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Sermon Series: "A New Thing!"

January 8th:   “Of Water and the Spirit
                     Acts 1; Isaiah 42:1-9; Matthew 3:13-17
January 15th:  “Worth It?”
                      Acts 8; Isaiah 49:5-7
January 22nd: “Division and Decision
                      Acts 15; Matthew 4:12-23   

Lenten Worship Series: Living Our Baptismal Calling
Sunday, April 2:          Fifth Sunday in Lent: Believe!
           Communion Sunday
Sunday, April 9:      Palm Sunday

Holy Week
Holy Thursday, April 13 at Ashton UMC; 7:30 pm
Good Friday, April 14 at Salem; 7:30 pm; Tenebrae Service
Easter Sunday, April 16
7:00 am             Easter Sunrise in Salem Cemetery 7 am led by the Youth Group
7:30 am             Continental Breakfast in the Community Hall
8:15 am             Worship Service with Youth Bell Choir
9:30 am             Community Easter Egg Hunt, Community Hall
10:00 am            Worship Service with Youth Bell Choir
11:15 am            Easter Breakfast at Coffee Hour in the Community Hall

Sunday, April 23:  Samantha Larson, seminary intern, preaching

Easter Sermon Series: Growing As a Follower of Jesus
Sunday, April 30:  When We Discover Christ


August Sermon Series: The Faithfulness of God

This sermon series will focus on Paul’s message of God’s faithfulness that he sent to the church at Rome. This letter has been called, “The letter that changed the world.” Many lives have been changed by the reading of this letter. Church leaders such as St. Augustine, Martin Luther, and John Wesley have written how Paul’s knowledge of who Jesus is, the grace of God, and God’s faithfulness through the covenant changed their thinking and understanding about faith in Christ. The letter to the Romans is an epistle in which we, too, can come to understand God’s faithfulness through Jesus and our response to it.

Aug 6 The Call - Romans 1:1-7; 16-21; 24-25 and Romans 3:21-31

Aug 13 The Hope - Romans 5:1-5 and Romans 8:18-39

Aug 20 The Mission - Romans 10

Aug 27 The Unity - Romans 12 and Romans 15:7-13


Come Worship With Us!

Dec. 4: Second Sunday of Advent:Down to Earth Humility
  ASP Breakfast at 11:15 am, Community Hall
  Community Tree Lighting at 6:00 pm, Community Hall

Dec. 11: Third Sunday of Advent:Down to Earth Lifestyle
Poinsettia Sunday

Dec. 18: Fourth Sunday of Advent:Down to Earth Obedience

Sermon Series: Who Is My Neighbor?

Nov:6th   “Neighbors Are Out of This World”
                 Psalm 34:1-10; Matthew 5:1-12; Revelation 7:9-17
Nov 13:   “More than Words”
Nov 20:   Christ the King Sunday and Thanksgiving Sunday
               Samantha Larson, Seminary Intern, preaching
Nov 27:   1st Sunday in Advent – Advent Sermon Series: Down to Earth
                                                “Our Hopes”

October 30th: “Was Jesus Serious?”
                      Leviticus 19:17-19a; Psalm 15; Matthew 22:35-40;
                      Luke 10:25-32; Colossians 3:12-14

October 23rd: "A Turn From Contempt” Luke 18:9-14

Sermon Series: Stewardship

Stewardship Sermon Series: “Why I Love My Church?”
    Sept 18:   “Our Hope is in Christ”
    Sept 25:   “Our Spirit of Mission”  Appalachia Service Project Sunday
    Oct 2:      “Our Spirit of Generosity”  World Communion Sunday
Oct 9:      “Our Spirit of Faith”
    Oct 16:    “Our Spirit of Community”  Homecoming Sunday


September 11th “Living in Tension” Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; Psalm 14:1-7

September 4: “Hard Labor”
                    Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Matthew 16:24-28


Summer Sermon Series: “So, What is a United Methodist?”

