Worship 

 

Services

Daily Readings/devotions


FIND Devotional Blogs based on the Sunday readings at the links below.
Summer readings will not always match up, as we do specific series sometimes from previous years.

Daily Devotions

Toward a Sane Faith




WE CELEBRATE WITH ALL AGES IN WORSHIP!

Our Worship is Cross-Generational

Worship is one of the last places in our society where you can find people spanning 10 decades. The eight year old can learn from the octogenarian, and vice versa.

At Salem, we have one worship service Sundays at 10:00 AM. A nursery is available if you need it, but we encourage you to have your children with you in worship. We follow the Narrative Lectionary** to follow the sweep of the biblical story, from Creation through the early church. Just being in worship, children will hear the major stories from the Old and New Testament. If they attend the

Included in the bulletin is a study guide for daily readings and devotion ideas to take home with you. We continue to seek out resources to support parents in continuing faith conversations in their homes.

Nearness (to adults practicing and living out their faith) and forming practices of their own are essential to the formation of faith for children through adulthood.

Everything we do, we do across the generations.

Our Worship is Traditional

In the Lutheran tradition, we follow a liturgy - a regular form with music and the spoken word - incorporating these four basic elements:

Gathering - Word - Meal - Sending

We follow the traditional church season: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost, and celebrate other festival days, such as All Saints Sunday, Baptism of our Lord, Transfiguration Sunday, etc.

Our Worship is Variable

There may be sung or spoken responses, a number of hymns, or even some music videos or recorded music, depending on how this fits into the delivery of the Word or theme of the day. In worship, you can choose to use the projection screen to follow the service, or a printed bulletin, if you prefer. Hymnals are always available for those who like to follow the musical setting. We use a variety of musical settings throughout the church season. Lutherans like to sing! The only way to know if you like our worship style is to "come and see." We are always happy to welcome you to join us in worship and fellowship.




Liturgical Calendar


FOR MORE ABOUT SEASONS SEE LINKS TO KEN COLLINS' WEBSITE ON THIS PAGE


The Seasons of the church explained

Check out these links to Rev. Ken Collins' Website:

Advent
Christmas
Epiphany
Lent
Holy Week
Easter
The Season After Pentecost

Due to copyright issues, and because there is a lot of information on Ken's website, we are happy to direct you directly to his site.
Enjoy finding out about all things liturgical!

Holy Baptism

What does Salem believe about Baptism?

Bap­tism is about God com­ing to us to love us, care for us and name us as God's own. Through bap­tism God prom­ises to be our God, to be faith­ful to us, and to en­er­gize us with true life.

In oth­er words, through bap­tism God "ad­opts" us. He makes us sons and daugh­ters. He brings us in­to a re­la­tion­ship. That re­la­tion­ship is pos­sible be­cause of Je­sus Christ. Though we have been sep­ar­ated from God be­cause of short­com­ings and fail­ures, Je­sus, through His death and re­sur­rec­tion, has made for­give­ness a pos­sib­il­ity that we might be able to live in a re­la­tion­ship with God.

Bap­tism is a very spe­cial gift. It is the be­gin­ning of an ex­cit­ing re­la­tion­ship with the One who loves us more than any oth­er, who cares for us more than any oth­er, and for­gives us more than any oth­er. Like any oth­er re­la­tion­ship, a re­la­tion­ship with God must be taken ser­i­ously or it will stag­nate and die. In or­der to truly ex­per­i­ence the full­ness of what it means to be a child of God, we need to be in­volved through weekly wor­ship, daily pray­er and de­vo­tions and Bible study. The bet­ter we know God, the more we will en­joy the re­la­tion­ship.

Bap­tism places us in­to a per­son­al, liv­ing re­la­tion­ship with Je­sus Christ. All of His prom­ises -the hope of etern­al life, the hope of en­thu­si­ast­ic, joy-filled liv­ing here and now, and the as­sur­ance of un­con­di­tion­al for­give­ness and ac­cept­ance are ours through bap­tism. Be­cause bap­tism is God's work, God’s prom­ise, we bap­tize in­fants. God wants all people to en­joy Di­vine love, es­pe­cially chil­dren.

