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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray you have had a good week.

Did you watch any of the Olympics back in August? You know, every time the Olympics come around, both the winter and summer Olympics, I initially think, “Oh, I’m not going to spend much time watching those.” But then the games begin, and it seems like once I start, I can’t stop watching them, and then…

We Are In This Together

Grace and peace to you from God, our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in each of us.

Today’s gospel story is unique when it comes to all the other parables that Jesus told. First of all, this is the only parable in which one of the characters actually has a name. Secondly, this is the only parable in which the whole story doesn’t take…

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Dear Salem Community,

Oasis started last week and it was a great night filled with community, fellowship and worship. Seeing the community gather for a meal and talk with their friends was life giving. Hearing all of those participating talk about their experiences in small groups was exciting. Participating in worship and hearing the community’s joys and concerns, praying as a community…

We All Have a Master

Grace and peace to you from God, our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in each of us.

“No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Luke 16:13). Many of us grew up remembering this text with a slightly different…

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Hey Salem Community-

Growing up in Minnesota, the sport of hockey was integrated in to all aspects of community. Every park had an outdoor ice rink and every city had an indoor ice arena. All the kids in my neighborhood would meet at the local park and play hockey from the time we got home from school until our parents called us in for dinner. We played all day on Saturday…

The Divine Pursuer

Grace and peace to you from God, our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in each of us.

So often we speak about God’s presence with us as a blessing, and it is a blessing, but what we often forget is that God promises not only to be present with us in those times of joy, or in those times when we call upon God, but God is also in those moments…

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Dear Salem family,

We take worship pretty seriously at Salem. Our goal is always to bless you with the word and sacrament, and send you out inspired to shine Christ’s light into the world. We work hard to make the scriptures relevant to today, to engage you with music that is meaningful, and encourage the Spirit to move in our hearts.

Luckily, we don’t take ourselves too…

It's Your Choice

Grace and peace to you from God, our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in each of us.

I was reading a story recently that reminded me of the message Jesus was trying to share with his followers in our gospel story today. There was a group of young scouts on a camping trip and near their camp was a high mountain that you could hike up, but…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

It's really good to be back from vacation – I hope this finds you all well.

I don’t know about you, but there sure are a lot of things I would like to have that I don’t have. I love to cook and, in particular, I love to grill. A number of years ago, a neighbor down the street was smoking some meat on a Friday. The wonderful aroma drifted…