Praising God in Original Music: Sunday, July 2 at 9:45am

This Sunday, July 2 at 9:45am, Rev. Dr. Ed Deyton will lead us in a service of original music. A longtime Craigville community member, Rev. Ed is a talented church folk rock musician. You can find some of his recordings here. He composed several original selections for this service, including a congregational song expressing our summer theme, “Draw the Circle Wide.” Members of the community will join him in playing and singing these selections.

Rev. Ed will preach a sermon titled “What the Definition of ‘Is’ Is” based on Galatians 3:23-29. He will also present a children’s message, and Edward Dunar will lead the children in a sacred craft activity during the sermon.

We hope to see you there!

Listen to Rev. Eric Henderson’s Sermon

Every Sunday at the Tabernacle is filled with the spirit of God but that spirit comes in many forms. Because we have a different preacher for each service, the Word of God is seen through different perspectives for the congregation to reflect on. This summer we wanted to make sure those beyond the Tabernacle’s porous walls can listen to these unique voices. To that end, we are recording our sermons and will be posting them here every week.

Yesterday, Rev. Eric Henderson gave a beautiful sermon on our opening Sunday. The reading was Acts 2:1-13: the Pentecost story. Rev. Henderson’s sermon was titled “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise”. As a side note, you will hear Rev. Henderson, at the beginning of the recording, speak about the robes he’s wearing. These robes were given to him by the family of Rev. Carl Schultz, a beloved Reverend, CCMA President, and member of our community. It was especially touching to those who knew Carl to see Rev. Henderson preach in Carl’s robes in his beloved Tabernacle.

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

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)