This Week at Tabernacle
This Week at Tabernacle Church
May 31st, 2020
LOOK FOR ZOOM LINK INFO FOR SUNDAY’S SERVICE IN AN EMAIL THAT WILL BE SENT ON FRIDAY, May 29th.
A message from Reverend Joe….
Dear Members and Friends,
This Sunday is Pentecost when Tabernacle’s tradition is to wear red. So, be creative! Surprise us when you appear on zoom with a fiery outfit and some kind of display with flowers or candles or whatever you come up with to symbolize the Holy Spirit descending upon us as tongues of fire as on that first Pentecost birthing the church in the first century A.D.
It’s also the Sunday we “take” an offering for Strengthen the Church. You can include an extra check when you mail your offering to the church (or put it through the mail slot on Federal St) and put Strengthen The Church in the Memo section OR use the DONATE button on our website and write Strengthen the Church in the Notes section.
Here’s what our Conference ministers wrote to us:
Friends of the Southern New England Conference:
At the end of their time together, Jesus commissioned his disciples to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19). How can it be done in the days that lie ahead? As a brand, new Conference, we understand ourselves to be the inheritors of that commissioning. And, in our Conference, it is the ministries of faith formation, youth and young adults and outdoor ministries that most closely work every day to foster discipleship.
One of the blessings of the coming together of three historical conferences is that we get to take the best from each forward into our new Conference. Two years ago, the Connecticut Conference restructured the “Strengthen the Church” special offering to allow congregations in Connecticut the opportunity to contribute more directly to high impact Conference ministries. It worked in Connecticut and was expanded to include Massachusetts the following year. In both years, this experiment has proven successful and so we plan to continue this structure and expand it to include all of our 608 churches.
This year, we find ourselves in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and many of us questioned the wisdom of moving ahead with this appeal. We had much discussion about asking for donations from our churches and their congregants as we all are dealing with perhaps the biggest crisis any of us has ever known. After discussion and prayer, the collective wisdom of our staff was that this was the perfect time to ask for an offering to strengthen the church. Over the past three years this offering has been used to support our faith formation and youth and young adult ministries. If ever there was a time when our young people will need to learn about God’s enduring love, even in time of crisis, it is now. This crisis will come to an end and the Southern New England Conference will need to be strong, as we move into life as a church in a new way. These funds will help us do that.
To that end, we have decided that 80% of this year’s offering will be used to expand the support to include Faith Formation and Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the entire Conference and will also go to support our various outdoor ministry settings. The other 20% will be used to support ministries in the national setting.
We encourage every congregation to participate in this special offering. Churches that make their Proportional Giving contributions and who also participate in the four other special offerings (Strengthen the Church, One Great Hour of Sharing, Neighbors In Need, and the Christmas Fund) are recognized as “5 for 5” churches. (We Do).
The recommended date for receiving this offering is Pentecost Sunday, May 31st. We believe this is an appropriate time to receive this offering as we celebrate the birth of the church.
You can get additional information at www.sneucc.org/strengthen-the-church.
We are grateful for your support of the Strengthen the Church offering.
Rev. Don Remick – Bridge Conference Minister, SNEUCC
Rev. Marilyn B. Kendrix – Bridge Conference Minister, SNEUCC
Rev. Kent J. Siladi – Bridge Conference Minister, SNEUCC
See you on Zoom…
Title of Reverend Joe’s Sermon for Sunday is
“Something New Bursting Forth”
Sunday’s Readings are:
Old Testament: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
New Testament: Acts 2:1-21
The Lighting of the Steeple with “Peace to All” for the month of May is provided by Annette Carter.
Ryan Guilmartin welcomes a new son , Dylan James born May 22nd.
Sunday, May 31st, 2020
10:00 a.m. Worship Service and Virtual Coffee Time via Zoom
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020
1:00 p.m. Zoom Team meeting via Zoom
7:00 p.m. Bible Study via ZOOM
Sunday, June 7th, 2020
10:00 a.m. Worship Service with virtual Communion and Virtual Coffee Time via Zoom
Readings for Bible Study and Sunday’s Service:
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
104:24 O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
104:25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great.
104:26 There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.
104:27 These all look to you to give them their food in due season;
104:28 when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
104:29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
104:30 When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.
104:31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works–
104:32 who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke.
104:33 I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
104:34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD.
104:35b Bless the LORD, O my soul. Praise the LORD!
NEW TESTAMENT READING
2:1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
2:2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
2:3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.
2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
2:5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.
2:6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.
2:7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
2:8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
2:9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
2:10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
2:11 Cretans and Arabs–in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.”
2:12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
2:13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
2:14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.
2:15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.
2:16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
2:17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
2:18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
2:19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
2:20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
2:21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
Steeple Lighting Opportunities are available for 2020. Please contact the office if you are interested in lighting our steeple to remember a loved one, or to honor a special event.
The cost is $150.00 for the month. Call the office to reserve your month. July, September, October, and December are available.