2017 Summer Preachers!

We are excited to announce our preachers for this summer! This year, we’ll hear from a range of voices, familiar and new, from a variety of denominations and types of ministry.

  • June 25: Rev. Eric Henderson
  • July 2: Rev. Dr. Ed Deyton
  • July 9: Rev. Dr. Dianne Carpenter
  • July 16: Community Preaching
  • July 23: Edward Dunar, M.Div.
  • July 30: Rev. Linda Michel
  • August 6: Rev. Christopher Whiteman
  • August 13: Rev. Zach Kerzee
  • August 20: Lighthouse of Faith
  • August 27: Rev. Dr. Bruce Epperly

Catholic Mass at 5 p.m. on July 15 and August 19

We hope that you’ll be able to join us!

Looking Forward to Summer!

Our season begins in just three weeks! On Sunday, June 25 at 9:45am, Rev. Eric Henderson will help us open our summer of worship together. Stay tuned for more information about the season in the weeks to come!

Closing Our Season Together: Sunday, August 28 at 9:45am

This Sunday, August 28 at 9:45am, the community from South Congregational Church will continue the tradition of helping us close our season. Rev. Dr. Bruce Epperly will preach a sermon titled “Tell Us a Story: Ruth, Nehemiah, and a Young Girl’s Dream,” based on Ruth 1:1-18; 4:13-22. Pam Wannie will accompany our congregational singing, and Brian Billiter and Pam McLane will share a special music selection. Join us for our community’s last worship service of the summer.

Joyful, Open-Air Worship: Sunday, August 21 at 9:45am

This Sunday at 9:45am, our season of grace together continues. Rev. Jonathan Betts Fields,  InterVarsity chaplain at Harvard University, will preach a sermon titled “Worship the King.” Rev. Dr. Dianne Carpenter joins us at the organ, and Kate McKey-Dunar will lead the congregation in a series of “paperless songs.”

Our scriptures of the day will be Daniel 3:26-28 and John 4:23. As a congregation, we will sing “How Great Thou Art” (Music | Recording) and “We’ve a Story to Tell the Nations” (Music | Recording).

Join us in worshiping God through prayer, song, scripture, and wisdom. All people of faith and seekers of truth are welcome in the Tabernacle.

Dinner Church with Communion: Thursday, August 18 at 6pm

In the early years of the church, worship often took place during community meals. The disciples broke bread, shared prayers of joy and concern, and sang hymns around a common table. Over the past decade, a number of churches throughout the country have sought to restore this ancient form of worship. Some well-known dinner church communities in the Northeast include St. Lydia’s in Brooklyn, NY, Table on the Green in New Haven, CT, and Simple Church in Grafton, MA.

On Thursday, August 18 at 6pm, we will gather in the Tabernacle for a dinner church service with communion. Dinner will be provided. We will enjoy a meal, join in prayer and song, and celebrate communion led by Rev. Dr. Bill McKinney. People of all ages and faith backgrounds are welcome.

If you plan to attend and have specific dietary needs, contact Edward at worshipleader@craigvilletabernacle.org.

Reading the Signs of the Times: Sunday, August 14 at 9:45am

Throughout the season, visitors to the Retreat Center and the village enrich our worship. We’ve been joined by families celebrating their reunions, churches undertaking retreats, and visiting groups sharing their talents with us.

Each August, we have the honor of worshiping with members of the retreat group from Lighthouse of Faith in Christ Church from Brockton, MA. This Sunday at 9:45am, we  continue this beloved tradition. Rev. Dayan Johnson will preach a sermon titled “Signs of the Times.” Helyn Hall will join us on the organ, and special music will be provided by Voices of Faith, Elisabeth Dorsey, and Carla Ribeiro.

Our reading for this Sunday is Luke 12:49-56. Our hymns will include “Blessed Assurance” (Music | Recording) and “Precious Name” (Music | Recording).

We look forward to worshiping with you in the Tabernacle!

