As their hearts moved them and their spirit prompted. Exodus 35:21

In Exodus 35 Moses called upon the whole Israelite community to contribute to the sacred project of establishing the Tent of Meeting with the Tabernacle, its furnishing, veils, and priestly vestments, as the prompting of the heart dictated.

The contributions were not limited to material things but included the offering of personal service. For example, we read that “the women, as their hearts and skills moved them, spun goat hair.” Yarn, linen, and dyed fabric were the work of hands toiling in service, not products purchased and donated.

We who worship in the New Tabernacle of the Lord are heirs to the spirit that animated those responding to the call of Moses.

In that same spirit, men and women of Saint Ann have responded to the call for volunteers to assist in a special ministry of service. By maintaining the physical spaces of the church and assisting in the decoration and upkeep of the narthex, nave, and Holy Place, the Saint Ann Tabernacle Society offers a diakonia of service to the parish family. The material care of the sacred arena is its principle focus and includes various activities that require regular attention to assure the dignified and beautiful celebration of the central mystery of our faith, the Divine Liturgy, as well as other liturgical services.

Each year on September 4, the Feast of the Holy Prophet Moses, the Tabernacle Society will gather to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and share a meal provided by the parish in gratitude for the members’ diakonia.

When the whole Israelite community left Moses’ presence, all, as their hearts moved them and their spirit prompted, brought a contribution to the LORD for the work of the tent of meeting, for all its services, and for the sacred vestments. … All the women, as their hearts and skills moved them, spun goat hair. … Every Israelite man and woman brought to the LORD such voluntary offerings as they thought best, for the various kinds of work which the LORD, through Moses, had commanded to be done.

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