Within a matter of weeks, COVID-19 government restrictions have led thousands of churches to record and live-stream their services. In March, the Church Online Platform announced that it had reached a record-setting 7 million in church attendance worldwide, about seven times the attendance from just two weeks before. This is an incredible shift in how we function as the church! Christ Lutheran joined those numbers early on to ensure we could still worship together even though we could not all physically gather.
Recently, the council decided to install an audio-visual system to meet the needs of the congregation and people across the globe. Previously staff was recording worship on personal devices such as phones, computers, and tablets. With the installments, we are using a three-camera system with all-new audio equipment. These improvements will not only serve our current needs but move us forward as we adapt to our ministry context.
As we began this journey to recording services, it was staggering how many considerations and adaptions needed to happen to turn in-person Christian worship into an online experience. The comments and flood of emails we got from grateful church members and friends made all efforts worth it. We continue to learn from our mistakes to ensure we continue to have meaningful worship. These improvements have extended our worshipping community to those who otherwise could not attend. We reach people across the globe who tune in to hear the preached Word, pray, sing, and grow in discipleship.
Together, we are changing lives. A special thank you and blessing to all as you continue to support our church and ministry during this health challenge financially. It is your support that sustains us during this time of crisis.
We look forward to celebrating the end of this crisis together! In the meantime, be confident in knowing that God is our healer, provider, protector, and keeper. We will keep you updated on Sunday services each week.
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We Gather Every Sunday
Worship with us online during the COVID – 19 PANDEMIC
We invite congregation members, visitors, and community members to get involved in our worship service. Opportunities to get involved are limited during the COVID – 19 pandemic.
Plan Your Visit
Holy Communion is offered each Sunday. Join us in our handicap accessible, second floor sancuary.
Our parking can be accessed from the alley off North Washington Street.
Children of all ages will love our Christian Education programs.
Baptism is considered by the Lutheran church to be a holy sacrament that welcomes the person being baptized into God’s family. It is God’s promise to His followers, not the follower’s promise to God. If you are considering having your child baptized at Christ Lutheran Gettyburg or if you are interested in being baptized, contact us to learn more about this sacrament.
Classes will be offered for all interested in receiving First Communion throughout the year. It is our practice at Christ that children receive first communion at the desire of their parents. These classes will be for parents and the students preparing to receive communion.
Classes are typically held at the church on three consecutive occasions. Classes include instruction on a Lutheran understanding of Holy Communion. During classes children learn by presentation, discussion, baking bread, watching videos that support teaching, tasting of the bread and wine, practicing communion table manners, and having the opportunity to ask questions. Families are then invited to worship at a church service the weekend following class to participate in the celebration of communion together.
If a child is curious about and asking to take communion, we invite you to listen to that cue and consider enrolling in the communion class. Pastor Herr and Pastor Eckman always welcome a conversation if you have questions about your child’s readiness for Holy Communion.
Confirmation is a major milestone in the Christian faith journey. In baptism, we are washed clean of our sin through Christ’s death, raised to new life through his resurrection, claimed by God as his children, and receive the gift of faith through the Holy Spirit. When parents bring their children to be baptized, they promise to live with them among God’s people, bring them to worship at God’s house, share the Word of God with them, and teach them the foundations of the Christian faith so that their children may come to love, trust, and serve God and God’s world. After their childhood years are spent learning the stories of the Bible, experiencing the grace of the Sacraments, and becoming familiar with the congregation as a community of faith, it is time for them to claim the life of faith as their own. Confirmation is a process by which young persons, having been nurtured in the Christian life and teaching, prepare to profess their trust in the promises of God Christ Jesus made at baptism on their behalf, continuing the journey of faith toward spiritual maturity in Christ.
Share Your Gift
Cantor, Cameron Wentz served at St. John the Divine in Richmond (in southwest London), England where he also studied at King’s College. Cameron was born and raised in the Hanover (PA) area and is a graduate of South Western High School. A graduate of Westminster Choir College and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Cameron will be continuing his education in a doctoral program at the University of Maryland. He brings thirteen years of experience leading congregational music with an extensive background in organ and church music. His degrees are in music composition and has composed numerous vocal and instrumental pieces.
