This evening's service features the singing of the Service of Evening Prayer (Vespers, LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "Abide with Me," (LBW hymn 272), a lesson from Matthew 18:1–4, and a poem by Susan Ruach: "A New Way of Struggling."

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture Text: Zechariah 9:9-12; Psalm 145:1-14; Romans 7:14-25a; and Matthew 11:25-30

It is a good thing that God is able to do what he purposes to accomplish. Paul could not do so; neither can we. But thanks be to God that though we delight in the law but cannot perform it, Christ has fulfilled the law. In other words, we cannot overcome sin by keeping the law, but Christ has overcome sin for us. We need but come to him to find rest for our souls and be at peace, knowing that beca


Scripture Text: Matthew 16:1–4

This evening's service features the singing of the Service of Evening Prayer (Vespers, LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night," (LBW hymn 278), a lesson from Matthew 16:1–4, and a reading from Søren Kierkegaard's 'The Sickness Unto Death.'

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture Text: Jeremiah 28:5-9; Psalm 119:153-160; Romans 7:1-13; and Matthew 10:34-42.

We are not divorced from keeping the law. Every one of God’s righteous rules endures forever. The Ten Commandments remain in both Scripture and the Catechism. They are there for our good and our guidance. The law, however, cannot condemn those who have faith in the Son of Man who fulfilled the law for us. Nevertheless, we are called to live in the Spirit at a higher level, bearing fruit for God. T


This evening's service features the singing of the Service of Evening Prayer (Vespers, LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "Now the Day Is Over," (LBW hymn 280), a reading from Ecclesiastes 3:1–15, and another reading from Karl Barth's 'Come, Holy Spirit.'

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture Text: Jeremiah 20:7–13; Psalm 91:1–16; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:5a, 21-33

“Trust and obey,” says the old hymn. Yet we might also sing, “Trust and abide.” Though one’s ministry is as unsatisfying as Jeremiah’s, as dangerous as David’s, as rigorous as Paul’s, or as treacherous as Jesus’, we are called to be obedient. Christ calls and we must obey, for we are in his service. This call is a call to deep disappointment, rejection, and death—but also great satisfaction, adopt


Scripture Text: 1 Timothy 3:14–16

The singing of the Lutheran Service of Evening Prayer (Vespers, LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "Now Rest Beneath Night's Shadow," (LBW hymn 282) by Paul Gerhardt and Heinrich Isaac, a reading from the Apostle Paul (1 Timothy 3:14–16), and another reading from Oswald Bayer's essay, "Silence Before God," from the latest issue of 'Lutheran Quarterly.'

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture Text: Exodus 19:2–8a; Psalm 100:1–5; Romans 5:6–15; Matthew 9:35–10:20

Following on the heels of Gospel lesson for Trinity Sunday where Jesus sent the disciples into the world to baptize and teach, we see in today’s readings that all of God’s people are sent into the world as a kingdom of priests and a holy nation of proclaimers. We are to make a joyful noise unto and for the Lord. This reconciled priesthood of believers is being sent out as harvesters.


Scripture Text: 1 John 5:1–12

The singing of the Lutheran Service of Evening Prayer (LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "O Trinity, O Blessed Light," (LBW hymn 275) by Ambrose, a reading from the Apostle John, and the reading of an ancient hymn by Hilary of Poiters

Trinity Sunday

Scripture Text: Genesis 1:1-2:4a ; Psalm 8:1-10; Acts 2:14a, 22-36; Matthew 28:16-20

The Holy Trinity is anticipated from the beginning. There, the Spirit is the first person of the Trinity to be named in Scripture, even before the Father. However, the one God (Deut 6:4) is expressed in the Hebrew with the plural elohim. Luke recounts Peter’s sermon, showing that our Lord Jesus Christ is divine. Part of our remembering the triune name of God is recalling with the psalmist that we

