Soar High, Dig Deep

Last Sunday, Rev. Eric Henderson urged us not to be content with “just hopping around” in our faith, but instead to soar like the birds as we realize the incredible possibilities of a life of discipleship. In response to Rev. Eric’s message, we soared together in praise as we joined our voices in a spirited hymn sing.

This Sunday, June 20 at 9:45am, longtime village resident, composer, and Christian folk rock musician Rev. Dr. Ed Deyton will urge us to “Dig Deep” in a thoughtful excavation of our assumptions, perspectives, and traditions.

Over the past several weeks, we have been introducing ways to help children more meaningfully participate in worship. At every service, we provide a Bulletin for Young People designed to help children participants pray and follow along with our service. We have also set aside an area of the worship space for families to sit more comfortably. Starting this Sunday, children will be able to sit with a puppet companion to accompany them throughout the worship service.

The Tabernacle is open to community members of all ages. This is a sacred space for all seekers of truth and people of faith.

Morning Service on Sunday, July 13 at 9:45am

Our regular summer worship series will continue on Sunday, July 13 at 9:45am with a special emphasis on the hymns that teach us and guide us as we walk in God’s graceful light. Longtime Craigville resident Rev. Eric Henderson will preach a sermon titled “The Spirit is Moving!” The service will include a brief hymn sing, so come ready to lift your voice to God, sing some favorite hymns, and learn some new ones.

Rev. Eric Henderson has served as Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Meriden, Connecticut for 21 years. He has served as an ordained and lay minister in congregations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. A longtime Craigville summer resident, Rev. Eric has organized hymn sings at the Tabernacle for many years. We are thrilled he will be continuing this tradition during this week’s worship.

The Tabernacle is open to all seekers of truth and people of faith. We hope you feel welcomed, comforted, challenged, and sustained in this special place.

A Week of Faith

As our season gets underway, the next week at the Tabernacle will offer a great variety of opportunities to reconnect with God.

  • Thursday, July 10, 7pm: Walking meditation on the beach. Our Theologian in Residence Edward Dunar will lead a session about the centering practice of walking meditation. We will meet at the front entrance of the Craigville Beach Club.
  • Friday, July 11, 7:30pm: Service of Remembrance (Tabernacle).
  • Saturday, July 12, 5pm: Catholic Mass (Tabernacle).
  • Sunday, July 13, 9:45am: Protestant worship (Tabernacle). Rev. Eric Henderson will preach a sermon titled “The Spirit is Moving!” The service will include a hymn sing, so come prepared to lift your voice to God.
  • Tuesday, July 15, 7:30am: Morning prayer (Tabernacle). Rev. Bruce Epperly will help us welcome the morning through a prayerful exploration of the Celtic spirit in Christianity.
  • Wednesday, July 16, 8:15pm: Taizé Service (Tabernacle).
  • Thursday, July 17, 7pm: Walking meditation on the beach.

Taizé: Music of Unity

At this Sunday’s evening service, Jon Wheeler will be teaching us some Taizé musical selections. This music comes from the Taizé Community, an ecumenical monastic order in France that was founded in 1940. A model of unity and reconciliation, the community includes Catholic, Anglican, and Reformed Christian members. Every year, over 100,000 young adults from around the world visit Taizé for retreats, pilgrimages, and conferences.

Taizé music reflects the community’s values of unity, peace, and reconciliation. The songs use a variety of languages and borrow musical forms from many Christian traditions. Taizé songs are easy to learn, and usually center on the repetition of a short passage from scripture. I find Taizé music to be a great doorway to prayer. The music sweeps you off your feet and draws you into an appreciation of Christ’s presence.

By bringing together people of many traditions, languages, and cultures, Taizé music inspires us to recognize both the blessings of our different traditions and the power of what we hold in common.

Evening Service on Sunday, July 6 at 7 p.m.

Our journey continues with an evening service on Sunday, July 6 at 7 p.m. Rev. Mark Edington will preach a sermon titled “The Most Personal Sort of Creation.” For those who still want to meet at our usual worship time at 9:45am, we will hold an informal gathering of prayer and discussion.

Rev. Edington is the rector of Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Newton. He is also the director of Amherst College Press, the first open-access, digital academic press devoted to the liberal arts. He previously served as the director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, Associate Minister and Director of Administration at the Memorial Church of Harvard University, and Protestant Chaplain at Wellesley College.

During the service, Rev. Dr. Bill McKinney will offer pastoral prayers. Ginny Henderson will return to share her musical gifts as our organist. Jon Wheeler, a recent graduate of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, will lead the congregation in several Taizé musical selections. Kate McKey-Dunar will proclaim the Word of God, and Ed and Carroll Lynch will greet and usher.

If you are normally unable to join us for our morning worship services, we hope you feel welcome to this special evening service! The Tabernacle belongs to everyone. Whether you are a regular attendee or you have never been to a service before, whether your faith journey is undergoing a time of flourishing or a period of dryness, we hope you feel at home here.

Morning Prayer, Tuesdays at 7:30am

Tomorrow at 7:30am, Rev. Bruce Epperly from South Congregational Church will begin his weekly series of early morning prayer on Tuesday mornings in the Tabernacle.

Throughout the summer, these prayer gatherings will focus on the Celtic Spirit in Christianity through scripture, silence, lectio divina (holy and imaginative reading of scripture), group reflection, and prayers of intercession and thanksgiving.

Restore a Pond, Build a Cathedral

[The following theological reflection, written by our Theologian in Residence Edward Dunar, appears in tomorrow’s issue of the Craigville Chronicle]

On one of our early dates, my wife Kate and I spent a morning pulling invasive garlic mustard plants at an arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin. While chatting with the project leaders, I was amazed to learn that our efforts were just one small part of a forty-year restoration plan. The morning’s toils, futile from the perspective of a day but critical from the perspective of a century, reminded me of the construction of cathedrals in the Middle Ages, when builders worked on projects that would not have been completed within their lifetimes.

Two weekends ago, I was reminded of such “cathedrals” again when I attended the Red Lily Pond Project’s Radical Joy for Hard Times event on the Gavitts’ dock. Craigville’s restoration efforts for the ponds began forty years ago, shortly after the institution of the first Earth Day. At the event, Red Lily Pond Project leaders discussed how we have much progress to celebrate and much work still to do.

This sort of dedication is not uncommon. In small villages and big city neighborhoods alike, people devote themselves to a place and grow along with it over the course of years or decades. Teachers spend years building programs and departments in schools, church communities devote themselves to transforming communities, and ecologists develop long-term plans for reclaiming habitats.

This summer in the Tabernacle, we’re reflecting upon the theme, “Treasuring God’s Creation: A Pilgrimage.” An important part of treasuring God’s creation, whether the majesty of nature or the unique irreplaceable presence of friends and family, is to lend our own hands in serving God’s mission of protecting, restoring, and nurturing. The slow process of restoring a pond or building a community is a sign of great faith in God’s presence. An hour or an afternoon of work or prayer or celebration might seem like a small step, but it is the consistency and fidelity of such steps that get cathedrals built.

Join Us on June 29 for Homecoming Sunday!

We are proud to announce that Rev. Dr. Herb Davis will lead our Homecoming Sunday worship on June 29 at 9:45am with a sermon titled “Take Your Son.” Refreshments and conversation will follow. 

Rev. Davis has helped us open our worship season for several years. A longtime Senior Pastor at Eliot Church in Newton and a former Craigville resident, Tabernacle Chaplain, and CCMA Administer, he now resides in Pennsylvania.