Rev. Sue Shorb-Sterling
July 24: Historical
July 31: Experiential
Aug 07: Disciplined
Aug 14: Practical
Aug 21: Love in Action
Aug 28: Faith in Action

Sermon Series:

June 19: Father's Day
June 26: To Be Free, Part 1
July 3: To Be Free, Part 2
July 10: Erin Wheeler, Preaching
July 17: Rev. Mark Derby, Preaching

    June 12: God’s Handiwork: Created to Serve - Psalm 8; Matthew 5:13-16; Ephesians 2:1-10

Sermon Series: Life in Christ

May 8: Mother's Day – “Chosen” John 15:13-17

May 15: Pentecost Sunday – “Blessed” John 14:15-21

May 22: “Broken” John 18:15-18; 25-27

                                 May 29: “Given” John 21:15-19

Easter Sermon Series: New Birth: Faith, Hope, Love

Sunday, April 10: New Birth: “Faith: Acts 9:1-20

Sunday, April 17: New Birth: “Hope” Luke 24:13-35

Sunday, April 24: Compassion Sunday:  Libby Wright preaching

Sunday, May 1: New Birth: “Love: John 21:1-19

Sunday, April 3, 2016: Holy Humor Sunday - I’ve Got The Joy, Joy, Joy
Erin Wheeler, Student Intern

Shared Lenten Worship

Ash Wednesday: Feb 10, 7:30 pm at Ashton UMC
Contemplative Worship: "Turning Back"
Holy Thursday: March 24, 7:30 pm at Salem UMC 7:30 pm “Denied, Betrayed” A dramatic portrayal of the night before the Crucifixion with a soup supper and table worship in our Community Room
Holy Friday: March 25, 7:30 pm at St. Paul UMC in Laytonsville, MD   Scripture and Song

Lent Sermon Series: (Re)Discovering Jesus: Rebel, Revolutionary, Radical
Feb 21:     “Rebel Jesus”
Feb 28:      30 Hour Famine Worship: Youth Lead Worship
March 6:   “Revolutionary Jesus”
March 13:  “Radical Jesus”
March 20:   Palm Sunday   “The Challenge of the Cross”
March 27:   Easter Sunday “A Revolutionary Resurrection”

Sunday, April 3, 2016: Holy Humor Sunday - I’ve Got The Joy, Joy, Joy
Erin Wheeler, Student Intern

Salem Worship Schedule
Epiphany Sermon Series Continued: The Lord's Prayer
Sunday, Feb 7: “Forgive?” Erin Wheeler, preaching
Sunday, Feb 14: “Please, Lord, Part 2” - Communion Sunday

January 3: Follow a Star - Epiphany Sunday

January 10: Baptism of The Lord Sunday Sermon: “Baptism and Renewal”

Epiphany Sermon Series: “Teach Us To Pray…”

Jan 17: Intimate Praise
Jan 24: Please, Lord
Jan 31: Forgive?
Feb 7: Please, Lord, Part 2

2015 Sermons

Advent Sermon Series:
Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam

Sunday, Nov. 29: “What is Really Important?”

Sunday, Dec. 6: “Imprisoned or Free?”

Sunday, Dec. 13: “Power or Love?”
             Poinsettia and Manger Memories Sunday

Sunday, Dec. 20: “Remind Us Again” - Children’s Las Posadas at 10:00 am
                            5:00 pm “The Darkest Night”
                            This worship is for those that Christmas is not the most                             wonderful time of the year.

December 24th    Christmas Eve Services:
                         “Mind the Light”
                          Family Worship: 5:00 pm
                          Traditional Candlelight Worship: 7:30 pm

Sunday, Dec. 27: One Worship Time: 10:00 am
                           Erin Wheeler preaching

The Mouse and the Light By Lisa Suhay
Told by Erin Wheeler, Seminary Intern at Salem United Methodist Church
as Part of the Sermon for Christmas Sunday, December 27, 2015

Refugee Crisis

November 15th     “Refugee Crisis: How Shall We Respond?”
                            Deuteronomy 10:14-21; Luke 10:25-37; James 1:23-25

All Saints Sunday

Sunday, November 1st  “Our Hope”
             Isaiah 25:6-9; John 11:32-44; Revelation 21:1-6, 23-24; 22:5, 12, 20

“Celebrating the Church”

Sunday, October 25th  Celebrating the Church  
             Exodus 19:3-6; I Peter 2:9-10;20-24; Proverbs 3:5-6; John 15:9-12

Stewardship Sermon Series: Earn, Save, Give

Sunday, October 18th   “The Wisdom of Giving All You Can”
                                   Proverbs 11:24-25; Luke 19:1-10;
                                   Luke 21:1-4; I Peter 4:7-11

Sunday, October 11th   “The Wisdom of Saving All You Can”
                                   Proverbs 8:11-12, 13:11; Luke 12:13-21;
                                   Matthew 6:19-21; I Timothy6:3-10
                                   Erin Wheeler, Seminary Intern

Sunday, October 4th: “Following the Great Commission”
                                  Psalm 19:1-4; Matthew 28:16-20; Ephesians 4:1-7

Sunday, September 27th: “Earn All You Can”
                                       I Kings 3:5-14; Proverbs 2:1-6; Luke 16:1-13