Pentecost Sunday

Scripture Text: Numbers 11:24-30; Psalm 25:1-15; Acts 2:1-21; John 7:37-39

Wait for God. Too often, individuals and entire congregations rush ahead of the Spirit. They are determined to do things their way—even if that is the same old way, “the way we’ve always done it in our church.” But God is doing something new, and we may see it, if we wait. Without the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and his guidance (inspiration), we stumble, at best. Alcoholics Anonymous describes

Ascension Sunday

Scripture Text: Acts 1:1–11; Psalm 47:1–9; Ephesians 1:15–23; Luke 24:44–53

Order of Worship  Download the PDF of the Order of Worship Collect Hymn: A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing! Lyrics: The Veneble Bede; Music: “Geistliche Kirchengesänge,” Köln (1623) A hymn of glory let us sing; new hymns throughout the world shall ring: Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ, by a road before untrod, ascends unto the throne of God. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia, ...


Scripture Text: Ephesians 1:1–10

In the midst of singing Vespers, readings from the Apostle Paul and from Elton Trueblood...

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Scripture Text: Acts 17:16–31; Psalm 66:8–20; 1 Peter 3:13–22; John 14:15–21

  Order of Worship  download the PDF Collect Hymn: Come, Thou Almighty King Lyrics: Anonymous; Music: “Italian Hymn,” Felice de Giardini (1719–1796) Come, thou Almighty King, help us thy name to sing, help us to praise. Father, all glorious, O’er all victorious, come and reign over us, Ancient of Days. Come, thou Incarnate Word, gird on thy mighty sword, our prayer attend. Come and ...


Scripture Text: Leviticus 19:1–18; 1 Thessalonians 5:12–28; Matthew 6:19–24

The Lutheran Service of Evening Prayer...

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Scripture Text: Acts 6:1–9; 7:2a, 51–60; Psalm 146:1–10; 1 Peter 2:2–10; John 14:1–14

  Order of Worship (download the PDF) Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2020 Collect Hymn: Come, Sing Praises to Our Mothers Lyrics: Mark E. Ryman (2004); Music: “Beecher,” John Zundel (1870) Come, sing praises to our mothers who have tuned our hearts to you. You share praises with no others but these ones whose love is true. They must hear our truest feelings if they would know how we’re blessed by ...

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Scripture Text: Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23:1-6; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10

Order of Worship (download the PDF) The Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 3, 2020 Collect Hymn: The King of Love My Shepherd Is Lyrics: Henry Williams Baker; Music: St. Columbia The King of love my shepherd is, whose goodness faileth never. I nothing lack if I am his, and he is mine forever. Where streams of living water flow, my ransomed soul he leadeth; and where the verdant pastures grow, with food celestial ...


Scripture Text: Colossians 1:15–17

Drive by Salem Lutheran Church Saturday morning at 11:00 to show Pastor Dawn your suport. Salem is located at 5080 Sherrills Ford Rd, Salisbury, NC. 

The Third Sunday of Easter

Scripture Text: Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-14; 1 Peter 1:17-25; Luke 24:13-35

Because God is gracious and merciful, he extends forgiveness and the gift of his Spirit to all, throughout the generations. He delivers our souls from sin and death, so that we may walk with him as Adam did, in the land of the living. He accomplishes this by putting to death our old nature through baptism, a burial of the sinner into the death of Christ. In the process, he gives dead sinners new l

The Second Sunday of Easter

Scripture Text: Acts 5:29-42; Psalm 148:1–14; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

Order of Worship Collect Hymn: "I Know that My Redeemer Lives" I know that my Redeemer lives; what comfort this sweet sentence gives! He lives, He lives, who once was dead; He lives, my everliving Head. He lives triumphant from the grave, He lives eternally to save, He lives all-glorious in the sky, He lives exalted there on high. He lives to bless me with His love, He lives to plead for me above, He lives ...

Easter Sunrise

A sermon for Easter Sunrise – preached for Salem Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC. We rejoice in the Lord's resurrection, and also this Easter, in the recovery of Salem's pastor, Rev. Dawn Rister, who the Lord has blessed with having beaten COVID-19. I spoke with her last night, and I can't tell you how wonderful it was to hear her voice again. Alleluia! 

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