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This Week at Tabernacle

THIS WEEK

A Message from the Pastor….

Dear Members and Friends,

December is always a time of wonderment to me.  I wonder about a lot of things.  I read the stories from both our Old Testament and their prediction of Jesus’ birth and the ones from our New Testament and wonder what was going through the minds of Mary and Joseph as well as Zechariah and Elizabeth (John the Baptist’s parents and cousin to Mary, Jesus’ mother).  I marvel at the story of how Handel came to compose Messiah, which is sung every year at this time since first sung here in the US 200 years ago by the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston.

Sometimes I simply wonder such things as how does electricity, telephones and the Internet work.  It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve heard it explained in science class, on TV in a documentary or by a well-meaning friend.  It’s all still a mystery to me so I just wonder about it all and accept that it works even though I still have no idea how.

That’s how faith is to me.  When I have folks who ask me why I believe and how can I prove the existence of God I can only answer that it works for me even though I don’t understand how.

So I’ll leave you with the simple and yet beautiful words of the Appalachian song, I Wonder as I Wander.  John Jacob Niles was a composer who wandered around Appalachia collecting songs.  July 16, 1933 he wandered into Murphy, North Carolina, where a poor child named Annie Morgan was singing this simple song by the fountain in the town square.

He paid her to keep repeating the song eight times until he could write down the music and get it into his memory, 25 cents for each time she sang it.

The next year he published it and it has become a beloved carol ever since.  May we continue to wonder as we wander this great earth given to us by our Creator:

I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
How Jesus the Savior did come for to die.
For poor on’ry people like you and like I…
I wonder as I wander out under the sky.

When Mary birthed Jesus ’twas in a cow’s stall,
With wise men and farmers and shepherds and all.
But high from God’s heaven a star’s light did fall,
And the promise of ages it then did recall.

If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing,
A star in the sky, or a bird on the wing,
Or all of God’s angels in heav’n for to sing,
He surely could have it, ’cause he was the King.

See you in church!
Rev. Joe

 

Reverend Joe’s office hours for  the week of  December 16th :

 Monday, December 17h:  10:00 a.m. to  4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 18th  :  2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19th : 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 20th:  11:a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Church Calendar for the Week of December 16th, 2018


Sunday, December 16th, 2018
10:00 a.m. Worship Service 
11:00 a.m.  Fellowship Time in the Bigelow Room
11:15 a.m. Christmas Choir Rehearsal
11:15 a.m. Guatemala Trip Meeting
3:00p.m. Sacred Harp Singers Meeting

Tuesday, December 18th,2018
7:00 p.m. Council Meeting

Wednesday,  December 19th,  2018
7:00 p.m. AA Meeting
7:00 p.m. Bible Study
7:00 pm. Christmas Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, December  20th,  2018
6:30 p.m. AA Meeting

Friday, December 21st, 2018
6:30 p.m. AA Meeting

Saturday, December 22nd,2018
1:00p.m. Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018
8:45 a.m. Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
10:00 a.m. Worship Service and Christmas Pageant 
11:00 a.m.  Fellowship Time in the Bigelow Room
3:00 p.m. Christmas Rehearsal

  Information, Invitations and Announcements

 

Steeple Lighting Opportunities are available for 2018.  Please contact the office if you are interested in lighting our steeple to remember a loved one,or to honor a special event.   The cost is $150.00 for the month.   Call or email the office to reserve your month.

Sign up sheets for volunteers for the Life bridge dinners are in the Bigelow room. We cook and serve dinner on the 4th Monday of every month. We need cooks and servers.  If you are able to volunteer, or if you have any questions please call Jean Karam ( 978 741 2179).

Volunteers Needed.  We are looking for Ushers, Coffee Pourers and Readers for our Sunday services.  Also, we welcome any one who may want to share their musical talents with us during the Offertory.  Sign-up sheets are in the Bigelow, or you may call the office.