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December 2018

TAB Blog: Yesterday, Today and Forever

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

 

”Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

Because our world is in constant change, it is difficult for us to comprehend the unchanging nature of the LORD God. Our moods, dispositions, situations and circumstances are constantly in flux. Time and the passing of it brings about great change, yet God never changes. Time doesn’t alter His heart toward His people nor His compassion for the lost. He never grows weary. His patience is never exhausted. His hands never tire of reaching toward each of us.

Jesus, the Christ of Yesterday! There have been some wonderful yesterdays in each of our lives: the birth of children, schooldays, graduation, marriage, careers, friends; spiritual times of great joy, salvation, baptism, healing and renewal. So too, we have faced our share of difficult days: sickness, death and opened graves, family problems, divorce and adversity. Only the grace of God can enable you to make peace with your past. Jesus is the Christ of Yesterday.

Jesus Christ is also the same Today! In one sense, today is the only day we really have. Tomorrow is a myth. Tomorrow is the day to which we put off those things we should do today. Because of our procrastination tomorrow is the day that never comes. To the contrary, the Psalmist declares, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24). We rejoice over the fact that the God who never changes is with us, and anything He has ever done at any time, He can do today! He is the All-Sufficient Changeless One!

Jesus Christ, the same Yesterday, and Today, and Forever! We’re all fascinated with the future because that is where we will live the rest of our lives. While we might dream of what is to come, we are never to worry or fear a future day. The same God Who has walked with us though our past, and Who is with us in the present hour, this same, Changeless-Christ will never leave us nor forsake us throughout all eternity.

Yes, our lives are uncertain, but we can close this final week of 2018 and open a brand-New Year confident that our Yesterday’s are forgiven, our Today’s have meaning, and our Forever is secure in the hands of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Jim Ruddy

 

TAB Blog: Merry Christmas!

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Thanks so much for joining us for Christmas Worship! How wonderful it is to share our love for God through the beautiful gift of worship! There are many customs and traditions which are associated with the Christmas holiday. The trees with ornaments, tinsel and lights. The family get-together, complete with turkey and feasting. The carols, parties and festivities. And of course, the giving and receiving of gifts. When we seek the origin as to why we give gifts at Christmas, our search takes us back to the manger in Bethlehem where Jesus Christ, the greatest gift, was initially presented to the world.

We might want to say that the Wise Men started it all when they presented him gifts (See Matthew 2:1-12), but in truth, gift-giving really began with God Himself. Isaiah 9:6 declares, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given!” From our earthly perspective: “a Child is born;” but from God’s heavenly perspective, “a Son has been given!” Jesus himself declares in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

God is the consummate giver! He gave His love to the world in the person of His Son. He gave the Shepherds an angelic birth announcement heralding the glory of the hour. He gave the Wise Men a star that brought them to the Christ Child. And in response to these gifts of God’s grace, Mary gave her submission to the will of God. Joseph offered his reputation and his faith. The Shepherds gave their worship and their testimony. The Wise Men presented their gifts of honor and praise, and we present our hearts to God in surrender and adoration as we declare with the Apostle Paul, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)

On behalf of Bishop Robert, along with each of the pastors and staff of The Tab, we pray you will experience a most blessed and Merry Christmas and that your heart will be continually filled with the wonderful gifts of God’s love and grace.

With Christmas Joy,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

TAB Blog: Jesus Eats with Everyone

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“The Table” – Darlene Zschech, copyright 2018 Integrity Worship Music

No palace worthy of our King
Too many walls to keep Him in
But a mansion worthy of this Son
Was a stable that said, “Welcome”

A journey on a starry night
The wisest ones followed the light
They gathered ‘round the Holy One
Who was born to love and lead us home

A child who is the King of Kings
Who made a way of grace for sin
Our humble Saviour gave it all
So we’d be seated with the Lord

Hark the herald angels sing
Hear the sound and enter in
There’s a place reserved, just come
‘Cause Jesus eats with everyone

Oh, hear the whisper of His heart
The goodness of our saving God
It doesn’t matter what we’ve done
‘Cause Jesus eats with everyone

We gather at the table, the table of the Lord
Come one, come all, come as you are
We gather at the table, the table of the Lord
Just seek and you will find Him, come as you are

Songs have such a way of expressing the beauty of a heart filled revelation. “The Table,” is a beautiful reminder to me of what Christmas is all about. It’s about the gift of our Savior. It’s about a humble manger where He was born. It’s about a cross where He would one day give His very life for all mankind. And Christmas is about a table where all are welcome to come and dine, “for Jesus eats with everyone.”

This Christmas may we all be reminded of the table of the Lord, lovingly prepared for all that says, “There is a place for you here. You are loved, and you belong.” In a culture where reality has become relative and connections are often made phone to phone rather than face to face…may we all listen a little closer to the voice of the Father calling us home to His table. May we look for opportunities to welcome others, and even sit down with one another heart to heart, face to face. May we embrace our loved ones even closer, and extend our arms to the lonely. No matter who or where you are in this Christmas season, know there is a table prepared for you by a Father Who loves you with an everlasting love.

