Bulletin for virtual worship service is on the the website:
Ministries Tab, Worship Opportunities
Sunday School and the First Communion Meeting are canceled for this Sunday
Salem now has two Zoom Worship Services. Check out info on how to join on Salem web site:
Ministries Tab, Worship Opportunities
NEW HOURS at the FOOD PANTRY Starting: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:45 am, same as the current schedule Wednesdays: 3:30 – 6:00 pm – new later hours!! We will NO longer be open morning hours on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
Regular hours at the FOOD PANTRY
Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:45 am,
Wednesdays: 3:30 – 6:00 pm
Lunch and Learn Lunch and Learn Meets Online
We certainly welcome people to join us. For more information go to
Resources - Events on this Website.
Midweek Lenten Services Available on our Facebook page each Wednesday starting on February 24th at 7:00 p.m. until Easter. This is a joint venture between Salem Lutheran, 1st Lutheran of DeKalb and Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Sanctuary Open for Prayer The Salem Lutheran Church Sanctuary will be open for individual/family prayer and reflection. during Lent.

Please see more information on Home page.
Lenten Prayer Services Each Wednesday at 12:15pm and continuing each Wednesday until March 31st, Salem member Connie Seraphine will lead a short contemplative prayer service in the Salem Lutheran Sanctuary. More information on the Home page.

Weekend Worship

Zoom Worship

We have two ways to worship this winter. Due to cold weather and a desire for communal experience, everyone is invited to join us for a live worship service on Zoom

Saturdays at 5:00 pm or Sundays at 9:30 am.

Don’t have a computer or online access?  Please call in  at these times using the information below.  Don’t want to get dressed and embarrassed to be seen in your pajamas?  Join us and don’t turn on your camera!

Coffee time following the services!

Recordings of the service for later viewing will be uploaded on Facebook for those who cannot make it to the Live Zoom Worship.

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Dial by your location:
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID:  216 590 032
Passcode:  593537

For later viewing 

Click here to access the Salem Lutheran Facebook Page.

To view past services please click here or go to the Sermon page on the Website under Resources.

Bulletin for  February 27/28   weekend  Click Here

Bulletin for Pre-Readers Click Here

Bulletin for Readers  Click Here


Lord  Jesus, You Shall Be My Song

ELW Hymn 808

Text:  Les Petites Soeurs de Jésus and L’ Arche Community; tr. Stephen Somerville, b. 1931Music:  LES PETITES SOEURS, Les Petites Soeurs de Jésus and L’ Arche Community Text & Music © 1987 Les Petites Soeurs de Jésus   Tr. © 1970 Stephen Somerville Used by Permission  . . . OneLicense.net #A-708303

Come, Follow Me, the Savior Spake

ELW Hymn 799

Text: Carolina Sandell Berg, 1832-1903, sts. 1, 3; Gracia Grindal, b. 1943, st. 2; tr. composite Music: BRED DINA VIDA VINGAR, Swedish Folk Tune Text © 1983 Gracia Grindal, admin. Selah Publishing Co., Inc., Agent Used by Permission . . . OneLicense.net #A-708303.net #A-708303

Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus

ELW Hymn 802

Text:  Sigismund von Birken, 1626-1681; tr. Lutheran Book of Worship, alt. Music:  LASSET UNS MIT JESU ZIEHEN, George G. Boltze, 18th Cent. Text © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, admin. Augsburg Fortress Used by Permission  . . . OneLicense.net #A-708303

Used by Permission  . . . OneLicense.net #A-708303

Liturgy Reprinted by Permission … SundaysandSeasons.com License #20487

Bulletin Cover Reprinted from Icon Four:  Visual Images for every Sunday © 2010 Augsburg Fortress.

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All Music Used by Permission:  OneLicense.net #A-708303  CCLI License No. 1667288

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With vaccines on the way and lowering case numbers, we feel it is important to set metrics by which we can determine the best time to restart indoor in-person worship. According to the most recent data (2/16/21) Dekalb County has reached many of the “target” levels for various risk measurements, specifically number of deaths, test positivity rate, tests performed, ER visits for covid-like symptoms, and ICU bed availability. However, one measurement, new cases per 100,000 currently stands at 125 per 100,000, which is still a “warning” level. Target for this metric is 50 per 100,000. We will use www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics to track these metrics.

Before returning to in-person worship, our goal will be that all the metrics mentioned above will be at target level.  Furthermore, we will not enter in -person worship until two weeks after Pastor receives his second vaccine and is fully protected (March 12). This will protect not only the Pastor but the entire congregation as Pastor Preston visits hospital rooms and is in contact with many vulnerable congregation members during his regular duties.

