What can I expect from worship?
We do a sort of "light traditional." Our service is very similar to Episcopalians and Catholics, but we keep it loose. Formal, but not too formal. You will hear people laughing and children playing. While we take God seriously, we like to have fun here and we find that a relaxed worship works best for us. You can follow along in the bulletin or the slide show; it's a step-by-step guide to our worship.
Please do not let the traditional atmosphere of "church" prevent you from feeling comfortable in worship. Wear what you like, come as you are. Seriously.
Can I take Communion?
Yes! It is Salem's policy that all who seek a deeper relationship with Jesus may receive Communion, regardless of what your background is. If you feel uncomfortable partaking in Communion, you may come forward to receive a blessing instead if you so desire. You are also welcome to simply stay in your seat if that is your preference. There is no pressure and the choice is yours. If you've got questions about Communion (what is it, anyway?!) our pastor would be glad to chat with you one-on-one.
What about my children?
Bring 'em! Salem is welcoming and encouraging of all children. We are comfortable with children in worship, knowing their behavior will vary. During the service, they are invited to come up for the children's sermon, a brief learning time just for them, led by the pastor at the front of the church.
As a parent or guardian, we encourage you to be as present with your child as you prefer. We provide a small play area in the back of the sanctuary, and if you feel that they need to take a break from worship, you may take them downstairs to our fellowship hall, where there are restrooms and spaces to run around. Please note we can not offer the play areas as described while we are under the restrictions of COVID-19.
What's the message?
Lutheran preaching is sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and how we can live into this Good News in our daily lives. Pastor A.J. often talks about current events and other parts of our lives that relate to the message of the redemptive love of God at work in this world. You will hear about how we can service God and strive for justice in the world. You will hear about the fact that God loves you for who you are and created you as a beloved child.
To learn more, head over to the sermons page to check out some recent messages.