Prince of Peace, Salem – Visitation

Advent Music for Voice, Instruments, and Organ

Advent Music for Voice, Instruments and Organ, Dr. Paul Klemme, accompanist, 1975 Gabriel Kney organ.

Guest musicians include Roxanne Shoemaker, Flutist; Mitch Iimori, Oboist; Allison Knotts, Vocalist; Esther Shim, Violinist; Caius Oprea, Violinist; Karen Vincent, Violist; and Annabeth Shirley, Cellist.

The concert will be in person at St. Paul’s with facemasks required and live-streamed on YouTube. Go to and select “Music Guild Concerts” from the top menu bar. We thank you for your continued support!

St. Paul’s, Salem

Bishop Akiyama will visit with the community at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salem, OR for a visitation.

The Delgani String Quartet

This group has curated a unique program featuring classical favorites as well as arrangements of sacred vocal music. The concert will showcase the similarities between four-part vocal and instrumental composition, highlighting the violin family’s unique ability to emulate the human voice.” Music by Scarlatti, Mozart and Hohvannes will be heard.

Delgani was formed in 2014 with a mission to cultivate an appreciation for chamber music through distinctive performance, innovative programming, educational engagement, and collaboration. The musicians of Delgani are violinists Wyatt True and Jannie Wei, violist Kimberlee Uwate, and cellist
Eric Alterman.

There is no service of Evensong at this time.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Donations to the St. Paul’s Music Guild are gratefully accepted.
The concert will be heard in person at St. Paul’s with masks required.
The concert will also be live-streamed on the YouTube Channel at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Select “Music Guild Concerts” in the upper menu on the home page.

Building Bridges

The Golden Gate Bridge

By the Rev. Andy McQuery, Associate Rector at St. Paul’s, Salem

A relationship is a bridge between people. Sometimes the gap is narrow, like a woodland creek easily spanned by a couple of planks and a length of rope, constructed in a matter of hours. And sometimes the distance is vast, requiring lots of thought, skill, hard work, and most of all, time. But, like a well-designed and carefully built bridge, a good relationship can bear a lot of weight and stress, even if it takes some effort to maintain. Famously, the Golden Gate Bridge is constantly being repainted, a never-ending struggle against the corrosive effects of the ocean air.

I knew this about ministry, even before I was ordained. But I see more clearly now that “relationship” is not just knowing someone’s name and more-or-less getting along. The bridge metaphor signifies a connection, a bond, and an exchange: traffic goes in both directions. What bridges do is get people across some sort of divide.

So as I approached the end of my initial commitment as curate of St. Paul’s, I saw it wasn’t just that I knew church members’ names and found them a likeable bunch: relationships had developed which, like a bridge, make it possible to go from once place to another. And so, after prayer and reflection, I asked if I might be able to stay, so that— paradoxically—we can keep going.

There isn’t a lot of bridge-building in our world right now. In fact, there’s a lot more energy for erecting walls. Regardless of fraught matters of public policy, I find the metaphor revealing. One structure helps people connect, the other tries to keep them apart. A while back I saw a religious Op-Ed on border security pointing out that even heaven has walls. How sad, I thought: the author never noticed that the gates are always open (Isaiah 60:11; Revelation 21:25).

Our culture far too readily promotes division over political difference. But partisan divides are not the only problem: we must confront racism and a host of other –isms, as well as the growing crisis of social isolation and disconnection. As Christians, we should be in the metaphorical bridge-building business. Bridges connect people who are otherwise separated. They don’t make distances shorter or gaps disappear—the rivers of the world still mark all kinds of boundaries. But they make it possible for people on both sides to go from one place to another. Like the tenacious, salty winds constantly threatening the Golden Gate, our political climate is actively corroding the structural integrity of our relationships. Let’s work together to maintain our existing bridges, and build some new ones, too.

Congregation Close-up: Prince of Peace, Salem

Prince of Peace summer program builds faith brick by brick

By Barbara Ross, Godly Play coordinator at Prince of Peace

Last year the Godly Play program at Prince of Peace in West Salem was going through a time of transition. Our most regular attenders were elementary-aged boys who had experienced and enjoyed the core and enrichment Godly Play presentations over the years but were ready for a change.

We found an answer in a book called Building Faith Brick by Brick: An Imaginative Way to Explore the Bible with Children written by gifted Episcopal educator Emily Slichter Given and published by Morehouse. Emily is an experienced Godly Play leader who ran into a similar situation in her church in Texas. She did significant research on what she calls “boy faith” and ended up writing this guide to 53 short action-packed Bible stories that can be shared in the Godly Play tradition but have been selected so the children’s response can be created with LEGO style building bricks. As many people know, LEGOS have developed a language and culture of their own that seems to speak to people of all ages. Using them in church gives children the opportunity to respond to what they are hearing in an engaging and familiar way.

After conversation with our Godly Play leaders and Vicar Margaret McMurren and with the permission of our Bishop’s Advisory Committee, we decided to give the new program a trial run by introducing it in the summer. Our thought was that rather than doing it in our traditional Godly Play room, we would offer it in the Parish Hall and continue through Coffee Hour as a way to create a more informal atmosphere where we could readily engage members of the congregation and welcome grandchildren and other summer visitors to join in.

We began by following the suggestions in Emily’s book. In the spring of 2018, we let the congregation know of our plans and invited them to donate any used bricks they might have at home and to be on the look-out for bricks at garage sales, etc. We also visited our local used brick outlets with a special eye towards purchasing bases and mini-figures that would be appropriate for telling Bible stories. Response from the congregation was strong and when we began sharing the Old Testament stories in June of last year, our cart was loaded with ample supplies for our children.

The Building Faith Brick by Brick program was well-received. Families who were not regular summer attenders came week after week. And because the presentation style is straight- forward, we were able to expand our pool of volunteers to include people who didn’t have previous Godly Play experience. Members of the congregation engaged with the children and showed interest in their creations during the Coffee Hour each Sunday. Also, we were able to easily welcome and incorporate grandchildren and other summer visitors. In fact, the Brick by Brick program was going so well we decided to continue using its Old Testament stories through the fall and didn’t switch back to our traditional Godly Play program until Advent.

This summer we began sharing the Brick by Brick New Testament presentations and our children are enjoying hearing familiar stories (as well as some that are not included in the traditional Godly Play program) and responding by building wonderful faith-filled creations with their bricks.

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