Of the Lands and Seasons Band…Four times a year, at both Sunday morning services, instrumentalists are welcome to accompany and lead “Of the Land and Seasons,” our folk-song based liturgy used once each season of the year: winter, spring, summer and fall. All instrumentalists are welcome. Advanced beginners and up are welcome.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are your worship times?
We worship Sundays at 8:15 and 10:30 am, with a dedicated Faith Formation hour at 9:15 am. Seasonally we offer Lent Wednesday evening prayer services.
During the summer, we participate in a joint worship service at the Gettysburg National Military Park with the Gettysburg Ministerium composed of different Christian denominations.
What is the style of worship?
Our services use traditional Lutheran liturgies, and provide organ, piano and/or instrument music and hymns from Evangelical Lutheran Worship. All of our worship services feature singing, Bible readings, a sermon, prayers, Holy Communion, and special music. We embrace our Lutheran liturgical framework while at the same time featuring unique offerings that include but are not limited to, “Of Land and Seasons” and Jazz Liturgies. “Of Land and Seasons” is a quarterly service drawing from life on the farm and orchard of Adam’s county. Our Jazz liturgy is an audible expression of life in community. It declares human dignity, sophistication, and soulfulness in the face of oppression. Bringing jazz into the worship setting connects the life of the Church, through Jesus’ resurrection and message of liberation and justice, with the lives of the oppressed, past and present.
We celebrate Holy Communion at all services. The pastors include “time with children” at each service to share with them a message of God’s love.
Am I invited to take Communion?
Absolutely! We understand Communion to be the family meal of the Body of Christ, and take Jesus very seriously when he told us he wants to celebrate it with everybody. All baptized Christians are welcome at the Lord’s table; children are welcome to take Communion with the permission of their parents (and the pastors will have a special blessing for them if they choose not to partake).
Distribution of Holy Communion is by pouring chalice. When receiving communion, a piece of bread or host will be placed in your hand, eat the bread/host immediately after receiving. Step to the chalice, the minister with the cup will pour carefully into a small glass., and then consume them. For those unable to consume wine, grape juice is available. Please follow the direction of the ushers. Stations will be made for each pew section of the sanctuary, please go to whichever station is available.
Those who are unable to physically come forward for communion, a minister will bring elements to them with the assistance from an usher.
All those who do not commune are invited to come forward with their hands folded to receive a blessing.
Are children welcome in worship?
Absolutely! We know that God’s people come in all shapes and sizes – it is a gift to the whole community when the smallest of us are present! Sitting with parents and learning to treasure times of worship is the foundation for helping build a growing faith in a child’s life. There’s some noise and movement that we expect from little ones – feel free to make use of the activity bags, doodle pads, and nursery as needed. We like to say that “God put the wiggle in them” — and we’re all about celebrating what God is up to!
Is there a nursery available?
Absolutely. Our fully equipped and staffed Nursery is available for infants and toddlers up to five years old during the 10:30 service. The Nursery is located west of our gathering area, just off the sanctuary. Note that activity bags, drawing pads, and more are also available for all young people in the worship space itself.
What should I wear?
Our focus is never on what people wear; we’re just glad to be together. As a general rule, you’ll see most people wearing jeans to business casual. Some will wear suits.
What are the logistics of the church (parking, handicapped accessibility)?
The church building is handicapped accessible via ramps from the front and rear of the church building. The entrance for the elevator is underneath the bridge through the single door on the Christian Ed building. Take the elevator to the second floor to the sanctuary. Limited parking is available at the rear of the church building including a handicapped space. Our lot can be accessed from the alley off of North Washington Street. On street parking is free on Sundays until 1:00 p.m. and additional parking is available at the M&T Bank lot on Sunday mornings only. There are a few bagged parking meters in front of the church for drop off and pick up of those needing easy access to the handicapped ramp.
What is the process and timeline for joining?
If you are interested in joining the congregation or just want to learn more about our ministries, contact the church office, firstname.lastname@example.org. We hold New Member Orientations 3 or 4 times a year. These one session orientations introduce you to the many ministries of the church and prepare you to be received as a member. After you attend one orientation, you and the pastors will decide on a Sunday for you to be received.