This Week at Tabernacle

This Week at Tabernacle Church

June 13th, 2021


Update from Reopening Task force…

Good News! Tabernacle will officially reopen for in person worship in the sanctuary this Sunday June 13th. All are Welcome!

Due to  warm weather we will eventually be moving worship services to our summer location, Emmerson Hall- where the fresh air from the windows make it much cooler than the sanctuary.

Things you should know:

Please be mindful to ask individual preference for contact when enthusiastically greeting one another.

How wonderful to be together again in church!


A message from Reverend Joe….

Dear Members and Friends,

This next week I will be attending the Rotary International Convention virtually instead of being in Taipei, as originally planned!    Because it’s virtual and being recorded I can watch pertinent sessions at a later time.  Therefore, I will still be with you in worship this week and for all other Tabernacle functions over the next week.  Carissa will be delivering her last sermon of this academic year this Sunday and will return with us September 12th.  She goes back to Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax for her summer sessions.  She has been our staff person working with Tabernacles Collaboration on Racism this past year.  Anne Bogan has written an excellent report on their work for this past year.  Please read.

See you in church or via zoom…

Reverend Joe

Tabernacle Collaboration on Racism for This Week

In a time long ago and far away…i.e. before the pandemic…members of Missions, Faith Formation, and Council began meeting to discuss and strategize how we might educate ourselves about the complicated topic of racism. Our initial goal was to share what we were learning with the congregation as a whole after only a couple of months. It became apparent pretty early on that MORE education and practice speaking together in the small group setting was going to be necessary before we started to try and facilitate larger presentations with more members of the congregation.  We used a number of different formats for our studies. We read books, used the UCC online and printed resources, invited guests from E.C.C.O. and the N.A.A.C.P. to share their stories, watched movies, recommended great t.v. shows to each other, and in general tried to discuss this subject in a manner that was based on our own experiences, impressions, discomfort, and especially on our faith.  We were truly blessed to have our ministerial intern, Carissa Rodriguez, to help us determine what, when, where and most importantly how and why, we should invite all our Tabernacle Family to explore racism in larger settings. As a first step we are asking those in the congregation who wish to, to read the book The Revisioners  by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton.  We will be having a discussion of the book July 11th after church that will be facilitated by Jean Karam, Kathy Currier-Doherty, and Jane Kelly. We would encourage feedback regarding whether this discussion should be in person, via zoom, or as a hybrid. At a date to be determined by the availability of the Salem Cineplex, our second event will be a movie viewing of Just Mercy that will also be followed by a discussion facilitated by other members of the group whose schedules will accommodate the date selected.  We look forward to seeing you at one, or even better both, of these events.


Anne Bogan for the Tabernacle Collaboration on Racism



Readings for Sunday, June 13th:

Old Testament reading: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

New Testament reading: Mark 4:26-34


Sad news,

Elizabeth A. Wandlandt, the sister of Nancy Lutts, passed away on Friday, June 3rd.  Notes of sympathy and condolences’ may be sent to Nancy at her home:

91 Orne Street, Salem, Ma 01970

Please keep the Burnham and Lutts families in your thought and prayers








The Deacon for the month of June is Jack Kiernan.


The Lighting of  the Steeple for the month of June is provided by Maire and Jack MacLean   “ In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Catherine’s bone marrow transplant and the abundant support of our Tabernacle Family, and to celebrate the generosity of marrow donors everywhere.”



Sunday, June 13th,2021

10:00 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary and via Zoom

Wednesday,  June 16th, 2021

7:00 p.m. Bible study via zoom

Sunday, June 20th, 2021 Father’s day

10:00 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary and via Zoom


Bible Study Tonight, June 13th, 2021

 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

For the link please contact the office at (978) 744-3164 or

Readings may be found at the end of this newsletter.



1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul.

35 Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel.

16 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”

Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’

Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.”

Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?”

He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.”[

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.”

Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.”

10 Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.”

11 Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.”

12 He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.”

13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

Mark 4:26-34

26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,

27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.

28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.

29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

30 He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?

31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;

32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it;

34 he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.