Sunday Bible Study: Starting on 5/19/2019 is Romans Class Usually starts at 10:45A.M. after refreshments.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
After an extended discussion last night, the Salem Church Council has
approved a plan to re-open for worship on Sunday mornings. While there
will be many more specifics to come, here are the highlights:
1. Salem will resume Sunday morning worship at 9:00 AM on June 7.
2. The service will be slightly abbreviated, aiming for around 45 minutes.
3. There will be no Sunday morning Bible class or fellowship time
following the service. We are still developing plans for when those
activities can resume.
4. Everyone in attendance will be asked to wear a cloth face covering
(mask, etc.) and use hand sanitizer as they enter the building. A supply
of masks and sanitizer will be kept readily available, although you may
also choose to provide your own.
5. Some pews will be closed, and the others will be marked with partial
no-sit zones in order to maintain social distancing throughout the
service. Handshakes and hugs are strongly discouraged.
6. We will celebrate communion following our normal pattern of 1st and
3rd Sundays each month, beginning on June 7.
7. Communion distribution will take place in the pews, with the elder
and pastor coming to each communicant. This will minimize movement and
allow proper distancing throughout the service.
8. Additional details and an FAQ sheet will be provided next week to aid
in your preparation.
Please understand that, while a clear majority of our members are eager
to re-open and will feel reasonably safe following the above
precautions, there is absolutely no pressure for any of members to be in
attendance on Sunday mornings. If you meet any of the high-risk
criteria, or have been advised by your doctor to avoid large gatherings,
we too recommend that you remain at home and make use of our electronic
materials. The weekly devotion video, as well as the sermon and bulletin
distribution, will continue to be made available to you.
I want to thank all of you for participating in our survey last
week, and for your additional advice and encouragement. We will do our
very best to make our gatherings safe for your health, and nourishing
for your soul. The Lord bless and keep you!
All As we patiently wait for the virus to run it's course,
Please follow the link to the Youtube page.
May 31, 2020 Pentecost Devotion
Leader: God, our Father, each day is a gift of your grace.
Group: Your mercies are new every morning.
Guide our steps by the light of your Word.
Shield us from harm and keep us from evil.
Better than life is your love.
Put joy in our hearts and praise on our lips. Alleluia!
PRAYER FOR GRACE
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely
to this new day. Defend us with your mighty power, and grant that this day we neither
fall into sin nor run into any kind of danger; and in all we do, direct us to what is right
in your sight, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
A Scripture lesson, a portion of Luther’s Small Catechism, or a devotional selection may be read.
HYMN OR PSALM
A hymn or psalm may be sung or said.
One or more prayers (see Personal Prayers on p. 134) may be used, concluding with all praying
Luther’s Morning Prayer.
LUTHER’S MORNING PRAYER
I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you
have kept me this night from all harm and danger. Keep me this day also from sin
and every evil, that all my doings and life may please you. Into your hands I
commend my body and soul and all things. Let your holy angel be with me, that the
wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen.
May the love of the Lord Jesus draw us to himself. May the power of the Lord Jesus
make us strong to do his will. May the peace of the Lord Jesus fill our lives.
Salem Lutheran Church:
Joel 2:28-29 New International Version (NIV)
The Day of the Lord
28 “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.