Worship And Music

Worship and Music at Salem


Worship Is A Foundation of Faith For Everything We Do

Through God’s word, water, bread and prayer we are nurtured in faith and sent out into the world. Worship unites us in celebration, engages us in thoughtful dialogue and helps us grow in faith. It grounds us in our Christian and Lutheran roots, while demonstrating practical relevance for today’s world.

Central to our worship life is the presence of God through word and sacrament. The word proclaimed and the sacraments — both Holy Baptism and Holy Communion — are called the means of grace. We believe that Jesus Christ is present in these means through the power of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we describe worship as a “gathering around the means of grace.”

There is also a basic pattern for worship among Lutherans. We gather. We encounter God’s word. We share a meal at the Lord’s table. And we are sent into the world. But we do not think about worship so much in terms of what we do. Worship is fundamentally about what God is doing and our response to God’s action. Worship is an encounter with God, who saves us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Holy Communion is celebrated on the first, third and fifth Sundays of each month at Salem. Music is generally traditional with more contemporary music on the third Sunday.

Worship and Music Committee

The Worship & Music Committee guides the worship life of the congregation by striving to provide meaningful worship experiences. The committee does this by:

  • Evaluating and visioning worship practices to provide meaningful worship experiences for members and visitors
  • Facilitating and nurturing lay involvement in the worship life of those congregating
  • Setting policy regarding worship and music, including making recommendations to council

Sharing Our Gifts

All are invited to share the gifts God has given them by assisting in the worship of God in the following ministries:


  • Light candles
  • Process with cross and torches, as needed
  • Assist with the distribution of communion

Altar Guild

  • Care for and change paraments and banners
  • Set and clean up for communion
  • Clean and maintain brass
  • Replenish oil in the candles
  • Change the eternal candle weekly

Assisting Minister

  • Lead portions of the liturgy
  • Assist with communion

Bulletins and Worship Materials

  • Create leader and congregation bulletins in Microsoft Word


  • Sing portions of the liturgy

Children’s Message

  • Lead a child friendly object lesson in worship prior to the sermon, based on the readings for the day


  • Sing the portions of the liturgy assigned to the choir
  • Support the singing of the congregation
  • Sing anthems and other selections

Communion Assistants

  • Serve bread and wine to those receiving communion


  • Welcome those who come to worship
  • Assist visitors

Handbell Ensemble

  • Rehearsals weekly on Wednesday and provides music on the third Sunday of each month

Lay Reader

  • Read the Old and New Testament readings

Music Selection Committee

  • Assist the Pastor and Worship & Music Coordinator in selecting music for worship services

PowerPoint Presentations

  • Prepare PowerPoint Presentations for worship services


  • Run the PowerPoint presentation at worship services and funerals, as needed

Ring Bell

  • Toll the bell prior to each service

Sound Technician

  • Run the sound board for services, including weddings and funerals
  • Broadcast the service on local radio station, as needed
  • Set up microphones and sound equipment, as needed

Special Music

  • Vocalist and instrumentalists are welcome to share their talents at Sunday worship services and special events

Spirit and Truth

  • Leads contemporary music of the congregation
  • Vocalists, guitarists, and percussionists are needed


  • Distribute bulletins
  • Collect the offering
  • Assist those attending worship

Video Technician

  • Record the services for playback on local cable
  • Assist with weddings and funerals, as needed

Volunteer Scheduling

  • Create the schedule of all volunteers related to worship on a monthly basis

Worship & Music Committee

  • Meets monthly to make recommendations to the Church Council on all aspects of worship and music ministries
  • Decorate for feasts and festivals
  • Order worship supplies


Portions of this content are adapted from www.elca.org


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