BAP­TISM OF IN­FANTS oc­curs in con­sulta­tion with the Pas­tor, after a time of bap­tis­mal pre­par­a­tion for par­ents and spon­sors.

We recognize the baptism of other Christian faith traditions. Anyone interested in joining our mission through affirmation of faith, transfer or baptism, are expected to attend one or more of our discipleship classes.


Holy Communion

What does Salem believe about Communion?

Communion is also a special gift of God. In communion, Jesus is with us in a very real, intimate way to love us, strengthen us, forgive us and encourage us. As we taste the bread and wine, we are reminded of the sacrifice Jesus made for us. But more than that, we receive a fresh touch of love from Jesus Himself. Communion is Christ’s "love you". It's a time of reflection, thanksgiving and celebration.

Who Can Receive Holy Communion?

At Salem all baptized believers who believe with us that Jesus is given with the bread and wine are welcome to receive Holy Communion in worship. While children don't formally partake of communion until they are in the fifth grade, we respect each parent's decision when to have their children participate in the sacrament. We serve concord grape wine with a ring of white grape juice in the center of each tray. Children not partaking of communion may come forward for a blessing.

Weekly Celebration of the Lord's Supper

Whenever we are gathered to worship, we experience Christ's command to remember him. Communion is celebrated every Sunday at Salem Lutheran Church.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Attend one of our "Making Disciples" classes. Current members are are always encouraged to participate as mentors or as a refresher course. We are always being made new through new relationships and communal learning.



Your Wedding

Salem is a beautiful setting for members to enjoy weddings and receptions.

The couple is asked to meet with the pastor to discuss wedding plans and to review the Salem wedding guidelines. Please contact the pastor as soon as possible when planning for a wedding at Salem.

Anyone interested in getting married in the Salem Sanctuary is invited to attend Sunday worship services and meet with the pastor personally. All couples being married at Salem are required to have three or more counseling sessions with the pastor. The Fellowship Hall is available for wedding receptions and parties.


I take you to be my wife from this day forward,
to join with you and share all that is to come,
and I promise to be faithful to you until death parts us.

I take you to be my husband from this day forward,
to join with you and share all that is to come,
and I promise to be faithful to you until death parts us.
Rite of Marriage


Eucharist

Holy Communion

What does Salem believe about Communion?

Communion is also a special gift of God. In communion, Jesus is with us in a very real, intimate way to love us, strengthen us, forgive us and encourage us. As we taste the bread and wine, we are reminded of the sacrifice Jesus made for us. But more than that, we receive a fresh touch of love from Jesus Himself. Communion is Christ’s "love you". It's a time of reflection, thanksgiving and celebration.

Who Can Receive Holy Communion?

At Salem all baptized believers who believe with us that Jesus is given with the bread and wine are welcome to receive Holy Communion in worship. While children don't formally partake of communion until they are in the fifth grade, we respect each parent's decision when to have their children participate in the sacrament. We serve concord grape wine with a ring of white grape juice in the center of each tray. Children not partaking of communion may come forward for a blessing.

Weekly Celebration of the Lord's Supper

Whenever we are gathered to worship, we experience Christ's command to remember him. Communion is celebrated every Sunday at Salem Lutheran Church.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Attend one of our "Making Disciples" classes. Current members are are always encouraged to participate as mentors or as a refresher course. We are always being made new through new relationships and communal learning.



Podcast

have to miss a sunday?

No wor­ries. Catch up with where we are in the Bib­lic­al story by listen­ing to the most re­cent ser­mons. Story Time and the Gos­pel Les­son are some­times in­cluded each week. Due to hymn and litur­gic­al li­cens­ing, we can­not post the en­tire wor­ship ser­vice. Come and see and hear for your­self!
You are wel­come at Salem Lu­ther­an.
Sunday Wor­ship @ 10AM

Check below to catch up with the most recent sermons!


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