This Week at Tabernacle

This Week at Tabernacle Church

July 25th, 2021



We are now having Sunday Service at the Church!!

Summer Service is upstairs in Emerson Hall.  Join Us!

The service will continue to be available via Zoom


There is no Message from Reverend Joe This week…


Reverend Joe is in Michigan attending the funeral of the Uncle of his partner Jim Dunlap.

 Notes of condolences and sympathy may be sent to Jim at his home: 66 Topsfield Road, Wenham, Ma 01984.

 Remember Jim and his family in your in thoughts and prayers.


Reverend Joe will be returning in time for Sunday’s service. He will see you then in person or via zoom.


The Title of Reverend Joe’s sermon is:

“David and Bathsheba:  Better than a Soap Opera!”      


Scripture Readings for Sunday, July 25th is:

2 Samuel 11:1-15




The Deacon for the month of July is Brenda Lewis

The Deacon for the month of August will be Betsey Bennett.


The Lighting of the Steeple for the month of August

is provided by Lynda and Tom Coffill in celebration of their

51st Wedding Anniversary.


Update from the Tabernacle Collaborative on Racism….

The Tabernacle Collaborative on Racism had a book group meeting July 11th. We had a thoughtful discussion of Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s novel The Revisioners and wanted to share some reflections…

The title is based on the idea that enslaved people were not able to free themselves but hoped to rewrite the future so that their descendants had a better chance at freedom

The book described the traumatic impact of racism on multiple generations of one family and highlighted the fact that although significant progress has been made the patterns of racism such as income disparities and ability to own your own home continue today.

A powerful theme was recognizing the strength and hope of our ancestors as they persevered through life’s struggles and carrying their strength and hope into our own life experiences. We recommend this book for your summer reading.

Stay tuned for info on a Movie Night for viewing of Just Mercy


Bible Study Tonight, July 21st, 2021

at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom


Readings are at the end of this newsletter.




Sunday, July 25th,  2021

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

Wednesday,  July 28th,  2021

7:00 p.m. Bible study via zoom

7:00 p.m. AA meeting downstairs in the Dining Room

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

7:00 p.m. AA meeting downstairs in the Dining Room
Sunday, August 1st, 2021

10:00 a.m. Worship Service  with Communion in Emerson and via Zoom




2 Samuel 11:1-15

11:1 In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

11:2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful.

11:3 David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported, “This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”

11:4 So David sent messengers to get her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself after her period.) Then she returned to her house.

11:5 The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.”

11:6 So David sent word to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David.

11:7 When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab and the people fared, and how the war was going.

11:8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king.

11:9 But Uriah slept at the entrance of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.

11:10 When they told David, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “You have just come from a journey. Why did you not go down to your house?”

11:11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing.”

11:12 Then David said to Uriah, “Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day. On the next day,

11:13 David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.

11:14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.

11:15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die