This Week at Tabernacle

THIS WEEK AT TABERNACLE CHURCH

August 7th,2022

 

 

TAKE NOTICE

Due to the extreme high temperatures in our Sanctuary our service will be strictly via Zoom.

Please join Us at 10:00 a.m.

This Sunday is Communion Sunday so be sure to have some juice and bread on hand.

 

A Message from the Mission Action Committee…..

The Missions Committee would like to thank everyone who took the time to donate to the Personal Care and Household Items Drive for the Salem Pantry.

Thanks to the support of Tabernacle members and the community, we collected about 20 totes worth of non-food items for the pantry- including diapers, personal care and hygiene products, paper products, cleaning products, detergent, and more.

A special THANK YOU to Jane Kelly and George Louisos for transporting the donations to the Salem Pantry!

We will continue to collect these items into the fall. Please look for the donation bins in the narthex of the Sanctuary.

Thank you again for your support.

– Missions Committee

 

 

A Message from Reverend Joe…

Dear Members and Friends,

Today’s Isaiah passage whereby God is railing against the way people were worshipping back in Isaiah’s day reminded me of a paragraph in John Wesley’s Covenant Service:  “Forgive us, we beseech thee, the poverty of our worship, the formality and selfishness of our prayers, our inconstancy and unbelief, our neglect of fellowship and of the means of grace, our hesitating witness for Christ, our false pretenses, and our willful ignorance of thy ways.”

My high school pastor encouraged us to go to church on New Year’s Eve in order to renew our covenant with God at the start of the New Year, using “John Wesley’s Covenant Service for The Frist Sunday of the Year or Watchnight.”  Come to find out, Wesley was inspired to write this service by a Puritan, Richard Alleine, who  published Vindiciae Pietatis: or, A Vindication of Godliness in the Greater Strictness and Spirituality of It in 1663. SO, my Methodist/Wesleyan roots actually go back to the Puritans!  And here I am today serving a Congregational (UCC) church that grew out of the puritan movement.   But I digress.

That prayer from the Covenant Service has stuck with me all these years.  I do love ritual.  I love to go to beautiful churches and cathedrals and experience all the pomp and ceremony and sometimes think about how simple our UCC worship is by comparison and then I remind myself of “forgive us the poverty of our worship, the formality and selfishness of our prayers.”  In the Isaiah passage for this Sunday, God says “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts… When you come to appear before me, who asked this from your hand? ….. bringing offerings is futile; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and sabbath and calling of convocation– I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity.  Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them.”

Isaiah reminds us that how we worship God is not as important as how we live our lives!

Verse 17:  learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.  That’s what we are to be about!  And then God does one of those incredible things:

1:18 Come now, let us argue it out, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.  Really, God.  We can argue it out with you?  That’s amazing!  Because, then comes one of those wonderful promises:

1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.

As we hear over and over in Scripture, God’s love is steadfast, no matter how much we stray or fall down along the way.  If we are willing and come back, we are forgiven, given another chance, and loved unconditionally.

Praise God!

See you on zoom!

Reverend  Joe

 

Readings for Sunday, August 7th, are:

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

The title of Reverend Joe’s sermon is:

 “The Life-Changing Power of Faith”        

 

The Deacon for the month of August is Betsey Bennett

 

CALENDAR

Sunday, August 7th, 2022
10:00
a.m. Worship Service with Communion Virtually via Zoom

11:00 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour

Wednesday, August 10th, 2022
7:00 Bible Study via Zoom

Friday, August 12th, 2022
6:30 p.m. AA meeting in the downstairs Dining Room

Sunday, August 14th, 2022
10:00
a.m. Worship Service Virtually via Zoom

11:00 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour

 

Bible Study tonight

August 3rd, 2022 , at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

 

READINGS FOR BIBLE STUDY, Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022
and for Sunday August 7th, 2022 :

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20

1:1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!

1:11 What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.

1:12 When you come to appear before me, who asked this from your hand? Trample my courts no more;

1:13 bringing offerings is futile; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and sabbath and calling of convocation– I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity.

1:14 Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them.

1:15 When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.

1:16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil,

1:17 learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.

1:18 Come now, let us argue it out, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;

1:20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

 

Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

11:2 Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.

11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going.

11:9 By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.

11:10 For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

11:11 By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old–and Sarah herself was barren–because he considered him faithful who had promised.

11:12 Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”

11:13 All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth,

11:14 for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.

11:15 If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return.

11:16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.