Dinner Church with Communion: Friday, August 4 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. In recent years, people of faith throughout the country have sought to restore this ancient form of worship. Some active 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 Friday, August 4 at 6pm, we will gather in the Tabernacle for a dinner church service with communion. In the spirit of potluck, bring a simple vegetarian dish to share. Also, bring a friend!

Sing, Choir of Angels: Sunday, July 30 at 9:45am

Every year, the MACUCC Adult Music Camp gathers in Craigville to enjoy a long weekend of making beautiful music. This Sunday, they will join us for worship and share their music. Rev. Linda Michel, recently retired pastor of First Congregational Church in Princeton MA and co-dean of Music Camp, will preach a sermon titled “Family Circle.” Music Camp organist Kathy Marks will accompany our congregational singing. It will be a morning of offering music to God, the most Masterful Musician of all.

Listen to Edward Dunar’s Sermon

This last Sunday was Creation Sunday at the Tabernacle. We sang songs giving praise to the world around us, prayed for God’s gift of plants and animals, and the children even went into nature to learn about why we need to care for the earth. Edward Dunar, our Worship Coordinator and Theologian in Residence, gave a wonderful sermon on the need for prayer in responding to the world around us. Take a moment to listen to his words and give thanks for the beautiful creation we live in.

Creation Sunday: July 23 at 9:45am

One of the values at the heart of our community is a commitment to taking care of our corner of God’s creation, which teems 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.

Our Theologian in Residence, Edward Dunar, will make his Tabernacle preaching debut with a sermon about the visions of paradise in Isaiah 11:6-9 and the recognition that creation is “groaning with labor pains” in Romans 8:22-25. Ginny Henderson will accompany us on the organ as we sing favorite hymns such as “Morning Has Broken,” “For the Beauty of the Earth,” and “This is My Song.”

At the end of the service, we will join together in a special blessing for our place of grace by the sea. Bring a piece of nature with you to add to a Table of Creation. You might bring a seashell, a stone, a flower, or a pine cone—anything that reminds you of God’s creation in this place.

We hope to see you there!

What a Talented Community!

Last weekend was a beautiful tribute to the blessings of Craigville. John Gahan, Calvin Henderson, and Amelia Brown each offered powerful reflections about faith, community, and the scriptures for the day. Rev. Dr. Bill McKinney led us in a ceremony of remembrance to honor friends and family who died in the past year. Together, we raised our voices in prayer and song to praise our God of blessings. The evening before, we had record turnout for Mass offered by Msgr. John A. Perry, with uplifting music led by Kendra Henderson and Julie Pinto.

Overall, the weekend offered a reminder of how many people make our ministries possible through their gifts of time, talent, and contributions. Thank you for all that you to help us praise God and serve our neighbors.

Speaking of talents, be sure to stop by the Tabernacle this Friday at 6pm for our talent show! Perhaps you sing, play an instrument, tell funny jokes, write poignant poems, or know a few tricks of illusion. We hope that you’ll share these gifts with the community. Last-minute sign-ups are more than welcome—just arrive a few minutes early so we can add you to the schedule. At the beginning of the evening, we will serve pizza along with some snacks.

Community Sunday: July 16 at 9:45am

This week’s worship service is Community Sunday, our annual celebration of the blessings and gifts of our community. Three community members—John Gahan, Calvin Henderson, and Amelia Brown—will offer reflections on the scripture readings for the day and their experiences of faith. Rev. Dr. Bill McKinney will lead us in a ceremony of remembrance in which we honor and remember friends and family who died in the past year. Craigville ministers Rev. Joanne Hartunian and Rev. Eric Henderson will offer prayers. Kendra Henderson will lead us in contemporary praise songs, and Ginny Henderson will accompany us as we sing favorite hymns such as “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Community Sunday is one of our favorite services of the year. The people of Craigville hold many talents and experiences, and this celebration of our life together will highlight the wisdom and memories in our midst. We have a lot to thank God for!

“Jesus, Remember Me.” Worship on Sunday, July 9 at 9:45am

As we continue to reflect upon our call to “draw the circle wide” this Sunday, we turn to themes of repentance, forgiveness, and acceptance. Craigville resident Rev. Dr. Dianne Carpenter will preside and preach a sermon titled “Hung Out to Dry” based on Luke 23:39-43, in which Jesus promises paradise to a repentant thief on the cross. The thief’s earnest request in this passage, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom,” inspired a popular Taizé song that is often sung in both Catholic and Protestant churches on Good Friday. We will sing this hymn (one of my favorites!) as part of our worship.

We continue to enjoy an abundance of musical gifts during our services. Ginny Henderson will play the organ, leading us in the hymns “Lift High the Cross” and “Draw the Circle Wide.” Local singer-songwriter Dawna Hammers, whose music focuses on world peace and unity, will share reflective music, including two original songs. Join us for another service of beautiful music, stirring preaching, and divine grace!

Rev. Dr. Ed Deyton’s Sermon and Music

As was stated in our last post, Rev. Dr. Ed Deyton gave a wonderful sermon  and also provided our music at our service yesterday. Here is the recording of the reading by Rodger Hansen and the sermon. If you keep listening you will hear two songs from our service. The first is called “Make me and Instrument”. The second song is called “How Beautiful are the Feet”. Both songs are written by Rev. Dr. Ed Deyton. Enjoy!

Original Song Lyrics

What an exciting morning of praise and wisdom! Special thanks to Rev. Dr. Ed Deyton for his music and preaching, Rev. Dr. Bill McKinney for offering prayers, and the worship folk band Barth and the Dogmatics for helping lead our singing. We appreciated how quickly the congregation learned today’s sacred songs and sang out with gusto.

We received a few requests for the music that we sang today. Several of the songs (including We’ve Always Done It Like That, Make Me an Instrument, and Left Handed, Right Handed) have been recorded by Ed Deyton and are available to download through iTunes, Google Play, or CD Baby. You can also stream them on Spotify.

Two of the songs we sang today have not been recorded, so we are printing the lyrics below. Note that these are copyrighted by Rev. Ed Deyton.

“Draw the Circle Wide”

There’s a circle in the shape of life. It’s not in a straight line.
There’s a circle in the shape of life put there by God’s design.
There’s a circle in the shape of life. It cannot be denied.
There’s a circle in the shape of life. Draw the circle wide.

Refrain:

Draw the circle wide, because the world is turning.
Draw the circle wide, for love that’s always burning.
Draw the circle wide, it’s all about forgiving.
Draw the circle wide, it’s a better way of living.

There’s a circle in the seasons when summer follows spring.
There’s a circle in the seasons and harvest offering.
There’s a circle in the seasons; we live it day by day.
There’s a circle in the seasons, so we should always say: Refrain

“Never Going to Pass this Way Again”
You can travel with the ragged. You can travel with the meek.
You can travel with the mighty if their company you seek.
You can travel looking forward or just back to where you’ve been,
But you’re never going to pass this way again.

Back when Eve along with Adam walked beyond the garden gate,
There was Cain condemned to wander being punished for his hate.
There were poets, there were preachers, and a prophet now and then,
And they’re never going to pass that way again.

There were Abraham and Sarah moving to a foreign land.
There was Moses in the desert with his timid little band.
There was Pilgrim making progress as he struggled with his sin,
And they’re never going to pass that way again.

If a child can come to lead us, we can find a better way.
If we learn to trust each other, it will bring a better day.

You can travel in a motor car, or jump aboard a train.
You can travel with a joyful heart or packing all your pain.
You can take account of all your loss and keep a hope to win,
But you’re never going to pass this way again.