This Week at Tabernacle
This Week at Tabernacle Church
April 18th, 2021
Tea Time Update!
The Deacons are ending this virtual event effective 4/11/21.
We greatly appreciate that for the past 4 months Reverend Joe offered this opportunity to “drop in and chat” every Thursday afternoon. Now that most of us are vaccinated (or will be soon), Reverend Joe reminds us that we can call, make an appointment, and drop in to see him in person at church. Reverend Joe is also willing to set up an individual zoom meeting if you would prefer that to an in- person appointment.
A note from Reverend Joe…
I have invited Reverend Elizabeth King to send an important message to all of you in place of my regular weekly message….
A Message from Elizabeth King, Leader of the Design Team for the Tabernacle’s Affordable Housing Task Force
Dear Members and Friends,
Greetings to you this Eastertide! There are signs of abundant new life everywhere we look. Daffodils, magnolias and cherry trees are bursting forth reminding us that hatred and violence never have the last word, but that God’s love conquers all.
This coming Sunday April 18 following our church service we will have our first Getting To Know You meeting with 3 leaders from the North Shore CDC. As you know we, the church membership voted unanimously at the Annual Meeting in 2020 to begin exploring the possibility of forming a partnership with them. Three different teams were formed to carry this out on your behalf, Design, Program, Legal and Finance. More than 20 of us have been involved in countless meetings with various staff of the NSCDC and have developed a better sense of this organization and its mission. Now we have created an opportunity for you to do the same. Ideally we would be holding these conversation in person, however we will use the Zoom technology that continues to serve our congregation so well during COVID.
There will be a short break between the close of worship and the beginning of our time with the NSCDC. Mickey Northcutt, CEO of NSCDC along with Ilene Podgur Vogel, Sr. Project Manager and Felicia Pierce, Chief Program Officer will provide us with an overview of the organization. Following their presentation, there will be time for your questions. This program will be recorded and made available for anyone who is not able to attend, or wants to view another time.
There will be two more Getting To Know You programs in the coming weeks. The first will be May 12 at noon, the second will be held on May 18 at 7pm. Please put these dates on your calendars! During our fellowship time following Sunday services in the next few weeks, members of the Affordable Task Force Team will be available to talk with you and answer any questions you might have.
One of my favorite post resurrection stories from the gospels comes from Luke, the story of the Emmaus Road. We are familiar with 2 disciples walking home confused as to what exactly happened to Jesus after his death. The woman who approached the tomb to anoint his body on Sunday morning found the tomb empty. An angel announced that he was not there but had gone ahead to Galilee as he had told them. As they walked, they encountered a stranger who joined them on their journey. After arriving in Emmaus they invited Jesus into their home, still not recognizing who he was. Not until he blessed, broke and shared bread at their table did recognize him as their beloved friend and rabbi, the risen Christ.
We are like those disciples on the Emmaus Road. We have a home (Tabernacle Church) which has provided us with warmth and shelter for hundreds of years. Will we welcome the strangers in need of the shelter that we can provide and in so doing, welcome the risen Christ?
Blessings of the Risen Christ to you,
Rev. Elizabeth Ann King
The Title of Reverend Joe’s Sermon is:
“Jesus is Real: What Is Your Reality”
The Readings for Sunday, April 18th are :
Sunday, April 18th, 2021
10:00 a.m. Worship Service Followed by Virtual Coffee time via Zoom
11:00 a.m. “ Getting to Know You” with Mickey Northcutt of the CDC
Monday, April 19th, 2021 – Patriots’ Day
Office is closed
Tuesday, April 20th, 2021
7:00 p.m. Council meeting via Zoom
Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
7:00 p.m. Bible study via zoom
Saturday, April 24th,2021
6:000 p.m. Confirmation Class via Zoom
Sunday, April 25th, 2021
10:00 a.m. Worship Service Followed by Virtual Coffee time via Zoom
The Deacons for the month of April are Sara and Dave Woolfenden
The Lighting of the Steeple for the month of April is provided by
Brenda Lewis in loving memory of Lucy and Walter Lewis, Linda Lewis and Barbara Newell.
Steeple Lighting Opportunities are available for 2021.
July, October, and December is available. Call or email the office if you are interest in lighting our steeple to remember a loved one or to honor a special event, and reserve your month.
The cost is $150.00 for the month.
SCRIPTURE READING FOR BIBLE STUDY AND SUNDAY
3:12 When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?
3:13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him.
3:14 But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you,
3:15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.
3:16 And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.
3:17 “And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
3:18 In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer.
3:19 Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out,
24:36b While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
24:37 They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
24:38 He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?
24:39 Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”
24:40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
24:41 While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
24:42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
24:43 and he took it and ate in their presence.
24:44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you–that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”
24:45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures,
24:46 and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day,
24:47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
24:48 You are witnesses of these things.