This Week at Tabernacle

This Week at Tabernacle Church

January 17th, 2021


Sad News…

Jack Clunan, Father of Mary Clunan and Grandfather of Jack Kiernan passed away on Saturday, January 9th.

Notes and cards of condolences may be sent to Mary at her home: 333 Lee Street, Brookline, MA 02445

Please keep Mary and jack and their family in your thoughts and prayers.




Mark Your Calendar..

Sunday January 24th

Annual meeting

Via Zoom

Immediately Following Our Service 


A message from Reverend Joe….

Dear Members and Friends,


Several of you have contacted me with your gratitude for last Sunday’s sermon and service.  Thank you for taking the time to give me that positive feedback.  For those of you who may have missed last Sunday’s service, all of our services are now recorded and up on our web site, thanks to our wonderful zoom team, under the tab marked “Sermons/Weekly Worship”.  I mentioned that last Wednesday when the UCC sent out a notice for the Prayer Vigil following the events at our nation’s Capital, so many signed on that some of our congregation couldn’t log on so I read the message from our General Minister and President, John Dorhauer.  A description of that service and link to watch a recording of that moving and calming service can be found on the UCC web site here:

During other national or international crises, I’ve often been asked “why hasn’t the UCC made a statement” or “has the UCC published a statement” about such events.  On Sunday I stated how proud I am to be part of a denomination that responded so swiftly last week with that Prayer Vigil and the words of our President, John Dorhauer.  Today, I received an email that has a link to our UCC leadership’s response to last week’s chaos.  I want to share a paragraph that, once again, makes me proud to say I’m UCC!  Here it is:

“Our faithful response to this most recent act of white terrorism and insurrection will be to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, free the oppressed, welcome the stranger, love the neighbor, and fill the whole world with the love of our blessed redeemer, Jesus. And, as we continue to do so, we will walk in the courage to denounce and dismantle theologies and systems of oppression and hatred, replacing them with theologies of freedom, peace, justice and love.”

You can read the full statement here:

During these troubling and turbulent times, I am comforted and encouraged by my faith, my church and by having you all in my life.  I’m grateful for our Bible Study group, our Deacons, and our individual conversations whether it be via email, text or our “Tea Time with Rev Joe” on Thursdays.

See you on zoom,

Rev Joe


The Title of Reverend Joe’s sermon is: “Obedience to God; Not Always Pretty”

The Readings for Sunday, January 17th , 2021 are:

Old Testament: 1Samuel 3:1-10,(11-20)
New Testament: John 1:43-51



Sunday , January 17th, 2021
10:00 a.m. Worship Service  and Virtual Coffee time via Zoom

Monday, January 18th, 2021 – Martin Luther King Day

Office is closed

Tuesday, January 19th,2021

7:00 p.m. Council Meting via zoom

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
7:00 p.m. Bible Study via Zoom

Thursday, January 21th, 2021

2:00 p.m. Tea Time with Reverend Joe via Zoom

Saturday, January 23rd,2021

10:00 am Confirmation Class via Zoom

Sunday , January 24th, 2021
10:00 a.m. Worship Service  and Virtual Coffee time via Zoom

11:00 Annual meeting Via Zoom




The Deacon for the month of January is Betsey Bennett.


The Lighting of Our Steeple for the month of January is provided by

 Jack Kiernan in loving memory of Phisie and Thea and

 to honor Jack Clunan. Johnnie , Brenda , and Babak


” May you always feel and be comforted by the love in their hearts.

We love you guys…

Jack and Mary”



A Big Thank You to all who contributed to the Christmas Fund Offering. 

We raised $535.00.

Thank You.. Thank You.. Thank You…


Readings for Bible Study and Sunday’s Service


1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20)
3:1 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD under Eli. The word of the LORD was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

3:2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room;

3:3 the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.

3:4 Then the LORD called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!”

3:5 and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down.

3:6 The LORD called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.”

3:7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.

3:8 The LORD called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy.

3:9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

3:10 Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

3:11 Then the LORD said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle.

3:12 On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.

3:13 For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them.

3:14 Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”

3:15 Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the LORD. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli.

3:16 But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.”

3:17 Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.”

3:18 So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the LORD; let him do what seems good to him.”

3:19 As Samuel grew up, the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.

3:20 And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the LORD.


John 1:43-51
1:43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”

1:44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

1:45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.”

1:46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

1:47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!”

1:48 Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

1:49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

1:50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.”

1:51 And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”