Worship times and styles

Gathering weekly to worship is one of the ways we experience the presence of God. God is present when hymns or songs of praise are sung, when prayers are spoken, when the Word of God is read and proclaimed and when the sacraments are celebrated. As Lutheran Christians we gather weekly around both Word (read and preached) and Sacrament. Communion is part of every Sunday worship experience and is open to anyone who wishes to receive the true presence of their Lord Jesus in the bread and wine. Recognizing that while we are all called to worship weekly, not all have the same preferences in musical style and format, Salem offers two distinct worship experiences each Sunday morning.  

Traditional Worship Service 8:15 AM

At this worship service, we follow the basic order of “Gather-Word-Meal- Send”, with the various spoken parts either being written specifically for the day, or taken from our primary worship resource:  Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) hymnal. Congregational singing will come primarily from hymns and songs in the ELW, which includes a wide range, from the “golden oldies” to “global” music. The choir will sing at this worship celebration twice each month and the Salem Ringers (handbell choir) provide special music once each month.  The The sacrament of communion will be shared each week. There is a printed worship folder and the words are projected on a screen

Contemporary Worship Service 10:00 AM

During this time of worship, we do not follow the traditional liturgy, although we do follow the basic order of “Gather – Word – Meal – Send”. Music is provided by a “Praise Team” consisting of singers, guitar, piano, and drums leading the congregation in singing what may be described as “contemporary praise and worship” music. The music is repetitive in nature, so that even if people do not already know the music, they will be able to pick it up. Though there is no printed worship folder, the entire worship experience is projected on a screen. The sacrament of communion will be shared each week. 

Choir

The Salem Choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. during the school year. If you can sing, share your gift of music and join the choir. The Salem Choir sings at the traditional worship service throughout the year. Our purpose is to share God’s word through music. Come, sing, have fun, make music, and meet new and old friends!! All ages from high school on up are invited to be a part of the Salem Choir. The Salem Choir is directed by Scott Ruffing. For more information contact Scott. Phone: 534-3861 or email: sruffing@mlecwb.net

Christmas Cantata –Each year the Salem Choir is joined by other singers from the congregation and community to present the Christmas story using music, Scripture, prayers and poetry.  The music is a combination of new arrangements of traditional Christmas music and more recent compositions. Rehearsals begin in mid to late October.  The Cantata is presented mid-December. 

Salem Ringers

The Salem Handbell Choir rehearses Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. during the school year, and rings at the 8:15 a.m. service once a month. Kevin Edstrom is the director. If you are interested in being a bell substitute or playing on a regular basis, contact Kevin. Phone 534-3551 Email: kevin_edstrom@yahoo.com 

Praise Team

The Praise Team  is a group of singers and instrumentalists which leads the congregational singing, as well as provides some “special music” at the Contemporary worship services.  Drums, guitars, bass guitar, key board join the voices in raising praises to God.  Much of the music is upbeat as we celebrate God’s graciousness; at other times the music brings us more worshipfully into God’s presence.  If you enjoy “Praise and Worship” music, and would be interested in being a part of a Praise Team, contact the Salem Church Office, 218-534-3309.