Join us for worship, service and fellowship April 10-17.
Starts March 2nd ~ Ash Wednesday
Why do we worship on Wednesdays this season? Why do we add devotions?
Is this a time of mourning or just reflection? What are we trying to do here?
The season of Lent starts with Ash Wednesday, a day to remember that we are dust, mortal, fallible and most importantly, dependent upon God. And reflection on God as faithful, trustworthy and worthy of our worship. Turning to God is the act of repentance, and this season of fasting is intended to focus us upon God, rather than our bodily needs. This season was probably first developed in preparation for Easter Vigil baptisms, preparing new Christians to make their conversion complete, often the night before Easter, entering Jesus' tomb and being raised again with him. Through the centuries, Christians began fasting in preparation for Easter, fasting from food or some other pleasure, that would be a spiritual discipline of self-sacrifice. I would argue that it is most helpful to us today to see this fasting not suffering for the sake of suffering, but rather learning to control one’s own impulses for the sake of being able to better love one’s neighbor.
Drawn to the Cross …by a call March 9th
…as a living sacrifice March 16th
…as the One who is faithful March 23rd
…as witnesses to The Light March 30th
…through grief to glory April 6th
Lenten Wednesday nights at Salem have traditionally been led and created by youth. This year, with the ongoing shifts happening in our ministry, we are excited to try something new. The book study and supper provide an opportunity for support and connection, while worship will be designed as reflective and approachable for all generations. We hope people of all ages will find a space to enter the stillness (but not always quiet) where we can hear God.
5:00-6:00 pm Book Study will be discussing Henri Nouwen’s writing, Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an age of anxiety. We began a slow roll out Feb 16 & 23rd and will begin in earnest on March 9th. Please join our circle of warmth and curiosity about how we might listen to God in our crazy world.
5:45-6:45 Soup Suppers will be offered as a simple way to gather together across the congregation. Be fed with both physical and relational nourishment.
7:00-7:45pm Mountain Vespers worship will be held in the sanctuary as a time of reflection and connection to God and each other. This service has an element of folksy fun, but is still relaxed and gentle on the soul. Please plan to worship together each Wednesday in Lent as a community in the wide embrace of God’s love.
The Sunday and Wednesday themes this year will be connected as we are Drawn to the Cross in so many different ways. As you read your home devotional (See Pastor Tim’s newsletter article), study Following Jesus and worship on Sundays and Wednesdays, we hope we will be knit together in one communion more and more.
In the Peace of the Cross,
PS Families with Littles – The Children & Family Ministry Team will be delivered a home devotional to you, encouraging you to pray together. We hope to touch base with you in person on Sunday afternoon March 27th - try to be home if you can! *Save the Date* for Palm Sunday Palm Procession (April 10) and an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday (April 17).