by: Marty Paluch
This past Sunday’s family meeting on our corporate worship was encouraging and curious. Overwhelmingly, our Salem family is united in its desire to offer God the best in our Sunday morning time together. Very encouraging. The curious part is reaching consensus on what ‘best’ is.
One of the greatest tenets of Christianity is the concept of freedom. We are free from the fear of punishment because Jesus took our punishment for us. We are free from the fear of death because Jesus defeated death by His resurrection. And we are free to live in daily praise to God and service to others because God’s Spirit lives in us. Freedom is at the very heart of God’s love for all His creation.
The funny thing about freedom, even among Christians, is it offers choices and preferences and options and alternatives. People passionate about worship will also be passionate about the physical and cultural elements of worship that best elevate their spirit in praise to God. The sincere comments shared in Sunday’s meeting provided valuable insight into the heart of this congregation. Thank you for sharing them.
Using a vast array of resources and a variety of talents and gifts, Salem has maintained a history of worshipping God in reflection of His glorious character. Salem Sunday mornings and festivals could seldom be considered ‘the same old same old’. Creativity and innovation have been hallmarks of a rich tradition of vibrant praise.
Covid has certainly affected our worship time together and I pray for a swift return to a worship schedule that allows us to celebrate our God in services reflecting the varied heart languages of our faithful Salem family. Our worship team remains dedicated to crafting services in which Jesus is the focus of our praise, God’s Word and Truth is the core of our teaching and practice and the sacraments are administered to empower us in service to Jesus.