In-Person Worship Service on December 6 at 9am

Safety of members and staff is of utmost importance and we will start small and proceed conservatively. Therefore, we ask your patience and understanding in advance. We will follow CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines and ELCA best practices.  Services will be different from pre-pandemic, for example no singing and no group recitation.
Single indoor service at 9am on Sundays
• Masks are required at all times and social distancing will be followed.
• Following the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines, we will limit participants to 25 at this time. 
• Entry and exit will be through the North (2nd floor) main doors only.   
• Participants are asked to line up outside and ushers will escort you to your seat following pre-defined paths to allow for social distancing and minimize crossing of paths.
Advance registration is required. Registration will be open on Mondays at 8am and close on Fridays at 10am. Please watch your email for a special Bugle Blast, or registration information or register using the link. If you prefer to call and have help registering, please contact Leah Grebner at 309-688-9212 (Salem church office).   
If registration reaches it 25 participant limit, and you wish to be placed on a waitlist please click here. Waitlist registration does not guarantee a seat reservation.
We will also continue to offer the online service for those who are high risk and/or those who are not yet comfortable to gather in person. Each person must make their decision what is right for them.
Thank you for your support as we make our way together through these challenging times and look out for one another.

In-Sanctuary Worship Guidelines

Please take a moment before attending indoor worship services to review the In-Sanctuary Worship Guidelines.

The Jesse Tree: Stories and Symbols of Advent

Advent devotionals based on the Jesse Tree were mailed to Salem members and delivered to Salem Sunday School families in their December boxes. The season of Advent began on Sunday, November 29.

What is the Jesse Tree? The symbol of the Jesse Tree comes from this passage in Isaiah:

Each branch – each leaf on the tree – is a story deeply rooted in Scripture that tells of the relationship between God and God’s people. The symbols on the Jesse Tree represent a Biblical “Family Tree,” and Jesus is grafted onto the family tree of Jesse, the father of King David. The branches of the Jesse Tree stretch all the way back to the Garden of Eden, and in those branches are familiar names like David and Ruth, and Abraham and Jacob.

As we have been studying Old Testament stories through our Sunday School curriculum and Wednesday night Bible study of The Jesus Storybook Bible, continuing these stories through Advent devotionals is a reminder of how we are all part of this “family tree” and the powerful love of Christ for this – our – family!

Please let the church office know if you did not receive a devotional or if you would like one (309-688-9212 or office@salemofpeoria.com).

December 2, 2020

December 2, 2020 – Genesis 6:11-22, 11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God saw that the earth was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon the earth. 13 And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence because of them; now I am going to destroy them along with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of cypress” wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 This is how you are

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Thank you for your support, understanding and cooperation with state and local leaders who are urging cooperation to help limit the spread of the expanding COVID-19 pandemic. Online resources remain as an effort to continue to gather for worship and prayer. Pastor Craig conducts Services of Prayer and Reflection that will be found on  YouTube and Facebook.

Go live starting at 5pm on Saturday, November 28. Online worship service will be available at that time.  Communion will also be available on Sunday, November 29 from 10am-10:45am for those that wish to partake.

Stir up your power, and come! The psalmist’s plea in Psalm 80:2 has become familiar to us in the Advent prayers. Isaiah wants God to rip the heavens open. Both cry out for an apparently distant, angry God to show up, to save, to restore. When we hear Jesus describing the coming of the Son of Man with stars falling from heaven, it can sound dire and horrible, not like anything we would ever hope for. But when we really look at the suffering of people God loves, we can share the hope that God would tear open the heavens and come.

Readings and Psalm

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