Lent 2022

Easter is coming...

Join us for worship, service and fellowship April 10-17. 

2022 Lent Theme & Schedule


Starts March 2nd ~ Ash Wednesday

The Explainer...

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.   

A Word from Pastor Tim:  Drawn to the Cross

Two years ago, during Lent we first started learning about the seriousness of the pandemic among us.  It was my hope that we would take a small break for safety and then be worshipping again by Easter morning in-person.  Our hope of that return was a little off...but love remains.  God’s love continues to bind us together even through hardship and challenge.  Praise God!

This year I invite you to join me again in worship and devotion.  We will be providing our Salem community with a booklet inspired by Henri J.M. Nouwen’s writings.  Our Sunday worship will include a litany drawn from the themes of the booklet “Drawn to the Cross.” 

The themes are: 

  • Week 1) God’s plans and purpose for our life.  “I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, ... to give you a future with hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) 

  • Week 2) Christian discipleship.  “He died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.”  (2 Corinthians 5:15) 

  • Week 3) Faithful God.  “Be strong and courageous, do not be frightened or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:9)

  • Week 4) Transformed toward glory.  “All of us, ... seeing the glory of the LORD as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

  • Week 5) Our Comforter.  “When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved.”  (John 11:33)

  • Week 6) Palm Sunday Parade.  “The great crowd ... took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!  Blessed is ... the King of Israel.” (John 12:12-13)

Please pick up your booklet around the start of Lent, the 2nd of March, at the church office and the Welcome Center in our Gathering Area.  Let the office know if you need one sent to you.

God be with you! 

Pastor Tim

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Worship Schedule

Sunday:  8:30 AM Classical Worship

Sunday:  10:30 AM Praise Worship

Wednesday:  12:00 PM Reflective Worship

Wednesday:  7:00 PM Mountain Vespers        (March 9th - April 6th)

Ash Wednesday:  March 2nd

Palm Sunday:  April 10th

Holy Thursday:  April 14th

Good Friday:  April 15th

Easter Sunday:  April 17th

Check Out New Wednesday Night Worship

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,

Pastor Kirsten

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).