for the Warwick Association of Church Women.

Pastor Irwin Straw will open the service with a prayer and offering. Warwick Released Time is the recipient of the funds raised by the prayer vigil offering.

“Sue Weiser has a presentation about Warwick Released Time which provides religious education for fourth and fifth graders in the Warwick School District for one hour per week during school time. Warwick Released Time is grateful for the support from this Lititz Day of Prayer Service,” says Sue Rohrer, a representative in the association and Warwick Released Time director.

St. Luke’s is serving light refreshments and the nursery is open during the service. The Lititz community is encouraged to bring friends, family and neighbors.

Local talent or musical groups interested in volunteering to perform should express interest to their church’s representative.

Learn more at the Lititz Day of Prayer event on Facebook.

Sarah Hummer is a freelance correspondent for the Record Express. She appreciates your comments and she may be contacted at hummersarahj@hotmail.com.

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