Sunday, September 13th: “Discipleship: A Life Long Learning Process”
                                       Psalm 19:7-10, 14; Mark 8:27-38; James 3:1-12

Sunday, September 6th : “The Fruits of Our Labor”
                                     Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23;
                                     Mark 7:31-37; James 2:5-9, 12-17

Summer Sermon Series: The Biblical Messages
of Dr. Seuss  

Aug. 2:  “Green Eggs and Ham or Eat this…
         Exodus 16:2-3, 11-15; John 6:28-40; Ephesians 4:1-6
Aug 9:   “Oh, the Places You Will Go or I will bless…
                   Genesis 12:1-9; Luke 17:5-6; Ephesians 3:8-13
Aug 16:  “Horton Hears a Who or Caring for the Least
                   Matthew 25:31-46; I John 4:4-16
Aug 23:  “The Sneetches or You Are Different From Me
                    Matthew 15:21-28; Galatians 3:23-29; James 2:1-4;
Aug 30:  “The Lorax or Save Our World, Please
                    Genesis 1; John 15:1-2, 4-6; Romans 1:18-25

“The Cat in the Hat Returns”
Rev. Dr. Sue Shorb-Sterling
Sunday, July 19: “Mess and Our Mess
Sunday July 26: “Yertle the Turtle and the Sermon on the Mount

May 17, 2015 - “Giving Thanks to God for you…” - Confirmation Sunday

Today is the day that three of our youth have been anticipating. For the last three months we have been working through some confirmation curriculum. What we learned was that our learning about God is just beginning.

Easter Sermon Series:

April 5, 2015 - Resurrection Sunday: “Fully Restored”

We have made it through Lent. Here at Salem we have been journeying to the cross and the Resurrection with a sermon series is called, “From wRecked to Restored.” Each week we saw how God can take the worst things in our life, and even the not so bad things, and restore them into a new existence, into something beautiful, something that has purpose...

April 19, 2015 - It Doesn’t Happen Overnight-“Bulbs”

Spring has finally arrived! Flowers are blooming, the grass is green, and the buds are coming out on the trees. Just a few short weeks ago, the weather was cold and snowy....

May 3, 2015 - It Doesn’t Happen Overnight-“Cocoons and Coal”

During this Easter Sermon series we have been exploring the new life Jesus offers us through his Resurrection....

May 10, 2015 - It Doesn’t Happen Overnight-“A Mystery”

This is the last sermon of our Easter Sermon Series, “It Doesn’t Happen Overnight,” which refers to the process of new life. The topics of this sermon series were taken from the song called, “The Hymn of Promise,” by Natalie Sleeth.

Lenten Sermon Series and Study

Lenten Sermon Series: From wRecked to Restored
Feb. 22:   First Sunday in Lent: From Useless to Useful
March 1:  Second Sunday in Lent: From Pennies to Provision
   (30-Hour Famine)
March 8:   Third Sunday in Lent: From Clutter t o Clever
March 15: Fourth Sunday in Lent: From Hurting to Healing
March 22: Fifth Sunday in Lent: From Forfeit to Fruitful

March 29: Sixth Sunday in Lent Lenten Sermon Series:
From wRecked to Restored-“From Useless to Useful”

Lenten Study: “A World Worth Saving”
Two class sessions. Attend the one of your choice:
Tuesday evenings, 7:15 pm, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Wednesday mornings, 10:00 am, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1

Ash Wednesday Service - Wednesday, February 18 at 7:30 pm
Salem United Methodist (in conjunction with St. Paul’s UMC and Ashton UMC)

Epiphany Sermon Series:

The D/F Wrestling Match: Doubt/Faith
During this season of Epiphany we will wrestle with our doubts. We will ask the questions. We may even scream out our pain. But together, we seek the answers, as Jesus is manifest in our doubts and questioning. Those who have doubted before us have shown us that God does hear our questions. Jesus does show up.

Sunday, Jan 18:  “Can Anything Good Come Out Of This?” 
I Samuel 3:1-20; Psalm 139:1-6,13-18; John 1:43-51

Sunday, Jan 25:   “Really?”  
Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:512; Mark 1:14-20

Sunday, Feb 1:   “But I Thought I Knew?”
Psalm 111; I Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28

Sunday, Feb 8:    “Am I Being Ignored?”
Isaiah 40: 21-31; Psalm 147:1-11;
I Corinthians 9:16-23

February 15: “What Do You Want Me To Do?”
2 Kings 2:1-12; Mark 9:2-9; 2
Corinthians 4:3-6

2014 Sermons

Rising Star - January 5, 2014

“Here I Am…” - January 12, 2014

Epiphany Sermon Series: “Is It All About Location?”