Merry Christmas,

Erin Paolercio

Reunited Family

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I so THANK MY LORD for using me to reach others. It kept me going. Never thought I would teach health care and spirituality to inner city population and satellite schools and for so many years. Praise God for reuniting me with my other brother, Dennis in so many years. God definitely had a hand in it …no judgments, just peace and a sharing of love. God bless Dennis with better health and a complete healing and restoration from effects from Diabetes. ~ Debbie P.

Restored Connections

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Answered prayer…I’ve been praying for my grandson for 12 years. The prayer was that I would hear from him…he was 16 yrs old the last time I had seen him..praying that he would get in touch with me…too much detail to get into, but us not hearing from him was due to a nasty divorce..anyway. We have a God that restores relationships. I received a letter in the mail two weeks ago from Andrew, which was full of love…we have since talked, and he is coming to see us on Sunday. Never give up on prayer! We serve an awesome God. ~ Joan C.

TAB Blog: Nursery and Preschool Ministries

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“From infancy you have known the holy scriptures…” (2 Tim 3:15)

How exciting it is to be BACK at The Tabernacle as Pastor over Nursery and Preschool Ministries as well as our Day Care. Every Sunday morning at 10:00am and Tuesday at 7:00pm our youngest worshippers are being encouraged to engage in worship, scripture, prayer and activities that surround our BIG GOD STORY and theme for the day. We believe that young children, much like Samuel the prophet, will get their start in hearing from God when they are very young. It is our calling to foster a spiritual ear to hear the Holy Spirit as He works His formation in their young lives. Kids in nursery through age four, dance and praise in our large group setting. Teachers give the BIG GOD STORY from the Bible and then walk the children through activities that provide a place for their hearts to respond to the message each week. We follow a similar theme for our Rainbows Club on Tuesday nights as the kids interact with the Bible stories and life applications.

The BLESSING
Each week we take time to BLESS the children and to lay hands on them and pray. The children are receptive to this and lay their faces to the carpet or bow their heads as we take time to pray a blessing that we believe God has given for that week. The Presence of the Holy Spirit is evident as the staff prays.

How can you be involved?
Volunteer a Sunday each month. New children are attending, and families are receiving ministry through the concerted efforts of our staff. At least 4 new adult and youth assistants are needed to team with our teachers as we continue to grow in our children’s ministries.
Pray. A prayer team is sweeping our preschool building in prayer in each week to pray over the building, the staff and the young children who attend the programs in our building each week. Please join your prayers with them as God establishes His Presence and purpose in the lives of our children both in our church ministries as well as our Day Care.
Recruit. Invite new families to attend our Preschool Ministries and to utilize our awesome Day Care services throughout the week.

We are Laying a Foundation of Faith in our youngest worshippers.

Yours for this New Season of Ministry,

Pastor Sharon Baldwin
Director Nursery/Preschool Ministries and Southwestern Day Care

TAB Blog: “Imagine: The Wonder of Christmas!”

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Imagine…
Imagine that the universe is not a random series of chances.
Imagine that you’re not here by happenstance.
Imagine that there’s a Great Architect, a Great Creator, a Great Father,
Whose plan is to give you hope and a future.
Imagine that you are a part of His ever-expanding Kingdom.
Praise forever Jehovah-God, the God of Israel!
He is the one and only God of wonders, surpassing every expectation.
The blazing glory of His name will be praised forever!
May all the earth overflow with His glory!
Faithful is our King!

What an absolutely transformative time we have had engaging with the Spirit of God through our 2018 Christmas Musical, “Imagine: The Wonder of Christmas!” The Tabernacle Christmas Orchestra and Vocal Team have outdone themselves in presenting the awe and wonder of the incarnation – the reality of God becoming man in the person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Hundreds have already been impacted by the message of Jesus’ birth communicated through the sights and sounds of this captivating musical, and fortunately, we have one more opportunity to witness this amazing presentation and allow its inherent grace to touch us even more deeply. Please plan to join us this evening at 7:00pm for the final performance of “Imagine: The Wonder of Christmas!” Surely there are those in your circle of influence whose lives could be forever changed by your kind invitation for them to join for this evening’s performance. Why not reach out to them today and invite them to share the joy of this special season with you?

As part of this evening’s encore presentation, we invite you to join us beginning at 5:30pm for a 90-minute family time. Our campus comes to life featuring a Silent Auction, Café & Bake Sale, Food Trucks, Music, Family Games and Photo Booth. Once you’ve shared this most exciting time, you can then take you seats for the premiere Christmas Production in WNY.

With the wonder of Christmas,

Pastor Jim Ruddy