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Here’s what is happening at Salem

 February 16, 2017

 

Both the Leviticus and Matthew readings for this Sunday give us directions for living a holy life, and the readings from Psalms and Corinthians echo this love of God’s righteousness and holiness. Leviticus sets forth the totality of the holiness God expects in our lives, and such detailed commandments can certainly be stifling and don’t always translate well to new times and cultures. But some of those details are startling in their relevance: don’t completely clean the fields but instead leave some for the poor and the alien, don’t profit from the blood of a neighbor, don’t hate any kin. Each law ends with “I am the LORD,” reminding us not only who God is, but also who we are and who we aren’t, and why it is we should follow these proscriptions.

Jesus expands, in the Sermon on the Mount, the notion of holiness set forth in Leviticus: turn the other cheek, give more than is asked for, love your enemy. Radical words, indeed. Yet even these directives remain only laws, with the potential to drain life instead of give it, if they are not rooted in Jesus’ life and the holiness he gives us. Interestingly, Jesus ends this portion of his sermon with almost the same formula as Leviticus, invoking God’s perfection. Not only do these words call us to high standards—from our finances to our familial relationships to our dealings with strangers—but they also serve the purpose of making it clear how much we fail and how much we need God. So repetition of God’s holiness and perfection is important, in marked contrast to our own lack of holiness. But it’s even more important that it is Jesus who delivers this message, since he not only embodies that holiness but offers it to us as well, and enables us to live out God’s laws.

Thursday, February 16
     Choir 7:30
Saturday, February 18
       Inner-View Chat n Chew
         1475 Noble Ave, Bridgeport
Sunday, February 19
    Worship Service 8:15 & 10:30,
    Adult Forum 9:15 – Rick Steeves’ Reformation DVD  
Monday, February 20
      OFFICE CLOSED
      Finance Committee 6:30
      Executive Committee 7:30
Wednesday, February 22
     Bible Study Daniel 9:30
Thursday, February 23
     Food Pantry 4:30
     Choir 7:30

Food Pantry

When Salem’s Food Pantry first opened in October, 2015, barely a quarter of the parish hall was used for the shelves of food. Today almost half of the parish hall is being used for the shelves of food, tables full of fruits, vegetables, and bread products.
The pantry is open every 2nd & 4th Thursday from 4:30 – 6:30. Offering healthy and nutritious food items and everyday supplies. Fresh fruits and vegetables will also be available. Volunteers will be graciously accepted. Interested individuals should contact Joe Bales at joebales39@yahoo.com. Monetary contributions and food donations also graciously accepted. To view our Facebook page, click here.

 Youth ministry

We now have a special place on our website for our youth ministry. You can find it under Ministries on the menu bar at the top or by clicking here!

Aging & disability resource

We have added an aging and disability resource guide. You can find it under Resources above or by clicking here.

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