This Week at Tabernacle

This Week at Tabernacle Church

December 6th, 2020

Calling all Singers, Carolers, and Musicians!

For the first time in our history, Tabernacle Church will be celebrating Christmas Eve virtually. Instead of gathering in the beauty of our sanctuary singing carols and listening to the story of Christ’s birth in candlelight, we will worship via Zoom as we have every Sunday since March. Because music is so central to the service we initially hoped to pull a choir together wearing masks and face shields singing 10 feet apart around the circumference of the sanctuary. But it became clear that even that would pose too much of a risk. After some exploration, we discovered an App called Acapella from PicPlayPost that will enable us to create a virtual choir, allowing singers and musicians to collaborate while remaining separate and safe.


The following link was recorded last Sunday after church using this app. While it might look as if Raeleen and singers are close to one another, none of them were recording in the sanctuary at the same time. This App is a miracle!  Click on the following link and see the miracle!!

Each person or group of people recorded their part separately and with the aid of the App became part of the video you just watched.


If you would like to become part of Tabernacle’s Virtual Choir this Christmas Eve, please email Victoria Levasseur <> or

Elizabeth King <>


. Learning to use the App takes some practice – but preparing music for Christmas Eve has always required practice! To participate you will need an iPhone, iPad or Android phone that has earphones or earbuds. You will also need to download the Acapella App from PicPlayPost and create a Profile. Detailed instructions on how to become part of this choir will be sent to all who wish to participate. If you are interested please contact Victoria or Elizabeth by 5pm this Sunday evening, Dec. 6th.


Thank You…

Elizabeth and Victoria


Update on Christmas gift giving from the Missions Action group:


We will miss the Angel tree in the sanctuary this year, but we know that the spirit of giving at Tabernacle will be alive during this Advent season. Thank you in advance for helping to brighten Christmas for many Salem children in need!


This year we will be supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, Plummer Youth Promise, Family Promise and the Salem Public Schools. We received wish lists from The Boys & Girls Club and the Salem Public Schools (see the attached lists below). The Homeless Education liaison from the Salem public schools provided a list of first names and is asking for gift certificates to Walmart, Amazon or Target. Plummer Youth Promise and Family Promise are asking for the same gift certificates.


The Boys & Girls Club provided a list of names and specific gifts on the children’s wish list.


Please let Rachel Lutts know if you want to purchase a specific gift for one of the Boys & Girls Club children.( 978-979-7130)


Otherwise, gift certificates are also a great choice for the Boys & Girls club. Members of the Missions Action group will use the gift certificates to purchase the specific items. Checks are also fine. Members of the Missions Action group will use the money to purchase gift certificates or items


Please drop off the gift certificates in the mail slot at the church by December 10th. Be sure to put the certificates in an envelope labelled “Christmas giving”..


Thank you in advance for helping to brighten Christmas for many Salem children in need!


The Missions Action group


Martha Bagby, Anne Bogan, Ruthie Kapnis, Jean Karam, Jane Kelly, Rachel Lutts, Maria Robinson




A message from Reverend Joe….


Dear Members and Friends,


There’s one familiar Christmas song that seems more appropriate this year than in previous years.  The last verse goes


“For I’ve grown a little leaner
Grown a little colder
Grown a little sadder
Grown a little older
And I need a little angel
Sitting on my shoulder
Need a little Christmas now”


As we struggle to get through one more holiday not being able to be together in person both at home and at church and as we watch the numbers of COVID-19 grow exponentially, “we need a little Christmas NOW!”


So as I prepare for this Second Sunday of Advent and I read the Old Testament passage, I thought “we need a little comfort now”.  It’s been a very troubling year, not only because of COVID but the politics, the election, the racial tension, businesses struggling and failing, the number of people we’ve been praying for during services affected by other maladies (cancer and the like), mental health issues, addictions, and losses of loved ones and friends.


We need a little Christmas now.  We need comfort now.  And that’s what this week’s scriptures promise us:  “Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.”

So, my promise to you is that our services for the rest of this Advent season will do all we can to bring comfort.


When I was in high school, on the Sunday we lit the Peace Advent Candle, our pastor had us sing a hymn by Edward Bickersteth that went,

“Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?

The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?

On Jesus’ bosom naught but peace be found.

Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away?

In Jesus keeping, we are safe, and they.

Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?

Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.  Amen”


See you in church on zoom,

Rev Joe


The title of Reverend Joe’s sermon is “We Need a Little (or a lot) of Comfort”


Sunday’s Readings are:

Old Testament: Isaiah 40:1-11

New Testament2 Peter 3:8-15a




Sunday , December 6th, 2020
10:00 a.m. Worship Service with Communion and Virtual Coffee time via Zoom

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020
7:00 p.m. Bible Study via Zoom

Sunday , December 13th, 2020
10:00 a.m. Worship Service  and Virtual Coffee time via Zoom



The Deacon for the month of December is Bob Anthony.


The lighting of our Steeple for the month of December is provided by the Amico Family in celebration of Reverend Joe’s Birthday.


Tips for a better Zoom experience.

If you are having problems with the screen freezing or other issues here are some tips to help make your experience better:

Thank you,

Victoria Levasseur



Readings for Bible Study and Sunday’s Service


Isaiah 40:1-11
40:1 Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.

40:2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

40:3 A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

40:4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.

40:5 Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

40:6 A voice says, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field.

40:7 The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people are grass.

40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.

40:9 Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!”

40:10 See, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.

40:11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.



2 Peter 3:8-15a
3:8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.

3:9 The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.

3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.

3:11 Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness,

3:12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire?

3:13 But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

3:14 Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish;

3:15a and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him.