Yorktown United Methodist Church - 2300 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 | (914) 962-5749 | YorktownUMC@gmail.com

Worship & Sacred Music

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”

Matthew 18:20

Welcome…

Worship is at the heart of who we are as Christians.  In worship we hope to encounter God and experience a deep sense of awe and wonder.  We join together as a congregation to listen, to pray, to sing, to praise, and to celebrate.  We are reminded of our faith journey as individuals and as a congregation. As such, we celebrate the story and the journey of our faith together.  In doing so, we renew our faith in Jesus Christ as we hear the scriptures read, participate in the sacraments and are moved deeper through sacred music, both traditional and contemporary.

Come join us anytime for worship service on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM

(Holy Communion is served the first Sunday monthly)

Sacraments

Holy Baptism and Holy Communion have been chosen and designated by God as special means through which divine grace comes to us.  In a sacrament, God uses tangible, material things as instruments of grace.  They are “an outward sign of inward grace, and a means whereby we receive the same.”  Sacraments are sign-acts, which include words, actions, and physical elements.  They both express and convey the gracious love of God.  They make God’s love both visible and effective.  To understand more about the United Methodist understanding of baptism please go to the Baptism page.

Holy Communion

At the Last Supper, Jesus shared in a meal with his disciples on the last night of his physical life.  He shared bread and wine and asked the disciples to eat and drink in remembrance of him.  During communion, it is asked of God by the clergy for the Spirit to make the bread and wine the body and blood of Christ as well as “to make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to the entire world.”

Holy Communion is more than just a memorial meal, but the consecration does not mean the elements literally become the body and blood of Christ.  It is a celebration and remembrance of God’s grace and mercy in Jesus, of the resurrection of Christ, and of Christ’s real and continuing presence with us.  Holy Communion is the sacrament that sustains and nourishes us, providing an opportunity to renew the covenant made with God and to be rededicated to service in Christ, where the Spirit of Christ is present in the elements, working in us and through us.

MORE ABOUT OUR WORSHIP MINISTRY:

 

Our worship services are spirit-filled and open to all.  YUMC offers both traditional and Praise & Worship style services utilizing a variety of musical influences.  Our worship is very inclusive.  The entire content of weekly services from the readings to the music to the message are planned to deepen the faith of our members. Though the majority of Sunday messages are delivered by our Pastor, throughout the year many of our congregants have the opportunity to share testimony and witness, which is very powerful.  Simply put, in this congregation, our laity, certified Lay Speakers and youth, regularly share in leadership roles during worship (e.g. read, sing, usher, serve communion, witness, etc.).

Our Pastor, Rev. Gene Ott continues to lead us on a path to deepen our relationship with God, so that we will be equipped to go out from the church into our daily lives and be “living examples” to make disciples.  Services are based on the Word of God, and challenge us to be a witness to the Gospel.  Because of the many trials, illnesses and hardships that so many are constantly facing, we offer healing services on a periodic basis.

MORE ABOUT OUR MUSIC MINISTRY:

Sacred music is a vital part of our worship service.

The music program at Yorktown United Methodist Church is a spirit-filled, message-rich reflection of the strong church community here. We have something for everyone in music, beginning with the pre-school kids and grade school kids who sing regularly in Sunday School and in the church services. Each year the teens and kids also put on a meaningful, fully staged and costumed Christmas musical which is a highlight of their year and for the entire congregation as well.

We have a very active adult choir of approximately 15 members who sing two to three times a month and share a Christmas Cantata annually featuring guest instrumentalist and soloists that is a huge Advent celebration.  The Adult Choir rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 7:30.  Our music covers a wide variety of musical styles – traditional, gospel, classical and contemporary Christian music are all part of our repertoire.  Our rehearsals are not only musical; we share laughter and prayer together each week and the group continues to grow in spirit as well as musically.

There are several other musical groups within the church – Lilies of the Valley (a ladies’ ensemble), a male quartet and traditional quartet sing regularly.  Some church members who cannot make the weekly commitment to choir sing or play special musical solos throughout the year as well.  We are hoping to develop a chime choir this year as we own a beautiful set of chimes.

If you are looking for a place to hear beautiful music and sing praise to the Lord, please join us at Yorktown United Methodist Church for any number of musical ways to do so.

This wonderful, spiritual worship experience at YUMC could not be possible without the grace of God and the dedication and willingness of many who give of their time.

We will always face challenges, but with God’s guidance and strength we will continue to grow spiritually together and to be a place of light and hope in our community.  Here are a few worship highlights of our church year:

Season Worship Services
Fall
  • Kickoff of Sunday School
  • Hispanic Heritage Month celebration
  • Laity Sunday (entire service conducted by parishioners)
  • All Saints Day (remembering of our dear departed loved ones)
  • Consecration Sunday (annual stewardship celebration)
  • Interfaith and YUMC Thanksgiving Services
Winter
  • Advent Services (themes: Hope, Peace, Joy, Love)
  • Annual Christmas Cantata (presented by Senior Choir & guest musicians)
  • Christmas Eve Services (Family Service, Candlelight Service)
  • Baptism of the Lord (remembering our baptism)
  • Celebrating Black History Month
  • Ash Wednesday Service
Spring
  • Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter)
  • The Gift of the Earth (celebrating Earth Day)
  • Mother’s Day
  • Pentecost Sunday
Summer
  • Faith in Action Sunday (service day in the community)
  • Touchdown Sunday (close of Sunday School, award recognitions)
  • Father’s Day
  • Summer Praise

Come Worship With Us!