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You are cordially invited to become a part of Salem United Methodist Church. Here, you will find traditional Wesleyan liturgy, an emphasis upon prayer, and Biblically-centered preaching.
Here are the highlights for this Sunday:
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Prayer for the Day
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who with you and the Holy Spirit is alive and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
First Lesson: Acts 11:1-18
“And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?’ When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, ‘Then God has given een to the Gentiles, the repentance that leads to life.'”
Psalter: Psalm 148 – Laudate Dominum
“Hallelujah! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights. Praise him, all you angels of his; praise him, all his host. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, heaven of heavens.”
“And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ Then he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.'”
Gospel: John 13:31-35
“At the last supper, when Judas had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. … I give to you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.'”
On the night in which he gave himself up for us, our Lord Jesus Christ commanded his followers to love one another. Furthermore, he told them plainly that the world would know that they were his followers, his Church, by the love that they had for one another.
History bore this out. Those who would persecute the Church knew that they could not defeat it because all were impressed by the love that the Christians had, not only for one another but also for the world around them. In today’s harsh world, where meanness is almost regarded as a skill to be attained and developed, the love that we have for this Creation reflects the love that Christ has for us and overcomes the world and transforms it for the better.
Come join us at Salem as we celebrate this Season of Resurrection, the Sundays of Easter. Salem is a friendly church, alive in mission and providing a place for all to serve God and to experience his grace, his mercy and his salvation. You are most welcome.