At Salem United Church of Christ, we are friends, family, young, old, single, married, kids, retired, traditional, open-minded. While we can’t be all things to all people we like to think we have much to offer and can be many things to many people while still maintaining our relationship with God. We invite you to look around and get a feel for our church.
At Salem United Church of Christ of Rohrerstown, we celebrate our unique gifts as a part of the Body of Jesus Christ. We Strive to model the ways of Christ through our worship and prayer life, our practice of discipleship, and our life of fellowship. We commit our energies to live as servants and extend Christian hospitality and mission to our local and world community. Building upond the historical and contemporary, we come together to shape the lives of tomorrow.
We invite you to join us each week to celebrate the life of Jesus Christ...
Adult Sunday School 9:00 am in the Library with nursery available
Worship 10:00 am in the Sanctuary
January 8 - Follow Your Star (Epiphany Sunday)
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. -
Isaiah 60:1 ...there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. - Matthew 2:9-10
The Wise Ones found what they were looking for by following the lighted path. When we trust the “star” that God hung out for us, we move toward life in its fullest and discover joy beyond imagining. What paths is God shining light upon for you?
January 15 - Know Your Name (2nd Sunday After Epiphany)
Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The LORD called me before I was born, while I was in my mother's womb God named me. - Isaiah 49:1 When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi"... "We have found the Messiah." - John 1:38, 41
The question of “who are you” often starts with a name. In the scriptures, people begin to describe Jesus by many names–Rabbi, Messiah, Lamb of God–as they tried to understand who this special person was. What descriptors do you want to be known by? Who has God called you to be?
January 22 - Claim Your Vocation (3rd Sunday After Epiphany)
For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. - Isaiah 9:4 And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people." Immediately they left their nets and followed him. - Matthew 4: 19, 20
We continue this Sunday with the idea that God has called us, not just by name, but to a special purpose. When we find and claim our own vocation–that which fulfills us and cre-ates good in the world–we are freed from the bonds of what others may expect of us or claim for us. Discipleship comes in many, and sometimes unlikely, forms.
January 29 - Embody Beatitude Living (4th Sunday After Epiphany)
God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? - Micah 6:8 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: "Blessed are... “ - Matthew 5:1-12
Two of the most powerful and poetic lessons for life appear in the scripture readings this Sunday. The definition of beatitude is “supreme blessedness and happiness.” In our search for happiness among the “stuff” of life, have we missed the point? What difference would it make to embody a love for justice and kindness in our everyday lives?
February 5 - Live With Integrity (5th Sunday After Epiphany)
The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. - Isaiah 58: 11 You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot... Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. - Matthew 5: 13, 17
Something with “integrity” is stable–all the parts are supporting the whole. We are invited to examine all the parts of our lives to see if they point toward the fulfillment of our iden-tity, vocation and call. When all things work together for good, the parched places in our lives become watered and our saltiness never loses its taste. Are you a self divided?
February 12 - Create Right Relationships (6th Sunday After Epiphany)
Choose life so that you and your descendants may live... - Deuteronomy 30: 19 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. - Matthew 5:23, 24
Who we are cannot be fulfilled in isolation. We were made for relationship and for passing on the life and love given to us by God. We’ve all experienced the pain of broken relation-ships and the joy of restored ones. How does our relationship to others define us? How does living in right relationship with friend and stranger send reverberations into the world and into the future?
February 19 - Go Beyond (7th Sunday After Epiphany)
You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the LORD your God. - Leviticus 19: 10 ...and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile... For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? - Matthew 5: 41, 46
Living fully into who we truly are produces such abundance that the fruits of the fields of our lives overflow. Offering this bounty with others is the command of God. But even more than that, the scriptures invite us to go beyond just what we have to offer, and also move into giving what we must strive to offer on behalf of love. How can we go the extra mile as a church?
February 26 - Proclaim Transformation (Transfiguration Sunday)
The LORD said to Moses, "Come up to me on the mountain... Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. - Exodus 24:12, 17 Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves... suddenly a bright cloud overshad-owed them, and from the cloud a voice said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!" - Matthew 17:1, 5
We have walked in the light, we have heard the assurance of belovedness, we have named and claimed our place in the world, our passion, our vocation, our mission. Now it is time to proclaim to the world from the mountaintop that transformation is possible. How have you changed in the last 9 weeks? This Sunday will include testimonies and answers to the question, “Who Are You?”
Looking Ahead: Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1
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