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Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. and Sundays at 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
Symbols of Peace
A symbol is something used for or regarded as representing something else; a material object representing something, often something immaterial; emblem, token, or sign. Symbols are everywhere. We see them when we travel, shop, and yes, when we come to church. The front of Salem’s sanctuary has some very special symbols carved into the altar, the lectern, the pulpit, and hanging on the wall. For the next 8 weeks we will examine each of these Symbols of Peace and follow the encouragement from Job 22:21 carved on the altar: “acquaint now thyself with him and be at peace.”
What to expect
We strive for worship that is more timeless than traditional, more diverse than contemporary.
Our services typically last about an hour. We’ll work hard to make sure you feel welcome. But we’ll also tell it like it is—helping you come face to face with your living and loving God.
The focus will always be Jesus and the Bible. To make that happen, we are a church that follows an order of service—a liturgy. In the message and sacramental meal, in specially selected Bible readings, and in carefully crafted songs, prayers, and creeds, the liturgy proclaims the good news about Jesus from start to finish.
We work to keep the entire body together.
We seek to enfold young people into the life of the entire church and encourage them to participate in worship with the whole body of Christ. For that reason, we don’t offer any kind of separate “children’s church” for families with small children. We’d rather they learn about God next to the people who play the most important role in their formation as people—their parents.
Several of our members have small children—we love hearing the sound of those little ones echoing inside the walls of our church.
We often celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and we’ll politely ask you to abstain—for now.
About every other Sunday we celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. This sacramental meal is an expression of unity, agreement, and spiritual intimacy between the people who have committed themselves to membership in this church body. That’s why we ask guests and visitors not to participate—yet. We sincerely desire that all who come to us will eventually join us in the privileges and responsibilities of membership. We also understand that no one can make that kind of commitment without proper instruction. To help people along that path of commitment we offer instructional classes that, upon completion, open the door to full membership in the congregation and participation in the Lord’s Supper.
“When people come visit Salem they will see this isn’t a country club for ‘perfect Christians.’ Salem offers a sanctuary for imperfect people—people who hurt and need to know that Jesus loves them and so do we.”