by: Jessica Albers
Lutheran educators, administrators and staff gathered together at Salem Lutheran Church for their annual Opening Worship service. Every school year is kicked off with a time of worship, prayer and powerful messages to refocus all on their ministry in the classroom and beyond. How awesome it was to be gathered together again in one room worshipping alongside our brothers and sisters in ministry! Pastor Tim Niekirk led us in communion which is always one of the highlights of Opening Worship.
The speakers for the day included Salem's own, Pastor Jason Schleicher, Dr. Bill Hinz, Director of School Ministry in the state of Texas and the keynote speaker for the day was Baylor's Head Basketball Coach Scott Drew. Scott coached his 2021 team to win the National Championship, an unprecedented feat for the Baylor Bears and a Big 12 title in the same season. Scott is a devoted Christian and does not hide his faith while coaching. You'll see his players kneel in prayer after every game and he does not shy away from mentoring his players through the Word. He knows what it really takes to win on the court and off.
Salem Lutheran teachers and staff are ready for the 2021-2022 school year. Our theme this year is, "Greater Than" and how appropriate as we look forward to forgetting what is behind us and press on toward the goal for which Christ has called us heavenward. To God be the glory! Amen.