This Week at Tabernacle

This Week at Tabernacle Church

October 25, 2021

 

Please take Note…..

The Zoom link and the bulletin for
Sunday, October 25th Service will be sent out later today.

Please look for it….

 

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Sad news…

It is with a heavy heart that we have learned of the passing of Ed Zielinski  on Monday, October 19th

Visitation will be on Thursday, October 22nd from 4-7 pm at the O’Donnell Funeral Home, 48 Washington Square in Salem (On the Common). Phone: 978-744-2350

 

Below is a link to his obituary:

https://www.odonnellfuneralservice.com/obituary/Edward-Zielinski

 

Notes of condolences may be sent to Dolores at her home:

7A Cleveland Road Extension, Salem, MA 01970.

Please keep Dolores and the Zielinski family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

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A message from Reverend Joe….

Dear Members and Friends,

 

Last night at Council meeting I heard several members give praise for how our Association, Conference and national UCC have provided wonderful resources free of charge to us (and, actually a $4100 grant to us for improving our zooming equipment!) during this pandemic.

 

I start my day, every day, by reading the Still Speaking Daily Devotional provided by our UCC.  If you would like to receive this devotional, free, go to https://www.ucc.org/daily_devotional?utm_campaign=dd_oct21_20&utm_medium=email&utm_source=unitedchurchofchrist

 

Today’s Still Speaking Devotion is written by one of my colleagues when I served on Conference Staff in the Southwest Conference.  She has “hit the nail on the head” for where many of us are in our frustration about not being able to worship in our sanctuary right now so I’ve decided to share it with you here:

Longing for Sanctuary by Talutha Arnold
October 21st, 2021

I have looked upon thee in the sanctuary, beholding thy power and glory. – Psalm 63:2 (RSV)

Tradition has it that Psalm 63 was composed by David when he was in the Judean desert on the run from King Saul. Modern commentators dispute his authorship, but the psalm certainly describes David’s desperation as he fled “those who seek to destroy my life.” It also expresses the hardship of a desert place and time:

“My soul thirsts for thee, my flesh faints for thee, as in a dry and weary land where no water is.”

Most of all, Psalm 63 gives voice to the longing for sanctuary, in all the ways we use that word. Sanctuary as the sacred place where, like the psalmist, we have beheld God’s power and glory. Sanctuary as the safe place where we are protected from those who would do us harm (or a virus that can do us in).

Sanctuary as the place where we’ve gathered in the presence of God and of others. The place where, with one another’s voices lifted in prayer and song, God quenched our thirst and strengthened our souls. In their fearful wilderness time, it’s no wonder whoever wrote Psalm 63 remembers what it is what like to be in such a sanctuary – nor any wonder that we, too, may thirst for such a safe and sacred place.

Yet despite the longing to be back in the sanctuary, the psalmist remembers – and reminds us – that God’s steadfast love is not limited to a physical space. Even in a fearsome, desert place, the psalmist trusts that love and knows it is our true sanctuary. May we know the same.

Prayer
Wherever we are in this wilderness time, O God, may we know we are in the sanctuary of your steadfast love. Amen.

 

See you on zoom (for now),
Reverend Joe

 

The Title of Reverend Joe’s sermon is:
“Held by God in Love: Looking Back and Looking Forward”

Sunday’s Readings are:
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 34:1-12

New Testament: Matthew 22:34-46

 

CHURCH CALENDAR

Sunday, October 25th, 2020
10:00 a.m. Worship Service and Virtual Coffee Time via Zoom
Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
7:00 p.m. Program and design Team meeting via Zoom
7:30 p.m. Tabernacle Men’s Discussion meeting via Zoom
Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
7:00 p.m. Bible Study via Zoom
Thursday, October 29th, 2020
6:30 p.m. Mission meeting via Zoom
7:30 p.m. Meeting of Confirmands and their parents via Zoom
Sunday November 1st, 2020
10:00 a.m. Worship Service with Communion and Virtual Coffee Time via Zoom
2:00 p.m. The Ordination of Amy Davin Via Zoom

INFORMATION

The Deacon for the month of October is Betsey Bennett.

 

The Lighting of the Steeple for the month of October is provided by
The Amico Family wishing all a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

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A message from the Deacons and Council…

 

Responding to your question,

                           “When are we opening the sanctuary for worship?”

The Deacons and Church Council have both discussed this issue in depth over the week.  Part of our discussion has been “being safe in a building with out air ventilation” and also looking at what other churches are doing.  Here’s what we discovered. 

 

Our sanctuary does not meet the air ventilation standards that are required by the CDC and state regulations.  What that means is that the air gets stuck and doesn’t exchange with outside air.  AND if we were to worship inside, there would be no singing.  Singing spreads the virus like wildfire.  In addition, we have heard that a church in Gloucester now has 75 parishioners sick with the corona virus.

 

We will not be opening the sanctuary to the general congregation for many months to come.  We all find it frustrating and sad.

 

BUT… the Zoom Team is doing a fantastic job airing our service live each Sunday morning.  Many of us are on each week.  Please join us, if you have not.  We also have virtual coffee hour after the service. 

 

If you need help with using Zoom, please reach out to a Deacon or Council member.  We can walk you through the process.  Some of us use computers, others use cell phones, and still others just call in on their landlines.   All work with Zoom and we want to have you worshipping with us again. 

 

Hang in there, we are all in this together.      Blessings for a fabulous day! 

 

Bible Readings for Bible Study and Sunday:

OLD TESTAMENT READING   

Deuteronomy 34:1-12
34:1 Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the LORD showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan,

34:2 all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea,

34:3 the Negeb, and the Plain — that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees — as far as Zoar.

34:4 The LORD said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.”

34:5 Then Moses, the servant of the LORD, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command.

34:6 He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day.

34:7 Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated.

34:8 The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.

34:9 Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the LORD had commanded Moses.

34:10 Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.

34:11 He was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the LORD sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land,

34:12 and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

NEW TESTAMENT READING  

Matthew 22:34-46
22:34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together,

22:35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.

22:36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”

22:37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

22:38 This is the greatest and first commandment.

22:39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

22:41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question:

22:42 “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.”

22:43 He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,

22:44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”‘?

22:45 If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?”

22:46 No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.