  "Looking" - January 19, 2014
  “Leaving” - January 26, 2014
  “Availability” - February 9, 2014
  “Renovation” - February 16, 2014
  “Relocation” - February 23, 2014

Lenten Sermon Series: Surprised By Hope
  “Hope For the World” - March 2, 2014
  “Hope of the Resurrection” - March 9, 2014
  “Hope of Heaven” - March 16, 2014
  “Hope of the Second Coming” - March 23, 2014
  “Hope of the Salvation” - March 30, 2014
  “Hope of the Church” -April 6, 2014
The Passion Story - April 13, 2014
“Surprise! Hope is Alive!” - April 20, 2014-Resurrection Sunday

Easter Sermon Series The Church: A Signpost of Hope
  “Walking Together” - May 4, 2014
  “Greater Works” - May 18, 2014
  “Making It Happen” The United Methodist Women - May 25, 2014

June 1, 2014 By Debbie Ambrose, Church Council Chair 
“Ready, Set, Go” - June 8, 2014

Sermon Series: Noah-A Faith Story
  Part 1: “God Grief” - June 15, 2014
  Part 2: “Paying Attention” - June 22, 2014
  Part 3: “A New Beginning” - June 29, 2014

How Can I Help You? - July 6, 2014

Summer Sermon Series: Take Five
“Won’t you stop and take a little time out with me, just take five; Stop your busy day and take the time out to see I’m alive.” by Dave Brubeck Life over scheduled? Not enough hours in the day? “Take Five” may help refocus our priorities.
July 27 Take One: “One Day?”
August 3: Take Two: “A Resume?”
August 10: Take Three: “Just A Job?”
August 17: Take Four: “The Boss”
August 24: Take Five: “Out of the Office”

August 31, 2014 - Commemorating the Town of Brookeville’s Bicentennial - U. S. Capital For A Day
“Offering Hospitality: Then and Now”

Sermon Series: Love and Let Live

September 7, 2014 - “Contamination Free Zone” 
September 14, 2014 - “Hate Free Zone”
Sunday, September 21st - “Judge Free Zone”
Sunday, September 28th - “Conflict Free Zone”
Sunday, October 5, 2014 - “Peace Filled Zone"

Stewardship Sermon Series: Lives Transformed

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - Lives Transformed “Who Am I?”
Oct. 12   “Who Am I?”    Romans 12:1-2
Oct. 19  “Who are We?”  Romans 12:3-8 
              Commitment Sunday
Oct. 26  “What is good and pleasing?” Romans 12:9-21
              Celebration Sunday

November Sermon Series: Giving Thanks For…

“Give thanks in all circumstances,” Paul instructs (I Thessalonians 5:18). Is that even possible? Can we give thanks when we question God’s motives or when we question our faith in God? Can we give thanks when we or others are suffering? Can we be thankful in our sufferings? Why does God allow suffering, anyway? In November, the month in which we are reminded to be thankful for our blessings, our sermon series will explore these various aspects of giving thanks.

Sunday, November 2  “…For The Saints of God”
Psalm 34:1-10; John 11:32-44; Revelation 7:9-17 
Sunday, November 9 “For Questions”  (Pledge Sunday)
Psalm 42:1-4, 9-11; Luke 18:1-8; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Sunday, November 16 “…For Suffering”
Job 1:20-22, 42:1-6; Psalm 22:1-11;
John 16:33-17:11, 14-17; Romans 8:18-28, 31-39

Sunday, November 23  “…For Blessings” (Christ the King and Thanksgiving Sunday)
Psalm 100; Matthew 25:31-46;
Ephesians 1:15-23

Advent Sermon Series: Receiving...

As we prepare for Christmas, so much focus is on giving, yet we must first receive before we can give. How well do we receive? What needs to be received? This will be our focus for the season of Advent.
Nov 30   Receiving Hope
      Isaiah 9:2-7; Mark 1:1-10; 1 Peter 1:3-5
Dec 7     Receiving Peace
      Isaiah 7:10-16; Matthew 1:17-25;
Dec 14   Receiving Joy
      Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Luke 1:47-55; Luke 3:7-14
Dec 21
    8:15 Receiving Love  Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Luke 2:1-12; 1 John 3:1-3
   10:00 Children’s Pageant
Dec 24 Christmas Eve: Receiving the Gift
      5:00 pm Family Worship
      7:30 pm Traditional Candlelight Worship
Dec 28   Christmas Sunday 10:00 only “What Did You Receive for Christmas?”

END 2014