A Service of Praise and Music: Sunday, August 7 at 9:45am

On Sunday, August 7 at 9:45am in the Tabernacle, we will lift our hearts up to God in praise. Offering praise not only reminds us of the majesty of our Creator and the beauty of our redemption through Jesus Christ, but also provides us with the perspective we need to be more faithful agents of God’s love in the world.

Rev. Anthony Livolsi, Associate Minister of Old South Church in Boston, will preside and preach. Our service will include traditional hymns with a contemporary twist led by Kendra Henderson. Tom Goux, Calvin Henderson, and Allie Barton will share special music selections.


Creation Sunday: July 31 at 9:45am

One of the values at the heart of Craigville is a commitment to taking care of our corner of God’s creation, which teams with life and overflows with beauty. As we gather for worship this Sunday, we will thank God for these blessings, revel in the ways in which creation reflects the glory of our Creator, and recommit ourselves to taking care of the gifts of the natural world.

I’m excited to welcome our preacher, Jim Robinson, a colleague of mine in the theology graduate program at Fordham University. Jim’s primary research interests rest at the intersection of ecological theology, mysticism and contemplation, and religious pluralism. He will preach a sermon titled “The Word in the Mustard Seed: A Meditation.”

Rev. Joanne Hartunian will preside. Elton Kam and Cheryl Cochran will provide special music, and Rev. Dr. Dianne Carpenter will accompany us on the organ as we sing together.

Our readings will include: John 1:1-5, Matthew 13:31-32

Our congregational hymns will include: UMH 145-Morning Has Broken (Music | Recording), UMH 92-For the Beauty of the Earth (Music | Recording)

A Morning of Musical Offerings: Sunday, July 24 at 9:45am

Every year, the Massachusetts UCC Adult Music Camp gathers in Craigville to enjoy a long weekend on retreat making beautiful music. For many years, they have shared their music with us on Sunday morning.

This Sunday, July 24 at 9:45am, we will continue this beloved tradition as the Music Camp joins us for worship. Rev. Linda Michel, pastor of First Congregational Church in Princeton MA and co-dean of the Music Camp, will preach a sermon titled “Knock, Knock.” Music Camp organist Kathy Marks will accompany our congregational singing. In addition to selections from Music Camp attendees, the service will include special music by Catherine Joy Parke. It will be a morning of offering beautiful music to God, the most Masterful Musician of all.

As always, programs for children begin at 9:30am. If you want to hear more from the Adult Music Camp, they will provide a full concert in the Tabernacle at 3:30pm that afternoon.

Our scripture readings will include Job 14:7-15 and Luke 11:1-11. Together as a congregation, we will sing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” (UMH 140 | Music | Recording) and “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” (UMH 404 | Music | Recording).

Beautifying the Tabernacle: Twenty Years Later…

[The following is an article from the July 15 issue of the Craigville Chronicle]

In 1996, a group of volunteers formed the Craigville Village Green Committee. They worked with a landscape architect to plan improvements to the Green and raised $30,000 from residents and CCMA members. The board contributed another $20,000. We have all been beneficiaries of those changes ever since.

At the time, the head of the Worship Committee opposed some of the plans for the Tabernacle grounds, but he did agree to the benches and flagstones that were installed at the entrance. In addition, five donated trees were planted in memory or honor of friends and family. Those trees failed because of a lack of water. Several years later, they were replaced and failed again.

When the Roads and Parks Committee met last summer, three members of the original Village Green Committee, Julie Gavitt, Sheila Lahey, and Myra Gooding, formed a sub-committee called “Tab Rehab.” They returned to the original plans the landscape architect had drawn up. A proposal to complete the unfinished portion of the plan was approved by the CCMA board in September. CCMA will split the costs with the Cottage Owners Association.

The work will involve planting native plants and clearing out overgrown bushes. The changes will enhance what many consider the most important building in the village. The triangle is also very overgrown and will be renovated. Any plantings of donated trees would not be successful without irrigation, so that will also been included. The beds of lilies leading to the Tabernacle will remain. Scott Linhares, who worked with his father, Frank, on the original Green renovation in 1996, is in charge of the final completion of the original plan.

Work began on Monday, July 28.