Finally, although all appropriate precautions will be taken, our most at-risk members will be highly encouraged to wait until they are fully vaccinated before returning to indoor worship. A survey will be sent mid-April to access the vaccination rate within our congregation.

In the meantime, online worship, private prayer in the sanctuary,  and outdoor worship when the weather improves, will continue indefinitely.

    Lent Midweek 2021

    This year the Lenten Midweek worship will focus on lesser known stories of the Bible. These are stories that don't often show up in the normal schedule of Sunday readings! Each Wednesday the Pastors of Bethlehem Lutheran, First Lutheran, Salem Lutheran , and Grace Place Campus Ministry will read and reflect on these readings as we journey through Lent together. The services are pre-recorded and will be uploaded to the Salem Lutheran Church Sycamore Facebook page by 7 pm each Wednesday evening. 

    Here is the link to our Midweek Lenten Bulletin: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RZSPxW9YOi-YtN8oE_F14H31GBsYQW6F/view?usp=sharing

    Maundy Thursday - Live Zoom Service at 7:00 pm.

    Good Friday - Drive-in Good Friday Service via FM Transmitter at 7:30 pm (Sunset).

    Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil Service led by Salem Youth re-recorded and posted live on Facebook and Youtube by 5:00 pm.

    Easter Sunday - Outdoor/Drive-In Service in Salem Parking Lot via FM Transmitter at 9:30 am.

    Starting Ash Wednesday, February 17th at 12:15pm and continuing until March 31st, Salem member Connie Seraphine will lead a short contemplative prayer service in the Salem Lutheran Sanctuary. We hope this short time of prayer and reflection will add to your Lenten practice this year. Participants will be asked to sign in for purposes of contact tracing, social distance, mask, and place a post-it note on the pew back in front of them so that the area may be cleaned after each prayer service.

    Sanctuary Open for Prayer

    Sanctuary Open for Prayer . . .

    Beginning Ash Wednesday, February 17, the Salem Lutheran Church Sanctuary will be open for individual/family prayer and reflection. Everyone will be asked to sign in, sanitize their hands, and wear a mask. We will ask you to take a post-it note and leave it on the back of the pew in front of where you sat so that we might clean the area for the next person. Please be respectful of others while participating and maintain social distance.

    The Sanctuary will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm; Wednesday from 9:30 am – 6:15 pm; and Saturday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. While there will be some devotional materials provided, you are encouraged to bring your own Bible, prayer beads, or other devotional aides. We hope that this chance to be physically present at the church enriches your Lenten journey as we prepare for Easter. We hope to be together full time in worship soon.

    Those in need of Pastoral Care have two new options:

    1) Call Sue during business hours at the Salem Office

    2) Call or Text Salem's new Pastoral Care Line at 815-797-2441. Currently, this Google Voice number will call or text Pastor Preston's cell phone after hours. It may ask you to state your name before the call is connected, this will help weed out spam phone calls.

    In the future, this one number will ring/text either Pastor Preston's or our future Associate Pastor's cell phone depending who is on call for the evening.

    Non-emergency prayer requests may also be emailed to Pastor or at the Salem@slcsycamore.org address.

    Pastor Preston

    Welcome to Salem Lutheran Church

    Welcome to Salem where you can be part of a community to grow in faith and serve God.

    In this community of faith we value worship, hospitality, education, community outreach and service, diversity, and everyone’s faith journey.

    All are welcome. We embrace people of all ages, abilities, races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
    Whoever you are, there is a place for you here as a precious Child of God. You’re invited to worship and Salem activities as we seek
    to live Christ’s love together.
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    Our Mission

    By Grace, Salem seeks to live Christ's love which nurtures and grows faithful people grounded in God's word.

    Our Vision

    Salem seeks to inspire engagement through Christ-centered programs, build enthusiasm for mission, and foster a joy-filled environment.

    Core Values

    • Community Outreach & Service
    • Faith Journey
    • Hospitality
    • Teaching the Faith
    • Welcoming Diversity
    • Worship


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    1145 DeKalb Avenue
    Sycamore, IL 60178


    Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.
    Sundays at 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
    Education Hour: Sundays 9:15 a.m.


    Phone: 815-895-9171
    Fax: 815-895-6266
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    For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.Ephesians 2:8

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    Children in Sunday School

    Sunday School & Nursery

    Salem Lutheran Church Sunday School offers Sunday morning Christian education to 3-year-olds through 8th graders.
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    Youth Group teens

    Youth Group

    The High School Youth Group will meet immediately following the second service (11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.) on March 8, and 22.
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    Confirmation Ministry is a partnership between Confirmation leaders, parents, and baptismal sponsors in the nurturing of the students as they grow in faith.
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    Creative Arts

    Salem Creative Arts/ Music Ministry offers a wide variety of worship support ensembles. Gifts of music and praise enrich and enhance services.
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